12 reasons that will make Subic Bay a sought-after 2024 getaway destination

May Dedicatoria – Philstar.com

December 21, 2023 | 11:00am

MANILA, Philippines — A unique and charming destination in Central Luzon, the Subic Bay Freeport Zone has transformed from a former US naval base into a thriving commercial and residential hub, celebrated for its pristine landscapes and aquatic features.

This 2024, it’s the perfect time to add this gem to your list of vacation destinations and rejuvenate your local travel experiences without venturing too far from Metro Manila. Now, there’s no excuse not to enjoy a long-weekend getaway!

Still wondering what to revisit or which new places to explore in Subic Bay? Start with these 10 tourist attractions in “Asia’s Next Cruise Ship Playground.”

1. Ocean Adventure

Subic Bay is home to the first open-water marine theme park in Southeast Asia. Revel in the performances of dancing dolphins and talented sea lions, and marvel at giant aquariums at Ocean Adventure.

2. Zoobic Safari

Renowned for its tigers and crocodiles, Zoobic Safari elevates the typical zoo visit with the Safari Ride and Zoobic Glampz (glamorous camping). For new family adventures, Zoobic Safari is the ideal destination.

3. Rotonda Food Park

Rotonda Food Park offers a food park experience along with upcoming additions for patrons to enjoy. The year-round establishment in Subic Bay is set to introduce a driving range starting January 2024.

4. Networx Jetsports

Thrilling rides and water sports activities like jetskiing, parasailing and flyboarding await at the heart of the Central Business District. Bask in the sun and enjoy the bay’s picturesque view amid the excitement at Networx Jetsports.

5. Pamulaklakin Aeta Forest Trail

Immerse yourself in eco-tourism amidst the lush tropical rainforest of Subic Bay. Explore the flora and fauna, century-old trees, and meet the indigenous people along the Pamulaklakin Forest Trail.

El Kabayo Falls and Boton Falls are also excellent hiking destinations.

6. Shopping

Subic Bay hosts a variety of duty-free stores, outlet stores and a shopping complex, letting visitors and shoppers indulge in international brands without the burden of taxes.

7. Holy Land Subic Bay

A tranquil haven for spiritual renewal, Holy Land Subic Bay caters to Catholic devotees with life-size effigies of Christ and other significant figures of Catholicism as its main attractions.

8. Diving

Subic Bay’s natural deep waters and strategic location made it an ideal base during the first and second world wars. Dive into history at popular dive spots, exploring remains of massive warships like El Capitan/USS Majaba and Oryoku Maru (Hellship).

9. Adventure Cove

Experience the latest summer hotspot in Subic Bay—Adventure Cove. Brought by the creators of Ocean Adventure, this destination provides eco-friendly activities set amid a serene environment.

10. Funtastic Park Subic Bay

Funtastic Park Subic Bay offers a blend of amusement and education. Explore a garden labyrinth, solve the twists and turns of the mirror maze, and delight in optical illusion art. All these will keep you and the young ones entertained throughout the visit.

11. Spanish Gate

Subic Bay’s rich history, dating back to the 1800s when it was first occupied by the Spaniards, is evident in remnants like the Spanish Gate (formerly the Old West Gate). Declared a historical site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in 2013, it continues to stand in the freeport.

12. San Roque Chapel

Originally constructed by the Spanish in the 1800s, San Roque Chapel remains a well-maintained edifice and the focal point of Catholic fellowship in the freeport to this day.

Subic Bay is truly a one-stop destination offering a variety of nature-based activities, sustainable tourism initiatives, sports tourism, a vibrant nightlife, affordable luxury, MICE facilities and a myriad of options for accommodation and dining!

Editor’s Note: This #BrandSpace story is created with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. It is produced by the Advertising Content Team that is independent from our Editorial Newsroom.

 

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