Hoping to discover more of the travel gems at Manila’s doorstep? With a beautiful bay, lush forests, and diverse wildlife, Subic is a fun-filled destination for day-trippers who want to escape the crowded city. Subic’s range of attractions truly makes it one of the best day trips from Metro Manila that you can take for a quick breather. In this guide, discover where to go, what to do, what to see, and even what to eat in this lovely idyll in the north. Read on to start planning your Subic day trip in the new normal.
Jump, Play, And Swim At Inflatable Island
After all the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic, you deserve nothing less than the joyful opportunity to embrace your inner child—and the Inflatable Island in Subic Bay is the perfect magical setting to do so! Known as the biggest floating playground in Asia, the water park features 4,200 square meters of inflatable slides, towers, human launchers, swings, trampolines, and many more. And when it’s time to rest, the beachside lounges are vibrant Instagram-worthy hangouts decked out with beanbag chairs, lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, and pillows in eye-catching hues.
Enjoy Wild Animal Encounters At Zoobic Safari
Animal encounters are par for the course in Subic where there’s always a chance of seeing wild monkeys while driving along the highway. But if you want to immerse yourself in the animal world completely, there’s no better place to do it than Zoobic Safari. Tucked away in the forests of Subic, this 25-hectare park offers the only tiger safari in the Philippines. For an extra thrill, embark on the night safari for a surreal experience in the dark. Other creatures in the park include deer, miniature horses, ostriches, snakes, iguanas, and more.
Interact With Marine Life At Ocean Adventure
Prefer the creatures of the sea? Head to Ocean Adventure Subic Bay, an amusement and theme park dedicated to showcasing the country’s vibrant marine life. Dedicated to promoting environmental awareness education as well as providing entertainment to tourists, the park is one of the best places in the Philippines to observe the underwater world and its inhabitants without getting wet. Marvel at the talents of the animal world in dazzling shows such as the Sea Lion Marine Patrol show and the dolphins’ Sentinels of the Seas performance. Travelers who want a more personal experience with the animals may even swim with dolphins and sea lions at Ocean Adventure.
Indulge In Thrills And Spills With Networx Jetsports
Adrenaline junkies who need more excitement in their Subic day trip will likely head straight to Networx Jetsports. It’s the premier spot in the country to try extreme water sports that will keep your adrenaline rush going, such as the hoverboard and flyboard—both of which involve launching you in the air as you balance above water. More familiar water activities like parasailing, jet-skiing, and banana boat riding are also available.
Sample Mouthwatering Dishes All Across Subic Freeport Zone
If you’re wondering where to eat in Subic, there are plenty of choices. Definitely enough to warrant a day trip into town just for a food crawl! For one, Rali’s Restaurant is a scenic bistro by the bay offering a well-curated menu of European, American, and Asian comfort food, including breakfast and brunch options as early as 8 AM. Craving for a smoky plate of ribs? Visit cowboy-themed Texas Joe’s House of Ribs for some of the best meat offerings in Subic. And at the end of a day of sightseeing and adventuring, you may be ready for a round of drinks. If so, 1925 Gastropub is an excellent choice with an extensive wine and cocktail selection as well as tasty dishes to pair them with.
In accordance to IATF guidelines, only travelers between 15 and 65 years old are permitted to enter the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Travelers from GCQ areas may be required to present a health certificate issued by a public or private hospital or LGU health office, as well as their proposed itinerary. Those coming from MGCQ areas need only to present a proposed itinerary.
There are so many more things that Subic can offer—wreck diving, bird watching, wilderness training at JEST Camp, and shopping, among others. Which one is your favorite? Visit KKday for more travel deals in, near, and beyond Manila.
*Featured photo via KKday Supplier and Ocean Adventure Subic Bay Facebook page