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subic - what are the places to go?

im thinkin of bringing my family over to subic where hopefully we'd all be bitten by the family bug again. ^^o

so subic, what are the places to go? (i actually want a faraway less city-like place but as it is im just forcing my siblings to go so..no can do) so funplaces? interesting places? activity places? not gimmick joints pls. im taking family not friends ^_-

i browsed through the oceanadventure site and they have this special service where you can swim with whales.... has anybody tried it? is it worth it? time spent not too short?

can you also suggest nice hotels to stay in? (about 3 or 4 days)



  • hello! that's very nice of you to treat your family to an out-of-town trip. well, i work here in subic so i might as well be the official subic "salesperson". :)

    you already mentioned ocean adventure. i haven't been there yet (funny 'no?) but i imagine it's not as wonderful as the ocean park in hk. however, you're right, it offers a "swim with the whales program" for P2,600 per head (same rate for children and adults)--inclusive of the entrance fee (regular rate: P450). the encounter lasts for about 45 minutes. then you can also watch the show featuring the sea lions and the whales. i read a feature in a women's magazine and they say it's worth the money. but that's if you have a lot of dough to shell out, of course. for more information and reservations, you may call (047)252-5880.

    you and your family can enjoy a gamut of activities here in subic, aside from duty-free shopping. yesterday, i saw a lot of families having a picnic at the bicentennial park where there's a lagoon for boating (i tried it--it was fun! for P70, it's worth it!) like people do at the burnham park in baguio. skating, biking, and go-kart racing are also available around the park.

    of course, subic won't be subic without the beaches. there are about 5 beaches in the zone, and there's grande island which can be reached by a motorized banca or a ferry. a bay cruise is also highly recommended. swimming pools abound. there are watersports available i.e., jetski, parasailing, scuba-diving, etc.

    if you're into eco-tours, we have the apalin trail, pamulaklakin forest trails, and the jungle environmental survival training (JEST) camp. i already tried the latter and it's very informative/educational. there's also a butterfly garden and mini zoo at the JEST camp. an equestrian center can also be found at the el kabayo riding stable.

    where to stay? you can opt to stay in any of our hotel operators--subic international hotel, legenda, or crown peak. OR you can rent a fully-furnished house for a day or even a week. as for SBMA-managed houses, you can have a 2-bedroom unit for as low as P3,500/day on weekdays and P4,500 on weekends. there are also 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom units. rates for privately-managed houses are steeper but they're definitely a lot nicer (in terms of appointments and furnishings).

    dining is not a problem. there are over 40 restaurants and cafes within the zone. my personal favorites are blue mountain cafe (for the best paella in town), meatplus (the best steaks), gerry's grill (by the bay), sakura japanese restaurant, museum (for fine dining; chinese cuisine) and golden teahouse (for dimsum...yum!)

    i hope the foregoing information helps. but you may also get in touch with our tourism department at (047)252-4123.

    have fun! :)
  • we stayed at forrest hills. near the stables. i forgot what road that is eh.

    ok naman, 3 bedroom for around 4k. i booked via asiatravel.com
  • hi i sell certificates for a family room that can accomodate up to 6 pax, centralized aircondtioning, it has cable tv, and you can bring food 2days and 3 nights for only P2,ooo if anyone is interested u can email me at [email protected]
  • shox920shox920 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    stay outside subic, go to Olongapo downtown a lot of clubs in Magsaysay ave.
  • hi,

    if you decide to go to legenda hotel or suites (the best hotels in subic), i'm selling off 2 of our 50% discount certificates. we can't use them all kasi eh. contact me at 0920-9219257 if you're interested.
  • When we go to Subic, we always stay at Legenda. Nice place - has a kitchen where you can cook.

