Tulamben Travel Guide

Situated on the east coast of Bali, the pretty town of Tulamben is a popular tourist destination, particularly for those who want to spend a little time soaking up the sun.

Worth It?
Only if you are a keen scuba diver and want to visit the famous wreck here.
What to Do
scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, visit the nearby palace.
Best Time to Go
during the dry season between May and September.
How Long?
A day or two is enough to fully explore Tulamben.
the town's name comes from the word batulambih, which means 'many stones' in the local dialect, a reference to the eruptions from Mount Agung.

Tulamben is best known for the wreck of the US cargo ship Liberty, which sank in 1942. More than 100 scuba divers visit the wreck each day, and the area is also popular with people who like to snorkel as the sea is full of colorful fish and coral.

However, Tulamben's beach consists mainly of large black boulders and peddles so sunbathers will have to travel somewhere else to soak up the sun. Still, this is a peaceful place to spend a little time and there are plenty of good places to eat and relax with a beer or two in the evening.

Travel to Tulamben - Getting There

The most direct way to get to Tulamben is by flying into Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is located just outside the city of Denpasar. There is a large bus station nearby. There are regular buses to Tulamben from Denpasar (4 hours) as well as from surrounding towns and cities such as Amlapura (1 hour), Tirta Gangga (1 hour) and Candidasa.

Tulamben Things to Do

Tulamben Attractions

Liberty Glo
the wreck of this US Army transport ship is one of Bali's most famous and spectacular scuba diving sites

Side trips from Tulamben

Puri Agung Kanginan
located an hour's drive away in Amlapura, this 19th century palace complex is a great place to spend a few hours.
Mount Agung
climb to the summit of this mighty mountain overnight to witness a spectacular sunrise.
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