Blue ribbon eel
Longfin and Circular
Bali is located between Java and Lombok and is part of the 'ring of fire'¹ within the
14.000² islands of the Indonesian archipelago.
Besides numerous cultural and natural attractions the 'Island of the Gods' offers a unique
underwater world. Worldwide there is no larger variety of species as within the virtual
triangle 'Bali/Philippines/Papua New Guinea'.
Mt. Gunung Agung (3.142 m)
Since 05/2001 I have worked for two years as a base leader for
Tauch Terminal Tulamben in the northeast of the island.
During this time I had plenty of opportunities to study Tulamben's outstanding dive sites.
First of all the legendary Liberty Wreck³ which is lying in just 3-30 m
and can be easily dived right from the beach.
Nowhere else I've seen more
so far than in Tulamben - a real macro paradise for UW photographers! ;-)
Unforgettable are the numerous
which I have discovered here and in other dive sites in Bali.
You will find detailled dive site descriptions
here... Here only in brief:
Besides the famous Liberty Wreck³ there are of course more dive sites in the
Tulamben bay area worth seeing:
- Coral Garden (Ghostpipefishes, nudibranchs, blacktip
reefsharks, blue ribbon eels, steene's dottyback)
- Drop Off (Steep wall, gorgonians, nudibranchs,
longnose hawkfish, yellow pyramid butterflyfishes, schooling fish)
- The River (Ghostpipefishes, nudibranchs, crustaceans,
blue ribbon eels and more macro subjects)
- Batu Kelebit (Pygmy seahorses, eagle rays,
bumphead parrotfishes, schooling fish)
Following dive sites are close to Tulamben:
- Kubu (Pygmy seahorses, blackfin barracudas, cuttlefishes)
- Amed (Nudibranchs, crustaceans, schooling fish)
- Lipah Bay (Wreck, nudibranchs, juv. batfishes)
Padang Bai, Bali
Padang Bai is situated at Bali's east coast and is comfortably accessible from Tulamben as
well as from Denpasar (1,5 h drive each). From here it's just a short boat ride to further
top dive sites:
- Nusa Penida (Reefs, current, sharks, manta rays!)
- Nusa Lembongan (Reefs, current, mola molas!)
- Blue Lagoon (Reefs, nurse sharks, wobbegongs, rhinopias)
- Gili Mimpang & Tepekong (Reefs, current, sharks)
- Gili Biaha (Cave, current, sharks, mola molas!)
Not to forget the 'cream sites' in the far west of Bali...:
- Menjangan (Reefs, variety of species, schooling fish)
- Gilimanuk (Secret!) Bay (Excellent 'Critters': ghostpipefishes,
nudibranchs, seahorses, frogfishes, picturesque dragonets, juv. batfishes and many
more rare macro subjects)
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» Bali, Indonesia
» Sulawesi & Komodo
» Khao Lak, Thailand
¹ "Ring of fire", an area of seismic and volcanic activity.
² Just 6.000 islands of those are named and more than 1.000 are still uninhabited!
³ This top dive site has it basically earned to be described much more precisely. However,
this would definitely go the scope of this website.
You will find further information about the Liberty Wreck amongst others on the internet
as well as in various other sources (see attached link list).