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Jul 20, 2017 - Diving the Liberty

A van picked us up at the Taxa Uma, our cheap hotel, and took us to Sanur. There we picked up a girl who was a for-real diver and then took us to the dive shop. They loaded equipment for us and took our money. Ask which one they were more excited about. Then, we started on another hour and a half trek up to the site of the American cargo ship, The Liberty. The Liberty was hauling supplies during World War II from Australia to the Philippines when it was attacked by a Japanese submarine. An American warship and a Dutch warship started...

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Apr 21, 2010 - Tulamben (Bali)

Tulamben is a nondescript kind of a place, but just 50 metres off the coast there is a US cargo ship that was sunk by the Japanese in 1942. I figured this would be a pretty good place to do my first ever scuba dive. I wasn't wrong, it was amazing. I saw loads of cool fish that did not appear to have any fear as they swam just inches past my goggles and alongside me as if I was one of them.

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Nov 13, 2009 - Diving Tulamben in Bali - Day 2 - Coral Garden & Batu Kelebit

Friday the 13th! Well, it is close to 7 o’clock in the evening, and so far, so good. Only around 5 more hours to go, and we are past this auspicious day. I am writing today’s entry from our second floor balcony of our beachfront room at the Sunrise Café, a small café and guesthouse (beachfront room with ocean views approximately the equivalent of US$16, including breakfast for 2, per night) in the village of Jemeluk along the stretch of the eastern Balinese coastline known as Amed. Shortly after noon today, having completed 2 dives this...

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Break From the Law

Nov 12, 2009 - Diving Tulamben in Bali - Day 1 - Liberty Wreck & Drop-Off

“Huhhhhh?” The quixotic look of our Indonesian dive master in response to my query as to how deep we would be going during our first dive this morning said it all. Uhh-ohh, language issues, I immediately thought. He had the same look I do when I’m in a place where I don’t speak the local language but am trying nevertheless to feign I understand what is being communicated to me, but in reality I have no - or if some, only the very vaguest - idea of what is being asked of me. Unsuccessful, I repeated my question verrrry slowly and looked our...

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Break From the Law

Nov 11, 2009 - "Temple-Itis" in East Bali en Route to Tulamben

Well, it’s around a quarter to 10 in the evening. I am writing this entry from the air-conditioned comfort of our room at the Matahari Tulamben Resort in the village of Tulamben on Bali’s eastern coast. Right off the coast of Tulamben lies the Liberty Wreck, Bali’s most popular dive site. We are going to be doing a couple of days of diving off of the shore here beginning bright and early at 6:30 tomorrow morning. As Tulamben lies on the east coast of Bali a few hours drive east of Ubud, Vikki and I opted to kill two birds with one stone...

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Break From the Law

Jan 1, 2008 - Tulamben

The village outreach work we have been doing has been exciting since many of the remote villages of Bali have limited, and at times non-existent, access to healthcare. Besides chronic rheumatic disorders ("aches and pains"), many villagers experience untreated illnesses such as diabetes, digestive and gastrointestinal tract disorders, dysentery, traumatic injuries (broken bones, infections), hepatitis, respiratory disorders, skin disease, cerebral palsy and other sequellae of childhood febrile diseases. While some presentations are complex,...

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