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I am looking at diving in Tulamben this fall before cruising the Flores / Alor area.

 

Which operators would you recommend, and why?

 

How is the diving in Tulamben? Critters? Currents? Corals? What will I see?

 

Thanks,

 

John

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When in Tulamben I used Tulamben Wreck Divers. Tony is a nice guy, and all the guides are excellent spotters.

 

As for the diving, it's great.

You have the Liberty wreck about 30m off the beach (your kit is carried down) which is fantastic for wide angle (wreck, sea fans, bumphead parrotfish etc.), and macro (pygmies, frogfish etc.). Moving down the beach about 100m there is the coral garden, great for spending 90minutes hunting out Harlequin shrimps, ribbon eels etc.

About another 100m down you have the drop off, more sea fans and coral, which host a whole range of macro critters.

 

You can also dive at Seraya with them, either via boat or car (car is easier). Seraya is a fantastic macro/muck dive, harlequin shrimp, coral crabs, yellow boxfish, ornate ghost pipefish etc. etc.

 

Tulamben is very quiet though, not a huge amount to do at night. Where are you planning on staying, and how many of you are there, because I can recommend the villas Tony has as well (he will also give you a little scooter type motorbike to get to the centre, it's about 1 mile away).

 

I cannot recommend TWD highly enough. I was unfortunate enough to get a DCI hit, and there was no messing, straight on O2 and straight to the pot. All the staff at the dive centre were superb. I would highly recommend Suka as a guide, he is a really nice guy, and an excellent spotter.

 

have a few words and (pretty poor) photos on my site - Bali trip report

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Hi John

 

Have a look at Tauch Terminal. I have been there twice this year (I was living in Indonesia). It is located on the beach about 200 yard walk from the Liberty wreck. "Porters" carry your dive gear to the site and then your gently ease your way in...... other dive sites are within swimming distance.

 

Tauch Terminal, as its name suggests, is German-run and is a resort. They have a good system for operating the diving and you can dive more or less when you want. Boat dives are also run for a small additional charge. Dives can be in buddy pairs or escorted by a DM. Your choice. Nitrox is included in the price. Rooms are 3-star (by European standards) - very comfortable, clean and bright and airy. Food in the restaurants is good with a mix of European and local dishes. The resort is well landscaped with two nice pools and a pool bar.

 

It's worth doing a search on this as there was a lot of discussion on this same subject a few weeks back.

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John,

 

Your trip is similar to the one I did last October. Tulamben followed Mola-Mola dives, then a live-a-board to Komodo. For my Bali diving I use: http://www.aquamarinediving.com/usmenu.html A friend of mine has been using them to setup 8-10 weeks dive trips for years and I have used them as well for custom dive trips. They will arrange everything: airport pickup, hotels, private guides. I recommend them highly. In Tulamben I have stayed at a very basic hotel, Paradise, which is on the ocean a short walk from the Liberty Wreck and Mempi which is up scale and next to Paradise. Basically I stay at Paradise when I'm by myself or with the guys and stay at the Mempi when I take my wife. The live-a-board I took to Komodo was the Mermaid 1. Bali is always wonderful and Komodo was a well. Be prepared for some current around Komodo (take a reef hook) and be prepared for some 75 degrees water in the southern part of Komodo and Rinca. The highlight was Cannibal Rock in Rinca, so make sure your boat does at least 2 days there.

 

Elmer

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I have been twice there and dove with Jeff Mullins . He's an australian u/w photopro living there for many years . He knows the area and around ( some not so well known/dived places within a short driving distance ) like the back of his hand . On top of that he's a great person.

 

He can guide you and help arrange accomodation depending on your preferences/budget. You can contact him trough his web site http://www.reefwreckandcritter.com/

 

 

Bali is a great place and diving in Tulamben is great for u/w photography, for sure you'll enjoy your time there.

 

Good luck

 

Jose Alejandro

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John, I have just updated all of the Bali pages on my site www.indopacificimages.com and have included an extensive section & image galleries on Tulamben Bay, the Liberty wreck and Seraya Secrets - here are the links:

 

Tulamben Bay: http://www.indopacificimages.com/index.php...i-tulamben-bay/

 

Liberty Wreck: http://www.indopacificimages.com/index.php...-liberty-wreck/

 

Seraya: http://www.indopacificimages.com/index.php...seraya-secrets/

 

I have also used Aquamarine several times and found them to be very organized & would definitely recommend them. If you want personalized guidance Jeff Mullins has a great reputation and I have also heard many positive comments about Tulamben Wreck Divers.

 

Don

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Don,

 

Your web site is very, very well done.

 

Thank you for bring back wonderful memories of Tulamben and the great dives that I have enjoyed there.

 

My favorite macro lens is also the old 70-180 mm lens and it is perfect for Tulamben-Seraya diving.

 

Elmer

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I would also suggest contacting Graham Abbott who is a member here, he does personalized tours in Bali when he is not doing liveaboards. He knows the sites as well as anyone and knows what you want as a photographer.

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Thanks everybody for all the great info and suggestions for operators/operations.

 

Great website Don. Thanks. Enjoyed the reading and the images.

 

I'm excited to go!

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John & Elmer, thanks for the feedback on my site - greatly appreciated... I have put a LOT of work into it, so it's really great to get the positive feedback!

 

Don

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Over the next 4 - 6 weeks a whole lot of us from Western Australia are heading to Tulamben - mostly staying at TWD which is real popular with West Aussies. I'll be there from the 8 - 15 Aug 10 for the first time and am really looking forward to it as the reports about the place are always good. Check out the forums on www.wadivers.com.au to see various trip reports and photos.

 

Karl

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you're going to love Tulamben, it's fantastic.. so many wide-angle opportunities at the liberty wreck, be sure to do many dives there. Bumpheads, a resident school of jacks & a great barracuda, great macro and critters at many other sites around Tulamben and in Amed. The night diving in the area is great too. Besides all the other places mentioned, Villa Markisa is a great place to stay. I highly recommend somewhere that can get you nitrox. - Scott

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Hi,

 

Scuba Seraya has built a reputation as being a very good resort for photographers. Can highly recommend this operation, been there twice. They have phantastic guides.

 

Villa Markisa right next to it is also very good (rooms more stylish), also very good gudes. Stayed there last year because my wife cannot dive any more, so we preferred the newer resort (they have a pool, with a jacuzzi in the garden right next to the shore).

 

They both go to Tulamben by boat (5min). Advantage: You don't have to enter the dive sites there via the pebbles on then shore. Disadvantage: You can't just go when you want.

 

Seraya Secrets, the dive site just in front of these two resorts, has suffered a lot over the years, since it is not a secret dive site any more...

 

Would prefer either of these two resorts to the resorts directly in Tulamben. Been at Tauch Terminal 10 years ago, the guides would let us dive the way we wanted, whereas the dive manager tried to apply too many rules - which we took the liberty not to follow. Well, he was German, and everything has to be regulated, Du verstehst!?! We generally try to avoid dive centers that are led by Germans. Why? Well, we know them, since we are Germans as well!!! :)

 

Jock

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have to second Scuba Seraya . We stayed there about a year ago and it was great. We had one of the villas and it was wonderful way to enjoy and relax. The dive team there was awesome and extremely nice. http://www.scubaseraya.com/

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