Tulamben Drop-Off

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Tulamben Drop-Off

This site is an old lava flow from Mount Agung, at the east side end of the Tulamben bay. The dive starts off on a steep sand slope with nudibranches, flounders, goby/shrimp sets. At 12m are sponges with many varieties of shrimp, leaf scorpion fish and crinoids, often with attendant ghost pipefish. Continuing round to the east, the slope develops into a reef with very impressive topography, becoming a vertical wall from 15m and descending to below 60m. Visibility is usually 15-20m (due to the amount of plankton in the water). The wall has profuse sponges, corals, black coral bushes, gorgonian fans - at 30m there is a sea fan that reaches 2m in width. You may see white tip and black tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, big bumphead parrotfish, some big filefish (including scrawled) and moray eel. Late afternoon is the time to see the wide variety of lionfish. From southern Bali (Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Denpasar) drive east via Gianyar town, Semarapura and Amlapura. From Amlapura head north to Culik. Tulamben is about 20 minutes from Culik. Resorts are situated on either side of the road in Tulamben. Those on the right run down to the beach. The drive takes about 3 hours.
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Aqua Dive Paradise
Aqua Dive Paradise
Jl. Puri Madha No.2, Tulamben
Kubu, Kabupaten Karangasem
Tulamben, null 80853
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Bali Dive Resort and Spa
Bali Dive Resort and Spa
Jalan Raya Amlapura-Singaraja, Banjar Batudawa Kel
Desa Tulamben, Kecamatan Kubu, Karangasem Bali
Tulamben, null 80853
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Liberty Dive Resort
Liberty Dive Resort
Tulamben - Kubu
Karangasem Bali
Tulamben, null 80853
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Kubu Indah Resort
Kubu Indah Resort
JL Sida Karya
Kubu Karangasem Bali
Tulamben, null 80853
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Alam Batu
Alam Batu
Jl Batu Pemasuh
Desa Baturinggit, Kubu Karangasem
Tulamben, null null
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Bali Fab Dive Center
Bali Fab Dive Center
Jalan Melasti, Biaslantanh
Bali, Karangasem
Amed, null 80851
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Diving La Vida Loca
Diving La Vida Loca
Jalan Melasti, Desa Purwa Kerthi. Amed Abang,
Karangasem, Bali, null 80852
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Two Fish Divers Amed
Two Fish Divers Amed
Jl Raya Amed
Bali
Amed, null 80228
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No Fear Diving
No Fear Diving
Jalan Raya Ketut Natih
Abang, Karangasem
Amed, null 80852
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Ocean Dive League
Ocean Dive League
Amed-Jemelur Main Street
Abang, Karangasem, Bali
Tulamben, null 80852
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Ed Kenney
Ed Kenney
Feb 6, 2005, 12:00 AM
scuba
Stayed at the excellent economy hotel Paradise and dove with Aquamarine both years we were there. Had time to do a couple dozen solo shore dives stretching from the small coral garden right out front, through the River site, across and down the Drop-off and sometimes all the way to Alamanda. The Drop-off was partially smothered by the winter mudflow event in 2003 down the Agung volcano, but I still loved the exposed parts on top and the deeps down to 120. You can find anything here, from herds of Bumphead parrotfish to black-tip reef shark forays to lots of pygmy seahorses and especially, in 2003, hordes of lionfish in the afternoon. Perhaps the most impressive thing I've seen is turning off my night-time torch at 100 feet near the bottom of the spur closest to the hotels and watching the flashlight fish ascend the wall. Scorpion fish, the occasional frogfish, bumblebee shrimp, squat lobster, even ghost pipefish have been seen here by my sons and I. My favorite route is to start in the protected lee of the drop-off, especially during new moon tides, head down to the big seafan at the 30 meter corner, spend lots of time there and then come back via the river site all the way to the coral garden. If tides allow, my 2nd favorite route is to enter at the same spot, cross the wall at 60 and head right on to Alamanda, catching the tidal change back across the Drop-off reef top to the River site and if air remains, even back to the coral garden.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Brian Cherniak
Brian Cherniak
Apr 13, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
The Drop off at Tulamben is very near the USS Liberty Wreck. You can see it from the entry point. While it is not the Liberty, it is still a nice dive. If it is really crowded at The Liberty Wreck, then diving here can be a good thing. Good macro Photography can be had here.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
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