Tulamben used to be an unknown little village in remote east coast of Bali and now it grows into one of the busiest diving hub in the island. The Tulamben was totally off the radar before the discovery of USAT Liberty shipwreck, a sunken military ship from the World War Ii era. The shipwreck settled on a sloping seabed in 3 m depth that goes down to 30 m below, making it as the most accessible shipwreck in the world. Tulamben diving is popular for beginners who just make their first dive in Bali due to it’s low currents, high visibility, and easy entrance. despite of being one of the most well known dive destination in Bali, Tulamben remains as a humble little village—the diver crowds don’t turn it into a packed little town like Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu.
The wreck might still be the largest attraction to divers who come in Bali, but Tulamben is actually a lot more than just a shipwreck. for you who want to explore Tulamben even deeper, here’s our suggestions:
Tulamben Diving Alamanda
If you have familiar with Tulamben diving, you must have been familiar with the Drop Off. The spectacular wall dive site that famously accessible by shore dive. Embark on just 5 minutes from the Drop Off site and you’ll get to Alamanda. Get off from the boat and you will arrive on a site where pinnacles and coral slopes beautifully cover the seabeds. You will soon find yourself be surrounded by thousands school of fishes. Below, you will see crabs, shrimps, seahorses, and nudibranchs call the corals home. Alamanda diving in Tulamben will be super perfect for macro lovers. However, you might get a pleasant surprise from appearances of sharks, barracuda, or napoleon wrasse. Alamanda has almost no currents which make it suitable for divers of all levels.
The Boga Shipwreck
Do you know that Tulamben diving actually have more than one wreck site? Head to the “Boga” Kubu shipwreck, a new sunken ship just 5 minutes away from the USAT Liberty. The Boga was previously a 40 m, 150 tonne cargo ship which wreck was purchased by Kubu Hotel Bali and donated to Karangasem Regency to create a new diving attraction. And so it does. The ship, which has initially sunken on purpose in 2012 has been slowly transforming into a new marine oasis. It’s body provides new surfaces for corals, algae, and sponges to grow on. The empty ship is now as shelter for damselfish, fusiliers, surgeounfish, travellies, and other fishes who’re interested to call this ship home. On lucky day, you can even see whitetip and blacktop reef sharks patrolling the area.
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If you are looking for the best macro and muck diving site in Bali, the Seraya Secret is your answer. Going down to just 10 m depth of black sandy bottom, you will see the seabed is full with strange small creatures hiding all over the places. You will spend hours photographing boxer shrimps, harlequin shrimps, stargazers, octopus, leopard moray eels, lion fish, scorpion fish, and many more. Seri secret totally a heaven for macro lovers! To reach this Tulamben diving site, you just need to drive 10 minutes from Tulamben and access the site from the shore of Seraya beach.