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Dive Review of Tuach Terminal/Tauch Terminal in
Indonesia/Tulamben

Tuach Terminal/Tauch Terminal, Jul, 2010,

by linda rutherford, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 5679.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving caribbean, fiji, malaysia, indonesia, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none, except be up by 60 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We were very pleased with this land resort. It has free Nitrox; is nearest the best dive site, the Liberty Wreck; & has regular trips by boat to other places.

They have a large beach front, two swimming pools, and all rooms have views. The 2nd floor rooms have a deck with table and chairs and pillow balcony. The 1st floor rooms have outside lounge chairs and convenient access.

Wireless internet is by a satellite connection. We were the only Americans. 75% of the customers are German and the rest from Australia, Japan, and England.

I love diving the Liberty Wreck. The fish are accustomed to divers and do not swim away when we approach. I crept to within 3 feet of a giant barracuda that was 6 feet long, who never moved an inch, as I approached. A school of bump-head parrot fish swam very close by.

There can be a lot of divers on the wreck. Early morning is best, like 7:30 or 8 am. We did 4 dives on the Liberty, and to me, each one was different. One time we saw two two octopuses, and one was out swimming around. The shore entrance to the wreck is small gravel that are no problem for entrance in the water.

"Coral Garden" right in front of the dive shop has 8 inch rounded stones to walk on, more tricky for walking. I got into 7 inches of water then fell over on my side with the tank hitting first. Luckily, I was not at all hurt. I had inflated my bc, which served as an "air bag." It was a good dive. Saw a black-tip shark in just 24 feet of water, a green and yellow scorpion leaf fish, orangutan crab, white freckled surgeon, two orange ornate ghost pipefish, giant 2 foot snappers, and several humphead wrasse. Not much coral, but a lot of fish.

Tulamben seems to have more different fish and larger fish than the area we were diving previously on an expensive live- aboard for 11 days. Maybe because Tulamben is near the deep trench between Lombok and Bali.

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