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SBMA Beaches, Subic

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Don’t Try These Activities (if You Hate Adventures)

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Subic is not for the weak heart. The varied activities you may want to try are all breathtaking in the real sense of the word. Animal lovers can pick a fight with a companion about spending more time with the wild at the Zoobic Safari or watching the sea creatures at the Ocean Park Adventure. I also had a hard time figuring out which is more heart thumping, Go kart-ing or parasailing. A nature-lover myself, I also enjoyed exploring Subic’s forest for the most part. The friendly locals are out to give a hand every step of the way. They are also very generous sharing a bit or two of their way of life. There could never be a dull moment if you are in Subic, especially if you are a true blue adventurer! [more ]

Always a Great Adventure Ahead

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One of the wonderful things about Subic is that it always gives excites anyone who wants or plans to go there, and that feeling of excitement is heightens by its accessibility. It’s the kind of feeling that you know you’ll have fun really, really soon.

How many hours before you reach this place? Traveling by land, it is only about three hours away from Manila. A lot of public transportation means are available. But if you are new to the country and to the place, it would be much ideal to rent a car instead of going through public transport which could be quite confusing. Subic’s very own international airport is also ready to take on tourists at any time of the day. It is especially accessible to neighboring Asian countries that carry direct flights. If you are from China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong, you can land straight to Subic with no mess! So what are you waiting for? Take the ride and start on what will turn out to be the greatest adventure of your life! [more ]

Define Subic, Define Excitement

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Subic in Olongapo City, Philippines is one of the most interesting places you could ever be. It is quite small compared to other tourist attractions that can be found in the country but it is never short of adventures. It is out to please a traveler’s heart because it is teeming with so many activities, and you would really need a nice place to stay in so you can be ready for another exciting day. Lucky you because Subic boasts of various accommodations from which you can choose one that suits your taste and resources. The only things you will need on a journey through Subic are lots of energy (I had lots of this,) some bucks to burn (uhmm…I didn’t have enough for all of the activities I loved to do in Subic,) and a good company to share your memorable experiences with (fortunately, I have lots of friends.) [more ]

Enjoy the Waters Real-time!

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When we parked in front of the hotel we stayed in SBMA, we immediately got out and explored the beach area by foot. Immediately, I saw a fleet of cars and trucks carrying water sports gear. Not long after, I spotted a whole slew of jetskis lined up near the beach and several sailboats gracefully winding their way through the water. In the near horizon, a parasail activity was about to start. I have to admit, we were fortunate to be there at the time because that day was perfect for these kinds of activities—there was not a cloud dotting the sky and the wind was cooperative enough to lend a fun and relaxing sensation to our afternoon.

Just to drop a hint: SBMA is a choice location for many water sports competitions. So, if ever you do want to try out any of the water sports in the area, it would be best to bring your own equipment, especially for jetskiing and sailing. Though there are services from the hotels in the area, such as those for parasailing, the rates would still vary and it may be difficult if there are only limited services that an accommodation can offer in this regard.

Also, it is best to go to SBMA during the summer in the Philippines, around the months of March and April. At this time, expect to have fair weather that can complement your desire for water sports. Be in SBMA near mid-morning to afternoon to get most out of the sunny skies and the good wind. [more ]

Beaches in Subic

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In the Philippines, the beaches are part of everybody's lifestyle. From the northernmost part to the southern area of the country, the beaches are always crowded with both the local and foreign tourists. In Subic Bay in Olongapo, the picture is no different. As a popular summer destination, I can say that Subic Bay can definitely boast of its beaches, which are always enjoyed by families and friends looking for a day filled with fun.

I think the nicest part in exploring the beaches of Subic is that you can actually choose from the number of beaches available in the area. There are about three prominent beaches in Subic, two of which I already went to. Unlike the others in the country, the beaches in Subic are not located in one area so you actually need to travel from one site to another. I guess that's fine, provided that you have your own car or service ready; if not, you can always ask for your hotel's assistance in getting and securing a cab.

Though not the typical white-sand variety, the beaches in Subic are said to be 'unspoiled,' with beautiful mountain and forests as scenery backdrops and water activities that can be enjoyed by sun worshippers and night partiers. When we went to the Camayan beach, for example, we enjoyed the kayaks and the water bikes until the early evening. Although we only enjoyed the cottages during the day, overnight cabins are available in some resorts. Otherwise, you can always ask your vehicle service to pick you up at your beach and bring you back to your hotel. [more ]

Dining Fares in SBMA

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SBMA is pretty much prepped up with the modern gastronomic delights that are in the area. Of course, backpackers can still eat their own food or just take their meals at their own hotels, but the place is teeming with restaurants and bars that you may feel like you never left your life back at the city.

