Scuba + Wreck Diving, Bali
Concierge.com's insider take:
Many dive-heads—including those who've made pilgrimages to the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, and Manado—swear that Bali has the best diving in the world. Sites range from warm, easy dives for the novice around Nusa Dua to the spectacular wreck of the Liberty (pictured), a 390-foot American cargo ship that was sunk off Lombok on the island's northeast coast by a Japanese torpedo in 1942. (She was towed to shore by U.S. destroyers and abandoned on the beach at Tulamben; 20 years later, after Gunung Batur erupted, earth tremors caused the ship to slide into the sea.) While some parts of the wreck lie at a depth of about 100 feet, other parts are in shallow water—less than 20 feet—so it's a good site even for beginning divers. As many as a hundred divers a day visit the wreck in high season, so avoid early-afternoon excursions there if you can. Night dives of the Liberty are especially exciting. Bali is well-supplied with PADI-licensed dive centers, including Pro Dive Bali (62-361-726-823; www.prodivebali.com) and Scuba Duba Doo (62-361-750-703; www.divecenterbali.com). Both these dive centers will arrange transport from your hotel to the ship and return at day's end.