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Subic Bay is a sea-side area on the western side of Luzon island in Zambales province within the region of Subic Bay. Subic Bay was the site of a former US naval base that was converted into a beach town in the broader proximity of Manila. The main industry is the freeport zone, ship building and support to visiting US Navy vessels.


The huge damage was brought to the Subic Bay area after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo volcano in 1991, the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The area was covered by meter of ash. Within days, a typhoon entered the area turning the ash into the mud. The bay was the home of different varieties of sharks, dolphins, and turtles. While a few turtles still nest on the beaches the visibility, sharks and dolphins are no longer here. A large percentage of the coral was killed lying under the ash. The visibility of the water became worse and recovering is very slow.

Get in[edit]

  • Clark International Airport, Andres Bonifacio Avenue, Clark Freeport, Mabalacat, 2023 Pampanga, +63 455 985 131, [1]. (DMIA) It is gateway to Subic Bay, a modern, international airport with an ever-increasing schedule of regional and global flights. Clark DMIA airport is only 45 minutes drive north of Subic Bay. You can commute via taxi, regular mini-van service or public air-con coach service (via Dau Bus Station in Clark/Angeles).  edit
  • Subic Bay Freeport Zone. (SBFZ) is 110 kilometers north of Manila, facing the South China Sea and is surrounded by Olongapo City and the towns of Subic and Morong. It is Northwest of the Bataan Peninsula and Southwest of the Zambales Province. It has long been recognized for its strategic location, being at the center of the fastest growing markets in the Philippines. It is at the hub of the region, and all major cities in Asia are within easy reach either by sea or by air. (3 to 4 days by sea, 2 to 3 hours by air). Aside from its strategic location, SBFZ has a deep water seaport that is capable of handling the largest ships ever built, manifested when it once supported the mighty US 7th Fleet.  edit
  • Subic Bay Seaport. It is a major alternative port for importers and exporters in the Northern and Central Luzon areas of the country to decongest the Manila International Container Terminal. It has a total of 15 operational piers and wharves capable of servicing all kinds of sea vessels. Subic’s seaport and container handling facilities were recently enhanced with the operation of the Subic Bay International Container Terminal Services at the Sattler pier. The Freeport also has two operational port terminals: the fertilizer bulk terminal at the Boton Wharf and the grain bulk terminal at the Leyte Wharf.  edit

Get around[edit]

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are available at the main SBMA/SFZ gates with Olongapo. They can also be booked by telephone for collection anywhere inside Subic. Taxi's within SBMA/SBFZ operate on fixed rates that are displayed in the taxis. There is no meter service.

By jeepney[edit]

Jeepneys are not permitted to operate within Subic Freeport Zone, but can be caught between the Olongapo Bus Station (Victor Liner) and the Barreto and Baloy beach areas.

By pedicab[edit]

Trikes are not permitted to operate within Subic Freeport Zone, but are plentiful around Olongapo City, Barretto Beach and Baloy Long Beach.

See[edit][add listing]

  • El Kabayos waterfalls. The two cascading waterfalls a few meters away from each other are situated in the forest area. The first level of the waterfalls is about five feet (5m) deep, while the second is 15 feet (4.5m) deep.
  • Grande Island
  • Spanish Gate, Sampson Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo, Zambales It was built in 1885.
  • Subic marina lighthouse, Central Business, Block 4, Lot 1, Moonbay Marina Complex, Waterfront Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222 Zambales, [[34]]. Experience of world-class dining and cozy accommodation at the footsteps of lighthouse.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Beaches. Subic Bay is one of the most visited beaches in Zambales. The Kamayan beach is beside Ocean Adventure.  edit
  • Ocean Adventure, Subic Bay, Ocean Adventure Approach Rd, Ilanin Forest West, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222 Bataan, +63 472 529 000, [2]. Visit Ocean Park to experience an exciting marine and wildlife interaction with its various aquariums and animal shows.  edit
  • Pamaulaklakin Trail, Pamulaklakin forest, Binictican heights (Taxe a taxi from SBMA to Pamulaklakin). 3 hours. There are very good guided treks in Pamulaklakin forest. 15 minutes taxi ride from Subic SBMA, there are 2 trails - for 30 minutes and for 3 hours. The trail takes you inside the Pamulaklakin forest, along the Pamulaklakin river. A great way to see the local fauna and flora - birds, medicinal plants and nature. 300 Pesos.  edit
  • Subic Bay Boardwalk. Walking you’ll find great restaurants that serve oh-so-good seafood! The ambiance there is very calming as the place is surrounded with trees and a good view of the sea.  edit
  • Tree Top Adventure Subic, JEST camp area, Upper Mau Cubi,, Aparri Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222. Park at Subic Bay is located in the deeply-forested jungle-area. Adventure offers a Tree Top experience using ziplines or free falls at 100 feet (30m) off the ground.  edit
  • Underwater Photography. Get success with Macro shooting Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, frogfish or other species of Nudibranch.  edit
  • Zoobic Safari, Ilanin Forest West, Morong, Bataan, +63 472 522 272, [3]. It is one attraction you will find at Subic Bay Freeport's Forest Adventure Park. Embracing a 25 hectare land - local and foreign guests can expect an astonishing sight of diverse exotic animals roaming and frolicking in their natural habitat. Also it is unique experience and adventures, which are no like the other countries. A close encounter with the biggest members of the cat family and a lot of different attractions.  edit
  • Yacht sailing Subic Bay Yacht Club, Incorporated, Rizal Highway Corner Burgos St Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Rizal Hwy, Subic Bay, Zambales, +63 472 525 211, [4]. Facilities: accommodation, basketball and tennis courts beach volleyball, pools gym.  edit

