Oh My Blog – The Fascination of Wrecks…..
What is it exactly that attracts divers to wrecks? Is it the abundance of marine life that usually can be found there? Is it the wrecks themselves which fascinate us? The history behind them? For me, it is all three. Here in Amed we have wrecks-a-plenty and every one of them has its own charm. The most famous of the three is most certainly the USAT Liberty wreck. Torpedoed in 1942, the Liberty was towed ashore in Tulamben. Twenty years later, tremors associated with an eruption of Mount Agung pushed the wreck into the sea where she lies until today. Broken apart but still very much recognizable as a ship and overgrown with corals, the Liberty is home to many species as our newest certified diver Kiki can attest to. Often seen fish include Bumphead Parrotfish which can often be seen up close, turtles, the occasional Napoleon wrasse and tons of reef fish.
But did you know that Amed and its surroundings are home to two more wrecks which are as interesting and beautiful as the Liberty? The Kubu wreck, so-called because it lies off the coast of the town of Kubu, is an Indonesian government patrol boat specifically sunk for divers. The site starts at 5-8 meters where a beautiful reef awaits. Diving further down, you soon reach the top of the wreck at 15 meters. Swimming along, enjoying the abundance of lionfish, moray eels and swarms of reef fish, you soon reach the bow of the boat down at 35 meters.
The Japanese Wreck, so-called because it is a Japanese fishing boat that was sunk there, also sports an abundance of wildlife and tons of corals. While the wreck itself is fairly small, the surroundings are stunning with a nice drop off down to 30 meters, ideal for advanced divers and beginners alike.
If you are intrigued about our wrecks and all the other great dive spots here in Amed, why not drop by for some fun dives or even a wreck specialty course.
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