Tulamben is a quiet village on the northeast coast of Bali, facing the Lombok Strait. Divers occasionally meet mola-mola sunfish, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks in the waters off Tulamben. Its biodiversity and location make Tulamben one of the best dive sites in the world. Complete with its own wreck, the USS Liberty, which sank in 1963 when Gunung Agung erupted, the easy access to this wreck adds to the village’s charm.
The Tulamben Dive Centre is running over 20 years and also directly located at the beach. In front you will find a nice Coral Garden and only a short walk away the USAT Liberty Wreck and the Drop Off. The dive staff is ready to serve those who want to enjoy Tulamben’s underwater natural beauty. The restaurant is located at the beach, where friendly staff is waiting to pamper you. At the reception you can ask to make appointment for balinese massage.
Tulamben receives very plankton rich water from the major ocean current that moves from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean or vice versa. The wreck, rocky wall and sand slopes provide a wide variety of physical habitats. All of these factors, combined together will explain why the Tulamben bay contains an incredible diversification of the underwater ecosystem. Tulamben is a wonderful place to learn to dive and to learn about underwater life. There are occasional sightings of Mola-Mola (Sunfish), Manta Rays, Whale Shark, tuna and other pelagic but it is the permanent population of Tulamben that brings multinational divers to this dive site.
The Liberty lie approximately 30m offshore almost parallel to the beach on the sand slope and is suitable for all levels of qualification and experience. The wreck lies in depths from 9-30m; the shallowest part of the wreck, where it touches the sand slope, is at 5-10m. Depth along the middle of the wreck is 16-20m. The USS Liberty shipwreck possibly the world’s easiest wreck dive. After the wreck the Tulamben drop-off is the most popular. The main wall is formed by the westernmost of three coral-covered lava spurs and the landmark is a very large gorgonian at almost 30 meters. The wall is also a great edge for black coral bushes home to schools of damselfish, bright juvenile butterfly fish, hawk fish and many more.
Coral Garden in 5 to 20 meters of water is rich with hard corals and fire corals. The area is a very good spot for snorkeling, with acroporid hard corals and fire corals. The fish population is diverse, from large clownfish, angelfish, snappers, parrotfish to ribbon eels, frogfish and so many more. The proximity from the beach makes it a convenient site for night dives.
For day or half day tour bookings to the Place please contact Ketut Maryana at DriversBali.com
Phone: +62 81 2397 7705 (Mr. Ketut Maryana)