A tiny town based on diving

Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
Trip End Jul 14, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, March 13, 2011

After Ubud we decided to head East to the tiny town of Tulamben. It is famous here for diving, and that's about it! When we arrived we realized the nearest ATM was 40 minutes away by car, so we had to use the money we brought with us.

Tulamben has a black sand beach, due to the volcano nearby. Black lava solidified and got ground down to the point that there is some black sand, and many black round rocks and pebbles. Not as beautiful as a white sand beach, but impressive nonetheless.

We stayed at a dive resort with a 100,000 rupiah room including breakfast (just over 8 Euros) named Aries. The first afternoon we walked around a bit, until some locals offered us food and company in the evening! They had just cooked and were partying a bit (a father with children and friends and cousins etc). We sat with them on the porch and managed to communicate in English with some of them, and they offered us lots of delicious food: pork sate, spicy octopus soup, and tuna with rice (caught by the fisher sitting next to me!). It was really interesting talking to them, and they were so incredibly friendly offering us so much food! At the end Wayan took both of us home on his scooter! Now we finally squeezed three of us onto one! Haha.

The next morning we were ready for our one dive (we didn't have money for more!). In the second World War an American ship (the USS Liberty) was hit by a Japanese missile near Lombok. The Americans dragged it to the Balinese shore by Tulamben to harvest the in-tact remains. It stayed there on the beach for about 20 years...until the large volcano eruption in 1963. The lava swept the 100m long ship into the water, where it has been ever since. That was the location for our amazing dive.

Our guide Renault from France briefed us, and we walked over to the beach after we set up our equipment. Porters carried our tanks over, and we started our 46-minute dive. The ship was difficult to recognize due to the abundant corals (hard, soft, table corals, barrel sponges etc) which made it incredibly beautiful and impressive. We had over 20m of visibility, and went to a maximum depth of 20m and saw a blue-spotted stingray, Nemo (false clown anemone fish), trigger fish, angel fish, crabs, scorpion fish, sweet lips, parrot fish, banner fish, bat fish, puffer fish, garden eels, and huge schools of fish everywhere around us! We saw a wheel of the ship, the cannon, and did some amazing swim-throughs through the wreck! It was impressive and recommended to anyone that wants to dive Bali!

Since we ran out of money we did some snorkeling in Coral Garden in the bay later and saw similar colorful fish, including a huge humphead parrot fish, bright orange clown fish (more Nemos!), banner fish, corals, swaying anemone etc! Wonderful.

For lunch later we had delicious fish sate, more spicy fish, rice, and six battered fried bananas with chocolate for a total of 13,000 rupiah for two people. Just over one Euro. For dinner we had another specialty named Bakso, which is essentially spicy meatball soup - in this case pork, but sometimes chicken too.

Terima Kasih! We love it here!
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Ruth on

Keine ATM in der Nähe,no money ...........................so what ................... find Nemo und grillt ihn .................oh oh, nicht gut was ;-)

Volker on

An einem weißen Strand Urlaub zu machen, das können ja viele Sonnenanbeter machen, aber an einem schwarzen Strand tauchen zu können, das ist nur ganz wenigen Schnorchlern gegönnt, und dazu gehört Ihr Beiden.
Und eure ursprüngliche Farbe habt ihr auch behalten. Dann so nebenbei so eine negative Größe, wie die USS-Liberty durchtauchen zu können, phänomenal.

Harry on

Glückwunsch zum Rampacher Preis! Feiert schön!

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