I cannot really suggest that one restaurant is superior over the others. The thing is, though there are the street cafeterias near the hotels, the common gastronomic delights in SBMA are the familiar ones. There are the common fast food chains on the main avenue, which you can easily get access to once you enter the SBMA gates. Then, on the hotel strip, the one near the beach and the pier, there are the restaurants that you can probably see in the mall. Usually, these are full of people during lunchtime so if you are staying in one of the hotels fronting these restaurants, it would be best to anticipate an early lunch so that you can still get the table and enjoy the breeze and fantastic view of the sea.

When it comes to night life, the bars in SBMA are no different from the ones in the city. Similar to the hub of restaurants, the bars and clubs are clustered in one area but are still just several steps away from the hotels and the dining places. The nice thing about the bars area is that it is close to the walkway so even when the bars are yet to come to life, the place is still populated by people sitting on the benches, riding their bikes, or simply exploring the seaside on a fine afternoon. [more ]

Enjoy the Waters Real-time!

 stars
When we parked in front of the hotel we stayed in SBMA, we immediately got out and explored the beach area by foot. Immediately, I saw a fleet of cars and trucks carrying water sports gear. Not long after, I spotted a whole slew of jetskis lined up near the beach and several sailboats gracefully winding their way through the water. In the near horizon, a parasail activity was about to start. I have to admit, we were fortunate to be there at the time because that day was perfect for these kinds of activities—there was not a cloud dotting the sky and the wind was cooperative enough to lend a fun and relaxing sensation to our afternoon.

Just to drop a hint: SBMA is a choice location for many water sports competitions. So, if ever you do want to try out any of the water sports in the area, it would be best to bring your own equipment, especially for jetskiing and sailing. Though there are services from the hotels in the area, such as those for parasailing, the rates would still vary and it may be difficult if there are only limited services that an accommodation can offer in this regard.

Also, it is best to go to SBMA during the summer in the Philippines, around the months of March and April. At this time, expect to have fair weather that can complement your desire for water sports. Be in SBMA near mid-morning to afternoon to get most out of the sunny skies and the good wind. [more ]

Hotel Scouting in SBMA

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Okay, so you are thinking of heading straight to SBMA for a whole day of water practicing but you have nowhere definite to stay in. Not to worry, folks. The good news is that a lot, and I mean A LOT, of hotels and inns are surrounding the SBMA waters. Just to be clear on the matter, the destination is the commercialized area where there are many restaurants, hotels, and clubs—not in those secluded areas where the other hotels and beaches are.

When my friends and I arrived in this particular area, we thought we were so lucky to grab a room in such a short time (no, make that an unreserved short time) not just because the sea is just a few feet away from our hotel, but also because the whole place is so darn convenient from the whole travel from Manila. Not too much directions to get lost to nor out-of-the-way roads to course through.

The bad news is sometimes, hotel prices are pretty expensive especially during the peak season. Although I think price hike is just normal for a business, I still believe in economical travel adventure. I’m sure you also want a lavish yet affordable getaway, don’t you? So, what I can suggest is that always have an early reservation [more ]

Beaches in Subic

 stars
In the Philippines, the beaches are part of everybody's lifestyle. From the northernmost part to the southern area of the country, the beaches are always crowded with both the local and foreign tourists. In Subic Bay in Olongapo, the picture is no different. As a popular summer destination, I can say that Subic Bay can definitely boast of its beaches, which are always enjoyed by families and friends looking for a day filled with fun.

I think the nicest part in exploring the beaches of Subic is that you can actually choose from the number of beaches available in the area. There are about three prominent beaches in Subic, two of which I already went to. Unlike the others in the country, the beaches in Subic are not located in one area so you actually need to travel from one site to another. I guess that's fine, provided that you have your own car or service ready; if not, you can always ask for your hotel's assistance in getting and securing a cab.

Though not the typical white-sand variety, the beaches in Subic are said to be 'unspoiled,' with beautiful mountain and forests as scenery backdrops and water activities that can be enjoyed by sun worshippers and night partiers. When we went to the Camayan beach, for example, we enjoyed the kayaks and the water bikes until the early evening. Although we only enjoyed the cottages during the day, overnight cabins are available in some resorts. Otherwise, you can always ask your vehicle service to pick you up at your beach and bring you back to your hotel. [more ]

A Hassle-free Way of Getting to SBMA

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Vacationers from the metro can easily have the options when it comes to transportation to SBMA. In my visits to Subic, I have already taken the two common modes of getting there: through a private vehicle and through a bus.

When I last went to Subic in our car, the travel from Manila took about four hours. We set out about eight in the morning on a Saturday and arrived in Subic at around lunchtime. Of course, the travel time could be shorter but it really depends on the traffic in Pampanga, which is your entry point from the North Expressway. From Pampanga, expect the road encounters to be lighter and the landscape scenery to change in Olongapo, Zambales. Once you enter SBMA, you can cruise towards the area you want to go to; don't worry, there are many signs there that would guide you to the right direction and there are many parking lots, especially around the food establishments.

