All You Need To Know About Subic Bay With Its Shipwrecks, Restaurants, And Beaches
Subic Bay is an area recognized for its centuries as a deep safe port. Historically, the Spanish were the first nation to realize Subic Bay’s potential and used the bay during the 17th century as a defense port; thereby maintaining the Philippines as part of the Spanish empire. In the following decades, the Spanish decided to build a naval base at Subic Bay using the harbor and its natural resources to its full capacity.
Several centuries later, in 1992, the Subic Bay Freeport was built and the last of all US naval ships left the area when the renewal of the treaty between the countries was rejected by the Philippines Senate. The Subic Bay Freeport Zone is currently on its way to becoming one of the greatest commercial, economic, and tourist destinations in the Philippines. It boasts high-quality restaurants and duty-free shopping for all international visitors. The article will provide information on Subic Bay and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
Where Is Subic Bay?
Subic Bay can be found in the Zambales Province in the Central Luzon Region of the Philippines. This area, also known as Region II, is located in the western part of Luzon island approximately 120 kilometers north of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Subic Bay opens onto the South China Sea and is in an area surrounded by lush jungles and high mountains – ideal for travelers and hikers.
How Can One Reach Subic Bay?
Subic Bay is most easily accessed via Manila. It can be reached by ferry, road or using an airplane.
• Road Transportation To Subic Bay
Dependent on the level of traffic, the time and the weather being experienced when leaving Manila, travel time to Subic Bay via road can range from two to six hours. The options for road transportation are various ranging from a private van to a rental car. Private minivans are convenient in that they take you directly to the hotel and can be obtained using a Budget or Avis rental agency. Car rental cars can also be obtained via Avis or Budget; however, they may not present with a personal driver.
If you are interested in traveling to Subic Bay via bus, it is possible to opt for an air-conditioned bus alternative. Air-conditioned buses travel from Manila to Olongapo City each day leaving every hour until 10:30 at night. It should be noted that if you travel after 8:30 pm you will not be able to enjoy air-conditioning.
Upon reaching Olongapo City, it is easy to arrange the use of a jeep to travel to the beaches in Barrio Baretto and up to Subic Bay. This is a stretch of land where you can find the majority of beach-front hotels and resorts. The jeeps available to rent are most identifiable as they are painted blue.
• Ferry Transportation To Subic Bay
Another option as travel to Subic Bay is the use of a ferry. When leaving Manila via ferry, you will be leaving from the Philippine Cultural Center located on Roxas Boulevard in Metro Manila. The ferry service used most often is the Mt. Samat Express service and several ferries can be boarded on a daily basis. Of course, you must note that ferries traveling to Cavite also leave via this service; therefore, you must be aware of your ferry’s destination to ensure you board the correct boat.
A Mt. Samat Express ferry will carry you to the Manila Bay in the province of Bataan toward Subic Bay. The ferries available are contemporary and modern being considered high-quality when compared to others within the Philippine Islands. Typically, the trip will take approximately one hour.
Once you have reached the port of Orion, it is possible to arrange a bus to travel directly to Subic Bay. This bus trip can take approximately fifty minutes dependent on traffic. It should be noted that while ferry transportation is much shorter than road transportation, ferries do not sail when there is bad weather.
• Airplane Transportation To Subic Bay
All flights traveling from Manila to Subic International Airport take approximately thirty minutes. Needless to say, if you wish to reach Subic Bay quickly, flying is the best option to use. Information on all airlines within the Philippines can be found here. Scroll down and you will find details and flight schedules for Cebu Pacific Air.
Where Are The Subic Beaches And Other Attractions?
Over the years, Subic Bay has grown to meet the demand of tourists. Since the removal of the US Navy in 1992, the area has changed to “fill the gap” and various attractions have been built. For more information on the different beaches and attractions in Subic Bay, click here.
Where Can One Stay In Subic Bay?
Subic Bay has a plethora of accommodation for visitors ranging from single-room hotels to family resorts.