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Amed refers to a long stretch of coast running from the village of Culik about 14 km eastwards incorporating the seven villages of Amed, Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang, Banyuning and Aas. The pace of life here is slow and the coastal scenery quite stunning making Amed the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in Bali. There is a japanese ship wreck that you can explore while you snorkling around.

Another tourism place is Tulamben. The town’s name is derived from the word batulambih, which roughly translates as “many stones”, a reference to the destructive eruptions by mount Agung that have affected this part of Bali from time to time. The beach in Tulamben is not made of sand, but is entirely covered with fairly large, smooth stones. The modern name evolved over time, first to “Batulamben” and finally settling on the contraction Tulamben (“batu” means “stone” in Indonesian). Here you can find the most known diving spot to see USS ship wreck. 

The wreck lies in shallow water and considered appropriate for divers of all certification levels. The ship rests in 30 metres of water, roughly 25 metres from shore and can be reached with a short swim from the beach. The highest point of the wreck tops out about 5 metres from the surface. The ship was torpedoed by the Japanese off the nearby Island of Lombok and the ship was towed to the beach at Tulamben for salvage operations. The 1963 eruption of mount Agung, which devastated much of the eastern side of Bali, drove the ship into the water just off shore, where it became encrusted with coral and a home to other sea life.

The best conditions for diving here are during October and November, when the weather is generally calm and during the start of southeast monsoon, which typically extends from May to July. In addition to a wide variety of corals and invertebrates on the wreck itself, large fish frequent the wreck in some seasons, most popularly mola-mola and whale shark, as well as Black-tip reef sharks. Professional divers have praised local residents for minimize local fishing activity.

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This bay is situated at the eastern tip of Bali. To dive in this bay is more convenient from a small outrigger boat provided by local fishermens. In the bay lies a small Japanese freighter ship, 12 meters long it sits at 6 to 12 meters water. The history behind this ship is unknown. Black corals, colourful soft corals and Gorgonians have grown well on this ship and attract variety of reef fishes to its shelter. Bommies at 10 meters on the reef slopes are covered with gorgeous bushy Gorgonians and soft corals, good numbers of reef fishes, then the reef runs away down the slope out of the bay over 30 meters deep. In the bay at slope sandy bottom is good place to see unusual animals, like Shrimps, Ghost pipefish, Dragonet fish, Sand Diver fish, Gobies, Devil scorpion and others. Water temperature is roughly 29 degrees C. It can be lower if up currents affect the dive site. When strong wind blows from southeast the wave will swirl the sandy bottom and cause the visibility to blur, but mostly the clarity is good.

Opening hours :  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The entrance park ticket price : IDR 5,000 / car and IDR 2000 / motorbike
Ticket prices for snorkling : IDR 50,000 / person
Ticket prices for Diving: IDR 600,000 / person for 3 spot

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No trip to the northeast coast of Bali would be complete without visiting Tulamben. Although visitors may not be particularly impressed by its rather nondescript one-kilometre long pebble beach, there is actually far more to the place than meets the eye.

Close to the shore, hidden from sight, lies the wreck of an American Liberty Class merchant ship. Torpedoed in the Lombok Strait by the Japanese during the Second World War, Tulamben became the ship’s final resting place as she ran a ground while being towed to the Balinese port of Singaraja. The vessel remained on the beach until it was pushed away from the shore and into deeper water by lava flows as a result of the eruption of Gunung Agung in 1963.

Today the 120 metre-long wreck is only about 30 metres offshore, making it easily accessible for divers and snorkelers alike. It lies in depths from 9 to 30 metres, and the highest point of the stern is only about 4 metres below the surface. And although broken up, many of the ship’s original features – such as the guns, boilers and the anchor chain – are still clearly identifiable to divers. But best of all, being in extremely plankton-rich waters, the wreck has become a haven for a wonderful array of marine life. Schools of fusiliers and surgeonfish and over 400 other species of tropical fish have made it their home.

And even away from the wreck, and only metres from the shore, the snorkelling is still superb as a shallow coral reef stretches along the bay. Expect to see many species of tropical fish including brightly coloured butterflyfish, as well as angelfish and probably the most readily recognizable of all coral reef fishes, the wonderfully shaped moorish idol fish. There are even huge triggerfish. But be careful: this highly territorial fish might bite if you get too close!

Opening hours :  07:00 – 18:00
Entrance Park Ticket prices : IDR 5,000 / car – IDR  2,000 / motorbike.
Ticket prices for snorkling : IDR 50,000 / person
Ticket prices for Diving: IDR 600,000 / person for 3 spot

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