Submerging down to the darkness of the sea and seeing immense body of wreckage lying in the ocean floor really evokes a wonder. Shipwrecks is really a fascinating attraction under the sea. In the yonder years, wreckages of a ships was always associated with stories of sunken treasures—motivating treasure seekers to explore deepest water for finding gems and valuables. Today, the most valuable treasure of wrecks is the coral blooms that take over the ship, the marine animals that call it home, and the story of the wrecks that inspire a sense of awe. Wreck diving has been one of the most popular thing to do in Bali. If you’re a diver, the Tulamben, Kubu Boga, and Japanese wrecks should sit in the top of your Bali bucket list. Here’s some of the best tips to make your wreck diving Bali experience unforgettable.
All Three Different Wreck Diving in Bali
Legends aside, shipwrecks is actually very diverse. Shipwrecks doesn’t have to be the remnants of wooden colonial ships. It can encompass all kind of vessels—from mega cruisers to cargo ships and fishing vessels, and everything in between.
The USAT Liberty
Bali itself hold the treasure of three wreckages on its shoreline. One is the famous Tulamben wreck, a war cargo ship named USAT Liberty from the World War II era. The ally’s ship was torpedoed by the Japanese and forced to be beached in the coastline of Tulamben. Twenty one years later, Bali’s Mount Agung erupted and the earthquake sent the vessel to slip off the beach—sliding down in sand slope under the water. The ship’s highest point is now at a depth of 5 meters while the lowest point sits on 30 meters below the surface.
Not too far from Tulamben, lies the Japanese Wreck in Amed. The origin story of this wreck is not too clear and no one really know how the wreck got there. No one even sure that it’s really was a Japanese boat—the Japanese-style toilet on the tug was the only indicator. This small wreck rest in just 5 meters below the water and it’s the absolute joy for divers and snorkelers! It’s totally covered by large gorgonian fans, blooming corals, sponges, and busy marine lives that flourish around the vessel.
The Kubu Boga Wreck
Third is the Kubu Boga wreck, named after the village of where the wreck was sunk. Unlike the other two, this particular wreck was donated and purposefully sunk to promote marine growth and diving attraction. Most of the ship are still intact and has nice area to go explore the inside of the wreck!
Plan Your Underwater Shoot for Wreck Diving Bali
One can submerge to the wreck and end up with just a standard picture of themselves with the wreck. Others, however, go down with clear plans and surface with nat-geo worthy of shoots. You don’t actually need all the cool and sophisticated cameras to capture stunning wreck photography. All you need are wide angle lens, high ISO settings, the right lighting, and some prior research to get familiar with the wreck’s shape.
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Prepare Extra Security Tools
Though most of wreck diving in Bali are located in considerably shallow water, prepare extra security tools. Wreck diving are known for being more challenging than regular diving as it can be pitch black inside. Bring in extra torch would be very helpful in case your light fails, so you won’t get lost while exploring the wreck.