Dive, Dive, Dive! Amed.

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We got to Amed. It was an expensive trip, costing about $33 USD in the end for the two and a half hour journey. Ouch! Indonesia’s supposed to be cheap!? No worries, on to diving.

We had gone off and on about doing our Advanced course or just doing fun dives. We chose the advanced course. Sweet! We got to Adventure Divers and quickly met the European couple who owned it. They’re both great and after a short talk with the owner/instructor, we decided on doing the course.

Our first dive!? The most famous dive site in Bali and surely one of the top places in all of Asia, the wreck site of the U.S.A.T. Liberty. This was an armed transport ship that was torpedoed in WWII by Japanese subs. It didn’t sink immediately and actually limped to shore near Amed. It was to be repaired but the Japanese moved on to the island and the U.

S. forces left it. It sat on the beach for the next 21 years, being continuously scrapped by locals for metal and such. Finally, in 1963, the nearby volcano Agung erupted ( I can see this volcano from the beach now…hmm) and the quaking Earth moved the ship into the sea, not 20 meters off the beach. Now, nearly 40 years on, the entire wreck has become a massive artificial reef, absolutely covered with coral and hundreds of species of fish and other marine life.

THIS was where we were headed first. Our dive course consisted of doing five specific dives. We were going to do a ‘deep dive’ to 30+ meters, a ‘wreck dive’ (obviously), a ‘night dive’ (torch lit, sounds scary!), a ‘navigation dive’ (figuring out where to go), and a ‘peak performance buoyancy dive’ (to practice being buoyant so we’re not bumping coral, the sea floor, sharks, whatever).

Our first dive was the deep dive and we actually hit 34 meters (well over 100 feet!). The site was the best I’ve seen in my limited diving experience in Honduras and Thailand. Immediately we saw four different blue-spotted rays and loads of fish. There were massive schools of big-eyed travali (Jack fish, they called them) which seemed to spin in a perpetual circle above and around us. Banner fish, massive groupers, nemos, sweetlips; on and on and on.
We saw another absolutely stunning blue-spotted ray. His spots seemed to actually glow, they were so brightly colored. We wrapped up our dive after 38 minutes and Ji and I both surfaced with massive grins on our faces. Ji had a load of snot on hers as well from salt water leaking in her mask. Haha. It was… cute.

Our second dive would be the ‘wreck dive’ and we were going to be exploring a few of the more closed-off spaces. They aren’t really closed-off, but normally wouldn’t be included in a fun dive. The whole ship is wide open (no roofs or anything) so it’s not really a ‘true’ wreck dive we were told, for which we would need to do additional specialized training for. I had a ball, though, and again we were captivated the entire time. At one point our instructor pointed out a tennis ball sized hole in the sea floor and dropped a ping-pong sized stone into it. Huh? A few seconds later, a Mantis lobster appeared and pushed the stone out. Nuts!

We wrapped up our first diving day with a delicious lunch and then spent the rest of the afternoon doing nothing at all. Nice.

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