For centuries, Subic Bay has been recognized as being a safe deep port. Spain was the first country to realize the potential of Subic Bay. During the 17th century, Spaniards used the bay as a defense port, which helped to maintain the Philippine as part of Spain’s empire. Over the decades that followed, a naval base was built at Subic Bay by the Spanish, with its natural resources and harbor being used to their full capacity.
Subic Bay Freeport was constructed in 1992. The final remaining US naval ships withdrew from the area after the Philippines Senate rejected renewing the treating between the Philippines and US. Currently, the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is developing into one of the Philippines most successful tourist, economic, and commercial centers. It boasts an abundance of duty-free shopping and high-quality restaurants for international visitors to enjoy. In this article, we are providing you with information on both the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Subic Bay.
Subic Bay is located in Zambales Province in the Philippines’ Central Luzon Region. The area is also called Region II and is situated on the west side of Luzon island about 120 kilometers north of the capital city of Manila. Subic Bay flows into the South China Sea. The area is surrounded by majestic mountains and lush jungles, making it an ideal area for hikers and travelers to visit.
The easiest way to access Subic Bay is from Manila. You can reach the area by airplane, road, or by ferry.
Depending on the weather, time, and level of traffic when leaving Manila, the travel time via road transportation to Subic Bay can range from two hours up to six hours. There are various road transportation options that are available ranging from a rental car to private van. One of the most convenient methods is a private minivan since they take you directly to your hotel and may be booked via an Avis or Budget rental agency. You can also obtain a car rental via Budget or Avis; however, they might not come with a personal driver.
You can also take a bus to travel to Subic Bay. There are air-conditioned buses that travel to Olongapo City from Manila on a daily basis. They leave every hour until 10:30 p.m. If you are traveling after 8:30 p.m., air conditioning is not available.
Once you reach Olongapo City, you can easily arrange a jeep rental to travel to the Barrio Baretto beaches and then up to Subic Bay. The stretch of land is where most of the beachfront resorts and hotels are located. Jeeps that are available for rent are painted blue so they are easily identifiable.
Using a ferry is another option for traveling to Subic Bay. When taking a ferry to leave Manilla, you will from Metro Manila in the Phillippine Cultural Center on Roxas Boulevard. Mt. Samat Express is the ferry service that is the most frequently used. It has several ferries that are available for boarding every day. It is important t note that ferries going to Cavite leave from this service as well. Therefore, be aware of the destination of your ferry to make sure you board the right boat for your intended destination.
You will be carried by an Mt. Samat Express ferry to Manila Bay located in Bataan province towards Subic Bay. These ferries are modern and contemporary and considered to be very high quality, especially compared to other Philippine Island ferries. The trip will take about one hour on average.
After reaching the port of Orion, bus arrangements can be made to travel to Subic Bay directly. Depending on traffic, the bus trip will take around fifty minutes. One important thing to note is that although ferry transportation is a lot shorter compared to road transportation, during bad weather ferry service is not available.
All flights that travel to Subic International Airport from Manila take around thirty minutes. So obviously fly is your best option if you are wanting to get to Subic Bay in the shortest amount of time possible. You can find all Phillippines airline information here. Scroll down to find the flight schedules and details on Cebu Pacific Air.
Over the years, the area of Subic Bay has continued to develop the meet tourist demands. Since the US Navy departure in 1992, this area has changed in order to fill this gap, with various attractions being built for tourists and local residents to enjoy. Click here, for more information on various attractions and beaches in Subic Bay.
There is a wide range of accommodations available in Subic Bay for visitors that range from family resorts to single-room hotels.