Subic in Zambales has been one of the most favorite places of city dwellers for quick vacations. Just two to three hours away from Manila, you will be able to enjoy all the fun things to do in Subic that will definitely give you an unforgettable vacation.

Whether you’re in for an adventure of a lifetime or just an all-day tanning while sipping a drink or two by the beach, you will never run out of things to do in Subic Bay.

8 Must-Try Activities in Subic

From the laid back activities to thrilling ones, this town has a lot to offer to all kinds of travelers. Below are the must-try things to do in Subic. 

  1. Go island hopping
  2. Jump and slide at the biggest inflatable playground in Asia
  3. Get up close with the animals at Zoobic Safari
  4. Watch the dolphins dance
  5. Zip line at Tree Top Adventure
  6. Cliff dive at El Kabayo Falls
  7. Wreck diving
  8. Snorkeling
  9. Enjoy a yacht party

We’ve rounded up all the fun activities you shouldn’t miss when exploring the places to visit in Subic.

1. Go island hopping

Paradise Beach in subic

One of the best things to do in Subic is island hopping. And the best places to visit in Subic for an island trip are Parola Island that is famous for its gorgeous views and Instagrammable rock formations and lighthouse tower; the White Castle Island, Paradise Beach, and the Subic Bay tourist spot Lighthouse Marina Resort.

2. Jump and slide at the biggest inflatable playground in Asia

girl having fun at inflatable island
Photo credits to Inflatable Island PH

What’s a trip to Subic without experiencing the Inflatable Island—the biggest inflatable playground in Asia. With over 4,000 sqm. of inflatable playground, 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. 

Operation hours: 7am to 6pm daily

Entrance fee: Starts from PHP 499/person

3. Get up close with the animals at Zoobic Safari

tigers at Zoobic Safari
Photo credits to Zoobic Safari

Zoobic Safari is a 25-hectare amusement park where you can see wildcats a.k.a. tigers, crocodiles, huge snakes, sea lions, and more. Far from the conventional zoo, this Subic tourist spot gives you a chance to meet these wonderful animals up close, promoting awareness through a guided tour. You can even hand- and bottle-feed some of the big cats found here. 

Operation hours: 8am to 4pm daily

Entrance fee: Starts from PHP 595/person

4. Watch the dolphins dance

tourists with a dolphin at Subic Ocean Adventure

If you’re looking for Subic Bay activities that your family, especially kids, would enjoy, consider visiting Ocean Park. It is the first open-water marine theme park in Southeast Asia where you can experience an exciting marine and wildlife interaction with its various aquariums and animal shows. 

Operation hours: 9am to 6pm daily

Entrance fee: Starts from PHP 788/person

5. Zip line at Tree Top Adventure

tourists enjoying the Tree Top Adventure
Photo credits to Tree Top Adventure

Patterned after the canopy tour or zip-line tour originally developed in Costa Rica, the Tree Top Adventure Park is located in the deeply-forested jungle-area of Subic where you can feel like you’re on top of the world! Tree Top Adventure offers an experience like no other as it swishes you past nature at 100 feet off the ground. It offers six thrilling attractions, from ziplines to free falls. Zip lining here is definitely one of the most fun things to do in Subic Bay.

Operation hours: 8am to 4:30pm daily

Entrance fee: Starts from PHP 400/person

6. Swim and have a picnic at El Kabayo Falls

El Kabayo Falls

Located in the forested area of Binictican, El Kabayo Falls is a must-visit. This Subic tourist spot boasts two cascading waterfalls a few meters away from each other. The first level of the waterfalls is about five feet deep while the second is 15 feet deep. Aside from swimming, you can also have a picnic and cook your own food in El Kabayo Falls. 

Entrance fee: PHP 50/person

7. Wreck diving

Tabby Wreck

You don’t have to go to Palawan to wreck dive because just in Zambales, 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 World War II.

8. Enjoy a yacht party

Subic Bay Yacht Club

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.

Operation hours: 24/7

Budget: PHP 3,000+ per person 

Please note that the rates published above are subject to change. These rates were based from the time of writing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Things to do in Subic

Q: What can you do in Subic for free?

A: While Subic Bay activities are affordable, there are also fun things to do in Subic that you can actually enjoy for free! These include visiting Ilalin Forest and attending the Scootourista Festival where people parade their scooters, a main mode of transportation in town.

Q: What is Subic known for?

A: Subic is known for its amazing beaches, an inflatable playground which is the biggest in Asia, and great diving spots dated way back from the World War II.

Q: Is Subic Bay worth a visit?

A: Yes. Subic, Zambales is definitely worth a visit as it offers a lot of beautiful destinations and fun activities to try. From beaches and inflatable islands to scuba diving and a close encounter with animals, Subic has everything you need.

Q: How do I commute to Subic?

A: Ride a bus in Pasay, Cubao, and Caloocan bound for Olongapo. From Olongapo, you can ride a jeepney or taxi going to Subic or the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. travel time from Manila is around two to four hours depending on your destination.

Q: What is there to do in Subic at night?

A: There are many great things to do in Subic at night but the most popular is partying! There are many great bars and clubs lined up in Subic Bay.

Subic is not just a place for partying and swimming but it is also a place that caters to everyone. Whether you’re alone or with company, Subic will never disappoint you.

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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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