Diving at Subic Bay
Subic Bay was originally established as a spanish naval base in 1885. A war between the Spain and the US Navy under Commodore George C. Dewy changed the picture and the Americans established Subic Bay as their naval Base in 1900.
In World War II, Subic Bay and Olongapo were overrun and heavily bombed by the Japanese. In December 1942 it was a hopeless situation for the US and Subic Bay went under the Japanese Flag.
On 15th of June 1991 Mt .Pinatubo, only 20miles from Subic, erupted with a eight times bigger force than the Mount Saint Hellen in 1980. Volcanic ash got thrown high into the atmosphere and affected the world weather for several month. The whole area was covered under 30 centimeters of volcanic ash and dust. Several earthquakes and a typhoon over Luzon turned the easy life in Subic bay into a 36 hours nightmare with many deaths and injured people. After several months of cleaning-up the Military Bases Agreement with the US expired and the Philippine Senate voted against any further agreements. After the US Navy left Subic Bay the area was opened for recreational activities.
The ash of Mount Pinatubo has smothered most of the corals in Subic Bay and lies deep on the Wrecks. The visibility is often poor as it is a sheltered bay with little current. The area can be dived all around the year with the best visibility from January until early June.
The Ex-USS New York, Oryoku Maru, Seian Maru, An List, El Capitan, San Quintin