Bali Dive Sites - Tulamben Bay
Bali Dive Sites Map - Tulamben Bay Dive Sites
Tulamben Bay: A Dive Site for Everyone
Tulamben has become Bali's most famous diving area and therefore where you are most likely to meet internationally recognised underwater photographers and writers.
Tulamben Bay, like the rest of Bali, is situated in the richest marine biogeographic zone in the world. Being on the north east coast, the bay receives very plankton-rich waters from the major ocean current that moves from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. This, coupled with the fact that the three main dive sites provide totally different physical environments, mean that Tulamben contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem.
Popular Sites in Tulamben Bay
These include the USAT Liberty Wreck, the Coral Garden or house reef, and the Drop-Off.
Tulamben Bay Dive Sites in Detail
|USAT Liberty Wreck||Coral Garden|
|Definitely Bali's most popular dive site as well as what we believe to be one of the best wreck dives worldwide.||A great place for skills practice for novice divers as well as an enchanting reef dive.|
|A gentle sand slope leading to an abundant and interesting wall dive that offers a chance to see octopus, squid and reef sharks.|
Everyone from 10 year old Junior Open Water divers, to hard-to-please underwater photographers to the holiday snorkeller can find something to admire here – and there is a lot to admire.
Tulamben Bay is in fact the spot we bring new divers to for both our
1 Day Introductory Adventure Dive programme as well as those completing their Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver course – a great place to fall in love with diving!
Due to its location, Tulamben Bay as an area is situated in one of the richest marine bio-geographic zones in the world. Coupled with the fact that it boasts what we think is probably one of the best wreck dives in the world this is one site you should not miss during your visit to Bali.
The beach is fist-sized black volcanic rocks that become sand in the shallows. This black sand does not provide the reflective properties of white limestone sand and, combined with the amount of plankton in the water, accounts for the relatively low visibility (12-25m). It does however provide a dramatic contrast, which brings out the colours of the corals, gorgonians, fish and other marine life. The 100s of macro-species that live here both blend and contrast beautifully with the sand.
The marine life in Tulamben varies from the occasional sightings of larger pelagics such Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish), Manta rays, Whale sharks, tuna and other pelagics to the more regular sightings of unusual nudibranch species and seasonal seahorses and pipefish.
There are also resident populations of species and individuals such as the giant barracudas that cruise the wreck site and around the Drop-Off, to the friendly and curious school of jacks that swirl around divers at various points during their wreck dives.
Tulamben is a wonderful place to learn to dive and to learn about underwater life. The occasional sightings of pelagics are wonderful, but it is the permanent population of Tulamben Bay that brings people here for the 1st and 100th time.
Small village on the north east coast of Bali
3 - 40 metres (average depth 16 metres)
12 - 25 metres
None to mild
Snorkellers, Introductory divers: suitable for every level/interest!
|Dive Types: Shore dive, underwater photography.|
USAT Liberty Wreck
In the 3 days pre-full moon in July/August, when it may be wavy, the black stone beach can make entry tricky.
120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck. Extraordinary diversity of marine life, huge school of Big-eyed trevally. Full Moon Night Dive. Great photographic opportunities and colour contrast with the black sand. Great snorkelling site.
|Suggested PADI Courses:
Open Water Diver
Advanced Open Water
|Popular Specialties at Tulamben:
Digital UW Photographer
Peak Performance Buoyancy Multilevel/Computer