The USAT Liberty Wreck: One of Bali’s favorite dive site. Built circa WWI this cargo ship was equipped with guns for WWII. Torpedoed by the Japanese off Lombok; despite attempts to tow the ship to North Bali it was taking on too much water so was semi-beached at Tulamben. Over the years anything reusable was removed. In 1963, with the earth tremors from the last eruption of Mount Agung, the wreck slid further down the slope where it still lies (as close to the beach as it can be and still be underwater!). You can also snorkel on the wreck – the highest point of the stern is about 4m below the surface.
The Liberty lies approximately 30m offshore almost parallel to the beach on the sand slope and is suitable for all levels of qualification and experience. The wreck lies in depths from -9 / -30m; the shallowest part of the wreck, where it touches the sand slope, is at -5 / -10m. Depth along the middle of the wreck is -16 / -20m. The lower edge of the wreck, ie: furthest down the slope, is -28m (at high tide). The wreck is 120m long, it’s pretty broken up (no penetration possible) but you can still see the guns, toilets, boilers, anchor chain, etc. It is a lovely dive site, possibly the world’s easiest wreck dive. Visibility is usually 18-25m, lower when it has been raining. There is rarely a current present, at most it will be mild. During the 3 days before the full moon, there are usually waves. The air temp is 25-32 degrees, the water 26-28 degrees.