Tulamben is mostly known fro its shipwreck. The Liberty, a U.S. nationally warship, was hit by a Japanese rocket in 1942. It laid stranded along the coast until 1963 eruption of Mt Agung pushed into sea, where it has remained to this day, less than 40m from the shore.
This combination of man-made and natural disasters turned out to be an ecological miracle. The artificial cave created by the wreck became an ideal shelter fro coral, gorgonians and sponges, themselves host to an incredible variety of fish. The mineral-Rich waters running from the slopes of Mt Agung may also add to the fertility of this site. And indeed, although the House Reef coral in front the beach were damaged by El Nino in 1998 and again by mudslides in 2002, they already show signs of recovery. During the last 15 years, some corals have also managed grown from nothing in front of the Paradise Palm Beach Bungalows. With quiet conditions suited all diver5s and snorkeling, and impressive biodiversity, the Tulamben shipwreck is perfect place to learn about marine life. Bring a good book about reef species or borrow one from your dive shop. As you swim around the awe, you’ll become acquainted with petite blue ribbon eels, photogenic ghost pipefish, lionfish, bump head parrotfish, swirling butterflies and more creatures at play or fighting for life amidst giant calms, great’s sea fans, and an infinite collection of soft and hard corals.
Other sites of interest include the 3om-deep Drop-Off where sharks and other pelagic species might be spotted, or Batu Kelebit, which is suited to advance divers and reachable by boat, recently, new dive spots have been discovered in Kubu, 4km north of Tulamben, Indeed, new dive sites are continually being identified. Ask your dive shop for these new sites, which are less crowded than the better-known ones.
Tauch Terminal is the best-run dive shop in Tulamben. It has operating in the area for more than ten years and knows the sites very well. All other dive shops in the island offer day trips to Tulamben.