Nabasan Driftwood Garden
Subic Botanical Peace Garden
Hero's Trail Adventure Park
Zoobic Safari Park
Extreme Sports Tracks
Eco Adventure Park
El Kabayo Falls
Subic Bay Golf & Country Club
to Zambales Province
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Camayan Beach Resort
Subic Bay is located on the in Zambales on the west coast of of Luzon Island approx 100 km from Manila. Formerly the site of Subic U.S. Navy Base with its deep and protected waters, and is now Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The former base has undergone many changes, while keeping a much of the old atmosphere.
It offers scuba, water sports, zip lining, horse riding, jungle training, go-karts, motor racing, a butterfly park, several casinos, international hotels, and a host of good restaurants.
The zone is easily navigable by bus, or taxi, from the main gate.
Try a little wreck diving, and water sports, or sit out at the beach-side restaurant.
For a complete overview, including of Mount Pinatubo, take a flight on the Subic Seaplane, who offer affordable charters, and also offer the easiest way to Puerto Galera, Boracay, Palawan or any of the Island getaways.At Ocean Adventure Marine Park, you can watch the whales, dolphins, and seals perform, and look at their collection of local marine life in the aquarium.
At Vasco’s Pub & Dive shop at Magellan’s Landing, , visit their interesting museum which is packed full of historic items recovered from various wrecks dating from the Spanish era.
The legacy left by the departing US military was the preservation of the natural environment, both by and under the sea.
This plus good transportation links toManila and Angeles, and exceptional value, is what makes Subic such an attractive destination.
Things to do
Diving and water sports, Subic Bay Aqua Sports and Vasco's Dive Shop offer spectacular wreck diving opportunities, as well as jet skis, parasailing, aqua cycles, paddle boards, kayaks, and boats for rent.
You can charter the Subic Seaplane for local over-flights, including Mt. Pinatubo, and the most spectacular way to entrance Peurto Galera, La Union, or Boracay.
Surfing is also an alternative in the nearby Capones Islands.
Gaming – There are numerous venues in the base hotels, as well as Casino Filipino on Magsaysay - Olongapo.
Beach Volleyball - Mango’s offers a court on the beach-front.
Hashing - SBH3 house is just opposite the Rambler.
Jungle Trekking - The Asian JungleSurvival School is now tourist oriented, and available to visitors.
Zoo and Butterfly Farm - a selection of the local wildlife, husbanded by the local Aetas, is well worth the visit, whether you are with your family, or not.
Golf - Binictican Golf Course is available to visitors.
Darts and pool, as in other expat destinations, visitors are welcome to join in on the local leagues.
Horse Riding - also at Binictican.
Whale Encounter – Ocean Adventure, near Morong Gate, offers dolphin, killer whale, & seal shows - with the stars swimming in a natural setting
After the British captured Manila in 1862, the Spanish moved their naval base to Subic Bay, and in 1884 King Alfonso XII of Spain decreed Subic be “set aside for naval purpose.”
During the Philippine-American War the Americans captured the base to begin the great facility it became. Cubi Point Naval Air Station was created in the 1950’s on reclaimed land by taking the top off a nearby mountain.
Following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, which closed nearby Clark Air Base, and the Philippine Governments refusal to renew the lease, the US Navy reluctantly left the Philippines (only to be – basically – invited back due to the Chinese claims to the Spratly Islands).
Wreck Diving in Subic Bay
The majority of the wrecks in Subic Bay are mainly from the Spanish-American War of 1898 and Japanese vessels from Word War 2.
El Capitan was a freighter of nearly 3,000 tons just under 130 meters long. She sank in Subic Bay where she rests on a sloping bottom.
Hell ship Oryoku Maru sunk on 15 December 1944. She was carrying 1,619 American, British and Czech pow’s on board when she was sunk 400 meters off Ayala Pier. About 300 prisoners died during the short voyage from Manila and during the attack.
Seian Maru: During an air raid on Subic Bay, the 3,712 ton freighter Seian Maru was bombed and sunk. This was only four days after the sinking of the Oryoku Maru on 19 December 1944.
LST (Landing Ship – Tank) one of the large LSTs that litter the floor of Subic Bay scuttled in 1946.
USS New York which was acting as a floating workshop and storehouse.
San Quentin was scuttled in 1898 by the Spanish to attempt to block the passage between Grande Island and Chiquita Islands.