The L.S.T. was an amphibious military vehicle used in the Pacific during the war by the Allied Forces, mainly to transport troops and ammunition to various locations around the archipelago. When the war ended in 1945 a lot of these ships were scrapped or scuttled as newer models took their place. This one (the LST-959) was scuttled North-East of the Grande Island.
The wreck is situated in an upright position at a max depth of 36 meters (118 ft.). The area is generally clear and the top part of the wreck (located in 30 meters of water) is usually spotted from a depth of approximately 20 meters during your descent.
Both the outer doors located at the bow of the ship are open, one of which has fallen to the seabed, yet the inner ramp is still raised. The front two thirds of the wreck is the covered cargo deck. Underneath, the covers for the engine room are removed along with both diesel engines and some other components. The structure at the stern has collapsed into the main deck level, leaving a sculpture of gun-platforms, though the guns were removed before the sinking of the ship.
L.S.T. is considered as one of the most popular dive sites in Subic Bay, and the site is used for both technical and recreational diving. One of the main reasons why this dive site is popular among divers, is because the wreck is so well preserved. Many of the major components can be seen clearly, and the sometimes fairly good visibility makes it easy for divers to navigate around the vessel and explore its various parts. However, this wreck is located deeper than most of the other wrecks in the bay and we recommend you to be an Advance Diver before taking on this site.
Many of the divers visiting this site come back for more as there’s always new things to see. The site is home to Bluespotted Stingrays, Lionfish, Jackfish, Stonefish, Batfish, large Pufferfish, Octopus, Clams and a variety of corals covering various parts of the wreck. The Bluespotted Stingrays are usually well hidden under the silt at the top of the wreck, however; at this site you’re almost guaranteed to spot one or two of them! Occasionally divers report spotting Remoras, these funny looking fish usually accompanies divers through the safety-stop all the way back up to the dive boat.
Video from the L.S.T. Dive Site
- Latitude: N14.77426
- Longitude: E120.25037
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