The beauty of Tulamben, beyond diving

In the North-east coast of Bali, you can find the small fisherman’s villageTulamben.The name Tulamben is derived from the wordbatu lambih,witch roughly means “many stones”. This is reference to the destructive eruptions by Mount Agung, that have affected this part of Bali back in 1963 and before. Tulamben is one of the most well-known dive locations in Bali, because you can find the USAT liberty Shipwreck here and many other underwater creatures (see our blog ‘USAT liberty Shipwreck for more information). Tulamben is also a great place to visit when you want to explo...

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USAT Liberty Wreck in Tulamben

If you come to Bali to dive, the USS Liberty Ship Wreck is an absolutemust-do. The USAT liberty ship (June 19, 1918) was a United StatesArmy cargo that was used for animal transport. During her last voyagein WW2, when the USAT Liberty was carrying rubber and railway parts,she was hit by two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine in the LombokStrait. Wounded but not sunk, they tried to get her all the way toSingaraja, in hope she could be repaired there. Unfortunately, she tooktoo much water and on January 1942, the vessel got beached inTulamben to avoid it sinking. In 1963 the very strong eruptio...

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Bungkus: The take away culture

A big part of the Balinese culture is about food. Everywhere you lookyou find little street food stands. If you don’t see them, just followyour nose! If you don’t feel like eating your meal at the local market, but rather be in the comfort of your accommodation? Ask for‘Bungkus’! When you ask for Bungkus, you get your food wrapped in duanpisang (banana leaves) and a paper with a thin layer of plastic.Because of the banana leaf the flavors of the food stays the same, or even get better! And it’s eco-friendly! With Nasi Bungkus you get white rice (some place...

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Why should you do a refresh when you didn’t dive for a while?

You haven’t been diving for a while and you want to refresh your mind and your skills? Doing a refresh can be really useful before going back to the water. The general recommendation is to do a refresh if six to 12 months have elapsed since your last dive. Safety is the main reason why you should do a refresh. After a while out of the water, you might have forgotten some little details so it’s necessary to practice again and review your skills. You will also feel more in control, confident and comfortable in the water. Your instructor will review with you some basic skills an...

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Why would you want to do your IDC?

Have you ever considered transforming your hobby to a professional career, diving all around the world, showing people what you love the most about the underwater world and at the same time earning a bit of money? Sounds like a dream, right? It’s possible, and it starts with your PADI IDC at Dune Atlantis. As a Divemaster ‘the first professional level’, you can guide other divers and show them amazing marine life. But as an instructor you can start teaching your passion about diving. Bali Instructor Development Course serves two purposes; to develop and refine personal div...

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October 14th: Nyepi Laut – Quiet Seas

Bali is an island with a beautiful culture and that includes tons of traditions. NyepiLaut is one of these traditions, where the inhabitants of the islands Nusa Penida,Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan pay their respect to Dewa Baruna, the ruler ofthe seas. Every year on the fourth full moon of the Balinese calendar, all marine activitiesaround these islands cease. No one will fish, swim, snorkel or dive. No boats willcome or to any of the islands and no boats will leave. This ritual has been performedin this region since 1600.Even though the sea is quiet on Nyepi Laut, there are still many ...

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The incredible and majestic manta rays

Who are these manta rays, amazing creatures? Manta rays are among the largest fish in the world. Living in tropical and subtropical waters, they can weigh up to 1.5 tons and measure between 3 and 6 meters. Although they may seem impressive and intimidating, they do not have teeth and feed only on small underwater creatures. They grow slowly, live for a long time and reproduce very slowly, so they are very vulnerable. The intelligence of manta rays Manta rays have many qualities: they are particularly known for their incredible intelligence. Indeed, researchers discovered that their br...

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Dune Atlantis: already 23 years old!

At 8 years old, Jérôme started to learn how to dive in Spain. In 1988, while he was travelling around Asia with his mother, he fell in love with Bali, and decided to settle down in Bali 15 days later. He became a PADI instructor in 1995 and taught his passion in the Philippines, in Spain, in the Maldives and in Thailand. In 1996, this French native from Paris decided to open Atlantis Bali Diving, the first French-speaking diving club on the island. First, he was established in Seminyak and he moved to Sanur with around ten employees in 2001. Since then, the fame of his cente...

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Balinese people get more and more involved in the environmental protection

In 2018, 66 million tons of waste were produced in Indonesia. In some beaches, it’s sad to see that we have to look for clean patches of sand free of plastic bottles, straws, or any other trash… But some measures are starting to change this situation. In Bali, single-used plastic is banned since July and more and more local people are getting involved in beach clean up. Their habits are slowly evolving: Balinese answer to the trash problematic by volunteering during beach cleaning session, organized by associations such as Bye bye Plastic bags or Trash Hero. Educating children ...

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Code of Conduct for MolaMola interaction

Before diving with Mola Mola (Sunfish) around you, Make sure you know the “code of conduct” These guidelines are designed to provide you a satisfying and safe diving experience while ensuring the lowest sustainable impact on the sunfish population of Bali. Always approach the sunfish very slowly within its field of view Stay close to the reef and do not surround the sunfish If the fish are just entering the cleaning station, do not approach the animal until the cleaning has begun and the fish have been stationary for at least 1 minute Maintain a mi...

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