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Matahari Tulamben Resort, Dive & SPA
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Tulamben
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Santa Cruz, CA
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“Great service, great value, great diving, and beautiful grounds”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

What a wonderful experience we had at Matahari Tulamben! My wife and I are underwater photographers and this was our third trip to Bali. We love diving the Tulamben area and found Matahari to be ideally located to explore the various dive sites in and around Tulamben. Tulamben has a great mix of wide angle sites with the Liberty wreck, Tulamben wall, and coral gardens, but is really outstanding for the number of muck diving sites with opportunities for macro and super macro photography. You will see as many rare small creatures here as you can find anywhere.
The service at Matahari was wonderful, from the house staff, to the restaurant, to the dive center, and the spa, everyone went out of their way to make our stay a real joy.
We choose Matahari's 14 day/13 night dive package and it is a great package I can recommend to anyone. We were surprised at first that there was no boat diving included, as our previous experiences at dive resorts in Tulamben had been primarily boat diving from local junkung (fishing boats.) But Matahari is within short walks to most of the Tulamben dive sites and all are easy shore dives (Liberty wreck, Tulamben drop off, Tulamben wall, coral gardens etc.) Your equipment is carried to the site for you so there are no long treks all geared up. For dives outside of the immediate area, car transportation is provided and again your gear is delivered to the shore for you. I also have to compliment Yansu, our dive guide, he was gracious, attentive, and amazing at finding the rare macro subjects we came to photograph. We have been diving many, many places, and Yansu is one of the most pleasant and genuine people we have ever had the pleasure to dive with.
Suci, the owner, was great at helping us with all our questions in the planning stages of our trip before we arrived. She responds to emails quickly, and checked in with us many times while we were there to make sure all was as we hoped.
The food and service at the restaurant were great. There is a wide selection on the menu and the quality was consistently good.
The spa was wonderful as well. My wife went for the harmony treatment and was so impressed and delighted. The massages were amazing too.
The room was spacious and very clean, adjoining a lovely garden with lounge chairs and hammocks under the mango trees. We would even come back here with family and our grandbaby as there is a family bungalow and Suci keeps Matahari child friendly.
Overall a really great value for the price and a wonderful place to stay and dive.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

This resort is right at the beach and coral garden dive spot. you can see sunrise in this place every morning if not cloudy. Matahari staff is very friendly and helpfull. Restaurant is at waterfront with food that good quality and local touch. you can get the transfer from airport to Tulamben (round trip).

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Seminyak, Indonesia
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Upon arriving, they knew exactly who I was, told my friend and me all the specifics about staying there, showed us to the room, gave us a welcome drink, and cleaned the room each day. The layout of the place is quite beautiful and leads straight to the pool, restaurant, and ocean. The restaurant is right next to the water and really a spectacular place to spend one's time. Breakfast was included for us and was extremely delicious, especially their smoothies. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but everywhere in Bali restaurants and warungs make the most watered-down smoothies, and this place actually does it right! Loved kicking back at the restaurant at night after diving all day, drinking a bintang besar and watching the full moon/ lightning storms. Definitely will stay here again next time I return to Tulamben. The diving at the USS Liberty is truly incredible and a must see (highly recommend doing a night dive).

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Had a pleasant stay at Matahari Resort in Tulamben, Bali. The resort is right at the beach (pebbles, not sand) and very convenient for divers. Staff is very friendly, rooms are clean and of good standard (it's not a 5* hotel). Restaurant is at the waterfront and sunrise can be admired at breakfast. The food is of good quality and the menu offers a variety of local dishes and some international dishes (with a local touch).

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We book this place only 2 days before our arrival, and make confirmation only one day before. It seems the superior room that offered in our package, which i agree to choose, is fully book. Since we confirm the booking last minute, I don't know why but they upgraded our room into deluxe bedroom. We thought there will be additional price, but when we ask Mrs Komang, she said no need to pay extra. It was very kind of her. Besides that, we were supposed to be transfer to other hotel, due to the fully booked, but they let us stay at our room until our check out day. Another kindness from Matahari Tulamben :)

Our deluxe twin room (the one which very near entrance) is nice. Clean, nice bathroom. Even though it's pretty far from the restaurant, we don't mind with that. But maybe you may choose room which closer with the restaurant.

We took the diving package 4 days 3 night. It was very worth the price. You get the transfer airport ( which is 3 hours ride), meals 3 times a day (very good meal), 3 times diving each day, and a very wonderful 60 min Balinese massage. You should try this massage, it's the best so far i've ever had. We took an additional night dive, and the price is also reasonable.

We guided by Mr Yansu (Or he also called Mr Wayan), a very good dive guide. He show us lots of thing, and very care with both of us whose not a really expert diver. He explain clearly about the site, and how we will do the dive. You should ask Mr Yansu as your dive guide!

I will definitely comeback to matahari tulamben, if I'm going to dive around amed-tulamben.

We have no time to meet Mrs Komang, on our last day. I want to say thanks for the best diving experience in Bali I've ever had :)

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Leiderdorp, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Matahari in November 2013. We stayed here for two weeks because we did not want to travel with our 8 month old daughter, who was treated like a little princess :). Every time we went diving, the staff lovingly took care of her and ensured that she was lacking nothing. She really loved it there! For us as fanatical divers one less care, so that we could dive a lot. Matahari is positioned ideally for the three dive sites in Tulamben: The coral garden right in front of the resort, the Liberty wreck and the drop off are respectively 200 meters to the left or the right. The SPA offers a good place to unwind after a day of diving, and another big plus for us was the swimming pool, nice cool and clean water and a bunch of fun for us and our daughter. In short: Matahari offers great value for your money and we will certainly stay there again when we visit Tulamben in the future!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Solo trip just for diving and decided to stay at Matahari. Room was pretty good. A bit basic but always kept clean, comfortable bed, good shower and aircon kept my room nice and cold. Not much more you could want really.

I went with an all inclusive dive package. Good value, allows unlimited diving, the included food was adequate and enough choices to keep me going. After the included food was over other dishes I tried at the restaurant were really nice.

One of the big pluses for me was the pool. It is a smaller pool but it was cool and water quality was great.

The dive center had a great bunch of guys in it and the SPA was a nice place to unwind.

The location of this resort is perfect.right on the Coral Gardens. 200 meter walk either way to the wreck or drop off which made diving so easy and convenient.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Matahari Tulamben Resort, Dive & SPA
Address: Jl. Kubu-Abang, Tulamben 80853, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Tulamben
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Tulamben
#3 Romantic Hotel in Tulamben
#6 Family Hotel in Tulamben
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Matahari Tulamben Resort, Dive & SPA 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With direct access to the beach, Matahari Tulamben Dive Resort & SPA offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant with stunning ocean views. Free Wifi Hotspot. The Dive Center provides convenient access to the Coral Garden and only 5 minutes walk to the USAT Liberty Wreck. Enjoy relaxing massages and beauty treatments in the lovely SPA.The homely Balinese-style rooms are all with private bathroom and equipped with either air conditioning or a fan. The low cost standard rooms have only cold water.The resort offers free parking, motorbike rental and laundry service as well as a tour desk for trip planning (included climbing).Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at beach restaurant, which serves appetising Seafood, Balinese Specialities, Indonesian and International cuisine.Transfer time from Ngurah Rai International Airport to Tulamben is 2,5 hrs and is available for a fee. ... more   less 
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