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Blue Rock Dive Centre Review

For many, part of the Subic experience is getting a chance to “get wet”. Those amongst us who are scuba divers or want to learn to become divers, Blue Rock gives you that opportunity. Overall, there are approximately 3 or 4 dive shop options when it comes to diving in Subic Bay. Blue Rock offers a wide extent of services to choose from.

The Dive Centre itself is newly renovated and expanded this year. Located steps from the water, Blue Rock renovated some of their room space as well as dug backwards into the hillside behind to expand the shop opening up an extensive space filled with every item a diver could want including wetsuits, BCDs, masks and other important items.

Blue Rock Dive Centre offers the Full Diver system as well as PADI/SSI certified Instructors up to advanced level to provide for everything from initial open water certification to training diving instructors. Their specialty is wreck diving as Subic Bay offers over 11 wrecks to explore with a total of 16 dive sites Blue Rock dive masters frequent.

Dives are scheduled daily which can accommodate 12 divers in the morning and 12 divers in the afternoon and will be working on increasing their capacity soon. In order to do this, the Centre is equipped with 4 dive boats and will be adding a 5th soon. Most who visit Blue Rock will typically notice these boats moored just off shore near the Floating Bar but the centre also has another facility on SBMA with pier access. They also have a new facility to fill and maintain their own tanks and gear right on the property so you’re guaranteed to have fresh clean air to breath while diving; no doubts about the quality.

Subic Bay scuba diving revolves around the wrecks that dot Subic Bay, it is no wonder with Subic Bay being a natural safe harbour for vessels to make repairs and take on stores, the only problem was there is nowhere to hide during an air raid. The bay has a number of highly accessible wrecks, out of a total of more than thirty, in various degrees of decay, the majority of which can be penetrated to some degree.

Dive location map.

With the dry season coming quick (if not already here), the dive season will get into high gear with calmer water and less silt, now is the time to get up to Blue Rock and experience the diving at Subic Bay. I have not taken the plunge yet since I relocated to Baloy however, the excitement level is rising and I look forward to making some wreck dives. During my few months there, it was rainy season and the water was a little rough and dark for my novice experience. I can’t wait to get back to try it.

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