Scuba diving in El Capitan

  • must see
From Boat
Diver level
Average: 5 m
Maximum: 21 m
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 25 m

The SS El Capitan wreck is 90m/295ft-long and 16m/52ft-wide. The SS El Capitan was built in 1919 and served extensively for the American Navy until it was placed out of service in March 1946, and later was scuttled at Subic Bay. The wreck lies on its starboard side at a depth of around 21m/69ft, and its top side is at 5m/16ft of depth. Divers can penetrate the wreck through the wide-open forward hole, and then go to the crew quarters area or to the rear cargo hold.

When to go

It is possible to dive at this dive site all year round, because the water is always warm, ranging from 25-30C/77-86F depending on the season.

What to see

Divers will see a wide variety of reef fish, including schools of anthias, damselfish, surgeonfish, snapper, and other reef fish species.

Reachable from

Subic Bay, Quezon

Liveaboards with trips to El Capitan

Reviews about El Capitan

Do you have an insight or story on this dive site? Tell everyone about it.