Bali will undoubtedly remain a favorite of both local and international travelers throughout the upcoming vacation season, which begins at the end of April. The beaches of Kuta and Seminyak aren’t the only ones that remain popular with visitors. In fact, there are a number of well-known tourist attractions in Bali, particularly those having beach and sea aspects. You should avoid the Kuta and Seminyak neighborhoods if you want to spend a relatively tranquil vacation away from the hectic hedonism. Tulamben, a village on Bali’s northeast coast, bordering the Lombok Strait, which is rich in marine life, is located in Kubu District, Karangasem Regency. It may seems quiet, but Tulamben offers incredible diving adventure in Bali that will streal your heart.
The Ever Famous Liberty Wreck of Tulamben Bali
Once you start a little research of diving in Bali, you would soon find a famous wreck in Tulamben, the USS Liberty, make several headline as a must-see. The cargo ship used to serve US military during the WorldWar II before being torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942. While the crews were able to be saved, the boat itself was left abandoned in Tulamben beach. It lay dormant on the beach until 1963 Mount Agung eruption and earthquake pushed the boat back to the ocean.
The wreck now serves as a vibrant backdrop for coral growth. The coral has completely taken over the ship and is now providing a safe haven for thousands of different species. Feather stars, hydroids, and crinoids all dwell inside this framework. There are a plethora of locations to explore and witness the majesty of the underwater world, with hundreds of small nooks and crannies to live in.
Larger marine animals such as sunfish, barracuda, scribbled file fish, peacock grouper, coral trout, sunfish, regal angel fish, and surgeon fish use the shipwreck as a safe refuge. Divers will also be able to encounter spotted garden eels and goat fish in addition to these wonderful displays of marine life.
The Coral Garden of Tulamben
Not far from the famous Liberty Wreck site, you will stumble along the Coral Garden. This is another diving site you should see at Tulamben Bali. You can access this site from the shore, which leads down to a beautiful ‘garden of anemones’ at around 3-5 meters/ 9-16 feet from the shore. This stunning location is home to a diverse range of clownfish and anemone species of all shapes and sizes!
There are plenty of other fish to be found here as well. Coral Garden is a colorful and abundant snorkel and freedive spot, with sweet lips, butterfly fish, surgeonfish, porcupine fish, and boxfish all frequenting the region.
Scuba divers spend the most of their time at Coral Garden on the reef’s periphery, at depths of roughly 10-15 meters, leaving the garden clear and open to freedivers and snorkelers. Coral Garden is an ideal dive location for newbie freedivers wanting to improve their apnea abilities due to its tranquil conditions.
An incredible Muck Diving
A typical muck diving in Tulamben Bali began with a simple back-roll into flat, calm, bathwater-temperature water, followed by a quick fall to the top of a sandy slope. Then we’d zig-zag our way down the hill, stopping at a dizzying array of small “outposts,” tiny islands of life centered around hydroids, whip corals, anemones, crinoids, sea pens, boulders, or any other sand break. Cuttlefish, nudibranchs, fish, and other interesting critters could be found in any of these little oasis of life, as well as superbly adapted commensal shrimps or crabs.
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The Adventurous Night Diving in Tulamben Bali
Night diving is one of the most amazing parts of diving in this part of the world. Night diving on the Liberty Wreck would be one of the most magnificent trip underwater. Without the sunlight, colour of the creatures would look more vivid and popped up beautifully against the contrast darkness. The night diving will also offers you the opportunity to observe the lionfish hunt or the oscellate dwarf lionfish display its nocturnal personality. You may also come across napping parrot fish or free-swimming crinoids looking for a new home. However, without sunlight as your guide, make sure you didn’t drift too far from your buddy!