Subic Bay Freeport
A one-stop tourism destination is available at the huge complex that once housed the Spanish Naval Station and the immense Seventh Fleet of the US Navy. Subic Bay Freeport in Olongapo City is a special economic zone and tourism estate with a litany of attractions that can be compared to some first world tourism come-ons.
Have a date with its natural environments preserved amidst the commercial conversion of the former Subic Naval Base. Enjoy and appreciate the wilderness and the beauty of protected forests and Subic Bay Eco Tourism lush jungle areas. Experience Mother Nature through nature trails, mangroves and waterfall parks, fishing grounds and jungle-survival training communes that Subic Bay is widely known for. Enjoy sunny picnics and dip to the pristine waters of the bay. A unique vacation lifestyle of adventure, bay life, and fun and sun, only at Subic Bay.
Subic Bay offers the best variety of tourism and recreational attractions – luxurious hotels, marina, beaches, golf greens, eco-tourism, extreme adventures, wild life parks, aqua parks, theme parks, watersports, cycling, duty-free shopping, casinos, world class restaurants, videoke and comedy bars and other amusement facilities.
PLACES TO VISIT IN SUBIC BAY
A 25 hectare amusement park presenting a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your family. Enjoy exotic animals roaming and frolicking in their natural habitat and surroundings of individual planes and native grasslands. This very-well may be the most real thing to a wild animal jungle safari around.
Zoobic Park is a two-hectare forest wherein guests will have a mini-trekking experience to see exotic, wild and semi-domesticated animals in their simulated natural habitat. Have the wonderful chance to pet and feed these wonderful animals – parakeets, bearcats, camels to name a few.
Savannah a sanctuary of the wild that features a wide range of ostriches, potbellies, wild boars, and guinea fowls.
On the edge of the rain forest at Ilanin Bay in the sun-kissed Philippines. Ocean Adventure is Southeast Asia’s only open-water marine park. Here our animals live and play in a natural setting of clear water teeming with marine life, coral reefs, and a lovely white sand beach. Experience our whales, dolphins, sea lions, rescued forest animals, and a host of fish and sea creatures in a variety of exciting and intimate ways! Our covered walkways, sheltered stadiums, and indoor facilities insure you’ll have a comfortable experience, rain or shine.
Enjoy our dolphin friends in their lovely lagoon by the rain forest. Learn about these fascinating animals, while being thrilled by their grace, agility, power, and intelligence. This presentation is packed with action, smiles, interesting information, and an important conservation message.
One of the appealing man made Subic sightseeing spots, Bat Kingdom provides a nice and relaxing place for tourists to visit. This captivating site features more than 10,000 fruitbats, which are considered to be the biggest kind of bats in existence. Aside from these, it also offers shelter to the smallest specie of bats that people can find in the Philippines, Bamboo bats. In addition, tourists can easily situate this sightseeing spot because it is near to famous hospitality service providers in the area such as Subic Park Hotel. Moreover, they can also find other beautiful tourist destinations that are very accessible to Bat Kingdom like Apaliin Trail and Subic Golf Course. To see this protected reserve, tourists should arrange with the organization that manages the place. Furthermore, they need to prepare at least 100 pesos for the entrance fee at the site.
Jungle Joe’s World
For those who like to visit attractive amusement parks, one of the Subic sightseeing spots that they should look at is Jungle Joe’s World. Families will surely have a splendid and remarkable time at this place because it features beautiful attractions and children’s rides. For toddlers aging two to five, one of the nicest attractions in the place that they should see is Kiddie Playzone, which has trampolines, mazes, and plastic slides. Children can also enjoy and have fun at Indy 500 Racer, Winter Wonderland, and Jungle Joe’s Playhouse Theater. Meanwhile, adults should try some exciting and fun activities at Jungle Joe’s World like Zoo Ride adventure and Jurassic Trail trekking. For those who want to visit the place, it is found within Subic Family Land Nature Adventure Park at Itanin Forest in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.
