Aside of Nusa Penida, Tulamben is the most popular place for diving in Bali. This small fishing village house wide variety of dive sites in some of the clearest water you’ll ever see. The Tulamben is most famous for its sunken wreck, the legendary USS Liberty. This American war ship alone has attracted thousands of divers into Tulamben’s water every year. However, it’s not the only one Tulamben has to offer. This region has dozens of other amazing dive sites ready to blow your mind. If you plan to take a plunge in this beautiful region, here are some important travel tips you need to know.
Easy Mode: Go for Day Trip Diving to Tulamben Bali
Want to see the best sides of Tulamben’s underwater but don’t want to stay too long or getting into complicated details of accommodation and transportation? Try joining a diving Tulamben Bali day trip. It’s usually organized by local dive centres/ operators. They will take care everything; hotel pick up, transportation from your hotel to Tulamben, boats to commute between dive sites, lunch, and the diving itself. One day trip usually consist of two dives. They will give you a list of dive sites in Tulamben and let your group to choose.
Going Alone? Learn to Ride a Scooter
If you decide to go to Tulamben alone and book a dive centre on the site, then you definitely need to learn how to ride a scooter. Especially if you plan to stay for a few days and explore what’s around the area. Well, you can always opt for a car but it’s not totally practical to move around Tulamben’s narrow roads. The Tulamben is quite remote, tucked away in the northeast coast of Bali. There will be no public transportation in Tulamben such as taxi, Go-Jek, or Grab. You either know how to ride or you won’t go anywhere at all.
You Will See A LOT of Beginners in the Wreck Site
Tulamben is the MUST site for diving beginners in Bali. In fact, many dive centres arrange their try diving and first open water diving in the wreck site. No wonder, though. The USAT Liberty site fulfil all the criteria for beginner diving. The upper part of the wreck sits in shallow water, as shallow as 3 meters! The current is low, the water is warm, and the visibility is clear. Also, it’s a shore entry which make it even easier for beginners.
Take Enough Cash Before Going to Tulamben
Once again, Tulamben is still quite remote. It’s not particularly touristy aside of divers staying on nearby villas and bungalows. You won’t find ATM as many as you would in the southern region. Also, sometimes the machines are out of cash. Better to have enough cash in handy than sorry. You’ll need it to buy snacks and diners at local warung.
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Dry Season is the Best Season for Diving in Tulamben Bali
April to June and October to November is the best season for diving in Tulamben, Bali. Actually, it’s the best season to dive in any part of Bali in general. Of course, it can be quite crowd during the peak season—the summer. If you want to dive in nice weather and less crowded site, go between October to November. More pelagic species also make more appearances during the dry season. Wet season start from December to March. However, rain are occasional and usually short-lived around 1 hour or so. You can still go for Tulamben diving during the wet season, but the visibility might drop after the rain.