Tulamben | USAT Liberty Wreck | Diving Guide in Bali

Here in Tulamben, the sea is generally calm, which provides easier and more relaxing snorkeling and dives sessions in Tulamben. This place is world-renowned amongst divers, and is particularly famous for the USAT Liberty wreck.

We recommend dive in Tulamben as your first diving experience in Bali : the spot is ideal to discover the marine life.

You will travel by mini bus to the north eastern corner of Bali (about 2h20),  to the tiny fishing village of Tulamben; one of the most renowned and most frequented locations in Bali for scuba diving.   For this dive in Tulamben, You will have the opportunity to observe a multitude of species of fish and corals known to inhabit the seas of Indonesia.

The rich biodiversity of the sea floor attracts underwater photographers, naturalists, and divers passionated about marine biology.  Dive in Tulamben is recommended for both macro lovers and ambiance photographers, as the colorful marine life stands out against the volcanic black sand sea bed.



The Liberty wreck is one of the most easily dived wrecks in the world.  Located just 25 metres from shore, and resting between 5 – 30 metres deep, it is accessible to all levels and variety of divers:  introduction (1st time) divers, beginners, experienced, freedivers, and snorkelers can all enjoy this enchanting wreck.

In 1942, the USAT Liberty, a United States military cargo ship, was torpedoed by the Japanese while stationing off the strait of Lombok.  Damaged, the Unites States towed the ship towards Bali, hoping to make it to the northern region of Singaraja, but the ship began to break apart and instead was beached onto the shore of Tulamben.

In 1963, the earthquakes caused by the volcanic eruption of Mount Agung pushed the ship into the sea where it sank onto its side and was forgotten until the early 1980’s. During the last 50 years it remained underwater, and a marine life of all colors, shapes, and sizes have colonized the 120 metre- long vessel. Night dives are also unforgettable! Each night the numerous Parrot fish arrives on the wreck and sleep there together as one big family (there are about 20 individ


From the beach, just south of the wreck, macro-life and photography enthusiasts will be delighted ! The flora and fauna here is very rich and also abundant, even in the shallows (4-10m).

A number of artificial reef structures attract a large quantity of fishes, including species such as damselfish, butterfly fish, and surgeonfish, and also important numbers of “cleaning stations” where morays, groupers, snappers and other species come to partake in a symbiotic relationship with the shrimps that “clean off” or eat the parasites living on their bodies.  This is an ideal location for a night dive.


  • Type of dive:  Coral reef, PADI course, night, photography, marine biology, navigation, snorkeling
  • Depth:  5- 25 metres
  • Certification level required:  Introduction dive (not certified), certified diver (Open Water or equivalent)
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 -30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna: Nudibranch, giant moray, honeycomb moray, ribbon eel, garden eel, blue spotted and kuhl’s stingrays, cleaner shrimps, grouper, peacock mantis shrimp, lion fish, clownfish, triggerfish, ghost pipefish, leaf scorpion fish, frog fish, stone fish, pufferfish, boxfish, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year


The large wall of Tulamben, fittingly called Drop Off, is one of the most popular dive sites in Bali. The reef descends from 3 metres down to 70 metres deep; the sheer wall was created by the lava flow from the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963.

This wall is covered by a great number of corals, gorgonians, and sponges.  The topography of the site is incredible thanks to its sheer underwater cliffs, where you can encounter “cleaning stations”,as well as a multitude of enormous, vibrantly colored sponges and gorgonians.  The dive continues to an undulating plateau of coral where you can find morays, mantis shrimp, and varieties of pipefish hiding in the crevices.


  • Type of dive:  Wall, PADI course, deep, photography, biology, snorkeling
  • Depth:  5 -60 metres
  • Certification level required: Certified diver  (Open Water Diver or equivalent)
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 – 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna: Nudibranch, giant moray, snowflake moray, grouper, lion fish, triggerfish, humphead parrotfish, leaf scorpion fish, stone fish, pipefish, pufferfish, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year


Seraya is a particulary great site for “muck diving”.  It’s a paradise for macro-life, and therefore more recommended to photographers and divers who love the tiniest of creatures.  Here we can find strange and rare creatures, such as the famous harlequin shrimp, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, nudibranch, frogfish, dragonets, and a myriad of cleaning stations where you’ll find morays and a diverse array of colorful fish.


  • Type of dive:  Black sand (or “muck”), macro-life, photography, marine biology
  • Depth:  5-25 metres
  • Certification level required:  Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  15-30 metres
  • Current:  None to mild
  • Access:  From shore, or jukung traditional boat
  • Temperature:  26- 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna:  Shrimps, mimic octopus, ghost pipefish, nudibranch, dragonet, moray eel, frog fish
  • Best time of year:  All year


North of Tulamben, Kubu is a tiny village. Just out from the beach, and positioned upright on the sloping sandy bottom, you can fing a wreck measuring 85 metres in length and asleep between 13 – 30 metres deep.

The ship is still completely intact, and decorated with many interesting features such as Buddhist statues, a war-era Volkswagen convertible car, glass bottles, ceramic pottery, and more. With an interestingambiance, b lack sand, and a coral garden just in the shallows, this is an intriguing dive with very few divers exploring it!




