Formerly a major United States Navy facility, known as U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, the Subic Bay of today is an industrial and commercial area known as Subic Bay Freeport Zone, under the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. Located on the west coast of the island of Luzon, 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) from famous Manila Bay, Subic Bay is known for its deep and protected waters, as well as its collection of shipwrecks, which date back to the Spanish American War, in 1898.
Subic, as it is commonly called, is more synonymous with weekend trips, especially among families. When you’re in Subic, here is a list of things you should do.
Zoobic Safari is a 20-hectare (49.4-acre) expanse of exotic animals, adventurous terrains, streams, and grasslands. The park has many different attractions, thus, plan to spend at least half a day to fully enjoy it. Part of Zoobic Park consists of a two-hectare (4.9-acre) forest, where guests can experience mini-trekking to see the animals – semi-domesticated, wild, and exotic – in their natural habitat.
Guests can also get a chance to pet the likes of Bearcats and camels, perfect for little children. The Savannah, meanwhile, is a sanctuary for wild animals such as ostriches and wild boars. Serpentarium is an old ammunition bunker, that features a variety of reptile species, such as snakes and lizards. The highlight of Zoobic Safari is feeding the tigers, from inside a protected vehicle.
Address: Subic Bay Freeport Zone Group 1, Ilanin Forest, Subic Freeport Zone
Website: Subic Safari
Zoobic Safari Entry with Lunch Option
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Price: 13.90 USD
Enjoy quality time with your family and friends! Watch awesome animal shows and learn new experience here at Ocean...Posted by Ocean Adventure Subic Bay on Thursday, 23 November 2017
Ocean Adventure is a natural-setting marine park that offers tourists an extensive list of aqua-related activities, such as swimming with sea animals, up-close encounters with sea lions, dolphins, jacks, turtles, and even sharks! Ocean Adventure also features shows and a collection of marine life at the Ocean Discovery Aquarium and Seatrek. The main attractions are the animal shows and swimming with the dolphins.
Address: Camayan Wharf, West Ilanin Forest Area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222, Philippines
Website: Ocean Adventure
Ocean Adventure Buy 4 Get 1 Free Ticket
Duration: 1 day
Price: 60.32 USD
3. Have fun indoors at Funtastic Park
Funtastic Park is a ‘fun-tastic’ place for kids and adults alike. With the tagline 'where feel-good moments are made’, Funtastic Park is an educational Fun Park that offers unique and fun activities, such as a Mirror Maze, 3D Enchanted Forest, Science Zone, Optical Illusion Wall, Kids Learning Nook and more!
The park also offers a comfortable picnic area, as well as a souvenir shop and cafeteria. Attractions are interactive and educational. Most of all, Funtastic Park is a great venue to burn some of your kids’ limitless energy!
Address: Corregidor Rd, Ilanin Forest East, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Bataan, Philippines
Website: Funtastic Park
4. Enjoy and survive the Pamulaklakin Forest Trail
When you want to experience nature firsthand, the Pamulaklakin Forest Trail is a must visit! Pamulaklakin, from the native Amabala language meaning “vine”, is located in the heart of Subic and offers exciting tourist activities. It includes sightseeing, a mini jungle tour, ecology tour, and overnight jungle tour.
Aside from the tours, the venue also offers a picnic area and picnic table, best for group activities, photo ops and even team building. Tourists are fully immersed into a culture-rich wonderland here, where they can see how the natives of Subic live and survive in the forest.
Pamulaklakin Forest Trail
Address: Pamulaklakin Trail, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222 Zambales, Philippines
Website: Pamulaklakin Forest Trail
5. Magaul Bird Park for bird shows and interactive activities
The Magaul Bird Park showcases Subic’s bird life, with its number of bird shows – including Winged Wonders, Survival Demo, Talk and Feeding Times, with interesting bird species, such as the hornbill, parrot, and raptor. The bird park also features life-sized Angry Birds, the Goliath Swing over a cliff, the Aerial Adventure Walk, Kiddie Rappelling, Tree Camping, the Peregrine Plunge and more!
Magaul Bird Park
Address: Ilanin Forest East, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Bataan, Philippines
Website: Magaul Bird Park
6. Learn how to make fire at JEST Camp
Survival training is not just for men in uniform, it can come in handy, as well. Learn some new skills, while having fun at JEST Camp. JEST, short for Jungle Environment Survival Training, is the most famous as well as the toughest survival school in the Philippines. JEST Camp has topnotch instructors, offers survival certification programs and includes courses such as Camp Craft, survival training and a Boton Falls visit.
There is also the option to participate in Wild Child, a survival program for children, campfires, a Hunter-Gatherer course, Tribe Team Building and extreme Survival Bootcamp. JEST Camp is popular as a team building activity and for groups.
JEST Camp Jungle Survival Training
Address: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales, Philippines
Website: JEST Camp
7. Retreat to the cove of All Hands Beach Resort
When tired of adventure, it is time to take a break and relax on the shores of Subic, which feature crystal clear water. All Hands Beach is a comfortable sanctuary and is best for swimming, as it has a gradually sloping shoreline. Dine along the beachfront, enjoy cold tropical drinks with mountain views or have fun with all the activities offered by the resort, like jet skiing.
All Hands Beach Resort
Address: San Bernardina Road, Subic Freeport Zone, Philippines
Website: All Hands Beach Resort
8. White Rock Beach Hotel + Waterpark is the place to splurge
With an area totaling eight hectares (19.8 acres), White Rock Beach Hotel + Waterpark is a one-stop destination for all recreational activities. Lounge by its private beach or enjoy recreational and aqua-related activities. The beach, likewise, has a waterpark and wave pools, and an offering of watersports.
If the heat is too much for you, temporarily retreat inside the resort and enjoy facilities like the spa and bowling alley. When it comes to accommodation, this property has a total of 262 guest rooms, ranging from standard rooms to suites and beach villas.
White Rock Beach Hotel + Waterpark
Address: Matain, Subic, Zambales 2209, Philippines
Website: White Rock Beach Hotel + Waterpark
9. Nightlife in Subic, over cocktails and music
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Aside from the tranquil beaches, a sanctuary of exotic animals, marine and nature activities, Subic is also known for its energetic nightlife and this resonates with the following bars in the area, like Pier One Bar and Grill, Hydra Resto Bar, and Midnight Rambler Bar Subic.
Pier One Bar & Grill
Address: Lot 249 Waterfront Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, Philippines
10. End your Subic trip with duty-free shopping
Of course, who would forget about shopping? Duty-free shopping is a top activity in Subic, especially among frequent visitors.There are three major duty-free shopping areas in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and these include Puregold, Royal and Freeport. These shops, along with imported items, also carry locally-made merchandise.
Address: Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, 2222 Zambales, Philippines
Subic Bay Day Trip from Manila
Duration: 8 hours
Price: 137.94 USD
Subic Bay Adventure
Duration: 8 hours
Price: 138 USD
Inflatable Island in Subic
Price: 9.35 USD
A favorite weekend destination
Due to its proximity to the capital city of Manila, Subic has been a top choice for those who want to temporarily escape the metro area. If you’re looking for beaches, waterparks, kid-friendly attractions and cheap shopping, come to Subic and explore beyond the capital. Subic appeals to both families with children and squads of weekend warriors. Check out the value-for-money day tours below if you don’t know where to start planning your trip and save on the trouble by booking one of them!
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