“Great dive location – Johan’s dive resort”
Recently travelled to Subic Bay for some diving had a great time, the staff at the dive centre were friendly helpful and professional. I completed my Deep Dive Course whilst staying a Johan had a total of 7 dives all up, sadly had to fly back home.
The dive staff were great and knowledgeable.
The restaurant and bar staff were also great always with a smile.
A big thank you to Johan, Amelia, and all the Staff at Johan Dive Resort
by Frank M
Diving Subic Bay With Johan’s Beach and Dive Resort
Subic Bay is a diving destination that is not as well known as the major scuba diving locations in the Philippines. Even the Department of Tourism (DOT) excludes Subic Bay as a high profile dive destination. The DOT promotes locations with great reefs and great visibility and honestly Subic Bay is not known for those things. Subic Bay is known as a one of the best tourist destinations in the country. The Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ), Olongapo city and the lower portion of Zambales Province attract both domestic and international tourist to their beaches, resorts, hotels, nightlife and theme parks. The vast number of possibilities of things to do, places diving in the also available category.
Diving in Subic Bay is different that most dive locations anywhere. Visibility in the bay can be poor at times. The bay is a deep water port, protected on three sides by mountains and a narrow opening to the sea. So sediments that wash into the bay takes time to filter out or to be washed out to sea. The flip side of that downside is that there are almost no currents in the bay and deep divers have stable conditions as well. Subic Bay is known foremost as a wreck diving destination. You will see international destinations bragging about having two or three wrecks to dive within “just an hour” of their dive centers. They will even spend millions of dollars to create an artificial reef for another wreck dive site. Subic Bay has about a dozen recreational depth wreck dive sites and as many deeper technical wrecks. These are not within “just an hour” but are within just 15 minutes.
In the past few years another style of diving has started becoming more popular, that is muck diving. Muck diving is often done in areas with poor visibility and where the strata can be easily disturbed creating silt out conditions. Muck divers are looking for the smaller often hidden marine life. Before the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, Subic Bay had crystal clear waters. The volcanic ash from that event covered the area including the bay as much as a meter thick. Many portions of the bay never recovered but do provide homes now for marine life that favors the muck.
The number of wreck sites within the bay was supplemented by a few reef dive sites. They are good, but frankly not the quality of the sites toted by the DOT. Recently, we and a few other dive centers, have taken a leaf out of the book of other dive locations. They will travel up to two hours to reach a wreck or reef dive site. By extending our “local” range up to an hour, we can offer a number of excellent coral reefs that are healthy and with excellent visibility. The coast of Zambales, just north of the entrance to our bay, has some of the best beaches and reefs in the country.
Subic Bay is an all around diving destination. Known mostly for one of the highest density of easy to reach shipwrecks in the world it also offers muck diving and outstanding reefs. Dive sites are available for beginning divers to advanced technical diving. Divers can receive training from open water to instructor level as well as technical courses. It is a great place to learn as you explored
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