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More about Tulamben…

The main purpose of our trip to Tulamben was to snorkel at the shipwreck (about 120m long and 30m from shore). However, we decided to do 2 dives instead after discovering how cheap the diving was – $30 each! The diving was amazing. It was almost otherworldly as you’re swimming and suddenly the hull looms out of the blue haze. While we didn’t go inside the wreck (you need a special certificate), the majority of the ship is pretty open so we got to see pretty much everything. The highlight? Seeing a badass barracuda that was about 1m long and a grouper that was hanging out at the very bottom of the wreck that was easily 1-1.5m long and 70-90lbs.

Tulamben beach
view from our room

Although Tulamben is famous for the wreck, they fail miserably in the food department. There were a few restaurants in town but they all served the same crappy food. We couldn’t take it anymore so on the second day, we drove to Amed to try and find something more palatable. What a mistake! After a hour and half of driving around, we stopped at a random warung that looked pretty nice. Silly us – looks are definitely deceiving! We both ordered sate babi and orange juice. What did we get? Raw sate babi and lemon/lime juice in rusty glasses… we’re lucky we didn’t get some sort of food poisoning!

Disgusting fried chicken smothered in tomato sauce at the Paradise Beachfront Restaurant – dinner on the first night

Eating raw pork + drinking lemon/lime juice = unhappy campers

Another highlight of this trip? Watching the local volleyball games. At 4pm everyday, a bunch of villagers get together for some intense volleyball games (they play for $$). I was itching to play but was too shy/nervous to interrupt the games. Some of the guys were pretty decent players too!

On the way home from Tulamben, we got stuck for 20 mins in a religious procession. It was insane – at least 1000 people on the street walking a couple km from temple to temple.

The local seatbelt system

We had heard about this delicious babi guling in a town called Gianyar so we made a little detour to Warung Pande after the procession. I can honestly say that this babi guling blew Ibu Oka in Ubud out of the water (Ros: impossible sounding but true!). The meat was perfectly cooked – succulent, tasty, fresh, and delicious! We stuffed ourselves and was getting ready to leave when they brought out a freshly cooked pig – it was love at first smell…

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Tulamben = 2 thumbs up!

This past weekend, we headed up to Tulamben which is a city located on the eastern coast of Bali approx. 3-4 hours away from my current location (Kuta). The city (is it still called a city if it’s only 5 blocks long?) is famous for its spectacular diving and snorkeling due to the USS Liberty shipwreck just off its coast. We headed out early Saturday morning to beat the heat and hit the Eastern coastal road which took us directly to Tulamben. Our entire 4 hour drive was lined with breath-taking scenery – rolling rice paddies and terraces, the greenest greens you’ll ever see, Mt. Agung looming in the background, lush hills and forests, villages and temples and the sparkling blue sea. I highly recommend this trip (and road) to everybody – you will not be disappointed. Although you might want to consider doing the drive in a car as opposed to a motorbike – my bum was definitely numb by the time we reached our destination!

Here’s a few photos I snapped from the back of the bike during our drive. I took a bunch of videos as well but need to edit them before I can post.

Along the way, we stopped at Pura Goa Lawah – the bat cave temple. It’s literally a temple that has been built around a bat cave. If you look closely in the last photo, you can see the little blood suckers. And, did you notice the bat symbol over one of the doors? Holy Batman

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