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Dive Review of Tulamben Wreck Divers in
Indonesia/Tulamben

Tulamben Wreck Divers: "Diving under the volcano", Oct, 2017,

by John E. Keith, UT, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9895.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Tulamben was our first stop on a 5-week trip, the 2 1/2 week Indonesian portion of which was arranged by Dive Adventures (Nina) in Australia, whom we recommend most highly. We arrived in Denpasar late and our driver had left, so we spent a night in Denpasar. That also meant we missed a dive opportunity. The drive from Denpasar to Tulamben was interesting (if a little hair raising). Kope Luwak, rice paddies, monkeys, etc. We arrived at the resort and were installed in our very nice room - spacious, clean, and nice views one of which was Mt. Agung, which is an active volcano about 10 miles or so from the resort. We had only 2 1/2 days at Tulamben, so our diving was limited. We had a divemaster assigned to us for the stay (Ketut) who was excellent. All our dives were shore dives with a short walk from the resort (gear transported by dive staff). Ketut was very good at helping us enter and exit over somewhat rocky beaches. We dove the Liberty the first dive. We are not big wreck divers, but I'm sure those who are would find it a fine dive (many entries, exits, etc.). There was a pretty strong current around the wreck. Ketut pointed out lots of little critters (nudis, shrimps, eels, including a blue ribbon, etc.) in the "muck." We also dove two sites away from the Liberty which had some coral and man-made structures (mostly old tires). Again, lots of little stuff -shrimp, ghost pipefish, nudis, scorpionfish, etc. Our final dive was back at the Liberty on an early (6 am) dive to see a "herd" of bumphead parrot fish, which reminded us of Napolean wrasse (water) and buffalo (land). While there were quite a few divers on the Liberty both times, it didn't seem too crowded. Gear was rinsed and stored at the dive shop. The meals at the resort were tasty and service was good. Ketut's family even provided laundry service for us (at a VERY low cost). Watching the mountain smoke and glow was an added experience. Given our limited dive time, I'd recommend the resort - staff is good and dives are interesting. A couple of days after we left, Tulamben was closed to diving and evacuated.
Websites Tulamben Wreck Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Egypt, Florida, California, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Australia, Maldives
Closest Airport Denpasar Getting There 2-3 hour drive from airport

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with divemaster.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments There was a camera tank at the dive shop, but not much in the way of camera care space.
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