The USS Liberty Wreck is the most famous dive site in Bali. It is also one of the best sunken ship wrecks in the world! If you come to Bali, you absolutely have to dive there The liberty ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo then was beached near Tulamben. In 1963, the eruption of Mount Agung caused the vessel to slip off the beach, and it now lies on a sand slope in 9 to 30 m of water.The wreck is about 130 m long with the shallowest part at about 5 m deep and the deepest on the other side of the wreck at about 30 m deep.
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Oct. 2023 • Solo
Great dive spots, both at the shipwreck and the surrounding area. Had guidance from Lunar dive, and they were very accommodating.
Written 28 November 2023
Oct. 2023 • Family
Spectacular- easy dive, beach dive 100 feet from beach. Wreck is sitting parallel to the beach, with shallow (stern) on one side and deeper (bow) at other end. Great dive for new divers and advanced. Teeming with fish. Wreck has been there since 60s, so almost looks like a coral reef. Small reef just off the beach, then some sand, then the wreck. We started on shallow stern and then swam around towards now a bit deeper, swam thru cargo hold and came back around, back towards stern and then back to the beach. We had a group of 6, some more experienced than others and 1 new diver doing a resort (learn to dive) class. We all dove together. We used Two Fish Divers. Joe was great and our other dive master as well. And my wife was able to snorkel above us, she doesn’t dive, but was able to follow us the entire dive from above. And she was only 100 feet off the beach. This was my 40th dive and one of the best.
Written 14 October 2023
Jan. 2023 • Family
Good snorkelling over the liberty ship wreck. Close to shore (about 80-100m from beach) . It’s quite deep but you can still see lots of variety of fish and coral on the wreck. Go in the morning before the current gets strong and a sunny day is best. About a 30 min drive from Amed.
Written 13 January 2023
I did 3 dives just at this Shipwreck incl early morning, night dives and day time dives. I think the best is the early morning dive, while it is so quiet and not many divers around. I felt like experience both night dive and day time dive at one time when the sun rises and you got to see the first lights through the water. It was unforgettable moment. The wreck might be worn out a bit but it was still very impressive, with very diversed marine life around the wreck. I urge you to experience it by yourself.
Written 17 October 2022
Sep. 2022 • Solo
A really beautiful dive with an abundance of sea life. Loved the patch of garden eels nearby. The wreck is just off the beach, so the surface interval was done at the restaurant nearby, with a yummy lunch included. I recommend staying nearby, as I was staying in Canggu and the drive was 2 1/2 hours there and almost 4 hours back due to traffic and rain.
Written 11 October 2022
Sep. 2022 • Couples
First wreck diving ever and it was awesome. We will come back for sure. Very beginner friendly and an abundance of beautiful marine life.
Written 4 September 2022
Went there several times and although it doesn't look like a ship mostly, it became a nice reef and has a huge variety of creatures living there.
A night dive at the wreck is really impressive, if you have the chance to do one, go for it!
A night dive at the wreck is really impressive, if you have the chance to do one, go for it!
Written 21 July 2022
it was nice, very good spot for diving and the team and the warm welcome. very comfortable transport and very nice driv
Jul. 2022 • Friends
it was nice, very good spot for diving and the team and the warm welcome. very comfortable transport and very nice driver jhon, to be redone
Written 8 July 2022
Dove the wreck twice, freediving during the day and a tank dive at night. Night dive was really nice with flashlight fish (bioluminescence) and a huge Napoleon fish. Let's Dive Tulamben is the dive shop I'd recommend.
Written 24 June 2022
Nov. 2021 • Friends
One of the best site to dive undersea and enjoy the sight of active marine life. The dive goes around a Ship Wreck which was then the US Army Cargo shop torpedoed by Japanese Submarine. One of the best place to see corals, colorful fishes and get haunted from the deep blue beneath.
Written 20 November 2021
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Should we know swimming for scuba diving
Yes,it is very imporant to be a good swimmer. You just have to feel confortable in the water and you also need some skills as taking off the mask or floating the mask, so if you are not a good swimmer you just feel insecure.
Hi, I want to know if this dive site is safe now with the last frequent eruptions of the Agung. We will be in Amed next week and we would like to dive there. Thanks
Sorry, I just saw this. Apparently it is still safe, hope you have a good dive. Prem
Im planing on traveling in may between 22nd-31st, traveling alone, do i need to book in advance or can book after i land there?
