Bali’s east coast is well known for its “muck” diving. Muck diving gets its name from the sediment that lies at the bottom of many dive sites – a frequently muddy or “mucky” environment. Other than muddy sediment, the muck dive substrate may consist of dead coral skeletons, discarded fishing equipment, tires and other man made rubbish. The main reason for muck diving is that you often find unusual, exotic and juvenile organisms that make their homes in the sediment and “trash” that compose a muck dive. The critters you can see on a muck dive are things you won’t see on a beautiful coral reef dive.
These pictures were taken at Tulamben, Seraya and Padang Bai. The USAT Liberty was a United States Army cargo ship torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-166 in January 1942. She was being towed to the harbour at Singaraja in northern Bali, but was taking on too much water and so was beached on the eastern shore at Tulamben so that the cargo and fittings could be salvaged.
In 1963 the tremors associated with the eruption of Mount Agung caused the vessel to slip off the beach, and she now lies on a black volcanic sand slope in 7m to 30m of water, providing one of the most popular dive sites off Bali.