Bali Tulamben Dive Trip

Underneath the sea approximately 30 meters from the beach shore in Bali Tulamben lies the famous USS Liberty Wreck. It is a 120 meters long World War II cargo ship which was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine out in Lombok Strait on 11 January 1942 but managed to made its way back to the shore. Bali Tulamben has been a popular diving destination since 1980s for this main reason.

Bali Tulamben is located on the northeast coast of Bali. Divers from all over the world are lured to one of Bali’s most famous dive site to explore, especially for macro-lovers and photographers.

Apart from the USS Liberty Wreck, there are also other numerous dive sites teeming with marine life around the coast of Tulamben. A good example would be the popular Coral Garden which has sunken Buddha statues, forming what seems to be like a mystical underwater temple.

What to Expect

Near the coastal stretch of the USS Libery ship wreck, you can sight the Bumphead parrot fish in morning dawn dives. You can also expect to see large and diverse species of underwater marine life such as sea turtles, sharks, squids, octopus, starfish, eels, manta rays, etc.

The USS Liberty shipwreck is covered with both hard and soft coral reefs like hydroids, featherstars, and crinoids. In addition, many large fish species have come to reside around this area and you are able to spot fishes such as the barracudas, scribbled filefishes, Napoleon fishes as well as sun fish. Some of the common reef fishes that you can see here are groupers, surgeonfish, angel fish, garden eels, goatfishes, etc.

Experience Level

Whether you are an experienced diver or taking up the Open Water Diver course, Bali Tulamben offers ample scuba opportunities for divers of all experience levels.

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Dive Sites

Alamanda – Alamanda is a mere 5 minutes boat ride from the Drop Off. It has a stunning reef slope covered with many heathly growing corals. You can sight marine life such as Napoleon Wrasse, Bumphead Parrotfish and even the black tip reef shark. This dive site is suitable for divers of all levels. Currents are very mild and tame and it reaches a depth of approximately 30 meters.

Coral Garden - The Coral Garden is a shallow reef dive brimming with marvelous marine life and colourful corals. It is located just beside the USS Liberty shipwreck and is a shore dive from the beach. Currents here tend to be relatively mild. It is suitable for all levels of experience and reaches a depth of 15 meters. The Coral Garden allows you to spot marine species such as nudibranches, eels, sweetlips, and many more which is a good spot for marco-life enthusiasts, underwater photographers and leisure divers.

Drop Off – Get to experience an impressive Wall Dive along the underwater cliff is spawned from the eruption of Mount Agung. The wall drops to as low as 70 meters at the end. Currents here are relatively mild as well and is suitable to divers with all experience type. You can spot species such as lionfish, frog fish, stonefish and if you are lucky, you might be able to spot the black tip reef shark as well.

Kubu Monkey reef – This dive site is a good alternative for divers whom want to get away from the crowded Tulamben shores. It is a small town just 5 minutes from Tulamben and has many beautiful coral reefs. You should be able to spot rare critters at this dive site along the gentle reef. It reaches a depth of 30 meters with mild currents and is suitable for divers with all experience levels.

Kubu Shipwreck ‘Boga’ – Just 5 minutes away from the USS Liberty, the Boga was sunk off the Kubu coast in September 2012 and is a new dive site. The vessel is approximately 85 meters long and lie still between 18 to 30 meters, therefore it is only suitable for divers with advanced certification. It is important to watch the no decompression time due to the depth. As a new dive site, it is interesting to explore the details of the ship underneath the water as the corals have yet to start growing on them. The dive site is a shore dive, more recommended for advance level divers. Currents tend to be mild and reaches a depth of 30 meters.

Seraya – This dive site is a paradise for macro-life lovers as well as underwater photographers as it is famous for muck diving. Teeming with black sand and lots of fascinating rare critters in all shapes and colours. Some of the marine life you can spot are the scorpion fish, boxer & harlequin shrimps, stargazers, dragonet, etc. Depths are up to 20 meters and with very calm currents, this dive site is suitable for all levels of experience divers. Diving commence from the shore dive.

USS Liberty Shipwreck – USS Liberty is the most famous dive site in Bali and situated approximately 30 meters off the shores of Tulamben. It lies a historic world war 2 ship that is entrenched into the shores. It can reach up to a depth of 30 meters and is one of the easiest dive wreck site in the world to explore, even for new divers. It is suitable for all levels of experience as well as new divers as current is relatively mild. Diving will commence as a shoredive from the Tulamben beach. There is an abundance of marine life and beautiful corals surrounding it, you will enjoy sights of various interesting fish species like the nudibranches, frog fish, pygmy seahorses, and even ghostpipe fishes. During early dawn dives, you can even catch schools of bumphead parrot fishes.

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Best Time to Dive

You can choose to dive in Bali all year round. A good time to dive is during the dry season which runs from April to September. The wet and colder season from end July to October is popular among divers to catch sight of the famed Mola-Mola sun fish.

Getting there

There are numerous direct as well as transit flights that connects major cities around Asia i.e. Australia, Singapore, Bangkok, Hongkong to the Bali Denpasar Airport (also know as Ngurah Rai International Airport).

The average time to reach Bali Denpasar Airport from Singapore is 2 hours 30 minutes. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer will be provided to the dive resort which will take approximately 2-3 hours (depending on traffic). Bali’s main city centre – Kuta, is located approximately 1 hour away from the airport.

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About The Resort

The Dive Resort is situated right on the bay of Tulamben, whilst offering a great diving experience, we want to offer quality accommodation for everyone, coupled with a warm Balinese hospitality. For those who value privacy, the resort has 7 Deluxe Garden rooms that come attached with a private outdoor shower. 

The resort features a scuba training pool to a depth of 3 metres, one recreational sky pool. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Car and scooter rental are available for a day trip, hike on Mount Agung.

Set in a lush garden of tropical flora and fauna, against the backdrop of the ocean and Mount Agung, this is the perfect place for guests to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of urban living.

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Charmaine's Testimonial

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What To Expect

Comfortable Resort Stay

Plenty of Underwater Species

Magnificent Dive Sites

Safety First Always

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Michael's Testimonial

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