Sanur Travel Blog› entry 26 of 53 › view all entries
Iâ€™ve decided to head to Sanur and go scuba diving! I hire a guy to drive me there on his motorbike. I check into a lovely hotel that has been organized by the dive company Iâ€™ve going with (Blue Season Bali). One of the instructors there is a friend of Lou who I dove with in Malaysia. They were really helpful with organizing my hotel, they got me a CHEAP deal at a great place. I have a huge room, with a comfortable bed, and reliable WiFi (well holy crap itâ€™s a miracle!).
I went to the dive shop and yow this place is NICE! Great facilities, new equipment and a huge pool for practicing.
Its good to be diving again!! Blue Season Bali is a quality operation! They had my gear ready for me, with perfect sizes! They carry everything for me, give me towels, water, food. Hot tea, come on, these people are going straight for my heart! AND there is toilet on the boat. Yow this is luxury!
The first dive we dove with Manta Rays!!! AMAZING!! A HUGE black one with a white marbel belly swam on top of a corel shelf.
We dove at Nusa Penida next.
Day two of diving takes us to Tulamben. The first dive is at The Drop Off. I saw 2 orangotan crabs (so cool!), hingebeak shrimp, cleaner shrimps, and a huge trigger fish playing with a starfish, it reminded me of a dog with a bone.
Our next dive is why I'm here...we're diving the Liberty wreck!! The Liberty is a 120 metre long war ship, used during WWII to bring supplies from Australia to the Philippines. It was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on January 11, 1942 but didn't sink. Two destroyers tried to tow it to saftey but as they pulled the ship took on too much water and was beached at Tulamben in Bali. In 1963 Mount Gunung Agung, Bali's highest mountain erupted. The quake was so powerful it pushed the Liberty into the water which broke her bow and stern.
The Liberty Wreck is gorgeous!!! I didnâ€™t think I would like it but I LOVED it! Seeing the bright sunlight shine through the wreck, extending its beautiful rays deep into the water brightening up the already vibrant colours of the coral. Coral is growing everywhere on the wreck! It is so colourful! There is no current here, which means you can get really close to the fish and coral. Our Dive Master really takes her time, letting us focus on the tiny macro life and finding our own paths through and around the wreck. I LOVE THIS DIVE!! Its amazing to feel one with everything and have the fish be so oblivious to you being there.
I swim in and out of the tiny holes, barely able to squeeze through with my gear on. Iâ€™m in the ship, its dark, and big eyed fish look out at me from their dark homes. I can see parts of the ship, a ladder, random pieces of metal. The wreck isnâ€™t very deep, so the coral grows everywhere and is easy to see, its not muted by deep water. I saw a white frog fish, a VERY tiny one. What a find! You could really see the details of things today.