Things To Do in Wonderful Subic
Whenever I hear “Subic”, there’s only one thing that pops-up in my mind, “BEACH!” Subic Bay became widely known for its beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters. Aside from beaches, Subic has a lot to offer us.
How to get here?
Let’s start with how we can reach this wonderful place. But first, get your accommodation in line. I highly suggest the Best Western Plus Hotel Subic.
Now, let’s get down to business. From Manila to the hotel, if you own a vehicle, the travel time will only take 2 hours and 30 minutes or less since its 154 km away from the bustling city.
In case you will go to Subic via public transportation, it would actually take almost 4 hours of travel time. Here’s a brief guide for you:
From Manila via jeepney to bus terminal:
- From Divisoria/Recto, ride a jeep to Morayta.
- From Morayta (where Espana, Lerma, and Nicanor Reyes streets meet), walk around 4 blocks along Espana. The Victory Liner Bus Terminal is at Espana corner, Galicia.
- Ride a Victory Liner bus to Olongapo or Iba, Zambales, and ask the conductor to drop you off at your destination.
For Victory Liner’s trip schedules and fares, you may visit their website here.
Once you arrive at the bus terminal you can rent a taxi to drop you off at Subic Best Western Plus Hotel. For more information about the hotel’s amenities, click the link here. You can also try the mouthwatering food at Spencer’s Gastro Pub.
There’s another way to get there too, if you want a faster one, Air Juan now flies from Manila to Subic. You will be there in just 25 minutes.
WHAT WE DID
Pamulaklakin Nature Trail
Looking at Subic in a different perspective is definitely something new and fresh to our eyes. Through the Pamulaklakin Nature Trail, you become one with nature and you should not miss this! Here’s how our trip went:
We watched Tatay Kasoy, one of the elders in the Aeta community, to demonstrate his jungle survival tips, which will definitely come in handy. Just by using ready materials from the forest trail (e.g. dried leaves, wood shavings, dried and fresh bamboo), he was able to teach us how to:
- Light/spark fire
- Create makeshift food utensils (fork, spoon, cup)
- Drink fresh water from the fresh bamboo
- Adult: ₱100 – hiking/sightseeing + tips for guide
- Children: 5 years old (Free)
- Adult or Kid: ₱250 – for Ecology tour (2-3 hours trekking inside Subic Forest with an Aeta guide)
Contact Number: (047) 252-4242/4123/4032
Let them fly
We also saw some giant fruit bats (aka flying foxes) that roam the 10,000 hectares Forest National Protected Area of subic. Locals mentioned that they normally come out during dusk, lucky for us since we spotted them swarming just behind the Subic International Airport.
Of course, why would you waste your time not taking great photos in Subic, right? We took some photos of the Subic Bay sign located at the Waterfront Road, Alava Pier. It’s always the best time to go during sunset.
Grab that Kimchi!
Being the foodies that we are, we couldn’t pass up the chance to indulge in some good Korean food and thus we took a delicious midnight snack in Tong Kyung Am Korean and Japanese Restaurant. They serve unlimited Samgyeopsal meals for only ₱300, this includes unlimited pork belly and side dishes – fish cakes, kimchi, anchovies, and sweet fruit salad. Complete the meal with a cup of rice at ₱30 (₱50 for Japanese Gohan rice)
And of course, who doesn’t love ice cream for dessert? You can order your favorite Melona ice cream for only ₱30 each.
- Address: Block 19 Lot 1, Moonbay Marina, Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222, Zambales, Olongapo City
- Operating Hours: Opens daily, 24/7
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BayfrontHotelandTongKyungAmRestaurant/
Shop ‘til you drop!
We did some shopping for tax-free food, brands, and home products at Subic’s array of Duty-Free shops and outlets like Royal Subic, Puregold/S&R, Duty-Free Superstore and Harbor Point Mall. Since we are foodies, we snagged the best deals for food, especially chocolates, snacks, and other imported grocery items.
- As I have mentioned earlier, Subic is abundant in beach resorts that range from budget-friendly to luxurious, offering a variety of accommodations, amenities, and a lot of water activities. Definitely, you’d be an instant beach bum once you arrive here. Some of the most popular beach resorts include Camayan Beach Resort, All Hands Beach Resort, Lighthouse Marina, Whiterock Waterpark and Beach Hotel, and the newly opened ACEA Subic Bay.
- You can also go and try horseback riding at El Kabayo Stables Subic Bay.
- Have fun at the biggest floating playground in Asia – The Inflatable Island.
Photo courtesy of Inflatable Island’s Facebook Page
4. Break a sweat at the Tree Top Adventure.
6. Visit and be amazed at how beautiful the scene at the Lighthouse.
Subic is definitely worth visiting, especially after a stressful week. So take a deep breath and get some fresh air and experience the wonders of Subic.
WHAT TO WIN (GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!)
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- Giveaway runs from November 25, 2017 to December 8, 2017.
- Winner(s) will be announced on December 9, 2017 (12 Noon).
- Prize gift certificates are valid within one (1) year of announcement.
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- Prize can be transferred to friend or family as long as you provide an authorization letter
- The prize cannot be exchanged for cash
- Transfers to Subic is not included in the promo