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Our first day of diving starts with a 2½ hour road trip to the small fishing village of Tulamben, on the northeast coast of the main island. Dive 1 – USAT Liberty: Originally launched on 19 June 1918 as the USS Liberty, this vessel was assigned to the US Army, just prior to Americas entry into World War II, as an Army Transportation Services vessel (USAT). On 11 January 1942, while en route from Australia to the Philippines with a cargo of railway parts and rubber, she fell victim to the Japanese submarine I-166. Heavily damaged, the transport was towed by the US destroyer Paul Jones and the Dutch destroyer Van Ghent, towards Singaraja, on the north coast of Bali. Unfortunately, however, the crippled transport was taking too much water to complete the transit, so she was beached at Tulamben to salvage the cargo and fittings. What remained of the Liberty languished at Tulamben for another twenty one years, until tremors from the 1963 eruption of nearby Mt. Agung caused the vessel to slip off the shore to her current position on a sand slope. During this process, the hull broke in two and she now lies a short 30 m (100 ft) swim from the beach, parallel to the shore, with her deck side facing the open sea. The wreck is the most visited diving site of Bali, at a perfect depth for all experience levels, ranging from 9m (29 ft), down to the bow, which lies at around 29 m (95 ft). There are a couple of very open swimthroughs, but be aware that the aging structure is unstable and
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