trainingThe Philippines has some of the best wreck diving in the world. We offer complete tours and training for both recreational divers and technical divers in both Subic and Coron Bay.

Courses are taught by Rick Kirkham, one of the most experienced Technical Wreck Instructor Trainers in the country. Courses are fun, safe and comprehensive . PADI courses are taught over 6 dives [not four] including an extra two penetration dives. TDI Advanced Wreck is taught over a minimum 8 dives and 450 minutes bottom time [TDI standard 6 dives - 100 minutes]

 

bullet

Subic Bay
 

bullet

Coron Bay
 

bullet

Wreck Diver training

 

USS New York 1898Subic Bay

Subic is located just 3 hours north of Manila. It was once the largest US naval base outside of America. Now it is home to 8 great wreck dives, with more wrecks being found every year.

Highlights include the USS New York, the US Navy's original armoured cruiser [pictured left in the 30s]. The El Capitan, a freighter lying on it's side in just 18 meters of water; an LST, upright in 36m of water with some awesome penetration dives and several airplane wrecks

Our tours are fully inclusive of

Round trip private transfers from Manila to Subic Bay

Twin share accommodation at a local Inn - half board basis.

All training for both TDI Tech and PADI wreck courses

Daily two or three dives from the resort including tanks, weights, boat and guide

 

 

Tour Dates

We will run training tours to Subic Bay with a minimum group size of 4 divers for dive tours, or two students minimum for wreck training tours.TDI Advanced wreck). If you are a group and would like to book a tour, or a tour in conjunction with a trip to Puerto Galera then send us an email and we will make a package to suit your needs.

Regular tour dates are posted top right. Email us if you would like to know our current tour schedule.

Subic Bay Wrecks (click on wreck to view)

 

 

F4

 

to topTop of Page

 

USS New York CA-2


The USS New York was the US Navy's first armoured cruiser. She was built in Philadelphia in 1891 and scuttled at the approach of the Japanese in 1941. She lies in 30  meters of water at the northern end of the runway. This is the ultimate wreck dive in the Philippines. The 8 inch cannons are still in place and there are photo opportunities galore.  The visibility tends to be low, better viz can be found inside the wreck. The marine life on this site consists of jacks, scorpion fish, fusiliers, lionfish, grouper, and a resident eagle ray

A simple penetration route is down through one of the hull casements and along a corridor. An advanced penetration is through the engine room. This is suitable only for Technical Advanced Wreck divers and should never be attempted by divers on single tanks.

 

 

 

AN LST  - known in the navy as Large Slow Targets!

LST
This vessel is situated in on the way to Grande Island. This huge tank landing landing craft lies in 32 meters, sitting upright with its door open. The average dive is 28-34 meters, and the visibility is better than the inner bay. There is a lot to see on the outside, but the main interest is penetration of the corridors. These run along both port and starboard side of the ship. Doors are ajar and along the sides of the rooms are the remains of cots - the beds of up to 200 men. Best done on nitrox, penetration is mainly for technical divers.

 

 

El Capitan

line workThe wreck is situated near the inner channel marker of Ilanin Bay. A small freighter, the El Capitan lies on its port side with its stern in 5 meters while its bow is in 20 meters of water. El Capitan was bombed in the Solomons and finished it's life as a stores ship. It is located just across from the old ammunition wharf ,the stern tube is welded closed and the engines are missing. This is a perfect dive site for easy , but beautiful swim throughs and is an excellent dive for wreck training. Visibility varies between  5-20 meters . Like most wreck penetration dives we debrief in detail to identify problems and learn from the training [photo right

]

 

 

The Hellship - Oryoku Maru - Dive Site CLOSED to divers

Oryoku maru on fire after US bombing raid


Situated 400 meters off the old SRF (Ship Repair Facility). Maximum depth on this dive is 20 meters and the visibility is generally quite low. Even so, it remains one of the most interesting ships in the bay.

The Oryoku Maru was one of the hellships carrying families and American prisoners of war to Japan. It was attacked by American aircraft on December 15th, 1944. It sank and more than 300 American POWs were lost. Now, the ship has become a haven for all kinds of marine life. Many parts of the wreck are a tangled maze of metal, as the ship was flattened by explosives for navigational reasons.
This tangled artificial reef is home for all species of shallow water marine life and has some of the best fish life in the bay. Often there are large schools of jacks and barracuda swimming overhead.

