Tulamben wreck dive

Tulamben highlights

The Tulamben wreck is an unforgettable dive. It’s Bali’s most popular dive site and home to an amazing amount of marine life. The chance to dive a World War Two shipwreck makes it an unmissable part of your Bali diving vacation. However the wreck isn’t the only dive site at Tulamben. You can also dive a drop-off, a shallow coral garden, and a deep coral reef. Tulamben is the best place to night dive in Bali and if you stay overnight you can take a magical sunrise dive.


The story of the Tulamben wreck

The USS Liberty was built in 1918 as a cargo ship and saw service in WW1 transporting horses and general cargo. At the start of WWII it was fitted with guns and used for military transport as the USAT Liberty. Head down to 20 meters (65 ft) and you can still clearly see the remains of the stern gun. In 1942 the Liberty was hit by a Japanese torpedo as it passed by the nearby island of Lombok. There were no casualties but the ship was badly damaged.

An attempt was made to tow the Liberty to North Bali for repairs but it was unable to continue the journey and so was beached at Tulamben. The Liberty stayed on the beach at Tulamben for the next 21 years, mostly unnoticed in this remote rural area of Bali. In 1963 an eruption of the nearby Agung volcano pushed the ship into the sea where it remains to this day. This strange story explains why the Tulamben wreck is known as one of the world’s most convenient shipwreck dives. It lies on a sandy slope just 30 meters (100 ft) from the beach.


Diving the Tulamben wreck

Anybody can dive the shipwreck at Tulamben. It usually has little or no current and no special wreck diving skills are required because it’s a bright airy dive with constant access to the surface. Less experienced divers can stay in the shallower parts of the wreck which start at around 6 meters (20 ft). More experienced divers can head down to the deeper parts of the wreck at 30 meters (100 ft).

The wreck is 125 meters (411 ft) long and 17 meters (55 ft) wide. You can easily fin around it in one dive. It’s still mostly intact and you can swim through the Liberty’s huge cargo hold. The hold is full of life because so many fish shelter there from the waves and current.

The Tulamben wreck is home to an amazing 400 species of reef fish and is visited by 100 species of pelagics (silver ocean-dwelling fish). Almost every surface is covered in healthy colorful corals. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the 90-second video at the top of this page (or click here) and you will see Jack fish, Damselfish, Gorgonian, Surgeon Fish, Feather Star, Fire Coral, Great Barracuda, Sea Squirt, Table Coral, Barrel Sponge, Green Back Bullseye, Glass Fish, Parrot Fish, Trumpet Fish, Modish Idol and Grouper. That’s just in a 90-second video. Serious underwater photographers often spend weeks here because there is such rich and varied marine life in one easily accessible location. If you love macro diving request one of Bali Scuba’s talented spotter dive guides when you make your booking for a Tulamben dive trip.

Unlike many other Bali dive sites Tulamben usually has warm water, around 28C (82F). It has a rocky beach with black sand underwater. Tulamben is a quiet fishing village and a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the busier parts of Bali. Bring your camera to grab a photo of the young porter girls carrying two tanks and a set of scuba gear on their heads! Non-diving family or friends can relax at one of the beachside restaurants or grab a massage.


How to get to Tulamben

Tulamben is on the North East coast of Bali about two by road from South Bali. The dive sites at Tulamben are mostly beach entry or just a few minutes by boat. We depart from Sanur at 8AM and return at 5-6PM. On the journey to Tulamben you can enjoy the scenic rice terrace views that Bali is so famous for.


How much does it cost to dive Tulamben?

IDR 1,500,000 for two dives
IDR 400,000 for dive equipment rental

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  • 14-year accident-free record
  • Diving in small groups
  • All guides PADI Divemaster
  • Medical oxygen every trip
  • Clean air & clean tanks
  • Well-maintained equipment


  • Hotel transfers (Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak & Nusa Dua)
  • Lunch & soft drinks
  • Tanks, weights & guide for 2 dives
  • Free Nitrox 32% (if certified)
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The Tulamben wreck

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