Information for Divers visiting Tulamben
Where is Tulamben
Tulamben is located on the north-east coast of Bali, approximately 110 kilometres from the capital Denpasar. It is also 110 years behind the troubles of Bali's south! There are no night clubs, no girly-bars, no overcrowded resorts and no endless streets of market stalls. But there is fantastic coral reef and 'muck' diving, a quiet village atmosphere, a shipwreck just metres from the shore, a breathtaking panoramic view of a Volcano, some beautiful coastal scenery and a great sampling of the rich marine life Indonesia is renown for. Given time enough around Tulamben, you will find almost every fish, crustacean, coral, nudibranch, sponge or hydroid that you will find in any ID book from Indonesia.
Getting to Tulamben
From the resorts of the south coast (Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur) or from the Airport it is approximately a 2½ - 3 hour trip by car. From Ubud it is a two hour trip or from Candi Dasa 1 hour. We can arrange our driver to pick you up from anywhere on Bali for private transfer to Tulamben in a late model air-conditioned vehicle .
If you arrive into Bali late in the evening , or perhaps you'd like to stay in Kuta for a night or two at the beginning or end of your diving trip, we can arrange a hotel room for you close to the Airport and shopping area's.
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The journey encompasses a wide range of scenery, including the busy streets of outer Denpasar, then the open highway to Kusamba with glimpses of rural Bali and the mountains in the distance, followed by meandering roads through foothills, small villages, and then close to your destination is a winding road through some of Bali's most picturesque rice fields and mountain ranges that opens-up to the arid coastline near Tulamben. Our driver will happily stop en-route for snacks, drinks or for photo opportunities.
There are so many shops in the south of Bali, that any shopping for clothes, art works, wood carvings, jewellery etc. is best done before or after your trip to Tulamben. It is not really feasible to do any serious shopping on a day trip from Tulamben.
However our driver can be booked for a full day from your pick-up at the Airport and then guide you personally to any shopping that you request, followed by transfer to Tulamben.
Alternatively, you could leave Tulamben early and shop before departing on a late afternoon or evening departure from Bali.
Tulamben has a new shop next to the supermarket where you can buy clothes plus some souvenirs, prices are very reasonable . Snack foods and drinks are also available in Tulamben.
Dive Equipment Advice
Although we can arrange all diving equipment for you in Tulamben, we advise customers to at least bring their own BC, Regulator, wetsuit, Mask & Fins where possible. It is not always possible to rent dive equipment that fits as well as your own. If you are able to, then bring all of your own equipment. We provide tanks and weights as part of our guided dive pricing.
Clothing to Bring
Tulamben's climate is generally drier than most of Bali, it is generally sunny and hot (30ºC+). Clothing is light and very casual, most people wear shorts, T shirts, sarongs, skirts, sandals etc. during the day. In the middle of the dry season (July-September) the evenings can be a little breezy and slightly cool (22ºC) so ladies often find a long-sleeved blouse or cardigan handy. Hats and sunscreen are a must for people not accustomed to continuous sunshine, sunburn can (and does) ruin a dive trip.