Diving Experience

Tulamben’s diving revolves around one of the world’s most accessible wreck sites – the USS Liberty (USAT Liberty). Lying just meters from the black pebble shoreline, this wreck provides a genuine opportunity to explore history and witness the power of nature to create a vibrant, thriving ecosystem. But look beyond the wreck itself and you’ll find an array of incredible experiences from sandy slopes and sheer walls, to massive Napoleon fish and schooling bumphead parrotfish.

Diving experience

There are many beautiful dive sites in and around Tulamben. Most of the dives in the area are done via shore entry, but boat dives can be arranged. Here, are some of our favorites:

The USS Liberty Wreck

Approx. depth: 5 – 30 m
Current: none to moderate
Temp: 26- 30º C
Certification level: All levels

liberty ship wreck

The USS Liberty Wreck (also called the USAT Liberty Wreck) is one of the most famous dive sites in Bali. It is accessible to all levels and a variety of divers – beginners, experienced, freedivers, and snorkelers can all enjoy this enchanting wreck.

The ship – a US military cargo ship – was hit by a Japanese torpedo in 1942 off the strait of Lombok. It was towed towards Bali, but the ship began to break apart so it was beached on the shore of Tulamben to salvage cargo and fittings. In 1963, tremors from the eruption of the nearby volcano, Mount Agung, pushed the ship into the sea to where it now lies: on a sand slope in the water ranging from 5 – 30 m in depth. It is lying on its right flank, bow to the west, stern to the east.

The helm and one of the two cannons are still visible. During the last 60 years, it remained underwater, and marine life of all colors, shapes, and sizes has colonized the approximately 130 m-long vessel. The shallowest part of the wreck is only about 5 m deep and can easily be seen by both divers and snorkelers. The wreck’s deepest part is at about 30 m. When diving this site, you can expect to see a variety of fishes and corals including garden eels, sea turtles, anemone fish, groupers, humphead parrotfish, and more! Night dives are unforgettable! Numerous Parrot fish (about 20 of them) sleep in the wreck.

Many parts of the wreck have since collapsed and therefore it is not possible to penetrate the wreck anymore; however, there are some nice swim thoughts (the rudder and around the cargo room).

Coral garden

Coral Garden

Approx. depth: 5 – 25 m
Current: none to moderate
Temp: 26- 30º C
Certification level: All levels

Accessed from the beach, this shallow-water site – just south of the wreck – ranges in depth from 5-25m and is thus accessible to both beginners as well as experienced divers. Macro-life and photography enthusiasts will be delighted. Boasting beautiful natural coral, as well as some artificial reef (including some really cool underwater statues!), Coral Garden is ideal for underwater photography.
You can expect to see a great variety of fauna and flora at this site, including ribbon eels, sea turtles, a variety of nudibranch and shrimp species, a great number of anemones and anemonefish, as well as a number of “cleaning stations” where morays, groupers, snappers and other species come to partake in a symbiotic relationship with the shrimps that “clean” or eat the parasites living on their bodies. Coral Garden is also the spot where the most blacktip reef sharks are seen in the area, and it is an ideal location for night dives.

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The Drop-Off

Approx. depth: 5 – 80 m
Current: none to moderate
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

Sea life

The Drop-Off of Tulamben an underwater wall that drops to deeper than 80 m in depth and is covered by an assortment of coral, is one of the most popular dive sites in Bali. The wall was created by the lava flow from the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963. This site is accessible to divers of all experience levels, who can expect to see a multitude of enormous sponges and gorgonians, hard and soft corals, as well as nudibranchs, sea turtles, dog tooth tuna, eagle rays, moray eels, rays, blacktip reef sharks, and a variety of other fishes.

