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Day 31 - World War 2 wreck diving at Tulemben

rain 30 °C

Dive day 2 - again another early start, this time we traveled by land
(thankfully not another rollercoaster boat journey to start the day !) across to Tulemben,
Bali's most famous dive site as it the home to the sunken USS Liberty.
A World War II US cargo ship sunk in 1942 by Japanese torpedoes and still remains (what's left of it) on the bottom for the past 75 years.
Day 2 was an advanced navigation course and then a wreck dive.
Conveniently the shipped was sunk close to shore, so no boat needed just a shore dive entry which involved a
surface swim out and then dive straight down.
After completing my navigation course and finding my way back :-)
We had some lunch the went on to do the wreck dive, again shore entry but his time it had started to rain, thunder and lighting !
Over here that meant fork lighting and torrential rain - cats and dogs big style,
anyhow we walked down the beach dodging the bolts of lightning with our "Porters"
(2 ladies carrying 2 x 10Kg Tanks each on their heads !) down the beach behind us.
Once geared up we descended towards the wreck. It was amazing, still intact but now taken over my nature,
full of coral, plant life and a great variation of sea life.
We followed the 120m vessel down to it's stern which lay deep at around 25m (80ft) then made our way back,
entering the vessel and swimming in you through large doorways and funnels.
It was really fantastic diving expect were weren't wearing the "fish bowl" helmets and "lead boots" of bygone years and
No - we didn't come across the man-eating Giant Octopus or find the Sunken Treasure !!!
Eventually we surfaced, with no treasure but some great memories of the dive.
Today had been the best day, firstly Irene had notched up 190 dives -
W hich got great applause and respect from all of the Bali divers and secondly
I passed my Advanced Diver course, so back to the hotel to celebrate !
It had been a long day, nearly 12hrs since we left our hotel,
So we when we arrived back too tired to go out, we just had a few beers and some noodles for our double celebration !

Posted by Andy-Irene 05:43 Archived in Indonesia

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Hi Andy & Irene
Been following your blog with great interest. Thanks for all the photos and many congrats on your diving exploits.
Hope to see you both soon.
Carl & Sandra

by Carl

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