We've been diving in Tulamben repeatedly since 1998, when Tulamben didn't even have phone service. Before this trip we always stayed at Palm Paradise, right in the middle of the bay, on the bay. This time we tried Liberty Dive, about 100 meters up the hill from the bay, located at the west end of the bay near the Liberty Wreck.
Our problem in Tulamben stems from the fact that the beach is rocky--no sand--so for older divers like, getting in & out of the water has been challenging. And walking up & down the beach to different dive sites has been challenging as well.
Liberty Dive Resort solves this two ways. Maybe three.
For diving the Liberty Wreck, you put on your wetsuit and walk down the paved road to steps leading down to the beach at the closest point to the Liberty Wreck. So you only need to traverse a few meters of rocks to get into the water, and they're glad to put your dive gear in the water so you can get into it there. A small truck hauls you dive gear between beach & resort. The resort is situated about 30 meters down from the road that passes through Tulamben, so it's easy to walk into town from the resort if you want to try different restaurants, shops.
For diving elsewhere in Tulamben Bay and nearby they load the divers & divemasters into a little flatbed truck and drive you there, taking backroads that get you all the way to the beach, wherever you're going to enter.
You can combine this with renting a fisherman's jukung (local fishing boat) for $10 more, for example if you want to go to the dropoff at the east end of Tulamben Bay. As long as the boat has a tange (ladder) you're good to go.
The road and the truck and the fishing boats combine to make diving at Tulamben easy, even for older divers like us. We can concentrate on the diving itself instead of the hassles of getting to/from our entry point. This has restored Tulamben as a desirable destination for us.
And for old Tulamben hands--no porters are involved, because you aren't walking up & down the beach. It's all "truck and/or boat" diving. You can even arrange to have a boat take you from the entry point near the Liberty Wreck out to the wreck.
The resort itself is lovely. It is on a hillside, and of course there are no elevators, so you'll be waliking up and down about three stories vertically total to get from your rooms to the dive shop to the restaurant to the two different swimming pools. But not all at once usually. None of us found that to be a problem, and the physical setting and architecture are quite nice.
I wasn't as delighted by the free breakfast as I have been at other resorts- I like a buffet with a mix of Western and Indonesian breakfast foods, and this was an "order what you want and they serve it to you" more limited thing, though the quantity was fine.
The dive shop was competent. They're fine with you bringing your own gear but don't give you a discount for doing so--the price (which was quite reasonable) includes all dive gear needed. We did wind up using their open heel fins with our booties (they don't provide booties), because Tulamben's rocky shores aren't wonderful with closed-heel fins and simple dive socks, like we used in Pemuteran.
One of the pools is deep enough for dive training & is used for that; the other is good for swimming lengths if you want to.
We came with a mix of veteran divers, intermediate ones, and newbies, plus two nondiving snorkelers. All of us really liked Liberty Dive Resort & plan to use it next time we go to Tulamben.
Tulamben Bay itself makes for interesting diving, quite different from other sites in Bali. The bottom is rocks-to-boulders transitioning to volcanic sand further out, with big patches of garden eels, the famous Liberty Wreck (which now doesn't look much like a ship, unlike when we first started coming here), and a mini-wall at the other end of the bay. Plus you can go to adjacent bays as well for muck diving & whatnot. Plus muck diving in the middle of Tulamben Bay.
Tulamben has grown a lot since we first started coming, but it's still a quiet place with sedate night life, no street/beach vendors, and a focus on diving & snorkeling--which was just what we wanted. Go somewhere else if you want to party.
Do note that the Liberty Wreck throngs with divers bussed in from the urban south from 10 to 4 and more. So if you're staying here place to dive it early/late. Mid day mostly you'll see Japanese divers following their leaders and German divers down below.
I think all the rooms are good.
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