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The steam gunboat San Quentin was scuttled by the Spanish just southeast of Grande Island.
|Name Dive Site:||San Quentin|
|Depth: ||6-18m (19-59ft)|
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Located off the islands of Grande and Chiquita at the eastern entrance of Subic Bay in 6 to 18 meters of water this is an excellent dive site for everyone. Surface conditions can be a little rough at times but the diving is relatively calm with a occasional mild current. The wrecks have been underwater for over 100 years and nature has not left that much left. The majority of the San Quentin has collapsed upon its self. The boilers do however still stand high above the surrounding area and above the wreck. Coral and sponges have a firm footing on the wreck, which sits on a patch of sand. The hull and deck have created many holes and crevices, which are the home of fish, ells and lobsters. This is also a great site for night dives. Due south of the boilers across about 10 meters of sand you will find the keel of one of the merchant ships. To the north of the wreck is a shallow reef about 5 to 10 meters deep. Alive with many types of fish, corals and sponges, this reef has a special treat not seen on any other site wreck within Subic. In 1999 the University of the Philippines in secret had a special project that introduced giant clams to Subic Bay. One of these sites is this reef.
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Deliberately scuttled in 1898, to block entrance to Subic Bay during the Spanish-American war, the San Quentin has been underwater for over 100 years. Whilst she has been mostly flattened by a combination of storms and time the bow and stern sections are still easily recognizable as are the large upright steam boilers. More than a century underwater has transformed this wreck into a thriving artificial reef and it is covered with a luxuriant growth of soft corals, sponges and crinoids, and populated with a dazzling array of fish and invertebrates. Apparently over 20 species of nudibranch have been identified here.
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