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After a slow but enjoyable ride on the vegetable boat, the hard task of finding a taxi to our next destination, Tulamben. It was about a hour taxi ride away and the only reasons Matt and I were going was to go scuba diving. We arrived in the nothing town of Tulamben and found a hotel/dive shop that offered us a awesome rate for 2 dives and one night in a hotel room. The main dive attraction around Tulamben is a wreck, the USS Liberty. The USS Liberty was used in WWII but torpedoed by Japanese submarine in 1942. The ship was still floating and able to be towed to safety but the damage was so bad that the boat was beached on purpose. The ship stayed on the beach for 21 years until a violent volcano erupted and pushed the ship back into the ocean. So now the boat is only just offshore! To make the dive an even cooler experience, Matt and I chose to go at night. So equipped with a powerful underwater flashlight we just walked into the ocean and within about 3 minutes of swimming, there it was. I enjoy scuba diving and have done it many times but this dive was very special. During the night, more coral buds come out so the viewing is better also a wreck provides easy opportunities for coral to grow because of the protection and surfaces that are easy to attach too, so the coral was amazing. However, being in a wreck in the dark made the experience much different than other dives. I literally felt as if I was exploring the Titanic. In addition, I had to control my breathing the entire time in the dark wreck, I did fine and was very surprised with myself. The next day Matt and I dove another reef, which was very good and then later that day took off to Kuta, the closest city to the airport. Matt only had a few more days in Indonesia with me.

Posted by pmyerson 08:17 Archived in Indonesia

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