USAT Liberty

  • Dive Type: Wreck, ambiance
  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Avg Depth: 15m
  • Visibility: 10m to 30m, depending on wind and stirring from other divers.
  • Level required: All divers, DSD possible there. To see the whole wreck, better to have AOW cert
  • Description: 126m long US transport ship torpedoed by Japanese submarine during WW2, beached in Tulamben, and slipped down along the beach into the near slope after the 1963 Mt Agung eruption. Between 10:00 to 14:00 o’clock it’s very crowded there. Groups of divers arrive at this time with buses. The dive-experience of these divers is very low or sometimes even less than that. A very famous dive site, and its for a very good reason!

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  • Advantages: No boat needed, easy access, little to no current.
  • Activities: Marine biology, Night diving, Orientation, Photography.
  • Marine Life: Resident giant Barracuda (Mr. Frank), large malabar groupers, blue-spotted stingrays and ribbon-tail rays, large school of big eye trevallies, giant trevally, surgeonfish, sweetlips, garden eels, leaf-scorpion fish, heaps of small reef fishes.

The Drop Off

  • Dive Type: Wall, deep
  • Max Depth: 60m
  • Avg Depth: 25m
  • Visibility: 10m to 25m, depending on wind and lay-off from the land
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water / CMAS** at the absolute minimum
  • Description: Tulamben bay, approx 500m Southeast of the Liberty wreck, close to the temple. Easily visible thanks to a rocky point protruding from the water at the end the bay. Main wall is formed by the westernmost side of one of three coral covered lava spurs. It has a rugged and uneven structure, but is exceptionally rich. It is worth rounding the corner to explore the ‘a bit less’ rich areas of the small middle reef and the easternmost reef.

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  • Advantages: Accessibility for a deep dive, coral and sponge life, little to no current.
  • Activities: Marine Biology, Photography, Deep
  • Marine Life: Large sponges, trademark gorgonian at 30m, bushy black coral, morays, bumphead parrotfish if you are lucky, soft coral crabs, octopus, schools of damsels, anthias, hawkfish and many small reef fishes.

Seraya Secret

  • Dive Type: Ambiance, macro
  • Max Depth: 20m
  • Avg Depth: 10m
  • Visibility: 10m to 30m, depending on wind and surf.
  • Level required: All divers, DSD possible there.
  • Description: Situated just 3km east from Tulamben bay. The best way to enjoy Seraya is to go very slowly and look and sneak into every crack and rock to find the treasures that this site beholds. Seraya is made from a steep black sand slope with many blotches of rocks, all inhabited by various amazing creatures and critters. Looking around for the cool small stuff will keep you occupied for hours.

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  • Advantages: No boat needed, easy access, little to no current, shallow enough to not have to consider bottom time as an issue.
  • Activities: Marine biology, Night diving, Orientation, Photography, Dive training
  • Marine Life: Harlequin shrimps, many species of morays, cleaner shrimps, pygmy seahorse, devil scorpion fish, boxer crabs, orang-utan crabs, frog fish, sea moths, zebra lionfish, cuttlefish, sea horses, and even the rare mimic octopus!

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