Subic Bay is located north-west of Metro Manila (a 2h-2.5h drive from Manila), and is very well known for its fascinating wreck diving. The bay is considered on of the best wreck diving locations in the Philippines and offer a number of dive sites stretching from reef- or wreck-sites suitable for beginners, to more advance wreck-penetration-sites requiring special training before diving on. The marine life in Subic Bay is diverse and you are likely to see plenty of coral fish, shellfish, blue-spotted stingrays, turtle, octopus, schools of both jacks and tuna, batfish, sweetlips and sometimes shark.
We are very protective towards all of our divers. Our mission is to train divers not only to certify, but to qualify, and the principal rule states; “Always dive according to your skill level”. Never enter the water alone, or without checking with us or any of the other well established dive centers for safety rules, tide schedules, additional useful information and required skill levels for each dive site.
The weather in Subic Bay is similar to most other places in The Philippines, with dry season from November to May and wet season between June and October. The average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit) with the warmest part of the year stretching from March to May. The best time for diving in Subic Bay is during the dry season, less currents and on average better visibility, yet diving can be experienced all year around due to it’s somewhat protected geographical location, enclosed by land Subic Bay offers calm protected waters under all but the absolute worst weather conditions.
List of Dive Sites in Subic Bay
01 - Canyons Reef - Reef Site (OW/AOW)
02 - Capones Island - Reef Site/Wall (OW/AOW)
03 - El Capitan (USS Majaba) - Wreck Site (DSD/OW/AOW)
04 - F-4 Phantom - Wreck Site (TEC 45)
05 - Japanese Patrol Boat - Wreck Site (AOW)
06 - LCU (Landing Craft Utility) - Wreck Site (DSD/OW/AOW)
07 - Lighthouse - Reef Site (DSD/OW/AOW)
08 - LST (Landing Ship Tank) - Wreck Site (AOW)
09 - Nabasan Reef - Reef Site (OW/AOW)
10 - Nikko Maru - Wreck Site (Advanced Technical)
11 - Oryoku Maru - Wreck Site (AOW)
12 - Runway Reef - Reef Site (OW/AOW)
13 - San Quentin - Wreck Site (DSD/OW/AOW)
14 - Seian Maru - Wreck Site (AOW)
15 - The Barges - Wreck Site (DSD/OW/AOW)
16 - USS Lanikai - Wreck Site (TEC 40)
17 - USS New York - Wreck Site (AOW)
Diving Conditions Subic Bay
Dive conditions are generally fair throughout the whole bay with currents ranging from mild to none existent, making Subic Bay a great location for both beginners and more advance divers. Visibility varies from site to site but is generally better at the reef sites, The Barges, Canyons Reef, Nabasan Reef and Runway Reef. In general visibility is best during March to May but can vary from day to day. Sites like USS New York and other wreck sites located deep inside the bay are usually better to visit during mornings with visibility ranging from 10-20 meters but sometimes as low as 3-7 meters. The visibility range at a specific dive site can sometimes changed dramatically from one day to another, its therefor recommended to visit each wreck site multiple times during your stay in Subic Bay.
Average Annual Temperature: 27°C (81° F).
Average Water Surface Temperature: 27-29°C (81°F to 86°F).
Visibility Range: 7 to 82 ft. (2 to 25 meters).
Best time to dive: November to May (possible to dive all year round).
Map of Dive Sites in Subic Bay
Below map shows you the most popular dive sites within the bay. Most of the sites are easily accessible from our location. Just drag your mouse pointer over the “site icons” to read more about each site! Once you have clicked on an icon you can get re-directed by clicking on the underlined site name.
View Dive Sites Subic Bay in a larger map
Both the “Oryoku Maru” and “Seian Maru” dive sites are occasionally closed for recreational diving by the local authority. Dive sites may close without prior notice due to various reasons. We are always up to date and will be able to inform you on demand in case you’re interested to dive on any particular wreck.
If you would like to find more information or pictures of any particular US vessel we recommend you to use the NavSource Naval History website.