Scuba diving[edit]

Scuba diving is very popular Subic tourist attraction. Subic Bay offers some of the world's best shipwrecks, all within recreational diving depths, as well as tranquil coral and artificial reefs that explode with marine life. Unlike Coron, and other international wreck diving locations, where you ride for hours to get to a wreck site, the majority of Subic Bay dive sites are a quick 15 minutes boat trip from the dive centers. The bay is a unique 'wreck heaven', because its sheltered waters allow calm year-round diving (exception only Typhoons), with short duration transits to the dive sites and a fantastic collection of well-preserved historical wrecks. The majority of shipwrecks are from WWII period and there is not limited access to them. The other ships sank after the war as targets or victims of mother nature, but there is found the remains of a Spanish Galleon or 16th century Chinese Junk.

Subic Bay Wreck sites:

  • El Capitan (USS Majaba)- A 3,000-ton freighter, about 130m long that crashed down the mouth of Ilanin Bay.5m below the surface.
  • F4 Phantom - Vietnam War era, US Navy jet. 45m
  • Japanese patrol boat - In Triboa Bay at a depth of 20-25m (60-75ft).
  • L2D 'Tabby' Aircraft - Imperial Japanese Navy transport aircraft. 45m
  • Landing craft utility (LCU) - Triboa Bay. 5-20m (25-60ft).
  • Landing Ship Tank (LST) - Situated between Grande Island and the southern tip of the runway. 32m deep.
  • Oryoku Maru - Located 400m off Alava pier. 20m (60ft) deep.
  • Sakura Maru - Located north-west of Grande Island. 55m
  • San Quetin - The oldest known wreck in Subic, a wooden-hulled steam-powered schooner scuttled by the Spanish in 1898.
  • Seian Maru - Located near Subic Dock, sunk by US Navy airpower during WWII. 30m
  • USS Lanakai - Historic armed yacht, that performed covert surveillance for the Australian and US Navy during WWII, then worked as the MGM luxury yacht post-war. 36m
  • USS New York ACR-2 - A 120m-long hull. 27m of water between Alava Pier and the northern end of Cubi Point runway.

Diving centers:

