Tulamben offers a mixed bag of places to lay your head, from one of the best dorm beds we’ve seen in Bali, to resort style offerings. Though, perhaps reflecting the area’s popularity with divers, many are in the mid to top-range bracket — most have attached dive shops and offer package deals for diving and accommodation. Despite now being an illegal practise in Indonesia, prices are often quoted in euros, reflecting the main clientele. Hotels staff commented several times that guests are predominantly one nationality — so if you want to practice your German, French or Chinese, pick the right hotel.
Follow the signs at the northern end of the main strip at Tulamben, down a lane that almost leads to the beach, to find the delightful surprise that is Minabali Bunga’lo. Hidden behind a high wall with a closed wooden door, the traditional roofed doorway opens to a lush tropical garden within the private compound. A pebbled pathway edged with water features and dotted with traditional... Read our full review of Minabali Bunga’lo.
Six kilometres north of central Tulamben, down a short bone-jarring track, Alam Batu’s oceanfront resort is a change from other more manicured resorts — eleven unusual shaped thatch-roofed bungalows camouflaged amidst thick lush foliage that could almost be described as untamed. Stone paths meander and ducks run wild (the impression is more natural than unkept). The spacious bungalows come... Read our full review of Alam Batu.
Two kilometres south along the main drag at Tulamben, Bluehill Resort is a decent midrange hotel with a large triple-storey building set within an expansive garden opposite the sea and is often discounted online to well within the flashpaker price range. The twelve twin or double all air-con rooms are attractively styled, with wood panelling adding a touch of luxury to the smart modern... Read our full review of Bluehill Resort.
A 15-minute walk from the dive sites, perched on a hill at the southern end of Tulamben, friendly Crystal Ocean View is an excellent budget to flashpacker option, with some of the best dorms we’ve seen in Bali. Reception and the restaurant are housed in a double-storey building facing the road with views across a rocky coastline to the “crystal ocean” (the name doesn’t lie). Beyond,... Read our full review of Crystal Ocean View (or Tulamben Backpackers).
A short stroll from the heart of Tulumben, down a cobbled path to the water’s edge, Toyabali sits oceanside and offers five well-appointed bungalows set within a neat garden. Built from brick and roofed with wooden shingles, the air-con bungalows are hedged with foliage seeming like each has a private garden. Interiors are airy and light, with the surrounding window bringing the garden... Read our full review of Toyabali Resort.
A bunch of smiling staff will greet you as you walk into Tulamben Dive Resort — it was newly opened in April when we visited in May 2016, and they were all very keen to please, which they do— this is one of the better flashpacker options in the area. Right on the main road in the centre of town, (though not beachside), Tulamben Dive Resort offerers spacious and spotless light-filled... Read our full review of Tulamben Dive Resort.
At Dream Divers Bungalows you can dream and dive too — their onsite dive centre gets excellent reviews, and the basic bungalows are pretty cute. Set amid a lush frangipani-filled garden in an off-beach location (though on the beach side of the main drag), the bungalows here are tucked away behind their dive shop. Romantic looking four-poster beds come equipped with mozzie nets and crisp... Read our full review of Dream Divers Bungalows.