 

 

Seian maru - Dive site CLOSED to Divers
 A Japanese cargo vessel of approximately 8000  tons sunk by the American Navy in 1945, the Seian Maru lies on its portside in 27 meters of water. The cavernous holds are home to countless species of fish. Like most freighters of this era, there are hold fore and aft, with the midships home to the engine room and wheelhouse. Visibility varies, but again it is a fascinating, larger wreck to explore

 

 

The Smaller Wrecks

Japanese patrol boat
Located in in Triboa Bay at a depth of 20 - 25 meters  This small Japanese patrol boat is sitting upright on it's keel. The wreck is a great dive with an average of 10 meters viz. There are plenty of coral and colorful fish to keep photographers occupied.

LCU Landing craft
This vessel is also situated in Triboa Bay but closer to the end of the runway, lies on the edge of a reef with its starboard side lower. Depth is 5-20 meters (25-60 feet) with visibility from 10-16 meters (30-50 feet). This is a great dive for the underwater photographer.

San Quentin
This steam gun boat was scuttled by the Spanish during the Spanish-American war, to block the shallow south entrance to Subic

The ship is now badly broken up, but you can still see the bow and large steam boilers. As the wreck lies at the mouth of the bay in shallow water, visibility and light are better than on the other wrecks.

Excellent fish and coral life.

 

to topTop of Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hairy FrogfishCoron

About an hour south of Manila by air, is Coron Bay. Coron is home to the largest collection of WW2 wrecks in the Philippines. Highlights include the  Akitsushima, an imperial Japanese Navy Flying boat tender and the Irako, an impressive 10,000 ton Imperial Japanese Navy provision supply ship.
 

There are at least 10 large wrecks to dive. The best time to visit is in the dry season (October to June).  Trips to the wrecks take longer than Subic, usually at least an hour from town. The visibility is generally better and the area is very beautiful. The wrecks are all protected by the government for the enjoyment of all. As it is a little further from Manila  than Subic Bay, it is best done as a longer 4 or 5 day trip.

Our tours are fully inclusive of

  • Round trip airfares from Manila to Coron

  • Local transfers

  • Twin share accommodation at a local resort, or liveaboard - full board basis.

  • Daily two or three dives from the resort including tanks, weights, boat and guide

  • Daily unlimited no-deco diving if on liveaboard

  • Package of nitrox fills or unlimited nitrox diving

  • Wreck, Deep, Nitrox and Advanced Open water courses

  • Tech courses including TDI Advanced and Decompression Procedures, TDI Extended Range and TDI Advanced Wreck

Tour Dates

We will run tours to Coron with a minimum group size of 6 people for recreational divers, or 3 if for the TDI Advanced Wreck training course. If you are a group and would like to book a tour, or a tour in conjunction with a trip to Puerto Galera then send us an email and we will make a package to suit your needs.

Regular tour dates are posted top right. Email us if you would like to know our current tour schedule.

 

Coron Bay Wrecks (click on icon to view)

 

to topTop of Page

 

Irako


The Irako was an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) general stores ship, sunk in late 1944. It carried spares, machine shops, refrigeration storage, diving gear, ammunition and general cargo. At 9750 tons and 135 meters long, it is the one of the most impressive ships in Coron Bay.

Visibility is generally good, although there may be some current on this site. Average dives are between 28m and 34m, with a max of 42m, so dives are best made on nitrox. Simple penetration dive are available for basic wreck divers, as well as some deep penetration dives for the technical dive. The engine room should  not be entered by anyone without the proper technical equipment and training.

This is most diver's favorite wreck in Coron and suitable for multiple dives.

 

 

 

Akitsushima


The IJN Akitsushima was a large flying boat tender, sunk in the late fall of 1944. This 118m long wreck is the only warship in Coron Bay. Her large Kawanishi flying boat was not sunk in the raid.

She took a direct hit to the aviation fuel store, just in front of the large crane. The resulting explosion sent her to the bottom, where she came to rest on her port side. The large gaping hole in front of the crane is an excellent entrance point for penetration dives, with routes suitable for both recreational Wreck divers and the advanced wreck diver. 

Behind the stern are the cannon which fell from their mounts when the Akitsushima sank. Under the you can see schools of sweetlips, snapper and large barracuda, as well as the streamlined stern and twin rudders. Average dives are 27m to 34m, so nitrox is essential to make the most of this dive site.

