USAT Liberty Wreck, Tulamben
When it comes to wreck diving in Bali,
the USAT Liberty Wreck is iconic. Roughly 25 metres from
the shore, the former World War II US Army Transport ship sits five
metres below the water at its highest point and around 30 metres
deep at its lowest point. It's a great wreck for mixed-ability
groups, as new divers can explore it from shallower depths, whereas
advanced divers can swim through the cargo hold and explore
The 384ft vessel is mostly covered in soft corals, and in the
shallows, it's not uncommon for divers to encounter turtles,
nudibranchs and even pygmy seahorses. The wreck is host to a
variety of small reef fish seeking shelter from predators, as well
as larger fish such as jacks, great barracuda and the occasional
seasonal sunfish (July-September).
'Japanese Wreck', Amed
A little further down the coast, the 'Japanese Wreck' in Amed is
another fantastic wreck dive. Although not much is known about the
vessel's past, the 66ft long boat seems to be a Japanese tug
Lying between six and 12 metres, it may seem as if this is a
great choice for beginners wreck diving in Bali, however, the
area's sandy silty bottom means good buoyancy is needed to leave
the seafloor undisturbed.
On the wreck itself, you'll find large gorgonian fans and
sponges, as well as a variety of reef fish and even pygmy
seahorses. Continue on to the right along the sloping sand bank and
you'll discover several bommies at around 12 metres. To the left,
there are opportunities for some macro photography, with
nudibranchs, gobies and once again, pygmy seahorses.
'Boga Wreck' Kubu
Just north of Tulamben lies the 'Boga' or 'Kubu Wreck'. Compared
to the other wrecks, it's a relatively new site, having only sunk
in 2012. The 131ft Dutch-built cargo ship lies between 16 and 39
metres, making it best for advanced divers.
Entry is from the shore, and along the descent, you'll see
creatures such as lobsters, nudibranchs and octopus among the
corals. This newly-established ship hasn't yet been encrusted by
corals, but it's still great fun to explore, with a steering wheel,
a VW car, a propeller and plenty of fish.
We're confident that if you choose to go wreck diving in Bali
you'll have a fantastic time exploring the island's underwater and
above-land attractions. Our team are seasoned Bali experts, and so
can create the perfect
itinerary for your next trip.