SCUBA Diving | Bali | USAT Liberty Wreck

Wreck diving is one of the single most enjoyable aspects of SCUBA (IMHO). Be they wrecks that sunk of their own misfortune or those intentionally sunk to create sport for divers and artificial reef for sea creatures. The USAT Liberty Wreck in Tulamben Bay of Bali is probably one of the best wrecks to explore in the world for a few reasons: 1.) it’s an incredibly short surface swim out to the wreck with zero current plus warm temps, 2.) the wreck can be enjoyed from a variety of depths, even shallow and 3.) the swim-through points are large and stress-free. She landed in such an excellent diving spot completely by accident (thanks to volcanic activity in 1963). Here’s the 2 min 38 second GoPro capture of our 24 April 2016 dive around the Liberty:

My dive log notes: “WOW! Forgot how much I absolutely adore this wreck. We went slightly more shallow so DRD could have a real dive. He did great! A couple wreck penetrations, a leaf scorpionfish and a peacock mantis shrimp. FANTASTIC!!” Max Depth: 19.1M, Lowest Temp: 31 Degrees C, Dive Time: 51 minutes

Tulamben Bay Liberty Wreck View from Shore
Getting to the USAT Liberty Wreck in Tulamben Bay is a simple (gorgeous) walk if you have access via the Ocean View Resort.
Penetrating the USAT Liberty Wreck in Bali
Penetrating (yes, that’s the technical term) the USAT Liberty Wreck is easy-going. Huge, cavernous spaces with stunning moments of zen . As I keep typing this out, it just feels dirtier and dirtier…
Diving USAT Liberty Wreck in Bali
USAT Liberty Wreck can be dived at so many depths and will be enjoyed no matter how far down you go. It’s that large and that awesome!
Leaf Scorpionfish on the USAT Liberty Wreck
My favorite thing about wrecks is you usually stand an excellent chance of seeing rare creatures. This is a Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) near perfectly blended in against the corals encrusted on the metal. So. Damn. Cool.
Peacock Mantis Shrimp Odontodactylus scyllarus Liberty wreck Bali
As we headed back to shore from the Liberty Wreck we were lucky enough to see a Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus). These guys are worth Googling – they are INCREDIBLE.

XOXO -JW

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