Go online and book now for the best availability and price using TripAdvisor as your guide. Try and book so that you can cancel at the last minute for free in case something better opens up last minute. Good luck!!
Is this location a year round dive site? I am scheduled to travel to Bali 30 DEC, 2018 - 2 Jan, 2019. I am currently PADI Open Water and Advanced Certified, would those certifications work? I am interested in doing either an afternoon dive or a possible night dive on the 30th. Is this possible? If so what is the water temp and what gear is required or recommended, I have only dived in Guam and Okinawa Islands, And normally do not wear a wet suit, would like to know if I would need to bring my 3MM wet suit. What equipment do you rent, I currently have everything but a regulator but trying to decide if I should bring my own equipment or rent.
All three above have answered about the year round thing- thermal protection is a personal thing. I wore a 3mm shortie but then I get cold and was fine whereas others were diving in shorts and rash vest. What I would echo though is the site is no longer as stunning as you may imagine. It’s good, but can be massively crowded and viz can be degraded by the surf. As far as gear, I brought my own, but in hindsight would have been better to rent. I don’t have a fancy rig so could have saved weight and had an easier trip for not much extra - gear rental is cheap and gear where we dives (Bali Reef Divers) was good. My only other worry about your trip is the time it will take to get to and from Tulamben. You say your arriving on the 30th and leaving on the 2nd, which only gives a two day window to dive. Assuming you are flying in the airport is probably 4 hours+ from Tulamben, longer if traffic is bad. If you’re staying in the south lots of dive shops offer Liberty trips but leave early doors and get back late so you’ll spend the best part on the day on the road for two dives. Might be worth looking into diving of Lembongan - given you are AOW and it’s much closer - 40 minutes by boat from Sanur
Is is possible to acces the USS liberty without dive guide? As we are advanced certified divers, we would really like to try to explore the dive site by ourselves!
Hi Nadine, Yes you can dive it without a guide...we do it often. My only reservation would be you will miss so much if you are only there for a short time...how long spending there?? My advice would be use a guide on your first dive for orientation and finding where most sea life is and then go back in on your own. Are you underwater photographers and what do you usually like to photograph?? We use Matahari Dive Resort at Tulamben and they will arrange for the porters to carry your cylinder to the site for you. The wreck varies from about 5M deep to 30M. The eel garden on the top of the wreck is worth seeing.
Do one need to be a certified diver to dive here.
Yes/No. If not certified then you will have to do a "Try dive/Discover Scuba" course. This is an all day affair and involves some theory and pool work before diving. You will then dive with an instructor to a max 12m. The instructor will be controlling you. The wreck is only at 9m at closest point to the beach. Much also depends on where you are staying. If staying in Tulamben then easy. If trying to do this as a day trip from the "south" then it takes 3hrs just to drive to Tulamben so you will need to allocate more time/check with dive centre in the south.
I am going to Tulamben in March and dive operator refused to provide night dives on claims that there are curfews due to volcanic eruption. Will appreciate some feedback and verification. Thank you!
Tulamben was completely evacuated when the first activity started. All diving activities ceased. People I know (regular visitors to Tulamben) had to leave. The dive centre I dive with in Amed do night dives on the Liberty and these ceased. As said no dive centre will stop without reason.
Hi there!!! I have no prior diving experience although i am planning of getting the padi open water diver course done... i am visiting bali in april... can I dive and see the shipwreck and other surrounding sites without being a certified scuba diveR? also what would be the added advantages of being a certified scuba diver?
I dove with a lady who learned to dive at the Liberty Wreck. It is very much a Scuba Diver's park and has all the facilities for obtaining your PADI card. The open water work would be diving on the U.S.A.T. Liberty Wreck. So, you would probably get to dive on it within a day's pool work if you did the on-line book work prior to arriving. The Liberty is a very shallow dive for vibrant coral and diverse marine life. Many people are learning to dive there at once. I would contact All 4 Diving Indonesia about obtaining your PADI card while there and doing your checkout dives at the Liberty Wreck. A very easy and calm place to dive with world class coral and marine life.
I am a non swimmer.. Is it possible for me to experience diving? Thanks in advance
Do NOT try scuba diving if you can not swim! You will put other people life at risk if you do so This said, DO take swimming lessons and start by snorkeling Regards Eric
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