Tulamben: Underwater playground for divers

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The view from our base camp

1st of May 2008, was my lucky day. First because Bali Scuba (dive operator in Sanur) gave 50% discount for 3x dives and

rental equipment, second I got special price staying at Sindhu Merta, a very good hotel located in front of Bali Scuba, and third because I met my friends down there in Tulamben. One of them is my friend who I haven’t met for a year and we coincidently met underwater! What a funny experience!:D

 

Very early in the morning ( I mean very…very…early), Bali Scuba picked me up at my hotel in Legian. I left my friends while their still sleeping. I only washed my face and brushed my teeth, later I'll go diving anyway:p

And so, me and the driver went to Bali Scuba headquarter in Sanur to have some brief before we went diving. After all divers gathered, we went to Tulamben and it took 3 hours drive from Sanur! Yes! I still have time to continue my sleep:D

 

We arrived at somewhat hotel (I forgot the name of the hotel) in Tulamben.

This is where we take a rest in each dive
This is our base camp to take a rest after every dive. I just realize that I was the only Indonesian diver, except the dive guides. Well…I got used to it, diving in my own country where everyone else is Bule or foreigner. My buddy is a girl from Singapore. Her name is Pixie (cute name) and she’s traveling alone in Indonesia to try all the dive sites from Bali, Lombok, to Bunaken.

 

After a quick brief again, we walked to the beach. It was stoney beach not sandy beach, cause there’s no sand at all only stone. Rather difficult to walk.

 

We enter from the shore and it was hard! The waves keep knocking us down. I have to struggle keeping myself up and walking to the beach with all my diving equipment in me. Fiuuhh…it’s a heavy sport indeed!

 

Before I continue about my diving story, I’ll tell you a lil bit about Tulamben dive site.

Enter here please
Tulamben is one of the famous dive site in Bali and even in the world. This is where the USS Liberty torpedoed by the Japanese during the 2nd world war. The wreck itself has become a home to various friendly cutie fish. 

 

1st Dive: USS Liberty Ship Wreck

Time in: 11.29 AM

Water temperature: 29 C

Mild current

Time out: 12.21 PM

         

We start from the Stern Gun of the ship, about 10 meters we could see the ship wreck. It was huge! Many fish and many divers too down there. I imagine it like an underwater playground, where we can play hide and seek with all the fish.

USS Liberty ship wreck
It was very beautiful, this is my first time diving in Tulamben, and I felt like a kid in a playground. I began to make friends with Angel Fish, surgeon fish, bunch of large schooling jack fish, and others. I also met a shy but deadly lil Scorpion Fish hiding behind coral. And in the back of the ship, I found my ex enemy (but now we’re trying to be friend:D) a large Baracuda about 1 meter long. She seems soo scared and can’t hardly move because a bunch of me, I mean diver, were surrounding her. Hahaha usually I got scared meeting Baracuda and now she scared to see us:D

 

2nd Dive: USS Liberty Ship Wreck

Time in: 01.30 PM

Water temperature: 33 C

Mild current

Time out: 02.19 PM

 

When I took a rest, Arin, my friend text me a message, she said she’s in Tulamben with Eva.

Home to many fishes
They dive with the local dive operator. I was surprised, and curious why I didn’t met them at the beach, cause it’s the only entering in Tulamben.

 

I went diving again. And this time we start from the Anchor chain of the ship to the bow gun.

 

On the second dive, me and Pixie were playing around, took some pics here and there. Playing another game of hide and seek with fishes. Dancing with schooling jack fish until someone touched my back and when I looked back, it was Arin!!! I was surprised, so I immediately hug her (yes in the water!) I smile and can’t help to laugh. Then Eva showed! She took my hand and we shake hands. Hahaha! I was laughing all the time, can’t believe I met my old friend down in the ocean:D We took pictures together (it was in Eva camera) and we rushed ourselves into the schooling jack fish. Hehehehe…what a cute experience:D

 

3rd Dive: Tulamben Drop Off

Time in: 03.

soft coral
52 PM

Water temperature: 29 C

Time out: 04.39 PM

 

We entered from the different shore and this time is a sandy beach. Visibility was great around 20 meters. The water was warm and clear.

The drop wall was beautiful! Colorful corals surrounded by thousand various fish. This is heaven for underwater micro photography for sure!

 

In this dive, I saw a garden of eel. Soo many eels came out from their hidden sandy paradise. Very cute to see:D

So that was my journey diving in Tulamben. Someday I’ll be coming there again.
bernard69 says:
thx for sharing:I saw only the beach there!!
Posted on: Oct 12, 2009
inirr says:
Hehehe thanks:D
Posted on: Jun 24, 2008
travaddict says:
hwaaaa, bikin siriiiik =D
seru banget sehhhhhhhhh
*i wish i could be a diver, .. padahal berenang ajha
gw suka kelupaan gaya a.k.a tenggelem
hwaahahahaha, what a shame

salut lah rin :D
Posted on: Jun 24, 2008
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The view from our base camp
The view from our base camp
This is where we take a rest in ea…
This is where we take a rest in e…
Enter here please
Enter here please
USS Liberty ship wreck
USS Liberty ship wreck
Home to many fishes
Home to many fishes
soft coral
soft coral
yellow lip fish
yellow lip fish
looking to other divers
looking to other divers
My dive guide, Mr.Kirman
My dive guide, Mr.Kirman
Hard coral
Hard coral
Fan
Fan
Colorful fan
Colorful fan
Scorpion fish
Scorpion fish
Can you see that big baracuda?
Can you see that big baracuda?
aquarium underwater
aquarium underwater
Thousand of fish
Thousand of fish
The ship wreck
The ship wreck
Dancing with fish
Dancing with fish
Here we go!
Here we go!
Schooling fish
Schooling fish
Playing hide and seek
Playing hide and seek
Here fishy...fishy...
Here fishy...fishy...
Hard coral
Hard coral
Garden of eel
Garden of eel
My lunch, Chicken satay
My lunch, Chicken satay
wush...wush...
wush...wush...
Here you are!
Here you are!
Algea garden
Algea garden
Where my mama?
Where my mama?
Lets play hide and seek
Let's play hide and seek
I forgot this fish name
I forgot this fish name
Pixie taking a picture
Pixie taking a picture
Hey orange fish! Look at me!
Hey orange fish! Look at me!
Dont take my picture, Im too shy…
Don't take my picture, I'm too sh…
Christmast tree underwater
Christmast tree underwater
Home sweet home
Home sweet home
Hey yellow lips, wheres your frie…
Hey yellow lips, where's your fri…
Bow gun
Bow gun
Schooling fish
Schooling fish
Transforming
Transforming
Into the schooling
Into the schooling
Got it!
Got it!
Eva my old friend:D
Eva my old friend:D
I wanted to go to school too
I wanted to go to school too
Peace arin!
Peace arin!
Fat star fish:p
Fat star fish:p
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