5 Best Things to Do in Tulamben

Most Popular Tulamben Attractions

Most of the best things to do in Tulamben are closely related to the beauty that lies beneath the waves. Most of this beauty can be discovered right off the coast of this fishing village in East Bali. Tulamben is popular among divers, first drawn here to see the WWII shipwreck that’s now overgrown with coral and teeming with marine life. Over the years more curios have been deliberately sunk to add to the variety. This is a great spot for underwater photography. You’ll be sure to capture some worthwhile shots and even catch a glimpse of a seldom seen species or two on your trip here.

There’s also a decent number of options of things to do and see above the waves of Tulamben, despite the mostly barren overland terrain that records the lava paths of Mount Agung’s history of volcanic eruptions. These include the exotic pebbly and black sand beach of Tulamben itself, as well as a peculiar complex up on the hills, featuring a tree house and pyramid structure built by a local homeowner with a knack for architectural ingenuity. Make the most of your next trip to East Bali with this list of the top 5 things to do in Tulamben.

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As Tulamben’s main dive site, the USAT Liberty Shipwreck offers a very interesting dive to the remains of a vessel which was torpedoed by the Japanese during WWII and is now overgrown with coral. The wreck lies on black volcanic sand at between 5 to 30 meters deep and relatively close to the shore – it’s believed to be one of the world’s easiest wreck dives. The shipwreck offers an underwater playground that suits all diving skill levels. The 120m-long wreck is broken into pieces and the guns, boilers, chains and anchors can still be seen. Snorkelling over the wreck is possible, with the highest point of the stern only 4 meters below the surface. Best dive conditions and visibility is usually between August and November. Read More...

  • Location: Tulamben, Kubu, Karangasem, East Bali 
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Boga Shipwreck
Boga Shipwreck

The Boga Shipwreck dive site of Tulamben off the coast of East Bali is famous for the WWII USS Liberty shipwreck. However, this 85-metre-long cargo vessel, just 5 minutes away from the USS Liberty, was deliberately sunk more recently in 2011 and at a depth of around 25 meters has gradually attracted algae and coral growth. The ship’s intact steering wheel is a favourite photo-op among free-divers, while a range of statues, a classic Volkswagen 181 next to the cargo hatch, alongside other sunken objects, adds to the visual variety of this fun dive site.

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Suci Place Underwater Statues 
Suci Place Underwater Statues

There’s a great diving reef right off the shores of the Matahari Tulamben Resort Dive & Spa. In 2013, the resort created a new diving highlight consisting of curious artefacts, including Hindu gods and Buddha statues, at depths between 9 and 17 meters. Various other curiosities, such as Buddhist stupas and a complete range of Hindu gods and goddesses, have gradually been submerged creating a host of photo opportunities for the interested diver. The structures also serve as new homes for plenty of tropical fish, even mola-mola and eagle rays have been sighted in the waters around here.

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Rumah Pohon Batu Dawa Tree House

Rumah Pohon Batu Dawa Tree House is a private complex featuring a variety of bamboo tree houses, a mini-Borobudur-like structure and bamboo and wooden suspension bridges where, for an entrance fee of only IDR 10,000 (less than a dollar), you can cross over and roam around enjoying panoramic views over the hills of Tulamben. It is a popular recreational site among local weekenders, as well as international visitors looking for a break from the usual diving adventures off the coast. There is also a spot with a ‘warung’ food stall selling local cuisine that is fully stocked with snacks and beverages.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00-18:00
  • Location: Tulamben, Kubu, Karangasem, East Bali  
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Tulamben Beach
Tulamben Beach

Tulamben Beach comprises a palm tree-lined coastline with a beach containing smooth pebbles and rocky volcanic boulders that stand in contrast to the soft sandy white beaches of Bali’s popular southwestern beach resort areas. Tulamben is, after all, best known for its underwater treasures, but the seascapes here are definitely wortha visit due to their uniqueness. An added bonus is they come without the crowds you will find on the more popular beaches. You can enjoy a more serene experience with a quiet, laidback vibe on this distinctive beach.

  • Location: Tulamben, Kubum, Karangasem, East Bali 
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