Located 300 meters away from the USAT Liberty wreck, Tulamben’s Coral Garden is the perfect place to get introduced to the wonders of diving in Bali. Indeed, it is one of Abyss Dive Center Bali’s privileged dive site in Tulamben for Discover Scuba Dives, before heading to the USAT Liberty wreck for the main show. Coral Garden is the perfect site for a peaceful dive, with perfect visibility at all times and a shallowness that allows seeing vibrant underwater wildlife in only 10 to 20 meters of water. It is also a very popular snorkeling site.
What kind of dive to expect on Tulamben’s Coral Garden?
Coral Garden is the perfect place for light fun diving. The site is covered with statues and metallic structures that were sunk by local Balinese diving associations, such as pyramids and a plane made of wire. These human-made structures are perfect to create an artificial reef, which attracts corals, seaweed, and various species of fish that like to nest and hide in such formations. Also, thanks to great visibility, this dive site of Tulamben is perfect for underwater photography, so don’t forget your camera!
What will you encounter when diving on Tulamben’s Coral Garden?
The Coral Garden of Tulamben is a dive site full of life, you almost have to push away the fish when diving there to get through the end of your dive. Sounds like a blast right?
This dive site of Tulamben is widely known for its abundance of reef sharks. Black tips and white tips alike often use this site as a hunting ground and it is awesome to see them evolve so graciously in the water. But no worries, reef sharks are not a danger for humans and will flee if you get too close to them.
Lucky divers might also get to see schools of bumphead parrotfish, turtles, and Napoleon wrasses, as we often get to spot them in Coral Garden.
Another star of this dive site of Tulamben is the ribbon eel. Ribbon eels are some of the most colourful eels you can come across underwater. Male adults are of a bright blue and yellow and will turn completely yellow as they grow older and become females, while juveniles are completely black with a yellow stripe. If you’re especially blessed, you might get to see one swimming, something you’ll remember forever.
Plenty of various species of nudibranchs have taken up residence in the Coral Garden of Tulamben so muck dive aficionados, this dive site will delight you for sure. Lots of banded coral shrimps are easy to spot as well. Octopi such as the blue-ringed octopus, enjoy hiding in the cavities and might let you see them. Finally, Tulamben’s Coral Garden is a great site to cross paths with juvenile fish such as the beautiful juvenile imperial angelfish.
Tulamben’s Coral Garden is enlivened by multiple sea anemones of various colours, white, blue, green, and are often inhabited by anemonefish, with which they live in symbiosis.
Other types of fish populate this dive site of Tulamben in abundance. Butterflyfish, damselfish by the thousand, big schools of glassfish, ghost pipefish, scorpionfish, groupers of different species, razorfish, lionfish, sweetlips, stonefish, triggerfish, frogfish and leaf scorpionfish are very likely to be seen while diving on Tulamben’s Coral Garden.
Can I dive in Tulamben’s Coral Garden?
Anyone can go for a dive in Tulamben’s Coral Garden. As a matter of fact, Abyss Dive Center’s favourite spot to take first-timers. Experienced divers will also enjoy this dive site for the sumptuousness of its wildlife. You will enter this dive site of Tulamben from the beach, simply putting on your equipment before heading to this real-life aquarium.
The Coral Garden of Tulamben has a water temperature comprised between 27°C and 30°C all year long. The visibility can go up to 40 meters on perfect days. The absence of currents makes it the perfect place for a peaceful and easy dive.