Subic Bay Wreck Diving

Subic Bay is located about 120 kilometers north-west of Metro Manila, and it is well known for wreck diving, as there are a number of Japanese cargo vessel and some smaller ships from the remains of the WWII.

Most of the wrecks are located in about 5-15 minutes by boat. You will enjoy some reef and drift diving. The marine life is diverse, you can see lots of tropical fish including wrasses, gobies, spotted sweetlips, lobsters, crabs and clownfish just to name a few.

During the WWII the American Navy destroyed many Japanese vessels. Some of these vessels are lying now in Subic Bay water. Japanese cargo vessels, freighter and a historical steam gunboat from the 19th century are lying in a depth ranging from 16 to 88 feet (5 to 27 meters). These huge vessels are nearly 3,000 tonnes and about 130m long. Some of them are still intact and some others are not fully explored yet.

There are all levels of dive sites so whatever your level of expertise you will find something suitable. One of the most visited wrecks is the USS New York. Some wrecks are in shallow depths and can be accessed easily; and others are in deeper waters requiring more advanced skills to dive them. The wrecks became home to a variety of colorful fishlife including clown fish, angelfish, spotted sweetlips, lobster and schools of barracuda. Be on the look out as lionfish, and scorpionfish are also commonly seen around wrecks. Turtles and rays have been seen occasionally and few sharks just outside the bay. It is believed that there are more undiscovered wrecks lies in the Bay.

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