A former US Naval base stationed at Olongapo, now it is a free port with a number of hotels and beaches. Mostly known for wreck diving, many of the wrecks range as far back as the Spanish-American War 1898, WWI and WWII. Most of the wrecks are Japanese from WWII as a result of US air assaults to retake the country. If diving is not the agenda then Grande Island serves as a great alternative for both divers and snorkelers to explore as well as trips to Capones Islands further north. As exciting as wreck dives are, it must be noted that the wrecks in Subic Bay must only be attempted by advanced divers, some dives even requiring a guide, as the wrecks can be quite deep with poor visibility and stability.
Getting there: Subic is around 120 kilometers north of Manila.
Dive Attractions: Subic Bay hosts a formidable combination of dive wrecks, like the nineteenth century Spanish gunboat San Quintin, the Japanese luxury liner Oryoku Maru, and the former USS New York - a battleship scuttled during World War II to keep her 17-inch main guns from falling into the hands of the Japanese.