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Before turning into a wreck, USS Liberty was United States Army Cargo. It was associated with Word Wars. But the volcanic eruption from mount Agung pushed the ship off the beach. The proof of so many historical events is now submerged and turned into a diving site. That great ship is now covered with sea moss and houses numerous marine lives. You do not need to dive in deeper to get the glimpses of the wreck. It is almost near the surface. The water is so clear that the wreck can be seen from outside at Tulamben. After diving in you will discover yourself in a whole new world. World of colorful and beautiful fishes, chasing each other or just moving around you. You can feed those tiny or large fishes with your hand; it will give you euphoric feeling. Big fishes like grouper and bump head parrot fish can be seen around the wreck at night. Apart from that, you can see Pygmy seahorse, electric clams, mantis shrimp, bumped heads, napoleons, etc. The entire ship is shielded with corals and sponges; the wreck is enormous and still majestic. The light plays beautifully in the open Cargo area. If you are carrying a waterproof camera, then you will get some fabulous shots. The Old gun, hinges, public spaces of the sea will give you a historical trip.
USS Liberty Shipwreck- Dive into the history
There are a lot of things to explore in the USS Liberty shipwreck because it's huge. The front 6 inch Gun, the loading boom, partly collapsed hold, the open Cargo area and rail profiles heavily covered by corals and this list is be never-ending.
Watching colorful fishes in the aquarium and watching them herd around you are two very different things. USS Liberty Shipwreck has housed ample of marine lives. Apart from turtles and parrot heads, you can see Pygmy seahorse, electric clams, mantis shrimp, bumper heads, etc.
Guests can have one day PADI discover scuba or 4-day scuba diving course. PADI Scuba diving allows you to choose your level of learning as per your comfort. Try this, get the chance to earn a lifetime diving license.
If you are interested in some adventure, you can hire a scooter and start from Candidasa and ride up to Tulamben. The water is so clear that you can see the people undersea are swimming around the wreck.
There are several diving schools with experienced and trained masters, but this one is entirely different, Apnea Bali offers you a 'Free Diving Course.' Be it a beginner course or a master course; you can enjoy it thoroughly.
Matahari Tulamben Resort Dive and Spa created a fascinating diving zone. Under the water, they have created many statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Buddhist statues are also present. It is a lovely diving area and is perfect for fabulous photographs.
How to Get Tickets?
You can get the tickets online, or you can book them on the spot. There are several packages- live whole day USS Liberty wreck package, Night package, etc, you can choose according to what you want.
How To Get Around?
You have to swim after diving in. The wreck is really large so that it will take time. But the water is clear so you can happily float around. Your Dive Master will help you out.
What Should I Wear?
You have to wear proper diving dress and gears. Your coach or mentor will guide you on how to use those gears.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit there throughout the year. But if you are willing to avoid the crowd, then you can visit there in the morning or afternoon. Night diving is also allowed. It remains open from 5 am to 8 pm.
Will I Need a Guide?
A Dive Master will go with you and help you to swim through the shipwreck. They are certified and experienced Dive Masters, so even if you are naïve, you don't need to worry.
How To Get There?
Tulamben is on the North East coast of Bali. You can travel through the boat to enjoy the scenic beauty, or you can drive. It's just two hours away from Bali Airport.
If you have time then first go through the PADI diving course then go for the actual diving, It will be more enjoyable. To avoid the crowd, visit the spot at dawn.