The MV San Juan wreck in Liloan is a diving shipwreck.
The San Juan wreck is located in the Liloan Bay just 30 minutes away by boat from the Scotty's Action Sports Network headquarters in Mactan.
For the history, the San Juan wreck have sunk in the year 2000 due to an explosion in the engine's room. All the crew had safely swam to the shore when the ship went on fire, though. Traces of fire are still clearly seen in the engine room.
The wreck is lying down on the sand at 50 meters (165 feet) of depth on its starboard side in the Liloan bay.
The top of the wreck is at around 32 to 34 meters (105 to 110 feet) depending on the tides. Due to the depth, this wreck can be visited by PADI or SSI deep divers, but in all cases, recreational divers will be limited to the obligation of no decompression time, giving them around 10 to 15 minutes bottom time maximum, if they stay on top of the wreck.
The best way to dive in the Liloan wreck.
The best way to explore this wreck is to be certified at least as a SSI Extended range diver or a PADI tec 50 diver to pass at least around 20 minutes at the bottom. To truly enjoy diving this wreck, have the time to get inside the engine's room or lurk all around and take pictures.
2 deco gas are recommended, a 50% nitrox is often largely enough, though.
Overall, the exploration of the San Juan wreck is noted as safe (until the new update) to very safe for the certified wreck divers (as a wreck diver, you should be aware of the potential inherent danger of exploring a wreck, though).
Short bottom time for recreational divers and extended bottom time can be done by technical divers.
The MV San Juan is a good "school" for the future wreck divers, and a lot of courses have been performed on this diving site.
Diving the San Juan wreck in Liloan.
We descend to the wreck along a rope. When we arrive at the bottom, a big shoal of batfish is always here to welcome us along with a lot of reef fishes.
The wreck is covered by corals on the side. Also on the huge propeller, some part of the wreck is covered with entangled nets from the local fishermen which gives an excellent "ghost effect" when we swim around.
A lot of marine life and biodiversity have developed during the last 15 years, so the wreck is surrounded by schools of fishes like butterfly fish, angel fish, anemonefish (known as clown fish), giant trevally, as well as all the little fishes living in and around different kind of corals.
Scuba Diving San Juan Wreck Rates
For Cebu, Mactan:
Prices include our regular scheduled diving boats.
On our scuba-diving boats, you should always find:
- Number of people: 2 scuba-divers minimum
- O2 tank (oxygen cylinder) and equipments plus a first aid kit
- We always carry a spare dive equipment and a diving gear toolbox
- We do have a communication device in case of emergency
- Towels and dinking water are included
- Total Duration: half-day
- Boat Schedule: The detail is not set, please contact us.
- Price per person: 7560 PHP
Optional Boat Rental (for personal schedules)
- Exclusive Boat: 3080 PHP