On the other hand, if you are taking the public transportation, the ride is cheaper, of course, but the airconditioned bus per se won't get you to SBMA. As a former US military base in the Philippines, SBMA is a pretty tight place so there are only a handful of services in the area and no other public rides are allowed inside. But if you are set on mingling with the locals, head to the bus depot in Cubao, along EDSA. The bus would take passengers along the way and have its mandatory stop in Pampanga. Its final destination will be in the Olongapo terminal, where you should jump off and look for another service that would take you inside SBMA. [more ]

Dining Fares in SBMA

 stars
SBMA is pretty much prepped up with the modern gastronomic delights that are in the area. Of course, backpackers can still eat their own food or just take their meals at their own hotels, but the place is teeming with restaurants and bars that you may feel like you never left your life back at the city.

I cannot really suggest that one restaurant is superior over the others. The thing is, though there are the street cafeterias near the hotels, the common gastronomic delights in SBMA are the familiar ones. There are the common fast food chains on the main avenue, which you can easily get access to once you enter the SBMA gates. Then, on the hotel strip, the one near the beach and the pier, there are the restaurants that you can probably see in the mall. Usually, these are full of people during lunchtime so if you are staying in one of the hotels fronting these restaurants, it would be best to anticipate an early lunch so that you can still get the table and enjoy the breeze and fantastic view of the sea.

When it comes to night life, the bars in SBMA are no different from the ones in the city. Similar to the hub of restaurants, the bars and clubs are clustered in one area but are still just several steps away from the hotels and the dining places. The nice thing about the bars area is that it is close to the walkway so even when the bars are yet to come to life, the place is still populated by people sitting on the benches, riding their bikes, or simply exploring the seaside on a fine afternoon. [more ]

Water Sports in SBMA

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In the northern portion of Manila, the country's capital, the beaches in Subic are among the most visited. Located in Olongapo, these beaches are not only known to be the host to those who would like to spend an entire day swimming, but also has become a favorite haven for people engaged in various water sports activities. If you are in the Subic Bay area and you are already up and running with your sailboat or jetski gear in tow, I suggest going to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Area (SBMA) for an entire afternoon of water fun.

The disclaimer for this article, however, is that we were not actually in SBMA to do some water sports; we went there to have some fun. But seeing those people on the water, with their sports gear and having some fun, is not exactly a sight that we enjoy in Manila everyday.

I have to warn you of the long hours of travel though. Travel time can be rough for sure if you’re impatient. But here’s the thing about SBMA: even when you simply sit back, you will enjoy everything especially the different water sport sceneries. Having said that, I can say that our trip to SBMA was a unique adventure still and was pretty much etched on my mind. (Gash! How I wanted to try parachuting on the water!) [more ]

Hotel Scouting in SBMA

 stars
Okay, so you are thinking of heading straight to SBMA for a whole day of water practicing but you have nowhere definite to stay in. Not to worry, folks. The good news is that a lot, and I mean A LOT, of hotels and inns are surrounding the SBMA waters. Just to be clear on the matter, the destination is the commercialized area where there are many restaurants, hotels, and clubs—not in those secluded areas where the other hotels and beaches are.

When my friends and I arrived in this particular area, we thought we were so lucky to grab a room in such a short time (no, make that an unreserved short time) not just because the sea is just a few feet away from our hotel, but also because the whole place is so darn convenient from the whole travel from Manila. Not too much directions to get lost to nor out-of-the-way roads to course through.

The bad news is sometimes, hotel prices are pretty expensive especially during the peak season. Although I think price hike is just normal for a business, I still believe in economical travel adventure. I’m sure you also want a lavish yet affordable getaway, don’t you? So, what I can suggest is that always have an early reservation. [more ]

A Hassle-free Way of Getting to SBMA

 stars
Vacationers from the metro can easily have the options when it comes to transportation to SBMA. In my visits to Subic, I have already taken the two common modes of getting there: through a private vehicle and through a bus.

When I last went to Subic in our car, the travel from Manila took about four hours. We set out about eight in the morning on a Saturday and arrived in Subic at around lunchtime. Of course, the travel time could be shorter but it really depends on the traffic in Pampanga, which is your entry point from the North Expressway. From Pampanga, expect the road encounters to be lighter and the landscape scenery to change in Olongapo, Zambales. Once you enter SBMA, you can cruise towards the area you want to go to; don't worry, there are many signs there that would guide you to the right direction and there are many parking lots, especially around the food establishments.

On the other hand, if you are taking the public transportation, the ride is cheaper, of course, but the airconditioned bus per se won't get you to SBMA. As a former US military base in the Philippines, SBMA is a pretty tight place so there are only a handful of services in the area and no other public rides are allowed inside. But if you are set on mingling with the locals, head to the bus depot in Cubao, along EDSA. The bus would take passengers along the way and have its mandatory stop in Pampanga. Its final destination will be in the Olongapo terminal, where you should jump off and look for another service that would take you inside SBMA. [more ]


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