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History Of Scuba Diving In Subic Bay

Scuba diving in Subic Bay was started by the U.S. Navy when they occupied the Subic Bay Naval Base. When the U.S. Navy moved out in 1992, scuba diving around the entirety of the Bay was possible and dive shops opened "on Base" to satisfy the burgeoning demand from recreational scuba divers to study and explore the wreck diving opportunities.

If you are interested in some of the local scuba diving history (and some additional scuba diving history from elsewhere in the Philippines) then you may enjoy visiting the maritime museum at Magellan's Landing along Argonaut Highway, towards Subic Bay International Airport.

Scuba Diving Opportunities In Subic Bay

Subic Bay is famous for scuba diving on shipwrecks. There are both large and small shipwrecks within Subic Bay and most of them are at recreational depths. There are also a couple of airplane wrecks - actually parts of airplanes - and a few more reported in records but not yet located, dating from World War II. Most of the shipwrecks are from the late 1940s and 1950s. 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 into Subic Bay.

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 Subic Bay was surrendered; the Oryoko Maru was one of the infamous Japanese Hell Ships, attacked and sunk by U.S. Navy planes in 1944 and killing most of the Allied Prisoners Of War aboard.

Following the Korean War, the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet used Subic Bay as repository for ships and landing craft; scores of ships and landing craft 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.

Finally, Subic Bay has many interesting reefs and giant clam beds within the protected Easter half of the Bay, and out to Grande Island.

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Scuba Diving Equipment Rental Around Subic Bay

Renting Scuba Diving equipment and scuba gear in Subic Bay is easy. There are dive shops on Base that specialize in all types and levels of scuba diving. Certified divemasters and instructors are available year round, for both recreational and technical diving training.

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