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USS Liberty Wreck


The USS Liberty Wreck is the most famous scuba diving and snorkeling site in Bali. The wreck lies near Tulamben, about 30m from the shore, and sits from 5 to 30 meters deep under the surface of the sea. Covered by soft and hard corals, sea anemones and countless reef fish that have made a home out of this old ship, it became a unique and enjoyable snorkeling destination.
How to get there?

The ship is located in Tulamben, a small and remote coastal village in east Bali. It can be reached in around 2:30 hours by car from Kuta and Denpasar. Several tour operators organize day tours from these two cities, including a snorkeling stop on the wreck. It can be an option if you don’t stay in Tulamben area. Access to the beach is free, the closet to the ship being the little road at the corner of the Liberty Dive Resort. We recommend to snorkel there early in the morning or late in the afternoon, as the site can be very crowded.

Water entrance

Enter the water from the beach, in front of the ship. After swimming for about 20 to 30 meters offshore, you will start seeing the ship.

Aerial view

Exploration

The area to explore covers the whole wreck, which is approximately 120 meters long, with the shallowest part at about 5m deep and the deepest on the other side of the wreck at about 30m deep.

Immersed since 1963, the wreck is now hosting a rich biodiversity. Abundant coral formations, gorgonian fans, sponges and sea anemones cover the ship. A huge and colorful range of fish have made the USAT Liberty their home, including schools of yellowfin surgeonfish, common and scissortail sergeant majors and, in deeper areas, hundreds of sea goldie. Latticed butterflyfish, Klein's Butterflyfish, Moorish idols, parrotfish and moon wrasse are also commonly seen on this site. If you are lucky, you will maybe spot a blue-spotted seabass, one of the most elegant reef fish of Southeast Asia.

USS Liberty Wreck Snorkeling
Giant clam at USS Liberty Wreck

Another excellent snorkeling spot (the Coral Garden) is located a few hundred meters south of the wreck. Most of snorkeling tours to the USS Liberty also includes a stop on this site.

Restaurants and accommodation

There is a choice of dive centers, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets on the beach and between the main road and the beach.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Level of difficulty
    Medium
  • Maximum depth
    30m
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    High
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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