Dive Site Facts
- Main Dive Region : Tulamben
- Difficulty : Intermediate
- Type of Dive : Wreck
- Access : Boat
- Sealife (* to ****) : 3***
- Depth : 6-30 m
- Current : None
- Water Temp. (avg) from : 27 C
- Water Temp. (avg) to : 29 C
- Visibility (avg) : 16 m
- Big Fish : Morays, Octopus
- Terrain : Coral Reef, Sand, Rock
- Contour : Slope
USAT Liberty Wreck
What a wreck! Dive down to the USAT Liberty and enjoy an amazing wreck dive – especially during the night. You won’t regret it!
For some the no.1 dive site in Bali!
This dive spot is rightfully the most famous in Bali. The USAT Liberty is a WWII casualty. Every part of the wreck hides little treasures to explore and the site offers quite easy conditions. The wreck is about 120 m long. The shallowest parts are about 5m down and the deepest about 30 m. Try to dive early in the morning. Most days groups will arrive around 11 am and of course they want to go to the wreck. Experience the wreck in night time in the light of your torch. You won’t regret it!
Some divers cause damages to the corals with their fins and gauges. It is STILL an impressive dive site. Let’s all keep it that way.
Fauna & Flora
Hard and soft corals. Giant barracuda, garden eel, giant groupers, blue spotted sting rays, bumphead parrot fish, moray eels, surgeon-fish, lion fish, scorpion fish, jacks, leafy scorpion fish, frog fish, nudibranchs, octopus, bat fish.
The story behind the wreck
The USAT Liberty was originally a cargo ship and outfitted for world war II with only a stern gun and a bow gun (still in place). In January 1942 a Japanese submarine attacked it somewhere in the Lombok street and it was hit by a torpedo . Two destroyers that accompanied the convoy towed the damaged vessel towards Singaraja area for repair works, but they only made it to Tulamben. The Liberty was carrying railroad parts and rubber. The vessel got beached to avoid it sinking. In 1963 the very strong eruption of holy Mount Agung shook up the area so much, that the boat rolled the vessel off and finally sunk it.
The ship is 395feet (ca. 120m), with more than 6000 tons, and was built in 1918.