The Liberty in Bali is a 120 meter long wreck that lies at a 90-degree angle. Wrecks are the forte of experienced divers and this one, a former American supply ship, doesn?t disappoint. It faces the open sea off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia. Too bad for the sailors that a Japanese torpedo struck the hull during WWII. Good for divers, however, who get to explore to their heart?s content. The US navy couldn?t move the wreckage as planned to Singaraja harbour and it remains on the rocky beach of Tulamben, where it was intentionally left to face the elements. While unanticipated, it was fortuitous that in 1963, the volcano Mount Agung erupted, forcing the ship back into the sea. Divers can access it down to 29 meters and see the coral-encrusted hull. It now houses many creatures of the deep including parrotfish, napoleon wrasse and barracuda. It is a virtual swarm of trevally, bream, fusilier, and anthias. They will swarm divers without fear. You shouldn?t be wary either, so enjoy the profusion of batfish, large sweetlips, angelfish, butterfly fish and anemone fish, not to mention the usual resident anemones. Don?t fail to look under ledges and in crevices for the likes of lionfish, scorpionfish, hawkfish, bumphead parrot fish, pufferfish and coral trout that abound. We could go on to gobies, blennies, shrimps and dottyback that live out on the sand flats, plus assorted coral, sponges, and gorgonian. It is pretty obvious that the Liberty is amazingly alive with invertebrate life.
|Depth:?10-25 meters.||Visibility:?10-20 meters.||Location:?Only 30 meters off shore opposite Tulamben Beach on the northeast coast.||8? 16.478′ S 115? 35.589′ E|