Japanese Patrol Subic Dive Site in Subic Bay - Philippines
The Japanese Patrol Boat Subic dive site is often frequented not just by underwater enthusiasts but also by those that enjoy gazing at ship wreckages and also the various types of marine life forms.
This vessel was one of the many that were bombed and sank by the Americans during 1944 as they battled with the Japanese along the waters off Zambales. The reason that it is referred to as just a patrol boat is because there is nothing that can help identify it. Some are of the opinion that it was a fishing boat while others believe that it was a trawler but the matter has not yet been cleared up. Heading to the Japanese Patrol Boat Subic dive site, one will see that it is about 100 ft long and weighed 200 tons.
It has been stranded in the waters upright, making it easy to see the damages that have appeared. Those who have gone to the site have reported finding ammunition and the cargo is still mostly intact. However there is a lot of silt covering this part so examining it can be difficult.
Part of the attraction there now, besides the wreckage, include the various corals that have sprung up, adding color and vibrancy to the scene. There are also several kinds of fish (jacks, trout, lionfish etc) that can be seen swimming around the area. The currents are not that strong but they do appear at times, and can reduce the visibility.
The Japanese Patrol Boat Subic dive site is off the Triboa Bay, which is at the southern point of Subic Bay. At a depth of 25 meters (82 ft) and with visibility reduced greatly when you get near the boat, having experience swimming in waters with currents is needed. Beginners who want to explore this site should have an experienced swimmer to accompany them at all times.
There are several shops and centers where you can buy equipment and receive training, starting at a $100. The other more technical aspects of diving can be studied and learned but you have to pay more. On the average it will be around $200 and go up from there.
Those who love exploring the deep will have plenty to see at the Japanese Patrol Boat Subic dive site. From ancient ruins to the wonders of the sea creatures, there is no shortage of sights to witness and marvel at.