Liberty Wreck - Tulamben

Tulamben, Indonesia

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The 120m long Liberty wreck has long been regarded as one of the top dive sites in the world. The surprisingly intact hull of the wreck is now home an abundance of marine animals, hard and soft corals and plant life. The wreck can be safely swum through and for many divers new to wrecks this is perfect.

This is photographers dream as there rigid but well preserved wreck forms the perfect backdrop when snapping the numerous marine species. The site is home to massive schools of jack fish, long nosed hawk fish ghost pipe fish, angler fish, sea horses, and large barracuda to name a few. Smaller crustations like cowries and nudibranches are also here in large numbers and varieties.

The surrounding area to this site is often overlooked but is also worth a look and there is a coral garden that is home to many colourful species of coral and the usual tropical marine species. At the northern end of the Tulamber bay there is a rock wall that drops to below 50m; here you can see some giant sponges, gorgonian fans and numerous other wonderful corals. Reports of large white tip reef sharks here are common too.

This site can get crowded and getting here early or at night is recommended.

History: The liberty was a cargo ship that was bombed in World War II by a Japanese submarine. The liberty was then towed onto the east coast of Bali to relieve it of its passengers and cargo. It sat in the shallow waters of Tulamben beach until 1963, when Mount Agung erupted and the resulting earthquakes caused the Liberty to roll into the ocean. She now peacefully sits on the sea floor 30m from the beach.

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Last updated by Jerry on 5/6/2011

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