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Dive Review of Tulamben Wreck Divers in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Charles Menbeck, Illinois, USA
Report Number 1626
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, St. Lucia, Cozumel, Palau, Yap, Truk,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Did a shore dive on the Liberty Wreck at Tulamben on Bali's East Coast.
This is Bali's most popular dive. The history of this vessel dates back to
World War II and in the early 1960's when a major volcanic eruption pushed
it back into the sea. Suited up at the dive shop with the weight belt and
all. Then walked across the road and down a rocky path to the rocky
volcanic beach. The women helpers at the dive shop follow you as they carry
your equipment. They carry the tank by balancing it on their head as they
walk. An eye-opener. Certainly different. The wreck starts about 200 feet
off shore. Sponges and corals were abundant and healthy. Plenty of fish
life too. All your typical common species including new species I haven't
seen before on the macro level. There's a saying that you will discover a
new species on every dive here and I was beginning to believe it. My dive
guide led me on a very efficient profile as this wreck will allow you to
dive between 80-90+ feet all the way up to 10 feet. Lots to see on the
entire profile. Fish aren't fearful of divers as they swim very close. When
doing a safety stop on the sand, many decent sized fish came up very close
swimming in circles around us leading me to believe that people have been
feeding them. A very relaxful dive, worth the 2 hour drive from South Bali.
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