During the 1942 battle between the Japanese and the Allies, USAT Liberty was hit by torpedoes off the coast of Tulamben, Bali. The effort to tow this ship was unsuccessful, so for 21 years, it sat quietly on the beach until the eruption of Mount Agung pushed the vessel under the water where it lay for decades.
Various reef fish species, such as parrotfish, butterflyfish, damselfish, surgeonfish, sweetlips, batfish, and wrasse, can be seen wandering around the wreck. Hard and soft corals, gorgonians, and anemones have made every part of the wreck their home. Hawksbill and green sea turtles, garden eels, moray eels, and barracudas can also be frequently spotted. And do not be surprised to find black-tip and whitetip reef sharks, which often patrol the area.