The Tulamben might not be as photogenic as Gili Meno’s underwater circle of sculptures or as phenomenal as Nusa Penida with its rare Manta Rays and Mola Mola sunfish. Above the water, the Tulamben is neither as vibrant as Canggu or as posh as Seminyak district. Tulamben is a humble, simple fisherman village in the northeast coast of Bali. No fancy coffeeshop, no Bali-iconic white sandy beach (the sands here is black!), no frilly beach shops lining up the streets. So what makes Tulamben so special? Why hundreds of diver flock to Tulamben each year? Well, these are unique things Tulamben has that set it apart from other diving sites in Bali.
Tulamben Diving is Has the World’s Shallowest Wrecks!
Ship wrecks usually lies at the bottom of the ocean, sometimes even as deep as 80 meters under the surface. Wreck diving is generally reserved to professional divers due to its depth and complexity. But that’s not the case for Tulamben’s famous wreck. The USAT Liberty, an American cargo serving in the World War II, torpedoed by the Japanese and ended up in Tulamben’s gentle sloping shore. The upper part of the wreck lies just three meters down the surface. This make the USAT Liberty not only the shallowest wreck on earth, it’s also one of few wrecks accessible for beginners. Though it’s easy to dive and is slow in currents, the USAT Liberty is by no means lack in diversity. Thousands of soft sponges and hard corals along with parrotfishes, giant moray, ribbon eels, groupers, and other tropical fishes have been calling it home, making the life on the wreck so extraordinarily rich!
Fun fact: Many beginner divers in Bali even have their first open water here!
Tulamben is A Perfect Mix of Quiet Village and Bursting Marine Life
Tulamben is the best place to go if you want to enjoy a quiet, simple tropical living and get your primary entertainment from the ocean. This village gives a beautiful contrast. When the upper land is so humble and chill, the underwater is bursting with life and colours! What can a diver wish than an unspoiled ocean to explore and an unpretentious place to sip coconut water and enjoying the day?
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Tulamben is One of the Easiest Diving Sites to Reach from Bali
Bali has dozens of dive sites but Tulamben diving is one of the easiest to reach than others. Tulamben and Amed, its neighbouring fisherman slash diving village, is just 3 hours drive away from the Ngurah Rai Airport. The Menjangan and Gilimanuk, for example, are located further on the tip of west-north coast of Bali. Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan definitely requires you to hop into a boat to get to the island before taking another boat to reach the dive site. So if you want some easy and yet impressive dives, Tulamben is your best choice.