Some divers find delight in observing the tinier creatures of the ocean. They don’t get easily awed by the big and bold like the patrolling sharks. Their interest is often focused in the minutes and mysterious, and they feel particularly proud to find rare, tiny, and well-camouflaged creatures hiding on a quiet nook of a pinnacle. In fact, macro diving has quite loyal following in the category. And one of the best macro diving site is the Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. The site might be most well known for its notorious USAT Liberty Wreck, but the Tulamben actually has other gems offering astounding macro experience. Be prepared to get blown away—you might forget to surface back to the land as you immerse to these mesmerizing tiny life.
Seraya Secret, Easiest Macro Diving in Tulamben Bali
The Seraya Secret is just five kilometres away from Tulamben. It’s an easy dive with mild currents and excellent visibility. You can access the site just from the shore and descend into 10 meters deep ocean floor. The seabed is dominated by black sands bottom. It might appear deadly uninteresting for other divers, but macro lovers will absolutely love it as it’s brimming with life! An underwater macro photographer can spend hours searching strange small creatures all over the place. What makes Seraya best for muck and macro is the huge diversity of crustacean and nudibranch. Expect to see Harlequin shrimps, one of its predominant inhabitants, tiger shrimps, boxer shrimps, Bumble bee, Coleman shrimps, zebra crabs, and thousands other species! Be patient; good things come to those who wait.
Another muck diving spot in Tulamben Bali that offers incredible critter life; the Melasti. This site is comfortably snuggled along the Seraya coast, sometimes blurred as the Seraya Secret itself. In fact, many divers has dived here not knowing that this was the Melasti. Here you can see the mantis shrimps and harlequin shrimp hiding behind piles or coral heads or feasting upon starfish. It’s also the best site to see two signature nudibranchs of Melasti, the Donut Dorid and the Shaun the Sheep. They are often requested by divers—and they are not particularly easy to find, which makes them even more rewarding!
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The Hidden Site, Batu Niti
Now, not everyone knows Batu Niti, one of the hidden gems of diving in Tulamben Bali. The site is located past the Seraya Secret, in a formation of headland and reef. The Batu Niti is heaven of colourful nudibranch. The site gets even more lively during the nudibranch mating season. You’ll get to see thousands of nudi all over the place, getting into action. Sometimes you can spot frogfish and coral fish as well. Corals and spongers of all size and shapes also bloom in the area, making the site even more beautiful. And if you want something more after the macro, you can also see school of barracuda, jacks, trevally, and even whale sharks around.