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Tulamben Wreck Divers are very pleased that their hard work has paid off, and that they have been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013
come and visit us at Tulamben Wreck Divers Resort & Restaurant – and find out!
Actually it’s a new drink invented for our restaurant guests Mark and Mark, by who else but Made, the well known dive guide from Tulamben Wreck Divers, who also happens to be a marvelous cook.
It’s basically a Banana Lassy, with or without honey, and “spiced up” with a generous splash of Arak. Cheers guys!
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just a quick reminder that it’s Nyepi Day on 23 March. Make sure your fridge is stocked up, as all the shops will be closed. Enjoy the ogoh-ogoh parade in your part of the island.
Jo Morgan from WA arrived back in Tulamben on 17 March. Just to make sure she enjoys her stay with us, and of course comes back again, we asked a special visitor to drop in today. I think she quite enjoyed the company.
A lot of activity here in Tulamben – the whole village is getting ready for Galungan which starts on 01 February and lasts for 10 days, finishing with Kuningan, the last day of this all important Balinese holiday.
Occurring once every 210 days, Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremony that is celebrated by all Balinese. During the Galungan period the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes. They must be suitably entertained and welcomed, and prayers and offerings must be made for them. Those families who have ancestors that have not yet been cremated, but are still buried in the village cemetery, must make offerings at the graves.
Nyepi is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to Bali’s calendar (in 2012, it will be on March 23rd). It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation. The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New year.
Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are: no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.
Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents of Bali observe the day of silence as well, out of respect for their fellow citizens. Even tourists are not exempt; although free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles carrying those with life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth.
On the day after Nyepi, known as Ngembak Geni, social activity picks up again quickly, as families and friends gather to ask forgiveness from one another, and to perform certain religious rituals together.
I almost forgot to mention it. About 2 weeks ago we had a baby whale shark at the Liberty wreck – great excitement among visitors and dive guides alike. It’s the 2nd such visitor within a few months, the first one also being an infant. Which makes me wonder whether there is an undiscovered breeding area somewhere close by. Wouldn’t that be something!
We received our second surprise of the week with an out-of-season mola mola at the cleaning station at the Deep Garden at around 45m, which is the deep part of the Coral Garden.
Talking about extremes: the mola mola was spotted by Ben, our resident teckie, whereas the whale shark was so shallow that even some snorklers saw it.
By the way, Ben has been a tech instructor for some 10 years or so, and is in the process of moving his operation from Phuket to Tulamben. He is already spending quite a bit of time here, both teaching new tech divers, and also taking certified ones for fun dives. If you would like to find out more about tech diving at Tulamben, just send him an email
Wanliang from Singapore has been staying and diving with Tulamben Wreck Divers 3 times these last three months. He is in very serious danger of becoming an honorary TWD staff member! He and his group left today, after having stayed with us for a week. So I managed to take a quick snap when they were having their last breakfast.
Hope to see you again at Tulamben Wreck Divers – real soon!