The plan was to dive the Tulamben area of North East Bali, a macro-heavy hot spot where I spent almost two weeks last June. That plan took a slight nose dive when, in between packing one of my four bags of gear the day of my flight, I checked Facebook to find a one word update from one of the dive guides I knew: “evacuate”
It turns out Mt. Agung had other plans. Mt. Agung is the scenic backdrop of the Tulamben area, a previously quiet volcano that last erupted in the 1963, killing over a thousand people. With a huge increase in seismic activity, the government had raised threat levels higher and higher, and eventually issued a evacuation for the entire area.
Long story short, I got on the plane from LAX wondering where we would end up and whether I would be diving, but when I landed in Teipei, got the update we were going to the north west corner of the island instead.
34 dives, 2993 minutes underwater and a few awesome blackwater (and bonfire) dives later, I headed back home. Overall, Northwest Bali has some great diving and absolutely, a bunch of subjects and encounters I wouldn’t have had in the Tulamben area. From the shaggy frogfish of Secret Bay, to the deer of Menjangan Island, and to the friends (new and old).
Here are the highlights.