Sleepy Tulamben village, situated on Bali's north-eastern shore, has long been a Mecca for scuba divers from all over the world. What this site has to offer is not too apparent at first glance, but the visitor will quickly change their mind the second they submerge. The two main dive points at Tulamben are the USAT Liberty Shipwreck to the west of the bay and the drop-off (wall) to the east, both offering very different scuba experiences.
In 1963 Bali's highest volcano, Gunung Agung, erupted causing major damage and loss of life on the island. This eruption also managed to push USAT Liberty to her final resting place 40 meters off shore, in between 9 and 28 meters of water.
Liberty is now Bali's most popular dive, encrusted with many different varieties of soft and hard coral and a very large concentration of fish and other marine life. A must do dive.
The wall dive at the eastern end of the bay is also very worthwhile too. Entering close to the rocks the sandy bottom shelves away and the beginning of a wall appear to the divers right. This becomes vertical at around 15 meters with the bottom gradually dropping away into the blue. Coral and marine life concentrations here are very good too. Particularly interesting is a very large (2 meter) purple gorgonian fan coral positioned on the top of the wall when it gets down to 30 meters.
For macro photographers and those interested in the smaller critters, the black sand slopes and coral gardens between the shipwreck and the wall have been drawing the professionals to Tulamben for years.
Also known as Jemeluk, Amed is situated on Bali's north east shore quite close to the better known dive area of Tulamben. Amed is a small north facing bay with high cliffs on the eastern side and sandy salt flats to the west offering a choice of two dives, one a wall (east) and the other a drift over terracing underwater landscapes. Both of these sites are normally dived from a small local fishing boat from the bay.
At the foot of the cliffs to the east of the bay lies a large coral reef in fairly shallow water. The corals here are some of the best that can be seen in Bali. As the reef spreads out seaward it suddenly plunges down about 50 meters out from the cliff bottom forming a wall that runs eastward into the next bay around the headland.
Again dependent on current direction, these descending terraces provide stunning panoramas, and visibility can sometimes be excellent. Starting in relatively shallow water these slopes step down and out of sight into the ocean. At some points the terraces do turn into vertical walls but this cannot be considered a wall dive.
At both sites there are good concentrations of fish, with a fair sprinkling of white tip sharks. Our staff have also sighted the rare Sunfish (Mola Mola) and Manta Rays at both dive points.
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