Tauch Terminal Bali - Diving around Bali & Tulamben, Day Trips & Special Dive Sites
Unlike the most resorts in Bali, the Tauch Terminal Resort Tulamben has to offer three outstanding dive sites directly in front of the adjacent beach. In the following, you will find comprehensive information about dive sites and the resort's dive center. Please click here for route map to our Bali Tulamben Dive Center, Hotel Resort & Spa.
dive center features a comfortable diver's hangout for
post dive chats and meetings plus a multimedia air-conditioned
classroom. 2 Coltri sub air compressors in combination
with a Nitrox filling station provide best air mixtures
to fill our 70 aluminium (38x 12l nitrox, 2x 15l nitrox, 26x 12l air, 2x 15l air, 2x 10l air) tanks. Aqualung dive sets, as wellas
torches, cameras and dive computers are for rent. Of
course, comfortable transport vans and all safety equipment
necessary to run a safe and professional dive service
are standard features of our dive resort. We offer all
SSI diving courses from beginner to professional. Our
big swimming pool has a shallow area and reaches 3 meters
at the deepest point, thus is an ideal training location
for confined water sessions of each course. The Tauch
Terminal Resort Tulamben & Spa is a certified Diamond Dive Resort and has also a certified SSI Diamond Instructor Dive Center. For more information about SSI diving courses please check our dedicated website: www.divebali.com
Tulamben Wreck is situated directly near the beach on
Bali's northeast coast. The 120m long wreck rests in a 90 degree angle with the deck
facing the sea side and used to be an American supply ship named USA Liberty".
Anchored off the coast of Lombok, the ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo during World War II. Miraculously nobody got
hurt, but the damage turned the ship into a non-functioning and useless hull. The American
Navy's plan to tow the ship to Singaraja harbor (north Bali) failed as the harbor was
completely occupied, so the ship was intentionally stranded on the rocky beach of
Tulamben, where it was unloaded. In 1963 the volcano Agung erupted and the magma flow
pressed the ship back into the sea where it presently rests at a depth of 3 to 29 meters.
Since then, coral covered the wreckage completely and turned it into a home for many
species of fish. From time to time, a Napoleon fish or huge barracuda drops by. You may
dive or snorkel this wreck comfortably, accessing it directly from the beach.
Tulamben Wreck at a glance
Reef characteristics: wreck
Visibility: 15-30 m
Current: none to moderate
Coral growth: wreck is completely covered by stone- and soft coral
Marine life: vast schools of fish (fusiliers and surgeon fish)
Highlight: the wreck is easy to dive even suitable for discover scuba diving
The Tulamben Wall starts at a depth of 1 m to then drop straight to
40 m. Besides amazing coral growth this reef also features an unbelievable landscape
sculpted by many overhanging rocks. The presence of smaller reef fish is abundant, with
angel fish being the species worth mentioning. Besides emperor angel fish, yellow-faced
angelfish and blue-banded angel fish can be found with the duke fish rounding out the
selection as a member of the angel fish family. Quite often, huge schools of jack fish
pass the wall, darkening the sun. Although it is a wall, this dive site is also suitable
The Coral Garden is only about a hundred meters away from our Tauch Terminal Resort Tulamben, which is located directly at the beach. The coral garden starts at a depth of 2-15 m and is wonderfully grown featuring stone- and soft coral alike. Besides numerous species of reef fish, the beautiful blue-yellow ribbon moray eel has found a home here. This dive site is also a superb snorkelling spot with none to moderate current.
Shark Point can be reached via
snorkelling close to the wall. The residing sharks are commonly whitetip- and blacktip
reef sharks and may rest at a depth of 20 to 30 m in a sandy area. When currents are
present, occasionally grey reef sharks and even hammerhead sharks circle the blue. The
current may become quite strong here and sometimes cold water might swell up forming
thermoclines. Thermoclines may lower the water temperature to 24 degrees for a short
period of time. This dive site is not suitable for snorkelling.
Tulamben drop off at a glance
Reef characteristics: drop off
Visibility: 15-30 m
Current: none to moderate (shark point to strong)
Coral growth: many stone and soft coral
Marine life: many species of reef fish, specially angelfish
Highlight: easy to dive, also visited during the open water course
KUBU is a small village in the neighborhood of Tulamben and just a short 10 minutes drive to the north-west. The Kubu reefs are easily accessible from the rocky lava shore, similar to the dive sites in the Tulamben bay area. The reef starts right off the beach in shallow water about 2 – 3 m deep featuring huge pinnacles of glassfish-covered coral heads. This site is a good snorkeling spot, too. The coral garden leads into a beautiful ridge covered with fields of stag horn coral (Acropora sp.) and some good sized bushes of soft coral (Dendronephthya spp.) which sometimes host rare crustaceans like porcelain crabs and tiny little cowrie snails (Pseudosimnia sp.). Please check for pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti) on deepwater gorgonian sea fans (Muricella sp.)! Nearly any kind of reef fish is abundant, schooling species like sawtooth barracudas (Sphyraena putnamiae) or large schools of fairy basslets (Pseudoanthias spp.) on the reef flat, but also individuals like large groupers can be seen. A very highlight would be the gorgeous juvenile pinnate batfish (Platax pinnatus) which hides in the dark of crevices and holes. This fish is rarely seen by divers but occasionally, and of course with a bit of luck, we can discover this beautiful animal on the Kubu reefs.
Especially “macro freaks” will like this site since we have discovered many rare species of nudibranches and sea slugs, some of them not yet described (unknown?).
. Kubu Reefs at a glance
Characteristics: beautiful coral garden leading into a coral ridge
Visibility: 15 - 30 m
Coral growth: rich coral pinnacles, wide fields of stag horn coral
Marine life: many species of reef fish, schooling barracudas
Highlight: pygmy seahorse, rare nudibranches, juvenile batfish
Special dive sites and day trip info:
- 4 boat dive sites: batu kelebit, palung palung, emerald, seraya secrets
- Nusa Penida, Blue Lagoon, Manta Point, Shark Point (formally bbq), Amed, Nusa Menjangan
All above mentioned sites are ideal for a night dive. You will see the Bumphead sleeping
family in the wreck, morey eels swimming or even the spanish dancer!
This site can ben reached by boat (10 minutes ride with the local fisherman's boat). A
higher chance of bigger fish. A huge napoleon and whitetip reef sharks are frequently
The island is known for its exceptional drift dive. Life is just extraordinary, and
visibility usually over 30-40 metres. The biggest chance to see big fish.
BBQ / Mimpang
We dive the shark point where encounter is most likely, and also at Mimpang where we
usually see whitetip reef sharks.
The small village Amed hide various dive sites accessible form the shore with the local
fishermen's boats. Nice corall walls and abundant marine life.