Although Bali is most famous for its cheap & cheerful getaways and partying in Kuta, there is another side to this beautiful island that will delight scuba divers. There are several excellent shore dives around Tulamben, and you can also do day tours to regions such as Padang Bai, Batu Kelebit, Nusa Penida, Mimpang and Amed. Sites range from coral diving to macro diving, and some are famous for sharks, sunfish or manta rays. This is a great place to bring your non-diving friends, as there are lots of land tours to delight you including visits to temples, waterfalls, jungles, caves, hot springs and rivers.
The Mola Mola sunfish, a large disc-shaped fish with a thick skin that glides around the open ocean and comes to the surface on occasion to sun itself, can be found here during July to September.
Bali is also home to the USAT Liberty shipwreck, a US Army transport ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942. The wreck is sitting in black sand at a maximum of 30m, with the top in 3m making it excellent for snorkelers and divers of all certifications. It is an explosion of marine life, encrusted in corals and covered in schools of fish such as trevally, fusiliers, colourful anthias, batfish and sweetlips as well as a great number of macro species.
Tauch Terminal Resort
Tauch Terminal Resort is right next to the beach, allowing easy access to diving. Accommodation is available in either Deluxe Rooms or Bungalows, all with air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and ocean views. The entire resort was renovated in 2008 and is designed specifically for the needs of divers. Two freshwater pools provide a place to relax during the day, and the two-storey restaurant with stunning ocean views serves a variety of Balinese and international cuisine.
Tulamben Wreck Divers
Tulamben Wreck Divers is a boutique dive resort with seven rooms (superior, deluxe and penthouse) in the main accommodation as well as the Beachfront Villa Suites. The onsite dive centre specialises in Mola Mola safari tours and also visits all the Tulamben sites such as the USS Liberty shipwreck. A central pool provides a nice place to relax at the end of the day.
Tours can be arranged to visit the sites around Tulamben.
Bali Dynasty Resort
Bali Dynasty Resort is a premier hotel in South Kuta offering rooms from Deluxe through to Executive Suite, all with ensuite and air conditioning. Hotel facilities include six restaurants, four bars, a spa, fantastic kids club, three swimming pools including one just for adults and one with a waterslide. The resort layout is unique, and caters to both couples and families.
The resort is within walking distance to Waterbom Park, the Discovery Shopping Mall and the nightlife of Kuta. A complimentary hospitality lounge is available for early arrivals and late departures.
Alam Anda Dive Resort
On the north east coast of Bali, hidden behind coconut & orange plantations, far away from all other tourists the Alam Anda Dive & Spa Resort lies directly by the sea. Relax on the secluded beach or enjoy the beautiful tropical palm gardens. Choose from Deluxe Garden or Seafront Bungalows or for a truly luxurious stay opt to stay in one of the sumptuous villas. For Divers, the newly renovated Werner Lau Diving Centre is located 50m from the beach and is available to cater for all your underwater exploration needs.
Nestled at the foot of Bali’s most famous volcano ‘Gunung Agung’, Villa Markisa offers beautiful bungalows situated in their own private gardens to provide you with the ultimate tropical feeling. Enjoy beautiful sunrises or just relax with a cooling drink on your spacious patio. Dive Bali’s most famous site Tulamben’s USS Liberty Shipwreck just a few minutes high speed boat trip away or you can meet up with a variety of undersea critters at “Seraya Secrets” directly in front of the resort’s beach.