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Tulamben has become one of Bali’s most famous diving area’s. Tulamben Bay, like the rest of Bali, is situated in the richest marine biogeographic zone in the world. Being on the northeast coast, the bay receives plankton rich waters from the major ocean currents that move from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. This, coupled with the fact that the three main dive sites provide totally different physical environments, means that Tulamben contains a stunningly diverse underwater ecosystem.

The black sand of Tulamban does not provide the reflective properties of white limestone sand and, combined with the amount of plankton in the water, accounts for the relatively low visibility. It does however provide a dramatic contrast, which brings out the colours of the corals, gorgonians, fish and other marine life.

Day-trippers travelling from Sanur to the east Bali dive locations of Tulamben and Amed will get a look at our traditional Bali. The drive is approx. 3 hours. Diving in Tulamben is normally done from shore, where entry can be challenging.

Many people prefer to stay overnight in Tulamben rather than day trip here. The local people are very friendly and Bagus Marine Dive both support and know the local community. We have been diving in this area before it became developed as a popular dive destination. By diving in Tulamben you are also supporting the local community. Only in Tulamben will you see young and old women alike carrying diving equipment on their heads, to the dive entry points, to earn their living

Location: Tulamben bay
Visibility: 5-30m
Depths: 6-40 m (20-130ft)
Travel time to site: 3 hours by mini-bus

Diving Conditions: At 30 m the current normally flows south. The currents attract lots of fish, which you will see in the open water as you swim along the wall.

Underwater Topography: Above the wall itself divers begin at the south end of Tulamben bay where you can walk in and swim along the black sand slope, then head out east to the corner where rocks poke out of the water just off the point. After a short swim, the sheer wall of the drop-off comes into view and sea life blooms.

The wall itself is a seascape of colorful sponge life and coral growth.

Marine life: Hawkfish, spot a tiny, rare pygmy seahorse, whale sharks (very rare) manta rays, sharks and dogteeth tuna, octopus, the occasional hammerhead shark.

They are all attracted to the plankton swept by the current from the Tulamben Slopes.

this activity operated by Bali BZH Diving company

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