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Bali Dive Sites: Tulamben Area – Palung-Palung
Tulamben Area Dive Sites – Palung-Palung
Palung-Palung Dive Site
Located between Tulamben’s Wall/Drop-Off and Batu Kelebit. Palung-Palung is accessed by a 10 minute jukung (local outrigger fishing boat) journey, The diving at Palung-Palung (meaning “bowls”) is from 5-30m.
These bowls/fingers are made up of overhangs, steep slopes and drop-offs on which you will find hard and soft corals. As with other areas around Tulamben, some of the sea fans (at 25-30m depth) are home to Denise pygmy seahorses.
What you can see at Palung-Palung Dive Site
Colourful soft corals cover the big chunks of lava lying in the bowls/’valleys’ and in the areas of gently sloping black sand are schools of fusiliers, Redtooth triggerfish and butterflyfishes adding to the scenery.
Look for the nudis, jawfish, shrimp/goby sets, hundreds of swaying Garden eels, Day octopus and Black saddle grouper.
Here you’ll quite often see some of Tulamben’s school of huge Bumphead parrotfish munching on the coral, White-tip and Black-tip reef sharks looking for their next meal, a variety of rays (including Manta and Eagle rays on occasion) as well as turtles – all great wide-angle subjects. Scalloped Hammerhead sharks have been reported here.
There’s usually a current at Palung-Palung so you’ll do a gentle drift dive while the jukung simply follows your bubbles and picks you up at the end of the dive – this makes the site suitable for all except the most inexperienced of divers. Also, as the current tends to be slower the deeper you go, it is a good location for the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.
Temperatures at Palung-Palung stay around 27-30°C with visibility generally 25+m.