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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Subic-tacular Guide for Your Family Getaway!

Though often overlooked, Central Luzon offers a myriad of wild and colorful adventures for everyone! Subic Bay is located on the west coast of Luzon island in the Philippines and on the northwest of Manila. It’s also a former Naval Base for the United States. Now, Subic Bay is the location of an industrial and commercial area under Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority also known as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

No matter what your preferred lifestyle is or what you're currently craving for, Subic Bay offers you a myriad of options! From splendid accommodations, delightful meals, to various themed parks and floating playground, you'd literally want to go out and experience that adventure!

If you need to breathe away from the hustle and bustle of Manila or just looking for a quick weekend trip, then put Subic Bay on top of your list. We know that not all of us are an aficionado of making a list or planning, but if it's your first-time to a destination, it's a must to make a list of your plans. Like the basic stuff on where to eat, what to do, and where to stay just so you make the most of your time.

To make it easier for you, we’re here to give you an easy itinerary recommendation to Subic that’ll make and not break your vacation!

Getting to Subic
Private car, taxi, or point-to-point bus, land transfers are your best options!

If you’ll be coming from Manila (MNL) or got a flight coming in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), travel time to Subic Bay will take about 2 hours drive via North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).

As one of the leading airport hubs in the country, Clark International Airport (CRK) is now considered as the most convenient gateway to Central Luzon. More and more domestic flights with various regional airlines are also being opened so that wherever you are in the country, you can have a worry free direct flight. From there, travel time to Subic Bay takes 1 hour and 30 minutes drive. But if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, you might want to consider riding premium point-to-point services which is now available at Clark International Airport.

To check the flight availability here: RAKSO TRAVEL AIRLINE TICKET RESERVATION

Recommended Hotel
Here are our suggested hotels or resort to stay in to match your style.

Backpackers:                      Court Meridian
Family:                                Whiterock Beach Hotel + Waterpark
Deluxe Budget:                   Subic Moon Bay Marina
Luxury:                                Best Western Plus
             Private:                                 Subic Peninsular Hotel

Travel Itinerary

 Day 1.
Upon arriving at Clark International Airport (CRK), one of our transport service representatives will pick you up and transfer you to your preferred resort/hotel for check-in. On the other hand, if you'll be coming straight from Manila, you'll be directly dropped-off to your preferred resort/hotel for check-in. Now that you got the luxury of time, feel free to rest at the comforts of your hotel room, go on for a soothing spa, or stroll around Subic Bay area.

 Day 2.

The height of summer in the Philippines calls for a swimsuit, an inflatable island, and plenty of time lounging by the beach. At 4,100 sqm, this floating playground is the biggest in Asia, and probably the cutest.  Containing inflatable slides, bridges, swings, and human launchers, giant floating flamingos and Unicorn cabanas, either a kid or a kid-dult will surely enjoy here as they jump around, tumble down, and fly high in the sky!

Yes, we get it that you’re getting all hyped up to jump over the water, but before playing, everyone is required to attend a short briefing for the playground rules. Then suit up with a life jacket, ‘cause safety will always be their priority!  

Inflatable Island also features a Bali-inspired beach lounge with brightly colored bean bags and umbrellas where you can lay around, relax, and take a sip of a cool mango shake. Don't forget to take lots of IG-worthy snaps, okay?

After, we'll let you enjoy the rest of the day exploring more of Subic Bay. Having a hard time deciding where to dine? We heard that Texas Joe's got the most tender and juicy ribs in town. It's a real deal so you better give it a try!

Check out also our quick What-to-know guide before playing at the Inflatable Island: (

 Day 3.
Your adventure starts on your second day! Release the adrenaline junkie in you with leveled up water activities off the shores of Subic Bay. Spend the day under the sun with a little rush as you share thrilling moments with your friends or even family while onboard various water activities.

We recommend that you get up early and start these activities in the morning so you won't be struggling with too much heat in the afternoon. Proper swimwear, sunscreens, and a whole load of enthusiasm, if you got a check with all of these then you're good to go!

Boost your speed or just cruise smoothly while aboard a Jet Ski, hop on either a Bandwagon or Banana boat and let a Jet Ski pull you on all directions, or you can have a bird's eye view of Subic Bay's coastline as you glide high in the sky in a Parasail. These activities will take about 15 minutes up to an hour, so better re-apply some sunscreens. 

We know you'd probably turn into a hungry wanderer after all these exhilarating activities, so you deserve some mouthwatering meals with all the flavors of Subic. Best one we got for you? The freshly baked Big Ben Pizza from Xtremely Xpresso Café. Trust us, they never disappoint.

You think water activities are not exciting enough? Then, if you’re looking for some eccentric activities with lesser tourists then let us lead you to Bataan Province. Though Bataan is known for its historical value, this province is now getting a lot of attention because of its beaches, lagoons, coves, and an open-air museum showcasing antique mansions from the Spanish colonial period. Another option we got for you is visiting the remarkable Mt. Pinatubo at Capas, Tarlac. Feed your thirst for speed as you maneuver a 4x4 ATV ride. Since both Bataan and Tarlac is just 2 hours drive away from Subic Bay these are the perfect side trip you're looking for. 

Day 4.

Last days must always be about prepping for your departure, relaxing and simply indulging your whole vacation right? Better not to cramp tours in it so you won't ruin your day or worst, be late for your flight.

Your vacation will also not be complete without dropping by to Duty-Free shops. Do a little souvenir shopping to take home a piece chocolates or Subic crafts and delicacies. Just don't forget to grab some snacks if you'll be going back to Manila 'cause it's gonna be a long drive, but definitely not boring.

Get hassle-free transfers from your hotel/resort to Clark International Airport or Manila by booking your private transfer:

So that's 4 days & 3 nights of Subic vacation! We hope our guide ease you’re planning process and gave you an idea for the perfect travel.

Don’t have a hotel yet? Check out our recommended hotels & resorts: 7 RECOMMENDED HOTELS TO STAY IN SUBIC BAY AND CLARK
If you're on hunt for adventure and Instagram worthy spots, then click right away on these links: 4 MUST-DO WATER ACTIVITIES IN SUBIC BAY and COLOR-FUN SUMMMER AT INFLATABLE ISLAND


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