My first time in Subic was in 1995 for a high school excursion. If my memory serves me right (signs of aging?), we were not able to do much then because the drive took most of the tour’s hours.
With the opening of SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) in 2008, travel from Manila is now much quicker. Another option is to fly in to Clark International Airport. From Clark, Subic Bay Freeport Zone is just an hour away. With a 24-taxi service inside the zone, getting around is fairly easy.
So what is there to do in Subic? There’s more than my fingers can count but I’ll stick with the Top 10, in no particular order.
Subic Bay Top 10 Things To Do!
1. Sail Away
Subic Bay is known for its deep, calm waters making it conducive to a serene bay cruise. The Lighthouse Marina Resort rents out its charming yacht, the Selma Star. This is best for a couple or an intimate group of friends to sail with.
A one- to two-hour sail can be a host to a scenic sight-seeing experience with Subic Bay being strategically surrounded by a mountain range and several beautiful islands. You can view our sailing story here.
2. Zoobic Safari
With kids in tow, taking them to see live animals yields both fun and learning. While in Subic, you need not look too far. Zoobic Safari, the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines, is just minutes away from hotels. You could ask the front desk to arrange transfers for you. They can even book you at a discount.
3. Tree Top Adventure
1, 2, Tree!!!
If you are into nature and physical activities, then the Tree Top Adventure is right for you. You can find it at Cubi Point at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. They offer trekking, superman ride, interactive free fall, among others. Did the word “superman” get you curious? 😉
4. El Kabayo Riding Stables
…a friendly NEIGHbour, hehe…
Also popular with the kids are the tamed horses at El Kabayo Riding Stables. The El Kabayo is a project of a non-government organisation called Wildlife In Need that provides the highest quality care and welfare for the friendly equines. You could choose to do a forest trail, riding lessons or a 30-minute fun ride (don’t worry, it’ll stick to its promise!).
5. Water, water, water
I know too many people who are just born to play with water. So this list won’t be complete without kayaking, Windsurfing, paddleboarding and diving. There’s no reiterating that Subic Bay has deep and tranquil waters, so these four popular water sports can be enjoyed without much worry of breaking waves.
6. More water, plus animals
If you can’t get enough of the water yet the kids are tugging you to see more animals, then you can hit two dolphins (or is it birds?) with one stone. The Ocean Adventure showcases more of the water plus a very entertaining Dolphin or Sea Lion Show.
7. The Subic Leisure Golf & Country Club
No, this is not about the tiger safari (No.2) nor the trekking into the woods at the Treetop Adventure (No. 3), lol!. Bring out the Tiger Woods in you to The Subic Leisure Golf & Country Club. It has an 85-hectare golf course with an 18-hole facility. It is open to the public but does not accept tee time reservations. To cut the waiting time, they recommend sending them an e-mail prior to your visit.
8. JEST CAMP
This one I remember to have been part of the school trip. Jungle Environmental Survival Training (JEST) Camp features a very practical survival demo conducted by highly-skilled guides. The demo emphasises greatly on appreciation and conservation of nature.
9. Eat’s Time to Dine
Did you find my title redundant? It is because you will stumble upon restaurants thriving in the area, particularly in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Here you will observe just steps apart from each other a variety of cuisines such as Korean, American, Japanese, European, Thai, name it! If you have a craving for Filipino or Mediterranean food, I recommend dining at Sands Resto Grill that is operated by The Lighthouse Marina Resort.
10. Shopping Sfree
This time you caught a misspelled word! Subic Bay Freeport Zone, as the name suggests, is a zone with a port area that allows entry of imported goods tax-free! You can do your shopping spree at the Royal Duty Free, Nike Outlet Store or Harbor Point Mall, to name a few.
This sums up our Subic Bay feature series. As the Philippines’ tourism slogan template says, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines!”, allow me to interject that likewise, “It’s More Fun in Subic!”
The Lighthouse Marina Resort offers discounted packages and tours for most of the above activities. If you have booked your stay in this accommodation, I suggest mapping out with them a travel plan that suits you and your family.
Gourmet Getaways would like to thank The Lighthouse Marina Resort for sponsoring our article “Subic Bay Top 10 Things To Do”. It has been a joy to bring readers this story and it was made possible by the friendly people at The Lighthouse Marina Resort.
The Lighthouse Marina ResortLighthouse Drive, Central Business District
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines 2222
The Lighthouse Marina Resort website
Manila Direct Line (Tel/Fax): (+63 2) 711.0019
Subic Line (Tel/Fax): (+63 47) 252.5000 or (+63 47) 252.7545
Department of Tourism – Region III (Central Luzon)Department of Tourism – Region III (Central Luzon)
Hilaga Village, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines
Phone: (63 45) 961-2612 / 5617 / 625-8525