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Our 2nd dive on Mimpang offered more sightings of the white tips with some nice reef areas in the shallows, big schools of snapper were moving with the surge and there were plenty of other schooling species in the blue. We finished the day with another dive at The Jetty, this time much less surge and we spent the hour moving between the big pillars that were encrusted with fans and colourful soft corals. If muck diving or macro photography is your thing then this is a dive site that you must visit on Bali.
Another dive which is probably more recognised is the USAT Liberty Wreck, I won’t go into too much detail about the history as this has already been covered in a blog here – Liberty Wreck. We reached the wreck by traveling overland, from Candidasa it takes around 45 minutes and there’s some pretty nice scenery enroute – Mt Agung is no longer an active volcano and on a clear day is quite a spectacular sight. The Liberty Wreck is a shore dive and the town around Tulamben has formed a little bit of an industry around it with some small ‘walk in’ dive centres and local style ‘warungs’ (restaurants, shops). We managed to time our first dive well and got most of the dive on the wreck to ourselves, its a shame the big school of jacks reside here as they created some excellent photo opportunities but it’s still a great dive. Plenty of soft corals bring some colour to the structure whilst plenty of oriental sweetlips hang around the shallow overhangs, the macro is also pretty good with pygmy seahorses, shrimps and nudibranchs to be found.
For the 2nd dive we weren’t so lucky and there were quite a few other groups around – if you want to dive Liberty always best to arrived early and jump in before 9am. Time it right and you’ll surface just as the other groups from resorts in Sanur and Kuta are walking in. Despite the other divers everyone confirmed it was a good day of diving and we returned back to Candidasa for a few beers and our last day of diving before our journey to Komodo.
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