    We also visited this Camp - we did this Slide for Life. Not exactly a very exciting slide, but it's fun to do as a group. Tapos, we usually just go shopping. Funny that we never went to swim ... but there are lots of beaches you can go to. Plus, you can shop!
  • DracoBDracoB PEx Rookie ⭐
    If you are planning to take legenda suite...might as well take the legenda hotel...

    bad experince with legenda suite...inefficient staff and when we took the shuttle eh rude pa yung driver...imagine mahigt kaming 30 pax na bisita nila ha at ganun pa ang treatment sa amin
  • we stay at FOREST HILLS
    3 bedrooms 2 toilet and bath
    dining table
    living room with cable tv
    centralized aircon
    15 of us stayed

    last weekend we were there
    4345 a night

    we usually go to beach at NABASAN
    watch the bats at BAT KINGDOM
    dinner at MEAT PLUS
    shop at ROYAL SUBIC
    swim at the FOREST HILLS pool
  • Yeah.. sa Ocean Adventure.. kaso may bayad pag mag gusto mong makipag swimming sa mga whales.. kung gusto mo lang syang hawakan.. it will cost you 1000k even the picture taking with the whales. :)

    Sa Forest Hills din kami nag stay, mga 3-4 days yata un. Well ok naman masaya, maganda ung place and sulit sigurado!
  • onwilsonwils PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    ARESI is now open at the Subic Bay Freeport.

    The cheapest lodgings I found is at Crown at CUBI Point. Family rooms (2 adjoining rooms, 1 queen size bed & 2 twin) for only 2,000 pesos. That's only 500 pesos per person. Not what I would call great accommodations but who'd wanna stay cooped up in their hotel room all day.
  • ryanfeliperyanfelipe PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    is it true that bunggee jumping still exist?
  • try visiting the butterfly garden...meron din clang jungle tour dun and mini zoo...

    bat kingdom...maraming mga fruit bats dun...tas may museum cla malapit dun...

    pamulaklakin river...ganda dun...pede din kau maligo...

    or kung gusto nyo beach meron din...may mga lugar din dun na pede kau mag jet ski or mag diving...may mga wrecks kaung mapupuntahan...

    golf course...kung trip nyo mag golf...now if u like bowling and arcade punta na lang kau sa cosmic...go cart/biking meron din...

    ocean adventure...i've been there na...okies nman yung place...mag-eenjoy mga bata...entrance fee sa adult 400php...sa bata/senior citizen with id 320php...

    duty free, casino sa legenda, discos and clubs...

    sa mga restaurants...marami nman na kau mapagpipilian...halos lahat ng lugar may mga restaurant na...

    now if ur looking for a place to stay sa loob ng sbma...depende din yan sa budget nyo...medjo kse may kamahalan din...pede kau sa mga housing mag stay...dun sa subic homes or forest hills...pero mahina hina ang $100 din dun pero furnished na yun...pede kau magluto if u like...or sa mga hotels pede rin pero di ko lam rates nila...

    kung ako senyo...sa labas(olongapo) na lang kau mag-hotel...anytime nman eh pede kaung pumasok sa loob ng sbma kung gusto nio...marami din nmang maayos na hotels sa labas...maganda rin dun lalo na pag gabi dhil madaming resto, bar, club and disco dun...and beaches...try nio i-visit ang ocean view...

  • Here just posted my Subic travel (reorganized).
    From www.travextravels.com

    Subic (the SBMA, not the town) is a freeport zone located at the southern tip of Olongapo, Zambales. It features high class resorts with water sports facilities. It also houses the Ocean Adventure Park, Zoobic Safari and Tree Top Adventure Park. Other tourist attractions are the bat kingdom, Jungle Joe, Jest Camp. Subic has its own duty free shops and SM City Olongapo along Magsaysay Drive is now open. Olongapo is near the becoming famous hideaway Anawangin Cove ,Nagsasa Cove, and Capones Island. Posts under Subic: Planning 102: Booking Tickets & Hotel in Olongapo | At Magsaysay Drive in Olongapo | Zoobic Safari, A Zoo Leveled Up | Zoobic Safari & The Safari Ride | Zoobic Safari's Aetas' Trail and Crocodile Farm | Tree Top Adventure & Subic Yachts | How to Go to Subic Attractions & List of Expenses |.
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