Tulamben is a small fishing town located on Bali’s North-East coast, 25 minutes away from Amed. It is also one of Bali’s most popular diving destination, due to the U.S.A.T Liberty wreck’s presence, an American cargo ship torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942.
The name Tulamben comes from the word batulambih, that can be translated into “pile of rocks”, a reference to the eruptions of Mount Agung that greatly impacted this part of Bali. Tulamben’s beach is not made of white sand but large black shingles. The name evolved in time, from Batulamben to Tulamben.
Tulamben is an unavoidable scuba diving destination, where diving is possible all year long for scuba diving lovers.
Different dive sites around Tulamben
This worldwide known dive site is a must-see. This American shipwreck dates back to the WWII. It is lying on a black sand bottom which creates a peculiar atmosphere that will delight every diver. Immersed between 3 and 30 m and accessible for beginners as well as experienced divers, this wreck is a true underwater Eden.
This spectacular drop goes down to 75-80 m depth. The ocean is unveiling right under your fins. School of fusiliers, nudibranchs, frogfish, humphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasses, turtles, let yourself be surprised by those, sometimes unexpected, encounters.
This dive site can sometimes be impracticable due to current and swell, this is why conditions evaluation is a must before diving there.
This dive site is located between the USAT Liberty wreck and the Drop-off. Among other things, you will be able to dive amidst Balinese statues sunken between 10 and 20 m. Composed mainly of a rocky and sandy bottom, aquatic encounters are greatly diversified. You might come across leaf scorpionfish, pipefish, lionfish, stonefish, a variety of nudibranchs, turtles, and sometimes reef sharks. It is also a sanctuary for juvenile and adult ribbon eels.
This dive site is made of small rocks and seaweed, which makes it a perfect site for macro photography.
This wreck is the most recent in the area. Located in Kubu, this weather station boat was sunk in 2011 to create a new dive site. This dive is best for experienced divers as the bottom of the wreck reaches a 40m depth. This wreck is also often exposed to strong currents, which often allows visibility going up to 30m.
This site is close to Sidem, between Amed and Tulamben. Its specific location, at a distance from the main road, allows for great dives, protected from the wind and the swell. This dive site is hardly crowded, and scuba divers will particularly enjoy the quietness and beauty of this small bay, away from more solicited dive sites.