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Liberty Wreck

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Jorn Werdelin

Bali Amanusa Panoramic

How time flies. I returned to the heavenly Bali after a lapse of 4 years, yet the island’s beauty and magic stood still.

Jorn WERDELIN dives in

Jorn WERDELIN at Liberty Wreck

I was particularly excited about one of the dives out at the famous Liberty Wreck, a world-class dive site in Tulamben, Bali. The 120m long wreckage of a World War II cargo vessel torpedoed by Japanese submarine, stranded on the beach, and two decades later was pushed to the sea bed by lava flow from Bali’s last great volcano eruption.

Jorn WERDELIN Diving with Cipto

I went diving with my friend Cipto who works for the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism in marine ecotourism development and has clocked up more than 5000 dives – think I am in safe hands!  [Dive photos here courtesy of Cipto Aji Gunawan]

Jorn WERDELIN diving

The wreck is an absolute underwater wonderland of marine life; coral, sponges and gorgonia fans are breathtaking along with schools of trevally, bream, fusilier and anthias mill all over and around the wreck – often following you during the dive.

Oktopuses at Liberty Wreck

Night diving on the Liberty Wreck is very popular and an amazing experience. Unfortunately, the moonphases on my Oktopus MoonLite and Moon Tattoo did not indicate that a full moon was on the cards, the best period to enjoy a night dive. Hopefully I will time my next diving trip better!



J. Werdelin


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