Scuba Diving Shipwreck in Indonesia

by Vika Astri
Written on August 30, 2018

Basically, shipwreck meaning the destruction of a ship by sinking that occurred during the war, it was one of the recorded history. Shipwreck in Indonesia is used as an underwater beauty spot for Indonesian divers who want to enjoy the features of a shipwreck that has sunk for years on the seabed.

Shipwrecks In Indonesia

Unexpectedly, Indonesia became one of the sinking places for shipwrecks during the war at that time. Shipwrecks in Indonesia are scattered in various regions, for divers, the shipwreck is used as a spot to pamper the eyes and to be enjoyed. Some shipwrecks in Indonesia :

1. USAT LIBERTY in Tulamben, Bali.

The USAT Liberty shipwreck is the glory crown of Tulamben diving, that is one reason why divers come to Tulamben. It used to carry parts of the railroad tracks and rubber needed for war. Liberty was built as a 120-meter cargo ship equipped with two weapons during World War II. In January 1942, the ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine which was temporarily anchored off the coast of Lombok. In 1963, it was still grounded on the beach at Tulamben when Mount Agung erupted.

Take your time on the wreck because there is a large amount of macro life. Various types of shrimp and pygmy seahorses are also seen here. Not only that, sharks, bumps and barracudas are also seen here. Larger predator fish can be seen inside the structure at night. To get there, it takes 4 hours from Ngurah Rai International Airport to reach Tulamben, or you can also reach Tulamben by bus.

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2. DUKE OF SPARTA in Ambon Bay, Maluku.

The SS Duke of Sparta, also known as the SS Aquila is a cargo ship built by William Gray and Organization in Teeside, England in 1940. It is onehundred thirty five meters long, over seventeen meters wide. In 1958, whilst moored in Ambon Bay, Maluku, it was targeted as part of a covert mission by the CIA and bombed by an unmarked Douglas B 26 Invander bomber piloted by Allen Père. However, the Duke of Sparta was unknown also for over 50 was called The Ambon Wreck, it must be one of the most saved legacies in Indonesia.

Many various types of fish in this wreck, such as batfish, huge trumpetfish, fusiliers seafood, snappers, and butterfly fish. To get there, Pattimura Airport (AMQ) is the only airport on Ambon Island, located near the bay. The airport has flights to Makassar, Manado, Jakarta and other destinations in Indonesia. There is also a route from Ambon to Sorong, which makes a stop towards Raja Ampat.

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3. SOPHIE RICKMERS WRECK in Weh Island, Aceh

Sophie Rickmers is a huge cargo steamship that was built in Germany in 1920. During the Second World War, the “Sopie Rickmers” was part of 5 ships that were seized by the Dutch on May 10, 1940 around Weh Island. This ship is used to transport valuables such as tin, large ceramic plates, and others. Sophie Rickmers who was being repaired on Weh Island became the target of the British and the Dutch. The crew then chose to sink Sophie’s ship instead of handing it over to the Dutch East Indies.

The wreck is at a depth of 50 meters in the sea making this a challenge for divers. Therefore, divers will find it difficult to see reefs and bunch of fish when diving, usually divers can only see blue walls and faint oceans. However, to find Sophie Rickmers requires patience, the deeper to swim it will be seen fish fish swimming around the ship. To get to Weh Island, from Banda Aceh International Airport about 20 minutes by taxi to the harbor Ulee Lheu, to take a fast or slow ferry to Pulau Weh, Balohan harbor

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Bottom line

Shipwrecks is one of the best destination for the divers who want to looking something special and exciting also different than other. We can find shipwrecks usually at the depth of 40 meters or more, for those who want to exploring shipwreck you need to be trained or take a courses. The courses such as typically teach skills such as air management and the proper use of guidelines and reels. Besides you can enjoy the shipwrecks, you can also enjoy the excitement to see beautiful soft corals, fish that can be seen at a certain depth, a bunch of colorful fishes, and unusual creature that can be seen at certain depth.

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