Trip Start Oct 02, 2008
16Trip End Nov 30, 2008
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Amed is good for water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. It is also home to the USS Virginia, an American war ship sunk by the Japanese during WWII. One of the reasons I chose this coastal village over others. The ship rests only 10 meters off shore.
Fishermen are happy to take tourists to the wreck...for a handsome fee. So I decided instead to snorkel the bay in front of my bungalow. Lots of beautiful coral and fish. During mid-day, the bigger fish are not as shy and swim quite freely.
I was only 20 meters off shore when I swam across the skeleton of a whale
At dinner that night, I found out more. The wreck was a Dutch cargo ship sunk by Japan during their WWII invasion. Apparently, the Balinese were too preoccupied by the Japanese occupation to give it much attention. When the Dutch returned after the war, the Balinese kept silent due to fear of reprisal. Eventually, the shipwreck just became a part of local folklore passed on to the next generation. But the wreck that sunk in February 1942 had only just been registered 6 months ago - in May 2008. Amazing.