Undoubtedly the most famous dive site in the Amed area is the USAT Liberty shipwreck. So why is it so popular and what is actually like to dive the USAT Liberty?
The USAT Liberty was a US Army cargo ship, built in 1918 just in time to see service at the end of World War I. Between the wars she was a civilian vessel only to be pressed back into military service when global hostilities broke out again. In January 1942, she was part of a convoy travelling from Australia to the Philippines carrying a cargo of railway parts and rubber when she was torpedoed in the Lombok Strait by a Japanese submarine (I-166).
“TK II” is our featured Lembeh Dive Site of the Month. All black-sand, algae growth and desolate landscape, Teluk Kembahu II is definitely not one of Lembeh’s prettier dive sites. But does that old trick really fool anyone anymore? When we take a closer look at TKII it comes alive; it is absolutely overflowing with some of Lembeh’s coolest critters!
This week in Lembongan… We been seeing lots of manta rays at Manta Point and the water is getting a wee bit cooler. This week has also been really busy with lots of people coming asking about diving at the manta ray dive sites and we have been very lucky with seeing a lot of them at Manta Point.
This week has been fantastic for both large and small marine creatures in Bunaken with a particularly lucky group seeing a pod of ten eagle rays on one single dive! All around the island we’re seeing plenty of ornate ghost pipefish on many of our favourite dives. And there is a new face around as well!
We have had lovely clear, warm water again when diving in North Lombok lately. The Gili’s are famous for the scenery, night life, and surfing. Diving over the past few years has become extremely popular. We may lack the colour from soft coral but the north does attract such an adverse amount of sea life such as one of my favourite’s…bat fish!!