Monkeys in Bali – I found myself surrounded by macaques (monkeys) in Ulu Watu, in Bali, Indonesia. They were everywhere! I had never seen so many monkeys in the wild, in their natural habitat. Photos of these Long-tailed macaques from Bali are below:
Imagine looking in a cave-like crevice and realizing for the first time, you’re face-to-face with a Whitetip Shark! When you’re a beginner SCUBA Diver, you have plenty of things to worry about – equalizing, breathing, buoyancy… but sharks??
It was my last dive of the day after getting Open Water Certified – while I cognitively understand the basic essentials of SCUBA Diving, I’m still very much a beginner. I needed to get better at everything – breathing, equalizing, buoyancy, but it’ll get better with experience. I was really nervous and that might have overwhelmed my excitement.
Each time you dive you follow a “Dive Master,” regardless of your experience level. This is someone that knows a lot more than me and the dive site really well. Beyond looking out for your safety, they act as your guide, and point out things that you should notice. Especially in my first few dives, I barely noticed anything, hyper-focused on breathing properly and equalizing. Read more...(913 words, 2 images, estimated 3:39 mins reading time)
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