Wreck Scuba Diving

Camayan Divers
USS Lanikai

USS Lanikai Dive Specs

Depth: 9-22m
Classification: Advanced, Deep and Technical Divers

This remarkable wreck is stepped in history. The schooner-rigged diesel powered yacht was built in 1914 and originally named the ‘MV Hermes‘ and sold to German owners. It was at dock in Honolulu at the start of WWI, so was confiscated into U.S. Navy service by executive order and renamed the ‘USS Hermes’.

She was sold, and re-named ‘Lanikai‘, in October 1926 to the Lanikai Fish Company and then passed through several ownerships until, in 1937, she was sold to Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM) film company for filming in the movie ‘The Hurricane’ (starring Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour). After filming was complete she remained in use as the MGM yacht, until being sold to the Luzon Stevedoring Company in Manila.

The wreck lies scattered at a depth of 36m, but much of the structure is still recognizable and attracts a lot of marine life. She was re-discovered in Nabassan Bay by local divers in 2003. One of the less frequently visited dive sites, due to no buoy marker.

Starts at: Php1,500

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