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Dive Review of Diving 4 Images/Matahari Tulamben Resort in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by David Lenderman, TX, USA
Report Number 179
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Wakatobi, Sipadan, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Belize,
Hawaii, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Matahari Tulamben Resort had no special rinse tanks for photographers.  We
were able to borrow a large tub to keep at our room for a rinse tank. 
Owner is considering adding camera rinse tanks near pool.  Mimpi,next door,
had nice rubber lined rinse tanks at their dive center.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Tulamben offered several types of diving.  The big draw there is the wreck
of the Liberty.  Its a 300 foot long WWII wreck.   Its totally covered
with hard and soft corals.    A large school of jacks is usually circling
above the wreck.  The other beach dive sites include Paradise Reef and The
River for macro photo opportunities and The Drop Off  for wide angle.  A
fifth site, Batu Kelebit, can be accessed via a short boat ride.  For
nominal charge porters carry tank/bc set up to beach entry point of your
choice.  The beach is composed of smooth, flat rocks about 8 12 inches
in diameter.  Heavy , thick sole booties are a must.  Even with thick sole
booties the rocks hurt our feet.

Day trippers from south Bali show up late morning to dive the wreck.  Plan
you wreck dives to avoid the crowds.  Before day trippers arrive and after
they leave Tulamben is a very quiet place.  The village is very small.

We stayed five nights at Matahari Tulamben Resort ( 
Room was adequate for divers.  Big gated outdoor area to store dive gear. 
For $18/night including breakfast for two it was a bargain.  Beachfront
restaurant had friendly staff and cheap, tasty food.  Of the less expensive
places I thought Matahari Tulamben was the best pick.  If you need top end
accommodations Mimpi next door is beautiful.

For diving we enlisted the services of Graham Abbott of Diving 4 Images
( or email  After working in
Indonesia for five years, with the likes of Wakatobi and Kararu, Graham
just started his own operation.  He caters to photographers, videographers
and film crews.    He does Bali based diving as well as custom live-aboard
charters throughout Indonesia.  I dived with him two years earlier at
Wakatobi.  He is an amazing critter spotter.  Even after five years of near
daily diving in Indonesia he still logs every dive.  He keeps detailed
notes on what he sees and where it was found.  The information he has
compiled aids him in locating rare critters.  He has a very good
understanding of in what habitat/terrain different critters can be found. 
If you are looking for the rare, strange or bizarre he is your man.  Ask
and he finds it for you.

Some critters that Graham guided us to included: 10 ghost pipefish of
several varieties, 3 Spanish Dancers, Boxer Crabs, ribbon eels, frogfish,
tons of different shrimp, crabs and nudibranchs.  On night dives Graham
would find so many bizarre little crabs and shrimp that I was overwhelmed. 
I was amazed at his ability to relocate photo subjects on subsequent dives.
 Being able to return to subjects with more film helps to get the shot of
rare subjects.   
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