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Scuba Diving Subic Bay From Barrio Barretto

Scuba diving Subic Bay from Barrio Barretto and Baloy Beach is the preferred option, compared to scuba diving from Subic Bay Freeport, because there are many more choices of dive shops and prices are frequently more competitive as a result.

Scuba diving rapidly developed as a sport in Subic Bay after the U.S. Navy moved out of the former Subic Bay Naval Base in 1992. Scuba diving, in particular wreck diving, around the entirety of the Bay became possible and dive shops opened along Baloy Beach to satisfy the demand from recreational scuba divers. The wreck diving in Subic Bay is second only to diving Coron Wrecks off Busuanga.

Barrio Barretto was always a recreational destination for U.S. Forces and Baloy Beach was the favorite off-Base Subic Bay beach. Following the return of the U.S. Naval Base to the Philippines, the Barrio and Baloy have retained their popularity by offering lower cost accommodation (compared to Subic Bay Freeport) at beach resorts and resort hotels . . . the scuba diving rates offered here are only slightly less that those offered by dive shops on-Base because, with a few exceptions, the wreck diving and scuba diving opportunities are exactly the same.

Scuba Diving Opportunities In Barrio Barretto

Subic Bay is famous for wreck diving, on a variety of shipwrecks. There are both large and small shipwrecks within the Bay and most of them are at recreational depths. There are also a couple of parts of airplane wrecks, dating from World War II to modern times. Most of the shipwrecks are from the late 1940s and 1950s.

San Quentin & El Capitan

The two oldest wrecks (San Quentin & El Capitan), to the East of Grande Island, date to the time of the American conquest of the Philippines, 1898; these two wrecks were not accidents but deliberate sinkings by the Spanish, to block the East passage, past Grande Island, into Subic Bay.

USS New York & Oryoko Maru

Subic Bay's most famous shipwrecks are the USS New York and the Oryoko Maru. In the face of the advancing Imperial Japanese Forces during the early stages of World War II the USS New York was deliberately scuttled by the U.S. Navy, when it surrendered Subic Bay; the Oryoko Maru was one of the Japanese “Hell Ships”, attacked and sunk by U.S. Navy planes in 1944, killing most of the Allied Prisoners Of War aboard.

Triboa Bay

Following the Korean War, the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet used Subic Bay as repository for ships and landing craft, and scores were mothballed and moored in Triboa Bay. A strong typhoon in 1954 passed over Subic Bay and many of the vessels moored in the otherwise very sheltered Triboa Bay sank . . . much to the delight of modern wreck divers.

Other Subic Bay Dive Sites

Finally, Subic Bay has many interesting reefs and giant clam beds within the protected Easter half of the Bay, and out to Grande Island. But not to be overlooked are dive sites off the smaller islands closer to Barrio Barretto and Baloy Beach, such as Mayanga Island and Snake Island.

The water immediately off Baloy Beach can become somewhat turbid during the peak of the rainy season (July to September), by virtue of the river that flows from the Zambales mountains and exits here, so the dive sites close to the beach are less attractive compared to those farther out in Subic Bay.

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Scuba Diving Equipment Rental In Barrio Barretto

Renting Scuba Diving equipment at Barrio Barretto is easier than in Subic Bay Freeport. There are dive shops along Baloy Beach that specialize in all types and levels of scuba diving, and some of the resort hotels along Barrio Barretto beaches also have their own dive shops.

Certified divemasters and instructors with decades of experience diving Subic Bay are available year round along Barrio Barretto and Baloy Beach, offering recreational and technical diving training courses.

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