USAT LIBERTY DIVING INFORMATION

Access: shore dive

Type: wreck dive

Depth: 5 to 30 meters

Visibility: 10 to 25 meters

Current: none to medium

Temperature: 26 º - 29 º

Experience needed: any

 

CORAL GARDEN DIVING INFORMATION

Access: shore dive

Type: reef dive

Depth: 8 to 25 meters

Visibility: 10 to 25 meters

Current: none to medium

Temperature: 26 º - 29 º

Experience needed: any

 

DROP OFF DIVING INFORMATION

Access: shore dive

Type: wall dive

Depth: 15 to 30 meters

Visibility: 10 to 25 meters

Current: none to medium

Temperature: 26 º - 29 º

Experience needed: Open Water

 

USAT LIBERTY SHIP WRECK

The United States Army Transport (USAT) Liberty (120 meters long) was built in 1918 and came to Pacific during World War II with the purpose of transporting goods such as rubber and railway parts.

It was torpedoed by the Japanese fleet in January 1942 a few kilometers southwest of the Lombok Strait (east of Bali). The damage was not enough to make the boat sink and the plan was to tow the ship to the port of Singaraja, however the plan failed since the Liberty was taking in too much water so it was beached by its crew on Tulamben’s shore and the cargo could be salvaged. The ship stayed abandoned for 21 years on this beach and in 1963 the seismic movements caused by the eruption of the close by volcano Mount Agung caused the vessel to slip from the beach into the ocean’s depth.

Today the Liberty is one of the most easily accessible wrecks of the world and this dive is often listed as one of the top 100 dive sites of the planet.

After spending the past 50 years underwater the wreck’s surface is now covered with soft and hard corals, anemones, gorgonian fans and crinoids. The fauna on the Liberty consists now of hundreds of different species of fish and invertebrates and it’s possible to see: turtles, napoleon wrasses, batfish, scorpion fish, schools of bump head parrot fish, different species of pipefish, nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps, garden eels, great barracuda and the impressive silvery tornado formed by hundreds of jack fish.

On a full moon night a dive on the liberty will just make your jaw drop, so watch out for your regulator!

This stunning dive site is perfect for: beginners and courses, experienced divers and under water photographers.

 

CORAL GARDEN

Coral Garden is a shallow stretch of reef that runs for about 100/150 meters along the middle section of Tulamben’s beach. The reef mainly consists of sponges, table corals anemones and other different types of hard and soft corals and it’s populated by a multitude of different creatures of many sizes and shapes. Here divers can typically see nudibranchs of various species, ribbon eels, garden eels, a variety of shrimps, ghost pipe fish, frog fish and a great quantity of colorful tropical reef fish. Great barracuda and bump head parrot fish cruise between here and the ship wreck and lucky divers here had the chance to see black tip reef sharks and really lucky divers have seen whale sharks. A curious airplane shaped artificial reef has been placed here and is now a point of interest during this dive.

This is an absolutely easy and relaxed dive site ideal for introduction dives and courses for beginners but also really interesting for experienced divers and photographers that will have the chance of long bottom times thanks to the shallow depth. Coral Garden is also a great place for a night dive with the chance to see the beautiful Spanish dancer and other nocturnal critters.

DROP OFF

On the western side of Tulamben’s bay lies an old lava flow from mount Agung. This dive starts following a sandy slope that develops into a reef and then turns into a wall that sinks to about 60 meters. The diverse topography of this sites makes it an absolutely wonderful dive with overhangs and an amazing landscape. Sponges, hard and soft corals, anemones and sea fan (including a 2 meters diameter one) grow in abundance on the wall’s surface. The fish life is similar to the wreck’s one even if less packed due to the larger area of this place still here is there is a bigger chance of seeing in the blue pelagic fish such as napoleon wrasse, trevally, white tip reef sharks and, at the times, the wreck’s resident school of jack’s moves to this area. On the wall itself and on its corals is possible to see octopus, cuttlefish, shrimps, crabs, scorpion fish and leaf scorpion fish. On the Drop Off there also have been sighting of whale sharks and mola-mola, so always keep an eye in the blue, you never know what might cruise by.

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