Dive Sites Tulamben

Please note: the dives in Tulamben are done directly from the beach and as there are small rocks on the beach, full foot fins cannot be recommended.

Liberty Wreck

Location: Northeast coast of Bali
Depth/Visibility: 5 - 30m depth / visibility: 20m
Condition: Beach Dive, suitable for all levels of divers
Access: 60 minutes car drive from Candidasa
Average temperatures: 28°C

The premier dive site of North Bali is the Liberty wreck found only 30m off-shore. During WWII the ship was torpedoed and beached, and in 1963 spectacularly slid into the ocean during the eruption of Mt Agung. It is SE Asia's most dived wreck.

Approximately 120m long, the wreck is close to shore and easily reached from the beach. The hull is badly broken up, with the stern at 5m and the bow pointing towards the deep at 28m. While the wreck is not whole, it is so large that parts of the hold are intact and accessible. There are swim-throughs, overhangs, and portholes which give the sensation of being inside a sunken wreck. While the hull is completely encrusted in hard and soft coral, many features such as the bow gun are still recognizable.

Owing to the thousands of divers who have visited the wreck, the large schools of unicorn fish and parrotfish are habituated to divers and even large specimens approach very close. A humpback wrasse is regularly sighted in the early morning, and a resident school of jacks is often swirling in the hold.

 

Drop Off

Location: Northeast coast of Bali
Depth/Visibility: 5 - 30m depth / visibility: 15m
Condition: Beach Dive, suitable for all levels of divers
Access: 60 minutes car drive from Candidasa
Average temperatures: 28°C

Drop Off is a mix of sandy slope and wall. The site offers excellent muck diving and the sandy slope bottom is timing with all kinds of critters. The wall is beautifully covered with corals, sponges and gorgonians. The fish life equally impressive as on the Liberty Wreck and usually there is many different Angelfishes, Groupers and Wrasses.

 

Paradise

Location: Northeast coast of Bali
Depth/Visibility: 5 - 30m depth / visibility: 15m
Condition: Beach Dive, suitable for all levels of divers
Access: 60 minutes car drive from Candidasa
Average temperatures: 28°C

Paradise is a great place to do muck diving and find rare animals such as the harlequin and the robust ghost pipefish, several species of eels and even the mimic octopus and boxer crabs. On a good day there might also be an eagle ray or a couple black tip reef sharks, a big barracuda or Spanish mackerel! During the rainy season the river might bring a lot of sediment, so diving there is not as good. This dive site is excellent for night dives.

 

Batu Kelebit

Location: Northeast coast of Bali
Depth/Visibility: 5 - 30m depth / visibility: 25m+
Condition: Boat dive, suitable for all levels of divers
Access: 60 minutes car drive from Candidasa
Average temperatures: 28°C

After a short boat trip with a Jukung you reach this dive site southeast of Tulamben beach. Batu Kelebit dive is on a white sandy bottom with big pinnacles and a spectacular underwater plateau. On the slope there are beautiful hard and soft corals with sandy areas in between. Large pelagic fish such as tuna, shark, barracudas are sometimes seen here. Visibility is usually quite good.

 

Seraya Secret

Location: Northeast coast of Bali
Depth/Visibility: 5 - 30m depth / visibility: 15m
Condition: Beach Dive, suitable for all levels of divers
Access: 60 minutes car drive from Candidasa
Average temperatures: 28°C

Seraya Secret lies a short distance south of Tulamben. This dive is right off the beach in front of the Scuba Seraya resort. The dive starts on a black sand slope sparsely covered with sponges, small corals and white hydroids. There are numerous species of nudibranch to be found as well as the thorny and the common seahorse. There are several ridges, some covered more densely than others, lying to the right side of the Bio Rock structure (a project to grow corals). At the bottom of these, at 17metres, is a cleaning station which is covered with hingeback shrimps. A moray eel is a permanent resident here. The highlight of this dive is a pair of Harlequin shrimps who live under a small coral block. These rare shrimps with their large flat claws display intense colors of white, pink, blue and yellow. They feed on the blue Starfish that live in great numbers on this site. There are also frogfish and ghost pipefish in residence.