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

Mimpi Dive Center/Mimpi Resort, Dec, 2004,

by Lori Brown, Chris Green, WA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports). Report 1562.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 88 to 92 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 0 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, the dive guide was unobtrusive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Nothing special though there was a dedicated rinse tank.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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