Hi GG readers, I hope you are enjoying my Subic Bay Philippines series. I would love to share my amazing Sailing Subic Bay experience!
Subic Bay is located on the west coast of Luzon in Zambales, Philippines. It was formerly named U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay until the Philippines ordered a pullout in 1991. It is now commercially known as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
With deep, placid waters that is surrounded by islands and forested mountains, sailing in Subic Bay is a must-do. We had the privilege of navigating the Subic waters on a sunset yacht cruise courtesy of The Lighthouse Marina Resort
“Sailing in Subic Bay provides a feeling of nirvana because of the bay’s tranquil waters.” I was told by Zedrik Avecilla, marketing manager of The Lighthouse Marina Resort, and leading proponent of the sport in the Freeport.
He went on to say “These waters have captured the fancy of many foreign navigators throughout history.” I am sure this is true. Such a beautiful, serene setting. I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be enjoying the sunset.
The Lighthouse Marina Resort offers a romantic dinner cruise aboard the Selma Star with a butler. If you have been contemplating on a surprise wedding proposal, this could be the perfect setup.
There was no wedding proposal on our trip but sailing in Subic Bay is not exclusive to romantics. Some guests chose to take advantage of the sailing lessons. A few lessons has allowed many eager guests to gain the sailing experience necessary to sail around the Philippines!
For us our sailing experience was a chance to soak up the beauty of the area and watch the setting sun.
“In effect, you are sailing, and being one with nature, plus you get a feeling of nostalgia for the bays nautical history” says Zedrik.
The Lighthouse Marina Resort offers cruises around Subic Bay and the nearby coves. For a land lover like myself this has been a unique adventure. I would absolutely encourage anyone visiting the beautiful Philippines to see at least some of the country from the water. Even as a local I appreciated the beautiful perspective it gave me.
More experienced sailors would know that the Philippines is a sailing haven. Regular regattas are held in Subic Bay to enhance yachtsmanship for international competitions and foster camaraderie among the sailors. It recently became a playground for grand prix keelboats from various countries as they competed in the prestigious Commodore’s Cup Regatta which is part of the Asian Yachting Circuit.
After such a spectacular cruise, one could head straight to various restaurants found in the Freeport for a hearty lunch or dinner. I had already decided tonight’s dinner was to be at the Sands Resto Grill.
The menu had been teasing me with a mix of Modern Filipino cuisine and an equally enticing Mediterranean menu.
After an afternoon enjoying the salt spray and the colours of sunset we chose a quick beer at the 720 Bar. The bar is located right at the base of the lighthouse at The Lighthouse Marina Resort. It looked so magical lit up and poolside! Only time for a quick beer and cocktail before a shower and dinner.
I hope this has enticed you to try sailing in Subic Bay. Perhaps I may have even gotten you interested in sailing as a sport… or as a eureka (!) in putting together an unforgettable cruise with your beau or belle! (read: proposal).
When you are visiting the Philippines please take the opportunity in Subic Bay to enjoy a sailing experience.
To enjoy my sunset cruise bookings are made with The Lighthouse Marina Resort. The hotel is located at:
Manila Direct Line (Tel/Fax): (+63 2) 711.0019
Subic Line (Tel/Fax): (+63 47) 252.5000 or (+63 47) 252.7545