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Dive Review of Mimpi Dive Center/Mimpi Resort in
Indonesia/Tulamben, Bali

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Lori Brown, Chris Green, WA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports)
Report Number 1562
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Irian Jaya, Florida, Maryland, Washington
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
88   to 92    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions, the dive guide was unobtrusive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Nothing special though there was a dedicated rinse tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The dive to do in Tulamben is the U.S.A. Liberty wreck dive.  The story is
that Liberty was hit by a Japanese torpedo while it was in Lombok in 1942. 
It was towed to Tulamben beach and left there.  In 1963, a violent volcano
eruption on Bali (inexplicably) caused the ship to slide and sink right off
the beach. The wreck is accessible as a shore dive - there is the issue of
getting your equipment down to the shore.  The beach is not a sandy beach
but rather smooth, round, black, volcanic rocks. It is a bit challenging to
navigate over the rocks into the water.  Even more amazing is the way that
tanks were transported from the dive-shop to the beach.  We set up our
tanks at the dive shop.  Then, local women carried the tanks, ON THEIR
HEADS, over the treacherously rocky beach, to the entry point.  One of the
women carrying tanks was obviously about 7-8 months pregnant. Talk about
culture shock.
The water at the wreck was a bathwater 92∘F at the surface and
89∘ at depth.   The wreck is spectacular - especially since it is
so easy to get to.  It is in several pieces and the coral growth as well as
fish life are unbelievable.  This in addition to the indescribably imposing
mass and shape of the wreck.  We returned to the wreck the next day, early
in the morning, to photograph it with fewer divers about (there were about
10 the first day but they seemed to be everywhere we wanted to photograph).
  Right at the beginning of the dive, at about 25-30 feet, there was a
school of 15 bumphead parrot fish.  They were seemingly unaware of us and
went about their bumphead parrot business.  It was a memorable sight.  
	The only other dive we did on our limited trip was the wall called the
Drop Off.   Its kind of a mucky reef.  There was a huge purple fan about 6
feet by 6 feet and a blue spotted ray.  I also saw numerous yellow margin
trigger fish that seemed to tag along behind us.  This dive sported
numerous nudibranchs.   
	We stayed at the Mimpi Resort while we dived the Liberty.  The room was
small but clean.  There was a queen size bed and a loft with a twin bed for
our son.  The grounds were beautifully kept and their was a koi pond right
outside our door.  The ocean view was quite relaxing.  The staff was
unobtrusive but always helpful.  My husband dropped his wallet on the
grounds and it was returned by a gardener - with over $300 in cash in it. 
The restaurant was outdoors and the Indonesian meals were good.  The
nasi-goreng, rendang, and Tom-yung-kung soup were all excellent.  The only
complaint I had was there were some fairly aggressive locals hawking
souvenirs who wouldnt take no for an answer. The Mimpi Resort is about 2.5
hour drive from Denpasar Airport on a narrow winding road (I recommend
something for motion sickness if youre so inclined).  The trip was through
some breathtaking terraced rice paddies and imposing mountains and valleys.
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