Logbook Scuba Dive # 115 - Tulamben - Liberty Wreck
|Logbook Scuba Dive # 115 - Tulamben - Liberty Wreck|
|Date:||Entry Time:||Dive Time:||Max. Depth:|
|Thu, 26-Jul-2007||15:46:00||32 minutes||20.7 metres|
|Dive Location:||City / Island:|
|Tulamben - Liberty Wreck||Bali, Indonesia|
|Dive Center:||Dive Trip:|
|Tulamben Wreck Divers||Bali - July 2007|
|Start PG:||Entry Time:||Exit Time:||End PG:|
|Altitude:||Rep. Dive:||Surface Interval:|
|Max. Depth:||Avg. Depth:|
|20.7 metres||10.54 m|
|Dive Time:||Deco. Dive:|
|Weather:||Air Temp.:||Water Temp.:|
|Clear||30 °C||27 °C|
|Salt||No Waves||No Current|
|Visibility:||Horizontal Vis.:||Vertical Vis.:|
|Weight:||Dive Suit:||Dive Computer:|
|10 kg||Thermalskin||Suunto Vytec DS|
|Equipment used on this dive:|
|Apeks ATX100 Regulator | Apeks ATX40 Octopus | Apeks DIN to Yoke Adaptor | Apollo Bio-Fin Pro | DUI Weight & Trim 2 Harness | Northern Diver Superstretch 2mm Neoprene Gloves | Northern Diver Thermalskin | Oceanic Spinner Pointed Dive Knife | OMS Compact Quick Dump Weight Pockets | OMS Dual Bladder, Banded Wing - Rec | OMS IQ Pack BC Harness | Sonar Explorer Blue Silicone Mask | Suunto CB-Two-In-Line Combo Console - 1 | Suunto SK-7 Compass Wrist - 1 | Suunto Vytec DS Dive Computer | Waterborne Safety Strap - Vytec|
|Cylinder Set #1|
|Cylinder Type:||Cylinder Size:||Working Pressure:||Supply Type:|
|Alumimium||11 litres||-||Open Circuit (OC)|
|O2:||He:||Min. PPO2:||Max. PPO2:|
|56.6 m||56.6 m||-|
|Start Pressure:||End Pressure:||Diff. Pressure:|
|180 bar||46 bar||134 bar|
|Avg. Depth:||SAC Rate:|
|Avg. Depth:||SAC Rate:|
|10.54 m||22.43 litres/min|
|Divemaster: Suki, Tulamben Wreck Divers
We arrived in Bali at 11:45 pm on Tuesday July 2007 and were transferred to room 102 at the Dynasty Hotel by Wayan (junior) from Tulamben Wreck Divers. We spent Wednesday shopping in Kuta and relaxing. Had lunch at a restaurant near the Discover Mall and dinner at the Dynasty hotel. On Thursday morning, Wayan Ambek from Tulamben Wreck Divers picked us up and transferred us to room 20 at the Mimpi Hotel in Tulamben.
After checking in and having lunch, we made our way down to Tulamben Wreck Divers and started to get ready for our first dive. Tulaben Wreck Divers (www.tulambenwreckdivers.com) is run by Tony Medcraft and Wayan Ambek. Our plan was to simply put ourselves in the hands of these local experts, with a few guidelines, in order to obtain a great diving adventure in Bali.
Suki was assigned to be our divemaster. We kitted up and the porters can and carried our gear down to the beach. It was very strange to see these women porters with one and sometimes two, sets of cylinders and BCs balanced on their heads making their way down to the beach.
At Tulamben it pays to have very thick dive boots, because the walk down to the beach and into the water can be hard on the feet if you have thin dive boot soles. Mine weren't nearly thick enough.
A feature of the walks too and from the dive sites are the vendors who will accost you offering all sorts of clothing, sunglasses, trinkets etc. You'll need to hangle well and even then you'll often find the same items cheaper in the few shops of Tulamben.
Getting into the water over the sliding rocks is somewhat problematic for someone without great balance. But eventually, we were all in and ready to do the dive.
Suki lead us out from the beach over the black muddy bottom. We soon came to the rudder of the Liberty wreck. Then we made our way to the stern guns. I'd like to be able to beeter describe our progress along the wreck, but I became so facinated with the marine life I quickly stopped thinking about where on the wreck we were.
While the wreck has a rich variety of marine growths on it, I was surprised by the lack of colour. Certainly more subdued than we have back home in Melbourne. It was also obvious that the number of divers visiting the wreck is having an effect, as errant fins etc. erode the finer encrusting life. Indeed, many areas are swept bare.
However, the fish life to be found on the wreck was simply stunning. I just wish I could better identify and describe it all.
We had a simply delightful dive on the Liberty wreck. When I signalled I was down to 100 bar of air, Suki started to lead us back to the stern. Then we proceeded back into the shallows to off gas before going to the shore and surfacing.
Getting out of the water over the rolling stones was again a challenge for me. Once onshore the BCs were taken off to be carried back by the porters. Then we made our way back to Tulamben Wreck Divers, where we got out of our gear. I went and sat by the pool during the break between dives while Benita went back to our room at Mimpi Hotel for a few things.
During the whole dive I was having problems with my trim. I was swimming around head up and every time I stopped I'd go into a vertical position. Something needed adjustment.