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San Quentin

On the morning of April 27, 1898 the gunboat San Quintin and two merchant ships were scuttled to block the eastern entrance to Subic Bay....

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In a futile attempt to stop the invading Americans, Admiral Montojo of the Spanish Navy, thought that by blocking the eastern channel between Grande and Chiquita Islands, he could concentrate his land-based cannons on the western entrance. Coming ashore at Grande Island to inspect the defense works, Montojo was disappointed to find that four KRUPP 6 inch guns had not been installed due to lack of cement. A defense disaster for Montojo but a blessing for divers a century later.....

Since Brian and his team discovered the wreck, it has deteriorated significantly; with it's guts strewn about the sea floor, but with the two large boilers still visible from the surface, as too the bow, stern and many of the ribs. 100_1132.jpg

There's very little current and plenty of young coral and tropical species of marine life. As a wreck dive, it is historic and doesn't have the hazards of modern shipwrecks. There are no areas to penetrate, but also no silt to stir up as the area is almost entirely covered in young coral growth. The San Quentin was the location chosen for me to test out a super groovy new wetsuit; significantly thinner than my previous one which requires me to carry only 4 pounds of weight now and has a large, reflective V down the middle which makes me feel like a Power Ranger. Unfortunately Jayson made a point of telling me I actually had it on backwards...... Dive Master FAIL!

Once I got my act together, I discovered The San Quentin is in my opinion, exactly what diving was meant to be... fun!

The visibility is so great here because it actually lies just outside the bay, with a good variety of marine life. It was also where we gave Mara her first un-official diving experience.
P1010076.jpg For a first try she was amazing! Connar came along and is starting to scare us a bit with his confidence and tends to stray off on his own....P1010082.jpg
Fortunately Gianne and I were there to keep things under control! P1010089.jpgP1010072.jpg

It was a dive of 'big things.'
Big visibility (10-12m)
Big pipe fish

Big clownfishP1010133.jpg

Big (I mean GIANT) clams and other shell fish

Big nudibranch P1010150.jpg

Big hermit crabs
Big blue-spotted stingray

Big blue-painted lobstersP1010104.jpg

And one iddy-bitty baby lion fish... so cute!

It is allegedly one of the best night dives in Subic, so I am dying to try that out!

Posted by VascoDiveMaster 15:52 Archived in Philippines Tagged turtles fish diving ocean philippines big tropical marine sharks asia scuba_diving whale subic lionfish clams dive_master subic_bay dive_centre

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good descriptions Nat and big photos keep up the good work and yeah night dive at that place would be sensational

by pop

Big mistake Nat, I am the only Power Ranger in this household. Love the blog and the beautiful Marine life. Can't wait to read more.

by liz

hey Liz - i bet you wouldn't wear the suit backwards - a true Power Ranger - these young ones!

Nat, really interesting

Sean completed his diving on the weekend and loved the night dive though he said it was a bit spooky!
He'd better get used to it if he wants to be a clearance diver

by margie doyle

I am flying into Subic next week to dive! While Subic isn't on any best diving list, I was intrigued by the number of wrecks! Thank you for your detailed account & pictures of your dive - it helps me solidify my expectations! I think it will be a great week of different diving

by Ursula

I'm so glad to hear that Ursula! Hopefully we'll see you at Vasco's :)

by VascoDiveMaster

Hey there nat and margie, only a power ranger pup gets to wear a suit backwards. It's an elite group of very 'special' divers. Glad to hear about Sean's diving adventures, hope he gets to enjoy the wonders that Nat has been treating us to.

by liz

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