triggerfish - spotted while diving at the USAT Liberty shipwreck, Tulamben, Bali

Diving at the USAT Liberty shipwreck, Tulamben, Bali

We went SCUBA diving in 2 sites in Bali — Tulamben and Nusadua, both right off the beach. The second dive at Tulamben featured a shipwreck. The USAT Liberty (often referred to as the USS Liberty but it’s actually USAT – US Army Transport) was heading across the Lombok Strait in 1942, working as a cargo ship during World War II, when it was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine. They tried to toe it but it didn’t make it. For years it was beached in Tulamben, grounded in the shallow part of Tulamben bay for more than twenty years until Mount Agung erupted in 1963, pushing it off shore. The subsequent earthquakes caused the ship to roll out into deeper water and broke its bow and stern.

I saw nearly everything in this youtube video:

Video clip of the USAT Liberty shipwreck, Tulamben, Bali


We also saw Scorpion Fish, Unicornfish, lots of Angelfish, 1 Sea Turtle, Jacks, and:


We also saw 1 other surprise guest… I was surprised to end up eye-to-eye with a white tipped reef shark! The story of my first surprise shark experience is told here.

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