The Wreck Of Liberty

The wreck is the most prominent and popular dive site on Bali.
It lays parallel to the beach in depths between 2 to 28 meters. Easy to reach since its position is just 30 meters off the beach. You can dive the wreck, regardless of your dive level or experience.

Photographers love the wreck for its rich marine life. More than 400 different species of fish live in and around the wreck. The wreck is completely over grown and just partly recognizable as a ship.

The fish are used to divers and quite approachable. Many of them, in particular the surgeon fish, stay close by and circle around you.

It is quite hard to list all you might see. Just look in any "Diving The Indo-Pacific" book, almost everything you see there you'll find here.

A few more details about the history of the USAT Liberty

There is not that much knowledge about the wreck, even though it's the most popular dive site on Bali. It's not even sure if the name is right. What's sure is that the wreck was a cargo ship. It was made in an assembly line production, just like an egg on a chicken farm, with the given construction number E C 2. The specific boat type was 134 meters long, 39 meters wide and 7.300 BRT.

Approximately 2.600 ships of this type were built. The name of the entire armada was Liberty. The single boats were named after popular American citizens. It was easier to call it Liberty than trying to find the real name. It was certainly built between 1915 and 1919.

Historical facts are that the boat was torpedoed on January 11th 1942 in the strait of Lombok by a Japanese submarine. The name of the submarine is still unknown. The American destroyer Paul Jones tried to pull the ship to Singaraja to save the cargo.

Singaraja was in these times the major town in Bali's North. The destruction caused by the torpedo was much too great and the possibility of a loss to the deep sea was far too much. That's the reason for landing it on the beach of Tulamben so that the cargo could be saved. Nobody got hurt or died from the action. Here it was laying until March 1963 when the Volcano Gunung Agung erupted.

In a flood of ashes the entire wreck got pushed into the sea.