  • 2&2 Scuba Diving Resort Corporation, National Hwy, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales, +63 472 326 346, [5]. This center with its hotel caters mostly to Korean Divers.  edit
  • Arizona Dive Shop, 47, RH 5 National Hwy, Subic Bay, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales, +63 472 220 962, [6]. Shop, Scuba Diving courses, Wreck Diving  edit
  • Camayan Divers, Camayan Wharf, West, Ilanin Forest East, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2222, +63 472 528 319, [7]. Diving from beginners to advanced, diving with dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and jackfish.  edit
  • Johan’s Beach & Dive Resort, 50 Baloy Long Beach Rd, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales, +63 472 248 915, [8]. Diving to visit shipwrecks over a hundred years old, coral reefs, explore the underwater world.  edit
  • Mango's Dive Center, 116A National Highway, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales, +63 929 648 6051, [9]. It has all Padi courses from beginner to tech 50 including AI courses. They also have an 80 foot live aboard, which does regular trips up the Luzon coast to Vegan also APO reef.  edit
  • Scuba Tech Philippines, RH 5 National Hwy, Baloy, Olongapo, Zambales, [10]. It runs PADI TecRec and ANDI technical, sidemount and advanced wreck providing the skills and knowledge to safely dive of shipwrecks at all depth ranges using cutting-edge equipment and techniques.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Ayala Malls Harbor Point, 2F Subic Bay Tow, Rizal Hwy, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, 2200 Zambales, +63 945 840 9958. A large and well-designed modern mall, run by Ayala Group. Contains a multiplex cinema and famous brand franchises such as TGI Fridays, Marks and Spencer and Starbucks.  edit
  • Bretto's, 430 RH 5 Subic Baraca National Hwy, Olongapo, Zambales. Butcher shop. They sell lots of good meats, such as steaks, chicken sausage, and ground beef. Many FedEx people go there, as it is one of the few places that has imported US meat. They close at a early time at 11:00.  edit
  • Freeport Exchange, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales. They also carry some electronics (All are set for 220 volts). Freeport also a large variety of imported candies.  edit
  • National Bookstore, SM City Olongapo Central, E 16th St, Olongapo, Zambales, [11]. Books, magazines, and a cafe. They are also very popular for getting school supplies.  edit
  • SM Olongapo, Hospital Rd, Olongapo, Zambales. Contains all the staple Filipino chain stores, a large supermarket and numerous restaurants.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Blue Rock Resort, Baloy Long Beach Rd, Olongapo, Zambales, +63 472 249 042, [12]. Especially good for a wide variety of grilled seafood and steaks. Local band plays every evening. Tranquil views of moonlight over the beach/bay.  edit
  • ET Food Stuff Corporation, Lot 10 and 11, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic, 2222 Zambales, +63 472 521 289. Korean restaurant  edit
  • Jollibee Subic Town, National Rd, Brgy. Bacarra, Subic, Zambales, +63 472 326 091. Restaurant  edit
  • Texas Joe's House of Ribs, Mc Kinley St, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, +63 917 512 3461, [13]. 11:00 -22:00. Authentic Smoked meats and ribs. Numerous different barbecue sauces. Careful service.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Barretto Strip has numerous air-conditioned bars, roughly 25, many of which have entertaining dancers to help keep you company. Some also have pool tables. There are also numerous beachfront bars, with live music in the evening, along the front of Baloy beach. There are also floating bars in the dry season (Nov-May), these are accessed by pulled rafts and are about 50 metres off the beach. The names of the bars change often.