Triboa Bay Mangrove Park
Those who want to take a break from all the thrilling parks in Subic may want to experience a quiet afternoon at the Triboa Bay Mangrove Park located in the area of the Ilanin Forest. The biological diversity in this park is pretty high where two ecosystems meet. The mangroves, of course, are the highlight of the park.
El Kabayo Equestrian Center
This is also one of the attractions in the Freeport area in Subic. Enthusiasts of the sport will love to try their skills here since the center grooms foreign breeds of horses from Argentina, Australia, and the U.S. If you’re not into horseback riding then you may want to go waterfall hunting after admiring the magnificent animals.
Subic Extreme Adventure Park
Subic has several theme parks that visitors can enjoy. One these theme parks can be quite a challenge and would test your limits. The Subic Extreme Adventure Park is where you will discover just how far or how high, taking it literally sometimes, you can really go. If you’re the type who wants to experience big thrills then try the challenges in this theme park. Moving around is already an adventure since you’ll be walking over hanging bridges elevated high up above ravines and tall trees. The toughest challenge, and most exciting one it seems, is what they call ‘slide for life’. You’ll be wearing a body harness and will climb up 100 feet high in the air up on a platform on a tree. You’ll be getting an astounding view of the rainforest from up there – then comes the part where you’ll be screaming as you slide down a rope where your harness is attached. The guides may take pictures as you slide down, if that isn’t all too embarrassing. Other activities here include tension traversing, high pole jumping, and high ladder climbing.
ACTIVITIES IN SUBIC BAY
Tree-top type adventures and adventure tourism in general are gaining tremendous popularity worldwide. The Tree Top Adventure Park at Subic Bay is patterned after the canopy tour or zip-line tour originally developed in Costa Rica. Situated in the incredible Upper Cubi, deeply-forested jungle-area of Subic is Treetop Adventure; a facility delivering some of the most exciting experiences available in the entire Philippines.
Embark on adventure tourism 100 feet above the ground, as expansive vistas entrench and bathe you in the lush wonder of the Subic rainforest. Experience jungle trails, not of the ordinary variety at all; no, these trails are situated 100 feet above the ground, consisting of platforms, suspension bridges and a motorized treetop canopy system; the world’s first such wilderness-ride.
Jungle Environment Survival Training
Jungle-Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp is where we give adventurous a chance to learn indigenous skills in an active, hands-on environment, educate them how to work with the wonders of nature responsibly through unique attractions (first in the Philippines) and give them an unforgettable close-up experience with our beloved animals, critters and plants.
Open 9am to 5pm everyday
Kayaking / Canoeing
Challenge the rapids while feasting your eyes on the scenic Subic Bay. The serene swamps, the challenging current of the rivers, and the inviting sea waters all offer great kayak-rowing adventure for beginner, intermediate, or expert paddlers.
Are you in for an excitement-filled race with fellow Jet Ski aficionados? Go speedy through the waves and flaunt your jet ski maneuvering skills. What a thrilling pleasure!
Learn how to surf and ride the waters of Zambales, just a mere 40 minutes away from the Subic Bay.
Retreat to an underwater fascination, that is, to a garden of coral reefs that the Bay is blessed with. A vast array of colorful marine life will surely complete your scuba diving experience. Diving expedition is at its best in this marine paradise!
Horse Back Riding
Take a horseback ride at El Kabayo Riding Stables and set off for a roaming that brings you to some of Subic Bay’s breathtaking spots.
Following the trails in the valleys behind the nearby Barrio Baretto leads you to excellent hiking activities up the mighty Zambales Mountains. Upon reaching the plateau, you are in for nature’s showcase of abundant flora and fauna.
Night Life in Subic Bay
pier one nightclub along the waterfront on the Subic Bay Freeport ZoneThere is a wide variety of night life available in the Subic Bay area. At the height of the US military presence in Subic, most Filipinos generally looked at Olongapo with disgust. They saw that it was there mostly to cater to the carnal needs of the American sailor. There was hundreds of clubs located outside the main gate, in Barrio Barretto, or in nearby Subic. When the Navy departed the Mayor of Olongapo started to clean up the image of the city. Faced with lack of customers and government pressure, the establishments that provided such services soon were gone from downtown Olongapo.
