There are so many things you can do in Bali, and diving is one of them. One of the most popular diving sites is at Tulamben beach in northeastern Bali. Other than just a regular diving spot, it is one of the world’s best spots for wreck diving.
The history of USS Liberty
Wreck diving in Bali? There must be some history behind it. In fact, it is the wreck of an American cargo ship named the USS Liberty, which was torpedoed during World War 2 when sailing close to Tulamben beach in the northeastern part of Bali. It was on its way to the Philippines from Australia, while carrying some cargo. Anyway, that’s an old story, and now the wreck has become one of the most popular diving sites in Bali!
It's an old wreck
This wreck has been here for more than 70 years. It doesn’t look like a ship at all now. It looks more like a huge piece of colorful metal, full of corals and vegetations growing on all parts of the wreck, and is now the home to various marine faunas.
Be entertained by dancing eels
There are many unique sea creatures in and around the wreck. The UFO-like stingray, colorful wrasses, and bumpheads are among the hundreds of the marine species you can spot. However, I like the dancing sea eels on the sea floor the most. They stand upright, and simultaneously move their head together in a similar motion. It seems like they are very professional snake dancers, indeed! This is a very rare free live show, and shouldn’t be missed while you’re staying in Bali
An easy dive
This is among one of the easiest dives you’ll ever do. The shipwreck lies only 30 meters (98 ft) away from the beach. Even in the morning, and at night time, the water is warm and the current here is low. The 130-meter-long (426 ft) shipwreck lies within the depth of 5 meters to 40 meters (16 to 131 ft), hence it is also good for beginners, or even first-time divers. This is a popular site, so most of the time you will see many other divers, which increase your sense of security if you are a beginner. If you are a professional diver, you can go as deep as 40 meters (131 ft) if you prefer more privacy, as not many divers can dive that deep. If you are a beginner or a first time diver, you really don’t have to go that deep. With your breathing regulator and diving suit on, simply walk into the water, swim a little bit, and you are there at the site! You can also decide not to dive at all, and choose to snorkel to view the wreck and the underwater faunas, as most of the time the water is clear, hence the visibility is good. Wreck diving has never been easier!
Aqua Dive Paradise, one of the best diving organizers
In order to dive, you need a diving organizer, as they will arrange the equipment, schedule, and also the guide. Aqua Dive Paradise is one of the best diving centers in Tulamben beach. There are several packages you can choose, starting from 30 USD for a 30-minute diving session, to 380 USD for several sessions of diving lessons.
Stay in a hotel nearby
The diving spot is located in the northeast part of Bali, and it will take at least 2 hours to get there from South Bali (e.g. Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Denpasar). If you stay in one of those places, you are advised to stay in a hotel at Tulamben beach, unless you don’t mind spending 4 hours for the round-trip journey. Whether you are a diver or not, make sure you do the diving here before going back to your country!
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