USS Liberty Wreck Dive Site

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Outstanding! 20m and more
Level Advanced Divers
Dive depth Normal diving depth, 10-25m

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. Try to dive there early in the morning or late in the afternoon as the dive site gets very crowded. It is also an excellent place for a great night dive!

Most people are here for Wreck Diving.

You can dive USS Liberty Wreck all year long. Access: from the Shore. See the map of USS Liberty Wreck on the right for the exact location.

USS Liberty Wreck The USS Liberty Wreck is the most famous dive site in Bali. It is also one of the best sunken ship w... Julien 5

Fishes you may spot while diving USS Liberty Wreck

  • Black Tip Shark Black Tip Shark
  • Garden Eel Garden Eel
  • Surgeonfish Surgeonfish

... and more fishes & sea life, Big Potato Grouper, Jack Fish

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7 comments on “USS Liberty Wreck

  1. I did my Padi Open Water advanced on the Liberty Ship Wreck with Water Worx from Padang Bai.

    The Liberty is really an amazing wreck. It is only 30m from the shore. The visibility was really good, about 20m.

    The shallow part of the wreck is full of divers and it is usually crowded in the morning. Better to go there early in the morning or in the afternoon.

    I really liked the deep part of the wreck, around 35m to 40m deep with the huge gun full of coral! Lots of fishes swimming around, this is a really a must dive in Bali. I heard it is also possible to night dive the Liberty Wreck.

    Dieter , Padi Open Water Advanced.

  2. The USAT Liberty Shipwreck is Bali’s most popular dive site. It’s an amazing dive site that attracts the world’s most renowned photographers and beginners alike.

    USAT stands for United States Army Transport. The wreck is not a Liberty Class ship. Liberty is merely its name. It was a cargo ship built at the end of WW1 and used by Americans during WW2. It was fitted with 2 canons for defensive purposes. A Japanese submarine torpedoed her in 1942 and the Captain beached the Liberty in Tulamben.

    The ship staid half on land and half in the water until Mount Agung’s latest eruption in 1963. Tremors and landslides pushed the ship into its current position. Today the shallow part lays at 6m and the deepest parts are at 28m.

    Due to its history, the wreck is quite damaged. What makes it a great dive site is the sheer amount of wildlife that can be seen on it. From pygmy seahorse to schools of trevalies, from lone barracudas to rare shrimps, from stunning hard coral to clown frogfish, so much is waiting for down there for you to discover. Some of the local dive guides say that every critter in the book can be seen here “if you are lucky”.

    This dive site can be dived all year round. However, its popularity can make it less enjoyable around August and September. This is usually when most divers dive the wreck.
    There are ways to avoid the crowds. One such way consists in diving early in the morning. Getting in the water at anytime between 6:30AM and 9:30AM is usually a good idea since many dive centers arrive with their guests a little bit later.

    The big pebbles and stones can make entry difficult for some divers. Watch out if you have knee or back problems especially when the conditions are choppy! Good Divemasters will help you get in and out of the water.

    By Cedric Saveuse

  3. I’ve been diving USAT Liberty wreck with Bali Dream Divers and it was just great. Dive centre is located on Tulamben main road right in front of the wreck. It’s really very convenient: you simply gear up any time you like and go diving. Will definitely come back to dive Liberty again!

  4. Dear Sir/Madam
    I would like to know if we could book a one day dive to the shipwreck
    We are both experienced snorkel fanatics
    My girlfriend has no dive experience, did dive couple times but no certification.
    We are looking for pickup Thursday April 14 and staying at the Holiday Inn Bali Benoa.

  5. Great warm water temperature, good visibility, easy access from shore. Most difficult part is driving there. Nice drive but glad I only made it once. Worth the trip! Dove it in mid-April and water clarity was around 60 feet and of course water was warm. Watch out for fire coral getting in and out. Some dive centers didn’t offer gloves, only wetsuits (which I didn’t want). Odd I thought that they didn’t rent gloves but had everything else. Price was wicked cheap. Huge gaping swim-throughs where you aren’t really swimming “inside” the wreck per say if you are open water certified only. 4 Bali scooters/drivers could fit through there (if you’ve been here on the roads, you’ll know what I mean). Some parts of wreck have small openings…but there are big safe ones so the skittish can enjoy.
    Bottomline – It’s an easily accessible wreck dive, with war history coupled with a geological event (a volcano eruption). Don’t pass this up if you visit Bali and love to dive. Only cost me $42 US dollars to rent all gear, and be guided to and through the wreck! They had the tank/BCD brought to within 50 feet of the stairs to the ocean, and when I got out, I left it there and they took me back on a scooter. Too easy.

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