If you love your scuba diving then the USS Liberty Wreck off the north coast of Bali is somewhere you should add to your diving bucket list. It regularly charts in the World’s Top 10 Wreck Dives and it’s easy to see why. On the day we dived her; a hot February Monday morning, the sea temperature was 29 degrees, the visibility easily 25 metres and the conditions were calm and relaxing – what more can you ask for in a dive?
The USAT Liberty (to quote its correct name) is a 120-meter long cargo ship first launched in June 1918. During World War II on 11 January 1942 en route from Australia to the Philippines with a cargo of railway parts and rubber, she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Lombok Strait. She was able to limp back to shore but, unable to quite make port, its captain steered the ship onto the beach at Tulamben so the cargo and fittings could be salvaged. She remained here until 1963, when lava flow from nearby Mount Agung’s last great volcanic eruption pushed her back into the water where she now rests.
I will talk no more though, I could wax lyrical about this amazing dive site, the fabulous dive company we used, the dive guide who helped make our day so special and how I personally felt that both our dives were a 10/10, but a picture paints a 1,000 words – and so here are my 1,000 words!
Have you dived the USAT Liberty? Did you enjoy it as much as we did? If you haven't dived it, is it now on your list? Let us know in the comments below, we would be delighted to hear from you!
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