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Eastern Bali

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The eastern coast of Bali, jutting out into the Lombok Strait, offers a range of good dive sites, including offshore islands, walls, shore diving & even wreck diving.

Despite Bali's popularity as a tourist destination, the east coast remains charmingly undeveloped, in contrast to Kuta & Sanur in the south.

The star of the area's dive sites is undoubtedly the wreck of the USS Liberty, which lies in the shadow of Gunung Agung volcano in the small village of Tulamben.
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Tulamben’s Liberty Wreck lies just a few metres from shore in Tulamben Bay, starting just 8m below the surface. This American WWII wreck was dumped on Tulamben beach after being damaged by enemy torpedos.

There it lay, until 1963, when the Gunung Agung volcano, which towers over the area, erupted. Rumour goes that the force of the eruption picked up up the wreck and moved it a few metres out to sea - at a perfect depth for diving.

The wreck makes a fabulous dive site for many different reasons. Firstly, its location makes it an incredibly convenient wreck to dive. Add to that the interesting history and features of the wreck, plus the fabulous variety of corals & marine life that now call this wreck home and you have all the makings of a great dive site. Occasionally, Mola Molas, or Sunfish have been seen hanging in the deeper waters behind the wreck.

The Tulamben area also has another popular site, known as the Drop-off, with good corals and plenty of macro life to see. A longtail ride south is Batu Gila, another interesting site with plenty of macro life and resident Blacktip Reef Sharks.

Just a short distance away is Seraya, Bali's latest muck-dive location. As in Tulamben, the area is characterised by volcanic black-sand slopes which hide a wealth of marine life & plenty of rare critters.

Further south, Cemeluk has shore diving & a nice wall, with prolific corals and reef-life, while Candi Dasa has a few good dive sites, most notably Tepekong, an island just off shore with plenty of marine action and a spectacular canyon - but plenty of current too.

Water temperatures on this coast can sometimes be cold by tropical standards. The calmest diving conditions are between April - May & September - November. The wet season from December - March reduces the visibility a little while July - September bring rougher seas, but also the nutrients that attract pelagics, including the Mola Mola.

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The east coast of Bali can either be dived using local villages as a dive base, or by visiting the area from the more touristy south of Bali.

Most of the dive sites are only a short distance from shore, so small local boats are usually used rather than custom made dive boats.

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Bali's east coast has a few small villages that make popular bases for divers, with the star attraction being Tulamben's WWII Liberty shipwreck. In addition to Tulamben, it is possible to stay and dive from Amed, Candi Dasa, Seraya & Padang Bai.

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All of these spots have a few dive centres offering a combination of shore diving and diving from simple local boats.

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Accommodation tends to be in mid-range hotels. There are also a few cheaper options for those on a budget, but only limited choice for those seeking luxury.

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The closest airport is in Denpasar, Bali's capital, which has many regional and international flights. From here, it is possible to arrange a car or taxi, or take a bus to the east coast, around 2 or 3 hours away. Buses also make the trip from Lovina in the north of Bali.

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The main attraction aside from diving is a visit to Gunung Agung volcano and trips can be made to Ubud, an interesting town inland. Bali also has many interesting festivals throughout the year.

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The south of Bali is the heart of it's tourism industry, with thousands of visitors each year, especially to Kuta and the surrounding area.

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There are quite a few dive centres and the dive industry here is well established. Day trips are usually made to Nusa Penida & Nusa Lembongan. It is also possible to arrange trips to other areas in Bali, especially trips to Tulamben. Due to the travel times however, some people prefer to make an overnight trip or longer.

Southern Bali is also the departure point for Liveaboards making trips to Komodo National Park to the east, as well as the pick-up point for visiting Wakatobi by Liveaboard.

There are now quite a few well-established Liveaboard operators making trips to Komodo & Rinca. Trips run throuhgout the year & usually last for around 7-10 days, taking in Lombok & Sumbawa in addition to the sites of Komodo, before returning to Bali.

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There is a huge range of accommodation available in this area, from top-end luxury hotels to simple guest houses. Kuta is the main tourist hub of the area, with the biggest range of accommodation and the most amenities. Nusa Dua and Sanur are a little quieter and a little more upmarket.

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The area has its own international airport in Denpasar, the capital, with flights all over Asia plus Australia & Europe. From the airport, a bus or taxi can take you to any of the well-toursited areas. Antiquated ferries run between all of Indonesia's major islands, including Lombok directly to the east of Bali and Java to the west.

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Aside from diving, there is a huge amount to do here. Activities include great shopping, amusement parks, surfing, all sorts of adventure sports and plenty of other attractions. There are some very nice beaches in the area, especially to the south and Kuta is known for its lively nightlife.

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