  • Bingo's Café, National Road, Subic, Zambales, +63 908 814 1728. Cafe  edit
  • Sit-n-Bull, Del Pilar St, Olongapo, Zambales, +63 929 834 4631. Bar & grill serves huge, US sized, portions of American, Mexican and Local flavours, big breakfasts, daily specials, delivery is available to local bars and hotels. Now has an Annex (also serving food) right on the Barreto Strip. Open 10AM till 1AM. Drinks specials can be the cheapest on the Barretto Strip.  edit
  • Voodoo Bar, Subic Bay, Olongapo, Zambales, +63 928 258 8128. Bar  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • All Hands Beach Subic, All Hands Beach, San Bernardino Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 472 502 270, [14]. All Hands Beach Resort in Subic offers air-conditioned beachfront rooms and cottages. Bamboo huts, function rooms and pavilions are also available for family, business or special events.  edit
  • Arizona Beach Resort, 47 RH5 National Hwy, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales, +63 472 244 557, [15]. It is minutes away from Subic.  edit
  • Asiana Boutique Hotel, 48 Gordon Avenue, Barangay Asinan, Olongapo City, +63 472 248 003, [16]. The hotel has a touch of Asian architecture and delicacies.  edit
  • Bayfront Hotel, Blk. 19 Lot 1 Moonbay, Marina Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 472 523 148 (), [17]. Mediterranean-inspired hotel with villa set-up. Clean, comfortable accommodations. Online reservation at best rates with instant confirmation.  edit
  • Casablanca Hotel and Resort, Lot 14 Agronaut Highway, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 472 521 996. Casablanca Hotel is a fully furnished condo-hotel that has a pool side bar, jacuzzi and restaurant that serves International cuisines.  edit
  • City View Hotel, Magsaysay Drive, New Asinan, Olongapo City, +63 922 888 5619.  edit
  • Court Meridian Hotel, Waterfront Road, SBMA, +63 472 522 366, [18]. A/C rooms equipped with cable TV, private toilet and bath with hot and cold running water. Some of its facilities and services are business center, jetski, bar and restaurant.  edit
  • Elmolina Beach Resort, 135 National Highway, Barrio Barretto, +63 472 529 978. The resort offers budget accommodation beachfront of Subic's calm beach. Activities like kayaking, banana boating, snorkeling and jetskiing can be enjoyed at Elmolina Beach Resort.  edit
  • Grand Hoyah Hotel, Lot Nos 5B and 6, Block B, Manila Ave., cor. Canal Rd. CBD Area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, [19]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Grand Hoyah is located in the Central Business District of Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The hotel offers Deluxe accommodation in its Superior, Family Rooms and Suites.  edit
  • Hotel Bahia Subic Bay, Bldg 664 Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 472 522 894, [20]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Hotel Bahia Subic Bay is located along Waterfront Road corner McKinley Street at the heart of Subic Bay Freeport Zone's business district. The hotel's al fresco restobar has the best view of the Subic Bay sunset. Experience zen at its courtyard garden. The hotel is a short walk from shopping centers, water sports facilities, theme parks, and places of attraction.  edit
  • Interpark, Bldg. 663 Dewey Ave. Corner Sta. Rita Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone (one block from the Waterfront Road and the Oriental Paradise Casino), +63 472 529 978. checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00nn. Hotel  edit
  • Jade Hotel Olongapo, 45 Magsaysay Drive, East Tapinac, Olongapo City, +63 472 233 588. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Standard, Deluxe and Family rooms are available for reservations. The hotel serves lunch and dinner buffet.  edit
  • Lighthouse Marina Resort, Moonbay Marina Complex Waterfront Road, CBD Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 287 110 019, [21]. The Lighthouse Marina Resort is a three-floor, 34-room boutique hotel capped by a lighthouse.  edit
  • Ocean View Beach Resort, Olongapo - Bugallon Rd, Olongapo, Zambales, +63 472 529 978. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Ocean View Beach Resort has complete amenities for beach outings and company events.  edit
  • Olongapo Travel Lodge, 34 Magsaysay Dr, Olongapo, Zambales, +63 284 044 784, [22]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 13:00. Olongapo Travel Lodge offers modern-designed rooms in a budget-friendly hotel.  edit
  • Palm Tree Resort, 116 National Highway, Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City, [23]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Palm Tree Resort has sea view rooms and suites overlooking the mountains. Also has an in house restaurant that serves Filipino and English cuisines.  edit
  • RK Hotel, SBIP Phase 1 Commercial Complex, Subic Bay Gateway Park Rizal Highway, +63 472 529 998. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. The hotel has 64 well-appointed rooms, private KTV rooms, a sports bar, swimming pool, conference and meeting facilities and its own Oriental Spa. The hotel's location is very accessible to guests as it is located near Duty Free shops, spas and restaurants that serve international cuisines.  edit
  • Sanjaha Inn, 64 Gordon Ave. New Asinan Olongapo City, [24]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00.  edit
  • Subic Grand Seas Resort, 83 National Highway, Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City, +63 917 844 7327, [25]. Offers 22 Deluxe rooms, all of which have an air-conditioning, an LCD television with cable connection, and a telephone with NDD and IDD accesses. Some of its amenities include an infinity and kiddie pools, and a massage service.  edit
  • Subic International Hotel, Labitan and Sta. Rita Roads, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 472 522 222 (fax: +63 470 894 5579), [26]. This hotel used to be the US Naval Base's barracks.  edit
  • Subic Park Hotel, Moonbay Marina, Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 472 529 978, [27]. 30 comfortable rooms offer views of the bay and the forested mountains surrounding it.  edit
  • Subic Waterfront Hotel, AYC Compound, National Highway, Santo Tomas, Subic, +63 472 529 978, [28]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Subic Waterfront Resort Hotel offers waterfront suites and standard hotel rooms. Accommodation comes with free internet connection and access to a big swimming pool with two aqua bars open daily and nightly.  edit
  • Subiza Beach Resort, 13 Baloy Long Beach Rd, Barrio Barretto, Olongapo, Zambales, +63 472 239 430, [29].  edit
  • Terrace Hotel, Blk 1 Lot 2 & 3 Moonbay Marina, Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 472 502 730 to 32 (fax: +63 472 522 733), [30]. Studio, Junior Deluxe and Executive, Terrace Suite all equipped with TV with cable channels, coffee/tea maker and mini-bar. It also has a business center, rooftop patio and swimming pool.  edit
  • The Cabin Hotel, Schley Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, +63 472 529 978, [31]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. The Cabin Subic offers country side atmosphere in its dorm-type accommodation and private hotel rooms. The Cabin is located inside the Freeport Zone just 3 hours away from Manila.  edit
  • The Pub Hotel Subic, National Highway, Barrio Barretto, [32]. checkin: 1:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. The Pub is located right amidst the nightlife district of Barretto. Just seconds walk away from beachfront restaurants and bars as well as the famous GoGo bars of Subic. The bar and grill recently underwent renovation and management change for the better.  edit
  • Vista Marina Hotel and Resort Subic, Waterfront Road, Blk 3 Lot 2, Moonbay Marina Area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, [33]. A Mediterranean inspired hotel situated along the beach.  edit
  • Win Hotel Olongapo, #27 18th St. Corner Brill St. West Bajac Bajac Olongapo City (at Victory Liner Terminal), +63 917 797 4063. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. New hotel. Rooms are cozy with warm lighting fitted with wooden furniture and modern decor.  edit

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