We visited the shipwreck while in Bali last week. We were actually staying in Ubud and hired a driver for the day to take us to Tulamben. The drive took a little over 2 hours, but it was very pleasant and beautiful.
When we arrived in Tulamben, we were cornered by men renting out scuba and snorkle gear. We are not certified, so we just wanted to snorkle for a little while. We had read masks were cheap to rent, but this guy wouldn't budge below 150,000 rupiah for two. We looked around for others renting but couldn't find anyone. Reluctantly, we rented the masks and a guide for a total of 180,000 rupiah.
The swim out to the wreck is not far. Once we got out there, the visibility was pretty poor. We could see the wreck but not that clearly. Maybe it was because there were so many divers down at the wreck at that time. It should have been clear as it was a beautiful and sunny day at around 10:30 in the morning. We had read to get there before 11:00 for the best visibility. We also saw many fish but nothing to brag about.
After coming back to shore, the guide took us to the showers and told us we could rinse the salt water off. We rinsed, paid and tipped (now I wish I hadn't) our guide, and then he told us we owed 20,000 rupiah for the use of the shower....after he had told us earlier to use them with no mention of payment. I understand bathrooms cost in Bali, but he could have mentioned it before telling us we could use the showers. I consider that trickery.
If you are staying in Tulamben, check it out but don't expect much. If not, don't waste your time.
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