Bali Dive Sites: Tulamben Riverbed

Muck Diving Sites – Tulamben Riverbed

Tulamben’s popular muck-diving and macro-photography site, the Riverbed, is a firm favourite with our regular macro underwater photographers for its unique and ever-changing inhabitants.
Phyllognathia ceratophthalma, Spiny Tiger Shrimp

Phyllognathia ceratophthalma, Spiny Tiger Shrimp

Tulamben Riverbed Muck Diving

The river that runs along the edge of Mimpi Resort is responsible for the majority of sediment that settles in Tulamben Bay. The Riverbed is located between the Coral Garden and the Drop-Off.

It also means that, although the site can be described as “ridges of mainly sand with some stones”, the actual topography changes with the seasons as there are no permanent rocks or markers at this site but there is great macro diving!

What you can see at Tulamben River Bed

Harlequin Shrimp, Hymenocera Picta, Bali

Harlequin Shrimp, Hymenocera Picta, Bali

Varies with the Season

What we see here varies with the seasons: When there are a lot of crinoids here there are also a lot of Ornate and Robust ghostpipefish. If there are no crinoids, then no ghostpipefish…

It is not unusual to find Harlequin and Skeleton shrimp (both also found in the Coral Garden), nudis, juvenile frogfish, lionfish, Mimic octopus, and Halimeda ghostpipefish (not necessarily found on Halimeda sea grass so keep your eyes open!), and a multitude of other tiny critters.

The species of creatures you can find here varies, and there may be many other species than we have listed here.