When I arrived in Denpasar at the end of last year, my expectations for diving Indonesia were huge- both metaphorically and literally. All of the dive sites on my Indonesian wish list focused on big creatures and impressive wrecks, from the mantas of the Komodo National Park to the final resting place of the US Liberty, an American cargo ship off Tulamben, Bali. Although I knew that the 13,466 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago were also famous for their macro life, I wasn’t particularly interested- as a lifelong addict to the thrill of diving with big sharks, big…

Imagine being able to look history in the face. You are submerged in the sparkling water of Bali, investigating the USS Liberty Wreck that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. You are in the amazing Lombok Strait, amidst a world where a fallen warship takes on another life and becomes a framework of positivity for thousands of other life forms. On January 11th, 1942, the World War II cargo ship USS Liberty Wreck was on its journey of giving supplies to needy soldiers when it was blasted by enemy ammunition. The ship was able to make it almost back to…