Liberty Shipwreck – Tulamben

Liberty Shipwreck – Tulamben

Torpedoed in 1942 by a Japanese submarine, the USAT Liberty did not sink directly but was towed and beached in Tulamben to empty its cargo. It laid there until 1963 when the Agung volcano woke up. The tremors and the lava pushed it back to the sea and since it lies on its starboard side 50m from the shore.

The Liberty wreck is accessible to all divers. It is between 5 and 30m deep and is reachable from the beach. The cargo room is a place that all divers can enjoy. For the more experienced, some tunnels are passable.

Being submerged for more than fifty years, marine life is highly developed with a multitude of soft and hard coral. Bumphead parrotfish, Napoleon Wrasse, Barracuda and occasionally black tip sharks and turtles visit the wreck. It is also a very good macro site with leaf scorpionfish, pygmy seahorses, ghostpipefish and nudibranchs.

The current is generally light but getting in and out can be difficult because of the waves during the windy season (July to September).