The Barges Dive Site in Subic Bay - Philippines
The Barges Subic dive site is without question one of the most unusual and also fascinating of the underwater tourist attractions in Zambales. If you want to take a break from the other usual sites that you have been exploring, this is the site to visit.
The name of the place was derived from the large number of barges that were put in its place by the American Forces. The barges and pontoons have been scattered about and you will see that it has been divided into sections. Generally it has been segregated into two main components. Looking over the Barges Subic dive site, it resembles the shape of the letter T with the left side slightly higher; the left is set at 18 meters the right 30 meters.
The barges themselves go down as far as 35 meters (over a 120 ft). They are quite a site to behold, and the sands on which they rest also make for wonderful views. The biggest attractions here though are the assorted marine life that frolic in the area.
Some of the most common fish types you will see are the garden eels, pipefish, groper, shrimps, lionfish, nudibranch, shrimps, prawn and many more. Even more interesting is that the flow of the aquatic life forms are continuous; there are always several to behold.
The Barges Subic dive site is located at the western front of Grande Island (to be more precise at the northern point of the west end) in about 6 meters (20 ft) of water. The other part is some 20 meters (66 ft) away further and is a little deeper at 10 meters.
One of the things that make the site popular is that the shallowness makes it easy to swim in, so that beginners go here. If you take diving lessons (cost starts only at $100) this is likely one of the places you will hone your skills. It is also the place where those who have not gone diving for a while return to shake off the cobwebs.
With its amazing range of marine life, there is no reason to wonder why the Barges Subic dive site is a hit among divers of all levels. The beauty of the surroundings goes on, from the mornings to the evenings so if you are looking for a place to take some photos, this is one site you will want to visit.