Scuba diving Tulamben. The small fishing village of Tulamben is famous in the diving community thanks to the USAT Liberty Wreck. In truth, it offers very easy and relaxed dives with amazing marine life and also super healthy corals.
USAT Liberty Wreck
It lies in the shallows of Tulamben Bay and is easily accessible from the shore. The wreck is 120 meters long. The bow is located in only 4 meters depth, while the stern reaches depths of 28 meters.
Marine diversity around the Liberty is just incredible. In fact, the wreck has become an impressive artificial reef. In truth, it is completely covered with soft and hard corals as well. Therefore, divers can enjoy the beauty of the numerous families of sponges and gorgonians growing out from the wreck. On top, many schools of fish actually live here. For example, jacks, batfish, sweetlips, and unicornfish can be seen daily. Also, you’ll also have the chance to swim next to big barracudas, turtles, groupers, hump-head parrotfish and also morays. In addition, if macro-life interests you, the Liberty wreck provides many exciting critters for you to discover. For instance, leaf scorpionfish, frogfish, ghost pipefish, anemone fish and also lots of sea slugs.
It is said to be the safest wreck in the world. Therefore, it is a great spot for all levels of divers. Also, even snorkelers can enjoy this beautiful wreck.
It also offers a great night dive! In truth, you can see completely different marine life. The highlight is hump-head parrotfish that come every night to sleep at the wreck. Also, it a fantastic show to observe big groupers teaming with moray eels hunting together.
Truth to be said, it is a heaven for underwater photographers.
Diving Bali – Tulamben Coral Garden
Coral Garden is located in the shallow waters in the middle of Tulamben Bay. Specifically, one of the most interesting parts of this dive is seeing acroporas and also the multitude of anemones forming the reef. Honestly, the abundance of anemone growth and the spectacular amount of clownfish species make this dive truly special.
So, what can we see on this site? In fact, you’ll have the chance to spot a great variety of marine life. For example, ribbon eels, lionfish, schooling jacks, and also fusiliers. In addition, with a bit of luck, we can also see some groupers and small reef sharks as well.
It is another easy dive at Tulamben. Consequently, suitable for all levels of divers.
Diving Tulamben: Batu Kelebit
Named by the local community, this dive site is located only 10 minutes from the shore via jukung. To clarify, a traditional Balines boat. You can recognise the dive spot by boulders breaking the water.
These boulders continue underwater as lava flows forming steep walls on each side of them. In contrast, in between it’s a sandy bottom. Corals can be seen from shallow depths to 50 meters. Highlights, are hump-head parrotfish in the shallower depths.
But, to truly appreciate this dive, one must dive deeper than usual. For instance, at deeper depths, you’ll have the chance to spot pelagic fish such as tunas, white tip sharks, blacktip sharks, and also occasional silky sharks.
It is a deep dive, therefore, minimum advanced certification is required.
Drop Off Tulamben
This dive site is accessible from the shore. This dive site is on the very west corner of Tulamben Bay. It starts with black volcanic sand on the bottom that is rapidly becoming a wall that drops down in places to as much as 70 meters. It is a classic wall dive providing us some beautiful and huge gorgonians and barrel sponges as well.
Highlight is a big gorgonian that grows on a platform at 30 m. In the blue, we might spot pelagic fish. For example, humpead parrotfish, napoleon, and schools of jack as well as fusilier fish.
Normally, there is little or no current, therefore this dive site one of our favourites for deep dive specialties.
Below, you can watch this video. A normal day diving at the USAT Liberty Wreck.
Video credit: Ludovic Amevor
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