USS Liberty Shipwreck

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USS Liberty Shipwreck

USS Liberty Shipwreck

The US Liberty wreck is a must dive around Bali! The American war ship was torpedoed by the Japanese in the midst of WWII, on the 11th of January 1942, as it was sailing through the Lombok Strait with a military shipment, heading to the Philippines from Australia. It was first towed back to Bali by two other American ships that were in the area; they wanted to call to in the Dutch port of Singaraja, north of Bali. But the ship was taking in so much water they just managed to beach it near the fishing village of Tulamben, so as to save the shipment. It lay there, on the beach for about 20 years, until Bali's sacred volcano Gunung Agung erupted in 1963: the tremors that came with it made the wreck slide down off the beach and back in the water. Today the 120 meters long and 17 meters wide freighter lies between 8 meters under the surface for the stern, all the way down to 31 meters for the bow. Although the ship is fairly damaged, some parts, like the slipway, are still holding strong and are accessible. Check them out, especially at night, for a truly insane show!

Sections of the hull act as artificial caves where a lot of hard and soft corals have grown; a lot of marine life and other invertebrates have chosen it as their home: unicornfish, parrotfish, trevallies, angel fish, nudibranchs, sea snakes, gobies, garden eels, batfish, butterfly fish... Some 400 different species have been found here! And, even more striking, their tropical and flashy colours contrast against the black background of the volcanic sand.

The dive is easy and accessible to every diver. The sea conditions are usually calm and the currents pretty light, with a visibility around 20 meters year round. Underwater photographers and naturalist divers will definitely grow fond of it... Be aware that in high season (June to September) flocks of divers come for a dive or two, so it is sometimes difficult to embrace the beauty of the wreck. Go either very early in the morning or before sunset to get the best conditions. Though don't tell anyone we've told you... Have fun, this is a dive you will never forget!

The US Liberty wreck is a must dive around Bali! The American war ship was torpedoed by the Japanese in the midst of WWII, on the 11th of January 1942, as it was sailing through the Lombok Strait with a military shipment, heading to the Philippines from Australia. It was first towed back to Bali by two other American ships that were in the area; they wanted to call to in the Dutch port of Singaraja, north of Bali. But the ship was taking in so much water they just managed to beach it near the fishing village of Tulamben, so as to save the shipment. It lay there, on the beach for about 20 years, until Bali's sacred volcano Gunung Agung erupted in 1963: the tremors that came with it made the wreck slide down off the beach and back in the water. Today the 120 meters long and 17 meters wide freighter lies between 8 meters under the surface for the stern, all the way down to 31 meters for the bow. Although the ship is fairly damaged, some parts, like the slipway, are still holding strong and are accessible. Check them out, especially at night, for a truly insane show!

Sections of the hull act as artificial caves where a lot of hard and soft corals have grown; a lot of marine life and other invertebrates have chosen it as their home: unicornfish, parrotfish, trevallies, angel fish, nudibranchs, sea snakes, gobies, garden eels, batfish, butterfly fish... Some 400 different species have been found here! And, even more striking, their tropical and flashy colours contrast against the black background of the volcanic sand.

The dive is easy and accessible to every diver. The sea conditions are usually calm and the currents pretty light, with a visibility around 20 meters year round. Underwater photographers and naturalist divers will definitely grow fond of it... Be aware that in high season (June to September) flocks of divers come for a dive or two, so it is sometimes difficult to embrace the beauty of the wreck. Go either very early in the morning or before sunset to get the best conditions. Though don't tell anyone we've told you... Have fun, this is a dive you will never forget!

The US Liberty wreck is a must dive around Bali! The American war ship was torpedoed ...

Other information

Depth
  • Maximum 30
  • Maximum 40
Visibility
20 meters
Current
Light
Required scuba diving level / certification
All levels
Boat trip duration
Off the beach
Fauna
  • Batfish
  • Parrotfish
  • Nudibranchs
  • Trevallies
  • Hard coral
  • Soft coral

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