Subic Bay and the city of Olongapo are located on the island of Luzon. Located in the province of Zambales the region lies 120 kilometers north of Manila and is accessible by several highways linking it to both Manila and Clark Airport.
The Spanish discovered Subic Bay in 1542. Originally the Spanish developed a naval base in the bay of Manila. In 1862 the British overtook Manila Bay and the Spanish were forced to develop the last remaining place, Subic. During the Philippine-American war in 1898 the American Fleet overtook Subic and occupied it until 1991. Today the old naval base is known as Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a unique upscale tax free area.
Subic Bay is known to many around the world at “The Pearl of the Orient”. This stunning deep water bay is a haven for those into scuba diving. With superb coral formations and the beauty of a diverse aquatic sea life the deep bay region is brimming the best there is to see. A major added advantage of the bay is the multitude of sunken ships in the area. From the Philippine-American war to WWII the bay is lined with Spanish, American and Japanese battleships. These ships have infused a new world at the bottom of the sea and the beauty to dive and see it is simply breathtaking.
The district now known as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone is encased in the old naval base that America once occupied. The area retains many upscale shops including restaurants, clothing and retail stores along with many hotels and other local attractions. Other highlights in the district include Ocean Adventure Park which is the only marine park in the open sea. The park has a unique venue where attraction seekers can swim with the dolphins. Zoobic Safari is another attraction of the Freeport Zone and has a tiger and lion area with many hands on experiences with local animals.
From mountain climbing to the beautiful calm beaches of Subic there is something for everyone to see and do. Climb the mountains of Zambales or visit the extended ranges known as the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Take a trip to see the active volcano Mt. Pinatubo or take a hike up some of the tallest mountains that rest near the bay area. Those not willing to sweat out the day can hit the beach resorts that line the still waters of the China Sea. If surfing seas is more your style then take a short trip to the seaside area of the Zambales coast.
Subic is a haven for nightlife. From live bands to the never ending open air clubs there are 100’s of choices to seek out and enjoy. For the more sophisticated group the high end hotels of Subic Bay Freeport Zone are calling you to the dance floor. Without a doubt on your next vacation getaway come to Subic Bay where the possibilities are endless.