Scuba-Diving-Boga-Wreck

Boga Wreck

Approx. depth: 18 – 40 m
Current: mild to strong
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

North of Tulamben is a tiny village, Kubu. The Boga Wreck was sunken in 2011 with the intention of creating an artificial reef. Originally, its maximum depth was 30 m but it has since moved down the sandy slope on which it lies and its deepest part now lays at around 40 m deep. Because of its depth, the wreck itself is not accessible to beginner divers; it is ideal for wreck and deep dives specialty courses! Although numerous fishes have taken up residency in and around the ship, it has yet to be colonized by coral and is still in perfect shape. The ship is decorated with some interesting features such as Buddhist statues, a war-era Volkswagen convertible car, glass bottles, ceramic pottery, etc. It is possible to see a diversity of fishes on this dive, as well as blacktip reef sharks and rays. A family of batfish seems to have made this their home.

Kubu Monkey

Approx. depth: 5 – 30 m (no reason to go deeper)
Current: none to moderate
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

Kubu Monkey

Accessible to both beginners and advanced divers, this site offers a beautiful mixture of coral gardens and sandy bottom patches. Here, it is possible to see blue-spotted stingrays, ghost pipefish, numerous species of shrimp, and a variety of invertebrate life.

Spiny Seahorse

Batu Belah

Approx. depth: max 25 m
Current: none to moderate
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

Located about 5 km east of Tulamben, this site showcases large patches of coral on an otherwise sandy bottom. The topography of this site, as well as the species found when diving it, makes it stand out from the rest of the dive sites in the Tulamben area. Leaf scorpionfish, numerous shrimp species, barracuda, small rays, green turtles, a variety of eels, and squid, can all be found here.

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Dolphins/Emerald

Approx. depth: 5 – 35 m
Current: none too strong
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

Dolphins/Emerald

Dolphins (also called Emerald) are accessible to both beginners and advanced divers. It offers a beautiful garden of hard coral, and slopes down to around 35 m in depth. This site can showcase some strong currents. Here, you can expect to see a diversity of corals and fishes, including eels, rays, and hump-head parrotfish.

Dolphins/Emerald

Seraya Secret

Approx. depth: max 30 m
Current: none to mild
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

Dolphins (also called Emerald) are accessible to both beginners and advanced divers. It offers a beautiful garden of hard coral, and slopes down to around 35 m in depth. This site can showcase some strong currents. Here, you can expect to see a diversity of corals and fishes, including eels, rays, and hump-head parrotfish.

Cantik Point

Approx depth: max 30 m
Current: none to mild
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

scorpionfish

Cantik – means beautiful in the Indonesian language. This site is an excellent choice for macro and muck enthusiasts but you should bring along your “sharp eyes” as diving this site can be a bit of a treasure hunt. It can be tricky to find the little creatures – frogfish, clown fish – hiding in the corals and rocks. Good buoyancy is key. It is a shallow dive with a wide area of volcanic sands and a wall on the right side of the beach. At the wall, you will find unique soft corals with green seagrass dancing in the swells. You may even come across some Triggerfish here – watch out, especially during the breeding season.

Pink Dorid Nudibranch

Melasti

Approx depth: max 30 m
Current: mild to strong
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

Melasti is one of our favorite muck spots. It has a family-owned snack shack, showers, and camera rinse tanks, so well set up for shore divers. Melasti is an oasis of small creatures of which the Harlequin Shrimp is the most popular. There is a variety of other shrimps – skeleton, coral, clown anemone – and there are tons of nudibranchs living here, i.e. Shaun the Sheep, Pikachu, and many more. Other species you will find here are mantis shrimp, ornate ghost pipefish, octopus, sea horse, scorpion fish, and stingray. On occasion, there can be waves on shore and divers might need help from the dive guide with entry and exit.

Markiesa

Approx depth: max 30 m
Current: none to mild
Temp: 26 – 30º C
Certification level: All levels

Pedropolis Artificial Reef

Markiesa has an artificial reef (affectionately named “Pedropolis”) at about 22 meters. It is an ongoing project, so there are frequent changes. It not only looks like a great work of art but is also home to many underwater creatures. Big schools of batfish and barracudas can often be seen here. Be on the lookout for blue spotted stingrays, eels, stone fish, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, and much much more.