Discovering the Wrecks of the Philippines
Perfect for divers of all levels, the El Capitan
(also known as the USS Majaba) is an American freighter that was constructed in Portland, Oregon in 1919. Used to shuttle cargo between Tulagi and Guadalcanal, it was struck on its last journey by a Japanese submarine and was towed back to the Solomon Islands for repair. Towards the end of the war, the El Capitan was brought back to the Philippines but met her demise at the hands of a storm, resulting in her sinking in Subic Bay, where she now lies. Situated at a maximum depth of 22 metres, the El Capitan is around 80 metres long and structurally intact. Divers can enjoy swimming inside the massive forward and rear holds, and more-experienced divers can penetrate into the cavernous boiler room. Surrounding the wreck, you can see a wide variety of marine life such as anthias, damselfish, snapper and surgeonfish. The combination of good visibility, shallow depth and the structural integrity of the wreck makes this a great dive for novices.