With all the traffic, heat, and stress of living and working in the metro, it’s no wonder we’re all a little keen to escape this huge cage every once in a while. But because we’re all time constraint here, we can only afford a weekend to unwind. Instead of flying out to distant destinations, we recommend you go on a road trip with friends! Just two to three hours from Metro Manila, Subic beach is the perfect getaway when you’re in need of a mini vacation.

Not only is a road trip more convenient and easier to plan, it’s also an affordable way to unwind during the weekends. 

Below, we’ve listed 10 things to try in Subic beach as well as in other parts of Zambales province.

1. Beach bumming

Subic Bay beach is a great place to catch a little sun, sand and sea. Bring your mat and book and have yourself baked under the sun. The bay is a long stretch of white sand beach in Subic where you can enjoy different kinds of water sports, people-watch, or beach bum all you want. Among the popular resorts are White Rock Subic and Blue Rock Subic.

2. Try the thrilling water sports


subic watersports

Thrill-seekers will have ample options of water sports activities in Subic Bay beach. From jet skiing, parasailing, hover boarding, fly boarding, banana boating, and more, Subic has it all. 

3. Slide all you can at the Inflatable Island

Girl having fun in the inflatable slide at inflatable island | Photo from Inflatable Island PH

Photo credits to Inflatable Island PH

With over 4,000 sqm. of inflatable playground, the biggest in Asia, you will definitely enjoy it as you bring out your inner child. There are different kinds of inflatable slides, towers, bridges, swings, giant animals and human launchers. 

4. Go island hopping

One of the best things to do in Subic is island hopping. Parola Island is famous for its gorgeous views and Instagrammable rock formations and lighthouse tower. You can also include White Castle Island on your tour. It is named so because of the castle structure built on its rocks. Your last stop could be Capones Island. It offers both a gorgeous beach and a historic lighthouse. Capones Island, for many, is the best beach in Subic.

5. Experience the wild at the Zoobic Safari

four tigers surrounding the tourists' vehicle in zoobic
Photo credits to Zoobic Safari

Zoobic Safari is a 25-hectare amusement park that features tigers, crocodiles, huge snakes, sea lions, and more. Far from the conventional zoo, Zoobic gives you a chance to meet these wonderful animals up close and personal, promote awareness through a guided tour. You can even hand- and bottle-feed some of the big cats found here. 

6. Watch hundreds of butterflies

butterfly on a flower
Photo credits to Butterfly Garden Subic

If you want to learn more about the butterflies and insects, you can visit Subic Insectarium and Butterfly Garden. The Butterfly Garden Subic was designed and built specifically to showcase the life cycle and free flight of tropical butterflies, moths and other insects. 

7. Surfing and Skim boarding


a man surfing

Zambales is also known as one of the top surfing spots in the Philippines, so if you want to get out of the Subic beach resort you’re checked-in, go surfing or skim boarding. If you’re new to this, don’t worry because there are many groups and resorts that offer lessons for beginners.

8. Wreck diving


a man wreck diving

You don’t have to go to Palawan to wreck dive because just in Subic beach, you can already feast your eyes with many shipwrecks. Subic Bay is known in the dive community as having one of the largest collections of shipwreck sites in the country dating from the Spanish-American War to the Second World War.

9. Snorkeling 

girl snorkeling in the Philippines with colorful corals seen

Subic’s underwater world is a must-see. Aside from the shipwrecks, you can also go snorkelling. Although Subic doesn’t have that much corals to see, you can go to its neighboring areas in Zambales. Check out Hermana Mayor and Hermana Menor Islands in Sta. Cruz town for a more exciting snorkeling experience. 

10. Go on a yacht party in Subic Beach

group of friends jumping on the sea from a yacht

If you want to take your party to the next level, rent a yacht and sail away! You have the option to book the yacht per hour or overnight. The average rate per hour of yacht rental in Subic is around P3,000 per hour.

Now that you’ve seen the most fun things to do in and out of Subic, it’s time to pack your things, look for the best beach in Subic and have the time of your life! If you’re looking for a place to stay, you can check out White Rock Subic and Blue Rock Subic.

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