Tulamben, a quiet small village in up in the east coast of Bali might not be as famous as Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu in the north. Nevertheless, this little village is bustling with curious travelers from all around the world! They are not looking for beach parties or touristy shops but one: the lively underwater life underneath Tulamben’s calm ocean. So if it’s your first time visiting the Tulamben Bali for diving, put these five sites in your list to see the best of Bali’s marine life!
Exploring the Wreck: The USAT Liberty Wreck
Tulamben diving must include the Liberty! Tulamben’s USAT Liberty wreck is regarded as one of the top wreck dives in the world. The wreck is 120 meters long and starts at 3 meters, and it reaches a depth of 30 meters. The mystery wreck has a fascinating history and is a must-see attraction in Bali.
This incredible diving site is home to over 400 different reef fish species and is covered in beautiful coral. Schools of trevally, bream, fusilier, and anthias swarm the wreck, often following you on your dive.
Reef Diving: The Tulamben Drop Off
The Tulamben Wreck lies only a few hundred meters east of the Drop-off. It may not be as well-known as the US Liberty, but it is a landmark wall that offers some of Bali’s best diving.
The Drop Off is a great multi-level dive that can be done at various levels depending on your experience. This reef has an incredible scenery formed by several overhanging rocks, in addition to outstanding coral development.
It’s exciting to dive the Drop Off in Tulamben, Bali. Smaller reef fish are plentiful, with angelfish being one of the most notable species. Apart from emperor angelfish, other angelfish species include yellow-faced angelfish and blue-banded angelfish, with the duke fish completing out the angelfish family.
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Diving in Tulamben Coral Garden
The Garden begins at a depth of 2-15 m and is lushly planted with both hard and soft coral. The gorgeous blue-yellow ribbon moray eel, in addition to other kinds of reef fish, has made its home here.
With no to moderate current, this dive location is also a great snorkeling spot. You may expect to witness all of the features and marine life that a healthy reef has to offer. Squid and cuttlefish are only two of the tens of thousands of creatures that can be found here. In the shallows, small white tip reef sharks are frequently seen.
Among other diving sites in Tulamben Bali, not many know is Batu Ringgit. The graded ridges of reef start at 3m and fall to roughly 40m, making for an interesting and varied diving location. A small cave 5-6 meters deep can be found around the 14-meter mark.
Sponge, soft corals, tubestrea, anemones, feather stars, and gorgonian fan corals cover the cave walls, which are home to a variety of cave fish. You can work your way through the steps, learning about the different ecosystems and marine life.
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Diving with Shark in Shark Point
If you want to dive with shark, then you need to put Shark Point in your itinerary list. The Shark Point is accessible via snorkeling near the Drop Off, and you can combine both during the scuba diving trip in the Tulamben Bali. White tip and black tip reef sharks are the most prevalent residents, and they prefer to rest in sandy areas at depths of 20 to 30 meters. When currents are present, grey reef sharks and even hammerhead sharks will occasionally circle out in the open.
The current can get extremely strong here, and cold water can bubble up and form thermoclines. Thermoclines can drop the temperature of the water to 24 degrees for a brief time.