DIVE TULAMBEN


DIVE TULAMBEN

 Home to one of the most famous wreck dive sites in the world, the USAT Liberty. Consistently voted in the top 10 wreck dives, people return to this site over and over every time they dive Tulamben and you are always guaranteed to see something new.

USAT LIBERTY

  • Average depth: 22m
  • Average visibility: Good
  • Average current: Light
  • Average temperature on surface: 29°C
  • Average temperature on bottom: 27°C

Commissioned into the US Navy on the 17th of October 1918, it was assigned to the Naval Overseas Transport Service. Over the next few months, USAT Liberty made three cruises between the ports of New York and Brest, France, discharging both animal and general cargo to help with the war effort and subsequent rebuilding after the Armistice of the 11th of November 1918. USAT Liberty was decommissioned on the 7th of May 1919 and returned to civilian service with the United States Shipping Board. On the 23rd of November 1933, USAT Liberty was involved in a collision with the USS Ohioan, a cargo ship of the US Navy, in the Ambrose Channel between New York and New Jersey. USS Ohioan was beached after the collision near the West Bank Light. In November 1940, USAT Liberty was once again commissioned, this time into the United States Army and that was when she received her designation, United States Army Transport Liberty. USAT Liberty was sent to the Pacific Theater. In January 1942, she was en route from Australia to the Philippines with a cargo of railroad parts and rubber. On the 11th of that month, USAT Liberty was spotted and torpedoed by the Japanese Submarine I-166 about 10 nautical miles southwest of the Lombok Strait. US Destroyer Paul Jones and Dutch Destroyer Van Ghent attempted to tow her to a harbour near Singaraja on the north coast of Bali. Unfortunately, USAT Liberty was taking on too much water, so the decision was made to beach her at Tulamben on Bali’s east coast so that the cargo and fittings could be salvaged. And there she lay for the next 21 years, until in 1963 tremors from the eruption of nearby Mount Agung caused the vessel to slip from the shore back into the sea, and she became one of the most accessible and beautiful wreck dives in the world. These days, USAT Liberty dive site lies on a sandy slope between 6 and 30 meters. Home to a huge variety of coral and fish life, it offers divers of every level an opportunity to dive on a truly world class dive site. Blacktip and Whitetip Sharks, Turtles, Giant Pufferfish, a grove of Garden Eels, Great Barracuda and Reef Octopus are just some of the many species of marine life that this dive site has to offer. It really is a dive site that shouldn’t be missed.

Coral Garden

  • Average depth: 17m
  • Average visibility: Good
  • Average current: Light
  • Average temperature on surface: 29°C
  • Average temperature on bottom: 28°C

A beautiful dive site set on a gentle slope just off the shore. Coral Garden is home to many species of Eel, Lionfish, Stingray and Surgeonfish, and occasionally is visited by Sharks and Turtles on their way from Dropoff to the Wreck of the USAT Liberty.

Tulamben Dropoff

  • Average depth: 33m
  • Average visibility: Good
  • Average current: Moderate
  • Average temperature on surface: 30°C
  • Average temperature on bottom: 28°C

A moderately advanced dive site roughly 600 meters away from the Wreck dive site, and begins at a depth of approximately 5 meters and descends to about 70 meters at it’s maximum. Dropoff is fantastic for macro diving and very occasionally, Mola Mola can be seen there. A large Purple Gorgonian graces this dive site, at a depth of exactly 30 meters. There is also a small hollow just near the Gorgonian and is home to many species of Shrimp and the occasional Spiny Lobster.

If you would like to dive Tulamben, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the “Contact Us” box or email [email protected]