With the economic recovery of the area and a healthy population of young people, many of these places have reopened to meet the needs of the young Filipino. Filipino’s love music and many are very talented. Every year thousands of Filipinos travel to other Asian countries as musicians and singers. In the navy days musicians looked upon Olongapo as almost a Mecca. The many clubs offered opportunities that were unmatched in any other part of the Philippines. If a band was lucky enough to get a gig at a club on the base and the sailors like them, they might get a contract to tour military clubs around Asia. Today a large number of Clubs in Olongapo offer live music. Live music is not just in the clubs some dinning facilities such as Sam’s Pizza are also known for its live entertainment. There are some discos and Karaoke is extremely popular.
For the Gentleman traveling alone, some of the clubs have GRO’s. A GRO (guest relation officer) is a young lady sort of an escort in the club. For the price of a drink or two, she will join you at your table for conversation. Generally, that is as far as it will go, however there are some clubs that are more like the old navy days. These are primarily in Barrio Barretto and Subic town with some along Gordon street near the SBFZ main gate. The clubs in Barrio Barretto are expanding with a number of new clubs. These clubs cater to the international male guest and local residents are discouraged to visit.
The Waterfront of the Subic Bay Freeport is also known as a center for night life. It has a number of restaurants, a casino and nightclubs such as Pier One shown above. Other venues are just a short walk away.
Manila – Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The majority of the international flights arrive here; the airport is located for all purposes in the city. Transportation is available here to the Subic area by taxi and hired car.
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) – Clark, Angeles City
This airport is relatively new on the international commercial air travel scene. It is located on the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) which at one time was the US Air Force’s Clark Airbase., just outside of Angeles city. Located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Manila and only 60 kilometers (about 38 miles) from Subic some airlines list it as Manila. Today it serves an increasing number of short haul international flights and a limited number of domestic flights. Immigration requirements are the same here as in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Flights are however spaced out and the planes smaller so the time through immigration is shorter.
Subic Bay International Airport– Subic Bay Freeport.
This international airport is located at the site of the old US Naval Air Station Cubi Point. The airport had been used as the Asian hub of FedEx and has a limited number of domestic and international flights. The majority of the flights are charter flights from Hong Kong or Taiwan. The SBMA and airport authorities have made it a priority to increase the number of flights arriving at SBIA. A few Asian carriers have expressed interest in public of adding the airport to their list of destinations.
Subic’s stragetic location allows travelers an easy access to its wonders.
Traveling by land is equally as easy, now with the opening of the Subic-Clark expressway, going to Subic have never been easier.
Traveling by Land from Manila
Subic Bay Freeport Zone is 110 kms. North of Manila, the Philippines’ capital city, where Saulog Transit and Victory Liner air-conditioned buses provide passengers regular transport services to and from Olongapo City terminal. A short jeepney ride takes you from the Victory Liner terminal to the Freeport, while Saulog Transit terminal is just a stone’s throw away from the vicinity.
Travel via Victory Liner Terminal
Main stations from Manila are Pasay (Edsa, Pasay), Caloocan (713 Rizal Avenue Extension, Caloocan City) and Cubao (EDSA, Cubao). Buses’ schedule (either Zambales or Olongapo) is from 4:00 AM with 1 hour interval.
Traveling by car via Lubao and rural road (Approx. time of travel: 3 hours)
From Manila take the North Luzon Expressway all the way to San Fernando exit and pass thru towns of Pampanga (Bacolor, Guagua, Lubao) and Bataan (Dinalupihan) to the Subic Bay Freeport Expressway (Tipo Road, Bataan).
Traveling by car via SCTEx (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) (Approx. time of travel: 1.5 hours)
From Manila and any point in Luzon. Take the North Luzon Expressway all the way pass San Fernando through Dau and exits to the Subic Bay Freeport Expressway (Tipo Road, Bataan).
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