The USAT Liberty is directly situated near the beach on Bali’s northeast coast – literally a short walk from the front door of Tulamben Wreck Divers. The 120m long wreck rests on a 90 degree angle with the deck facing the open sea and used to be an American supply ship.
Anchored off the coast of Lombok, the ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo during World War II. Miraculously nobody got hurt, but the damage turned the ship into a non-functioning and useless hull. The American Navy’s plan to tow the ship to Singaraja harbour (north Bali) failed as the harbour was completely occupied, so the ship was intentionally stranded on the rocky beach of Tulamben, where it was unloaded.