Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Liberty Shipwreck

One of the main reasons for going to Amed and diving was to visit the Liberty Shipwreck.  We had to leave a bit early and make the drive (about an hour) north to the wreck site.  The USS Liberty was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1945, just before the end of the war.  It called for help and then was towed to shore, where it sat on the beach for the next nearly two decades.

In 1963, an eathquake, trigered by the volcanic eruption from Agung (the big volcano on Bali) caused the liberty to fall just off shore.  There are not very many places where you can scuba dive a WWII wreck, where part of the shipwreck is only at about 5m.  It goes down to 30+ in parts.

What an eerie, mystical look. Though the ship is falling apart a bit, it was quite the amazing sight.  What an experience.  For the morning, Rania and I snorkeled above while Reeve, Gabi and Tracy when with Melissa, our dive master for the experience.

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