Scuba diving in USS New York

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From Boat
Diver level
Average: 16 m
Maximum: 27 m
Average: 5 m
Maximum: 15 m

The USS New York, an 8150-ton armored cruiser built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was commissioned in August 1893. The ship served in the Philippine-American war, the Chinese Revolution, and WWI. The ship was decommissioned in 1931 to avoid the risk of capture by the Japanese and stayed in Subic Bay for the next ten years. Now it has been transformed into an artificial reef and lies on its port side. The wreck is pretty much intact, although there is damage to the starboard side. Five decks are of interest. This dive site is more suitable for experienced divers, as for beginner divers - they can enjoy the view of the wreck, and the marine life around the wreck.

When to go

Although it is possible to dive all year round, the best time is from November to May. The water temperature ranges from 27-30C/81-86F. The average annual air temperature ranges from 25-35C/77-96F.

What to see

The wreck is home to barracudas, lionfish, spotted sweetlips, grouper, lobsters, and spotted rays. It is a great site for underwater photography.

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