Bali, Indonesia. Land of beaches, temples, rice terraces, and volcanic mountains. This tropical island offers an array of captivating moments filled with yoga and incense for the spiritual adventurers, climbing and trekking for the upward adventurers, surfing and diving for the sea-faring adventurers, and temples, heritage sites and all forms of art for the cultural adventurers. With incredible topographical diversity, Bali offers every type of paradise to its frequent and welcomed visitors.
Bali’s thriving tourism industry offers a wealth of accommodation options. While many visitors opt to stay on the south-western side of the island, renowned for its world class surfing, there is a lesser known idyllic area—Tulamben—along the eastern side of the island that offers a diver’s paradise. In the immediate vicinity of Tulamben, divers can see coral reefs, the famous USS Liberty shipwreck from WWII, and stunning muck diving sites.
For those uninterested in diving, Tulamben is well worth visiting for a quieter, more serene experience than the other side of the island.
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Bali Dive Resort & Spa is a perfect getaway destination in Tulamben. You can opt to stay in a villa in either a deluxe or family room, or in one of 9 bungalows with an ocean view. All rooms are equipped, at a minimum, with a king bed or two twin beds, a seating area with a flat screen television, a private bathroom, refrigerator and mini bar, and safety deposit box.
With the beautiful gardens, scenic pool, views of the ocean on one side and of the towering Mt. Agung on the other, though, you may find (like I did) that your room is just a place to rest your head.
The Activities & Amenities
The two primary activities at Bali Dive Resort & Spa, as one might guess, are diving and spa treatments.
With a variety of dive courses, from the discovery scuba dive for those who want to give diving a try for the first time, to the PADI master course and specialty courses, instruction is available for any level diver.
For those who don’t need certification or training, single dives or dive packages are available.
Not interested in diving? That’s okay! Spend your days being pampered at the spa. The professional spa staff members offer a variety of massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, and even hair beading.
The on-site open air restaurant offers beautiful island ambiance and relaxed dining for those who prefer to stay on premises. The alternative is to arrange a trip with the front desk, since there are not many (or maybe any?) other restaurants within walking distance. However, travelers need not worry, the on-site restaurant offers a wide variety of freshly made food.
Bali’s Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) International Airport is on the southern side of the island, about 2.5 hours drive from Tulamben. During my visit, I hired a car from the airport, and made a few stops along the drive making an entire day trip out of it. Even so, I only paid $40 USD, including tip.
This post was written by Laura Vlieg, Co-Author and half of the traveling couple behind www.CoupleTakes.com.