DIVING AROUND TULAMBEN
USAT Liberty Wreck
The wreck of the Liberty is one of the world’s best-known wreck dives and one of the most easily accessible. Only 40 metres from the shore, the wreck starts in less than 5 metres of depth, making it a great first wreck dive site for novice divers.
Following a descent along a sandy slope, most divers will first recognise the rudder and the stern of this former cargo ship. Whilst many of its parts have turned into artificial reefs over the years, the boilers remain recognisable and there are a number of safe swim-through areas on the wreck. The deepest parts of the Liberty can be found in 27 – 30 metres. This is also a fantastic early morning dive or night dive, offering a chance to see large bumphead parrotfish, groupers and the elusive Spanish dancer nudibranch at night.
Coral Garden and Drop off
Located in close proximity to the Liberty shipwreck, Tulamben's Coral Garden is extremely rich in macro life. This is the place to find ribbon moray eels, nudibranchs and much more in around 10 – 15 metres. Descend a little deeper for a chance to see bigger marine life like barracuda and even reef sharks.
The Drop Off starts just on the othr site of the bay and – just like the coral garden – it is easily accessed from the shore. The wall can be up to 85 metres deep here, but most divers spend their time between 20 and 30 metres where both larger marine life and smaller creatures are found.
On your safety stop you may be joined by a large shoal of jackfish that usually hang out in this area. They are often accompanied by a giant trevally, both of which offer great photo opportunities.
Kubu / Monkey reef
Only a short drive from Tulamben lies the village of Kubu. Kubu is home to the so-called monkey reef, offering an easy shore dive with plenty of photographic opportunities. There are some of the area’s most beautiful soft corals here, so it’s worth spending some time on your dive admiring them and taking pictures.
One of our favourite muck dives! This site was simply made for underwater photography and to play with your camera’s macro settings.
Here is where we find those truly special and hard-to-spot species like harlequin shrimp, frogfish, crabs and juvenile lion fish to name just a few. Follow our guides and let them show you underwater life you've never seen before.
One for more experienced divers, this deep reef lies in 25 to 90 metres and is reached by boat from Tulamben within a few minutes.
It's a great place to spot larger fish like giant groupers and sweet lips as well as moray eels. Batu Kelebit offers an easy drift dive on most days, although currents can run stronger depending on the tides.
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