Tulamben Wreck

Situated directly near the beach on Bali’s northeast coast. The 120m long wreck rests in a 90 degree angle with the deck facing the sea side and used to be an American supply ship named „USA Liberty”. Anchored off the coast of Lombok, the ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo during World War II. Miraculously nobody got hurt, but the damage turned the ship into a non-functioning and useless hull. The American Navy’s plan to tow the ship to Singaraja harbor (north Bali) failed as the harbor was completely occupied, so the ship was intentionally stranded on the rocky beach of Tulamben, where it was unloaded. In 1963 the volcano Agung erupted and the magma flow pressed the ship back into the sea where it presently rests at a depth of 3 to 29 meters. Since then, coral covered the wreckage completely and turned it into a home for many species of fish. From time to time, a Napoleon fish or huge barracuda drops by. You may dive or snorkel this wreck comfortably, accessing it directly from the beach.

Tulamben Wreck at a glance
Reef characteristics: wreck
Visibility: 15-30 m
Current: none to moderate
Coral growth: wreck is completely covered by stone- and soft coral
Marine life: vast schools of fish (fusiliers and surgeon fish)
Highlight: the wreck is easy to dive even suitable for discover scuba diving

The Tulamben Wall

The Tulamben Wall starts at a depth of 1 m to then drop straight to 40 m. Besides amazing coral growth this reef also features an unbelievable landscape sculpted by many overhanging rocks. The presence of smaller reef fish is abundant, with angel fish being the species worth mentioning. Besides emperor angel fish, yellow-faced angelfish and blue-banded angel fish can be found with the duke fish rounding out the selection as a member of the angel fish family. Quite often, huge schools of jack fish pass the wall, darkening the sun. Although it is a wall, this dive site is also suitable for snorkeling.

The Coral Garden

The Coral Garden is only about a hundred meters away from our Tauch Terminal Resort Tulamben, which is located directly at the beach. The coral garden starts at a depth of 2-15 m and is wonderfully grown featuring stone- and soft coral alike. Besides numerous species of reef fish, the beautiful blue-yellow ribbon moray eel has found a home here. This dive site is also a superb snorkelling spot with none to moderate current.

Shark Point

Shark Point can be reached via snorkeling close to the wall. The residing sharks are commonly whitetip- and blacktip reef sharks and may rest at a depth of 20 to 30 m in a sandy area. When currents are present, occasionally grey reef sharks and even hammerhead sharks circle the blue. The current may become quite strong here and sometimes cold water might swell up forming thermo clines. Thermo clines may lower the water temperature to 24 degrees for a short period of time. This dive site is not suitable for snorkeling.

Tulamben drop off at a glance
Reef characteristics: drop off
Visibility: 15-30 m
Current: none to moderate (shark point to strong)
Coral growth: many stone and soft coral
Marine life: many species of reef fish, specially angelfish
Highlight: easy to dive, also visited during the open water course

Kubu Reefs

Kubu is a small village in the neighborhood of Tulamben and just a short 10 minutes drive to the north-west. The Kubu reefs are easily accessible from the rocky lava shore, similar to the dive sites in the Tulamben bay area. The reef starts right off the beach in shallow water about 2 – 3 m deep featuring huge pinnacles of glassfish-covered coral heads. This site is a good snorkeling spot, too. The coral garden leads into a beautiful ridge covered with fields of stag horn coral (Acropora sp.) and some good sized bushes of soft coral (Dendronephthya spp.) which sometimes host rare crustaceans like porcelain crabs and tiny little cowrie snails (Pseudosimnia sp.). Please check for pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti) on deepwater gorgonian sea fans (Muricella sp.)! Nearly any kind of reef fish is abundant, schooling species like sawtooth barracudas (Sphyraena putnamiae) or large schools of fairy basslets (Pseudoanthias spp.) on the reef flat, but also individuals like large groupers can be seen. A very highlight would be the gorgeous juvenile pinnate batfish (Platax pinnatus) which hides in the dark of crevices and holes. This fish is rarely seen by divers but occasionally, and of course with a bit of luck, we can discover this beautiful animal on the Kubu reefs.

Especially “macro freaks” will like this site since we have discovered many rare species of nudibranches and sea slugs, some of them not yet described (unknown?).

Kubu Reefs at a glance

Characteristics: beautiful coral garden leading into a coral ridge
Visibility: 15 – 30 m
Current: moderate
Coral growth: rich coral pinnacles, wide fields of stag horn coral
Marine life: many species of reef fish, schooling barracudas
Highlight: pygmy seahorse, rare nudibranches, juvenile batfish

Practical information:
Departure time: 08:00 a.m.
Arrival time: ~ 01:00 p.m.
Included: transport, 2 dives with guide, snacks, soft drinks

Bali Dive Sites

Some of Bali’s best dive sites are located just around our Tauch Terminal Resort & Spa in Tulamben and Amed. Especially the world famous WWII ship wreck USS Liberty is definitely one of the most popular dive sites in Bali because the ship wreck is easy to dive even for beginners because its located only between 3 to 29 meters below sea level. The ship wreck is positioned approx. 100 meter into the sea, directly in front of our resort. Further close beautiful sites are the Tulamben Coral Garden, The Tulamben Wall, The Kubu Reef and the Shark Point – and our Resort is just the perfect starting point to all of these great dive sites. bali dive sites

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Bali’s Best Dive Sites – Additional Dive Sites and Day Trips out of Tulamben at a glance:

All above mentioned Tulamben dive sites are also suitable for night dives. HAt night you will meet a large family of big Bumhead Parrotfish who usually sleep at the wreck. You also will see Stingrays, free swimming Moray’s and Spanish Dancers!

Bali Best Dive Sites – Manta Point (Day Trip)
One of Bali’s most popular dive sites is located on the south side of Nusa Penida and is one of the few dive sites in the world where mantas (manta birostris) are relatively safe. The journey by submarine to Nusa Penida takes about 1 hour.

Bali Best Dive Sites – Batu Kelebit
This dive site can be reached in just 10 minutes by a local fishing boat. The chance of big fish is very high here. Often in Batu Kelebit you will find Napoleon fish or white tip reef sharks.

Bali Best Dive Sites – Nusa Penida (Day Trip)
This island is known for excellent drift dives. Fauna and marine life in abundance with visibility over 30 to 40 meters. Here you have the biggest chance for big fish.

BBQ / Mimpang (Day Trip)
Here we dive an area in which shark encounters are on the agenda, as well as Mimpang where there are white-tip reef sharks to see.

Bali Best Dive Sites – Amed
The small fishing village of Amed is home to several diving areas, one more beautiful than the other. You can reach Amed after a short drive with a local fishing boat from Tulamben or directly from our resort.