 

 

Ekkai Maru (used to be called Olympia maru and then Taiei Maru)

I have  a soft spot for the Taiei maru. It was my first ever wreck dive and in my memory it was perfect.

Built in Scotland, she was then sold to a Chinese buyer and on the transfer war broke out and she was captured by the Japanese. Big cavernous holds illuminated by rays of light, large machinery and boilers and tight spaces to squeeze through. The ship lies on her starboard in 26m of water - but just 12m to the hull. Her engines were salvaged in the 60s, hence the large hole in her side - this makes for a great entry point. As she is shallow and has so many great swim throughs, plan on doing at least 2 or 3 dives on her - as well as much of your wreck training.

 

 

Okikawa Maru

Another great dive for beginners, this 200m long Japanese fleet oiler sits upright in 26m of water, with her deck between 10~16m. The bow points almost straight to the surface, as a massive explosion in front of the wheelhouse almost blew the ship in two.

There are some great penetration options on this wreck, as well as good photo opportunities. The decks are home to a halthy covering of coral and there are many fish species. The Okikawa can receive strong currents, so consider advanced open water and / or wreck training.

 

 

 

 

Olympia Maru

The Olympia maru was formerly called the Tangat wreck. It is interesting to watch the evolution of wreck names in Coron. Over the years divers have become history experts, hitting the archives and libraries to put names to long lost ships.

The Olympia, a 140m long Japanese freighter, offers great opportunities for simple penetrations and suits most levels of divers. Sitting upright, with her cranes towering above the deck, depths vary between 20m to 30m so nitrox can be very useful, especially on repetitive dives. The decks are home to lionfish, schools of batfish and good coral cover - so plenty of photo opportunities.

 

 

Kogyo Maru

The Kogyo is another Japanese freighter. About 160m long she lies on her starboard side. She was carrying airfield construction materials - in the forward hold you can see the bags of cement, as well as a bulldozer tipped on it's side.

The decks and hull are covered with fish and coral and in the mid-ships you can still see anti-aircraft guns.

Depths vary between 24m and 34m so the wreck is best suited to advanced, wreck and nitrox divers

 

to topTop of Page

 

Wreck Diver Training

 

wreck diverThe need for training

Wreck Diving is perhaps the most exciting type of diving. But, for the untrained, it can also be the most risky. Dangers include getting lost inside the wreck, light failure and running out of air. However, with training it is one of  the most exciting form of diving.

 

There are two levels of training. A  Basic Wreck diver course (either TDI or PADI) takes about two days to complete and includes 4 dives. Training can be made in Puerto Galera using the Alma Jane Wreck, or on a trip to either Subic Bay or Coron Bay.

 

Training includes wreck orientation, simple wreck navigation, reel handling and penetration practice (on the outside of the wreck) and a final penetration dive. Penetration is not required and the last dive can be on the outside of the wreck. As many wrecks can be quite deep, we highly recommend combining the wreck course with a nitrox course as well as deep diver training.

2 days / 4 dives / P9950 + manual
Combined with Nitrox P16000 + manuals

 

The TDI Advanced Wreck Diver course offers greater scope for exploration. A prerequisite is a Basic Wreck course. The two may be combined for a total of 6 days and 12 wreck dives

The Advanced Wreck course can be taught either with no decompression or with decompression. If completing decompression dives, a prerequisite is TDI Decompression Procedures (or equivalent) - and the Advanced Wreck course is considered the pinnacle of technical diving (we all know that Cave Divers are in fact frustrated wreck divers). Run over 4~5 days it includes 8 dives. We can complete all academics and skills dives in Puerto Galera, which leaves 6 penetration dives in Subic , or Coron Bay. Contact us if you would like more information

4 days / 8 dives / P29000 + expenses
Combined with Basic Wreck diver P36000 + expenses

 

 

 

 

Above : 2007 Advanced Wreck students: TDI Instructor Mr.Ohara, Rick, TDI Instructor Trainer Mr.Tahara, TDI Instructor Mr.Nishitani,     TDI Instructor Trainer Mr.Yasuhara

to topTop of Page

 

Related

Courses

PADI Wreck Diver

3 days / P11500+
plus manuals

TDI Wreck Diver course