  • Type of dive: Wreck, coral garden, PADI course, photography, marine biology
  • Depth:  13- 30 metres
  • Certification level required:  Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  15- 30 metres
  • Current:  None to moderate
  • Access:  From shore
  • Temperature:  26 – 30⁰ C
  • Flora and fauna:  Moray eel, turtle, grouper, lion fish, napoleon wrasse, triggerfish, leaf scorpion fish, pufferfish, batfish, stone fish, hard and soft corals
  • Best time of year:  All year


Alamanda, situated in Tulamben Bay, is a few-visited dive site. The place can be reached by Jukung (tradictionnal boats). As one of the most awesome Bali diving sites, Alamanda has plenty to offer including its stunning and rich underwater. To enhance your diving there, Atlantis International crews will guide divers with their professional assistance.

Thanks to its particular topography, the place is well protected from the current. However, the spot is really deep and mostly recommanded to experienced divers.

Alamanda, which the name comes from a sort of exotic flower, is an outstanding diving site, when all conditions have been met: Actually there is an amazing contrast between the white sand and the coral reefs. In that particular spot, you can find a myriad of giant gorgones, hard and soft corals, and so many other species from the submarine fauna and flora: it makes the site be a heavenly place for divers. You can also meet many pelagics there.


  • Type of dive:  Wreck, coral garden, photography, marine biology, deep wall
  • Depth:  40m (max)
  • Certification level required: Certified diver, Open Water or equivalent
  • Visibility:  +25m
  • Current: None or mild
  • Access: Jukung traditionnal boat
  • Temperature: 24° – 29°C
  • Flora and Fauna: Rich underwater, pelagics

Pulau Salu

Pulau Salu’s coast consists of many coral formations and is a very good dive spot to dive at. This site also has plentiful of marine life, including sharks, barracudas, and if you are really lucky, you may find yourself swimming with a group of dolphins.

Currents here can be quite strong, thus you must be very experienced or have a person who is experienced to dive with you in this area.

Pulau Biola

Diving at Pulau Biola is done at its very shallow reef, around 10 metres of water. Conditions are usually quite stable but this depends mainly on the weather condition.

The reef at Pulau Biola is quite large, stretching to about 1km before you have to turn. Marine life here is quite good although visibility often hides them. Look out for parrot fish, angle fish, barracuda, rainbow fish, puffer fish and if you are lucky, you may spot eels.

Lazarus Island

Lazarus Island is currently linked with St John’s Island via a causeway. Together with Pulau Seringat, the total land area is approximately 47 ha. This island offer a quiet respite from the big city with laid-back ambience, sandy beaches and inviting waters. Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are recommended. The water currents are quite strong and are recommended only for experienced divers.

It is rumored that there is a 100 seat fiberglass wreck off the coast of Lazarus.

Pulau Hantu

Pulau Hantu is located to the south of the main island of Singapore Pulau Hantu is actually made up of two islets: Pulau Hantu Besar (Big Ghost Island) and Pulau Hantu Kechil (Little Ghost Island), with a total area of 12.6 hectares. At low tide, it is possible to wade across the shallow lagoon between the two islands, but not at high tide.
Diving Hantu is a thrilling experience. Although visibility can be a challenge on some days, the diversity of marine life here is startling. Dive among the sea fans, soft coral and anemone that have made this a sanctuary.

Commonly spotted during Hantu dives are the anemone fish, hermit crabs, flower crabs, barracuda, nurse sharks, seahorse, spanish dancers, sea slugs, and resident turtles. Many different species of nudibranchs can also be found here.

Kusu Island

Bask in the blue lagoons, pristine beaches and tranquil settings of Kusu Island, located just 5.6km from Singapore.

From two tiny outcrops on a reef, the island has been enlarged and transformed into an 8.5-hectare holiday resort. Pay a visit to the wishing well and Tortoise Sanctuary, or make a pilgrimage to one of the island’s many revered spots.

Kusu Island means Tortoise Island in Chinese, so called because of a legend where a magical tortoise turned itself into the island to save two shipwrecked sailors. It is also known as Peak Island or Pulau Tembakul in Malay.

Sightings of turtles and lobster are common, there is also a lot of coloured soft coral. Not so much fish life or many Nudi’s, but still a nice site to dive.

Sisters Island

A long time ago, there lived a pair of sisters, Minah and Lina, who shared a bond so strong that nothing could separate them. But one day, the notorious chief of the Orang Laut met and fell in love with Lina. Despite the sisters’ pleas, the chief tried to take her away by forcing her into a boat. Just then, the sky turned dark and a storm broke out. As Minah made a final attempt to save her sister from leaving the jetty, a large wave engulfed her. On seeing this, Lina freed herself from her captors and jumped into the sea to join Minah.

The storm subsided but nowhere could the sisters be found. Instead, two islands emerged at the point where they had drowned. Originally named Subar Laut (3.9 hectares) & Subar Darat (1.7 hectares), these two tiny islands are now known as Sisters’ Islands. It is said that each year on the very day the islands were formed, there will always be storms and rain.

The main diving attraction at Sister’s Island is Sister’s Wreck.

Approved Dive Operators

To ensure dive safety while safeguarding the reef habitat, only dive operators that meet all necessary criteria and adhere to regulations established for the Dive Trail are approved to conduct the guided dives.

Interested divers can sign up for the Dive Trails by contacting any of NParks’ approved dive operators listed below:

Company name WebsiteEmail address
GS-Diving Pte Ltdwww.gs-diving.com[email protected]

The cost of the dive trips will be set independently by operators and may differ based on the types of packages and the services offered. Divers are encouraged to contact the approved dive operators for more information on their services and select their preferred dive operators.

NParks does not collect any fees from dive operators for conducting guided dives at Sisters’ Islands Marine Park Dive Trail.

Interested dive operators may contact NParks to obtain approval for conducting the guided dives.