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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben September 3rd 2012

Another short trip to Tulamben. I wanted to dive the USAT Liberty, one of the most recommended wreck dives of the world. And it really is. Besides this I met a great guy, Ketut Sukerdana and Kadek, one of his diveguides. And the meal at the restaurant was mybe the best I had on the island.... read more
the beach at Tulamben
a map of the wreck
Ketut Sukerdana

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben July 31st 2012

A few months ago leaving Sumatra I transitted through Bali and on arrival at the airport found a cancelled flight so had to stay an extra night. I found out why the airline cancelled the flight (runway curfew) and posted it here, on their facebook page and on a few Facebook travel pages - and was instantly contacted by them with vouchers for free return flights to..Bali, so Giant and I decided to zip up for a few days diving. My friend from childhood Michael runs several dive outfits on Bali and surrounding islands and I have dived with his people often so I gave him a call and asked if he could organise somewhere new for me to dive and all the pickup and transfers. Pak Mikes staff went to work doing their awesome organisational ... read more
Tulumben Sunrise
Sunrise from Villa
Doing it the Balinese way

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben June 28th 2012

After an amazing few days in Nusa Lembongan, we decided to head back to Bali! Vinny went off to book our boat back to Bali and booked us onto the vegetable boat back to the mainland!! This is a tiny little boat, that comes over from Bali early in the morning loaded with vegetables and leaves with around 4 backpackers on the way back! We left The Secret Garden and headed to the beach, a little sad to be leaving and contemplating staying on longer! We couldn't believe it when this tiny little contraption appeared along the shore!! We waded in and threw our bags on and climbed aboard! Another stop was made a little further to collect two more backpackers and off we went across the fairly rough sea between the islands! An hour and ... read more
Coming close to Bali
Rice terraces
Locals Vinny met on his trek

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben May 17th 2012

The second half of my trip was much more what I was expecting from Bali. Wednesday morning the dive bus picked me up at my hotel and we drove 2.5 hours up the coast to Tulamben. We parked at a beautiful resort on the rocky shore, and the water was pure blue with a pristine infinity pool meeting it. We geared up and made the trek over the rocky beach carrying our tanks on our backs. Once you finally fell into the water, the trick was getting your flippers on. Tulamben is the site of the US Liberty, a ship that was bombed by the Japanese during WW2. It’s just off the coast, so probably the easiest ship wreck to dive because you do not have to go very deep. The coral is beautiful and the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben April 26th 2012

Today I went diving for the first time. It was totally wierd experience. WE dived around 18 meters, x2 for 45 mins each time. It was a shipwreck so we got to explore. I'm sure I wasn't supposed to be doing all of it as a benginner but hey that's what's great about travel! I saw NEMO in an enenemamama or whatever it is. the coral stung me and we came across unicorn fish which are poisenous. Only found out afterwards though thank goodness. x... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben July 26th 2011

I arrived at Denpasar airport worrying. My parents and I had planned to meet on the 25th but their plane landed on the 24th. I knew that they had arrived early but wasn’t able to communicate with them to find out where they were going to stay. When I stepped out of customs they were there waiting. PHew...after a celebratory group hug, we looked for my name in the sea of drivers holding up signs and went to Tulamben. The Balinese are super friendly. Everyone smiles at you on the street and says hi. I love it! The people we encountered treated us like friends rather than clients. Don’t let this deceive you though, you have to bargain everything. Tulamben is a diving town set between a 9,300 foot volcano and a beautiful black sand beach. ... read more
View from the boat
Water Place
Royal Water Palace

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben October 26th 2010

So, da bin ich also wieder. On the road again. Die erste Woche in Bali ist vorbei. Nach einem nicht mehr enden wollenden Flug ueber 18 Stunden mit Landungen in Doha/Qatar und Singapur kam ich abends in Kuta - Flughafen auf Bali an. Ich war froh, den Flug gemeinsam mit Didi zu haben, so konnten wir wenigstens ein wenig quatschen und uns gemeinsam die Zeit vertreiben. Die erste Nacht habe ich mich ueberwunden, in den Touristenort Kuta zu gehen und hatte ein einfaches Hotel reserviert. Es war guenstig und halbwegs ok, aber der Massentourismus macht mir jedes Mal fast Angst. Am naechsten Tag organisierte ich mir ein guenstigen Transport nach Kubu an der Ostkueste. Dort fahren keine Busse hin, da bleibt einem nur ein Privatfahrer. Ich erwischte aber einen zu einem sehr fairen Preis. Der war ... read more
Didi und ich im Flieger
Goa Lawa
Goa Lawa 2

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben September 24th 2010

After Borneo I flew to Singapore and had a great relaxing 24 hours with book reading and fabulous Turkish food! Then I took a late flight and arrived in Denpasar at 21.30. After tons of paper work I got my visa and took a taxi to my 'home stay' as they call the small hotels. The next morning I got ready to see the Mola Mola/Sunfish at Nusa Penida. I was very lucky and saw two on the first dive!! It was such a cool creature, very surreal. Apart from that the diving was average and I had some reef wreckers on the boat...had to play reef police but they still kept on lying all over the reef.. Transferred to Tulamben which is a bit further up north and got an ear infection...arrrrrrghhh!!! After a couple ... read more
coral crab

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben August 18th 2010

Here some pics of the Tulamben dive!!!... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Tulamben July 25th 2010

I said goodbye to Richard on Thursday even though we found out just a few minutes before leaving for the dive centre that his flight was on Friday morning as to that morning. It was too late to cancel going on my 2 day trip to Tulamben so hopefully he enjoyed his extra day in Sanur anyway. The reason for the overnight trip was that one of the girls here is short on logged dives to get her divemaster before she leaves so we had to do as many dives as we could. I thought this would involve lots of short dives - I was definitely wrong. We spent an hour underwater followed by an hour surface interval and repeated until we had 5 dives each day. The dives started to last as long as our ... read more
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