This is like being Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible movie
This activity will just take two seconds....
would you beleive it....in just two seconds............
Reminder : to everyone don't make arte when its your time to do the rappelling
because the staff hates the maarte guest..........
they will drop you without signaling that they will drop you hahahahahaaaha
Just be cool
then shout.........what the ***.......( i shouted that).............hahahahahaaha
At its best, the Zoobic Safari will feature a Tiger Safari, a Petting Zoo, a Crocodile Farm, a Serpentarium, a Picnic ground, a Coffee Shop and a Safari Village.
The Tiger Safari, one of the highlights of the park, will showcase more than a dozen of deep golden-eyed tigers. The Residence Inn group has its own tiger cubs breeding facility.
The Petting Zoo will allow visitors to have a wonderful time with diverse exotic animals roaming and frolicking in their natural habitat. Not to mention the exhilarating sight of colorful birds and other Philippines' best animal collections shipped all the way from Palawan to Subic.
The Crocodile Farm will put on view the thick-skinned long-bodied carnivorous reptiles of the tropical waters while Serpentarium, as its name suggests, will present a wide array of snake breeds.
The Safari-inspired picnic cottages can be rented out to guests so they can savor the sumptuous meal being offered at the Coffee Shop while enjoying the view of serene forest terrains and well-trimmed grasslands.
The Safari Village, which will be opened in the first half of 2004, will offer 12 cottages with five-star amenities, perfect for families and groups who would want to stay overnight in the theme park.
Unlike the African Safari where travelers and explorers use open land rovers, land cruisers or minivans, Zoobic Safari offers a unique ride- authentically Pinoy style with its "Safari Jeep" which comes in an enticing look and painted in tiger-inspired golden stripes.With the help of highly-trained Aeta driver/guide, the Safari Jeep will treat guests to an exciting journey around the well-kept Ilanin forest, a former US Naval facility inside Subic which is now being transformed into an animal kingdom.
Camayan Beach is our favorite beach because of its great view of Subic Bay and South China Sea, clean beach area, clear sea water, good food, exciting encounter with the monkeys on the mountainside, and ample parking space.
During the US Navy’s presence in Subic Bay, Camayan Beach was formerly known as Miracle Beach. Ocean Adventure's management team later assumed responsibility for Miracle Beach in December, 2002. In no time, it was known as the best beach in Subic. In July, 2005, the first hotel building was completed and the area was renamed Camayan Beach Resort.
In our recent visit, we were surprised to see that the place has changed so much. There is a new hotel building near the parking lot; the old parking lot is now concrete but the tall trees have been cut to give way to more parking slots; there is a new ticketing booth and a separate office for the beach activities; there is a wider concrete path to the restaurant and shower rooms; there are no more lounging chairs but more native cottages; the seascape has somewhat changed. One thing hasn't changed though, and we love it: the clean, clear waters where swimmers enjoy the sight of fishes that dare go near the swimming area. You need not snorkel to see the fishes because the water is so clear. One time I was so thrilled to see fishes as big as "bangus" (milkfish) swimming between me and my daughter!
Camayan Beach Resort Day Tour Admission Fee (check their website for latest admission fees):
Adult- Php 300.00
Children 12 years old and below- Php 250.00 (must not exceed their maximum height for kids)
Senior Citizen- Php 240.00 (must show Senior Citizen's ID)
Cottage rental fee ranges from P750 to P1,500. Aside from the pay-as-you-use rental fee, you have to make a P100 refundable deposit for their laminated Resort Rules & Regulations which is hang on your cottage entrance. Don't forget to get before you leave; present it to the cashier for your refund.
Please view my travelogue for the "new look" of Camayan Beach Resort.
In our recent visit, we had time to patiently wait for the sunset. I was tired, but I didn't want to lose the opportunity to have a photo of the sunset. I don't regret it because I witnessed a very beautiful sunset and twilight with fiery colors. It was just after the lunar perigree or supermoon...could the fiery colors have something do do with the supermoon? Whatever, it was an awesome sight.
In 1885, when the Spanish Naval Commission ordered the construction of an arsenal in Olongapo, the Spanish Gate served as the main entrance to the Naval Station.
During the American Regime, the Americans used the West Gate or Spanish Gate as main gate to the Naval Station for many years.
Today, the structure still prominently stands as a monument at a busy road, along the strips of restaurants.
Trivia: Behind the Spanish Gate was a small cemetery for the Marines. In our recent visit, I was saddened to see a structure made of bamboo right behind the Spanish Gate. I didn't go to check what was it, if it's a restaurant or what. But whatever, I think the premises of historical places should be cleared of other structures as respect to the heritage background.
Live dolphin and pilot whale shows and sealion. Great for kids.
From Manila: Take exit 65 ( San Fernando ) from the North Luzon Expressway. Proceed straight toward Olongapo. Turn Right at Layac, Bataan, toward Olongapo City. Turn Left on to the TIPO Road Expressway to enter SBMA. Follow the expressway and turn right on Rizal Avenue. Make a left turn on Argonaut Highway. Go past Subic Bay Internationa Airport and FEDEX Head Office all the way up to Naval Magazine Gate, follow the Ocean Adventure / Camayan Wharf / Miracle Beach road signs. Follow the road to the right approx. 5 kms to the Ocean Adventure gate.
Have a group looking to spend the day at a beach on subic Bay? here is some beach info.
for Olongapo day tour look for halfmoon beach just reopened by the city of Olongapo, Sierra beach or Oceanview resort. for resorts look for white rock, or Arizona Beach. On the freeport you have two inexpensive beaches All hands and Dungaree beach.
there are a few private beaches near the freeport on the Bataan side that are great, Sweet Water beach being one. Seahorse tours can arrange those.
Part of the immersion to Subic's virgin forests is the new Tree Top Adventure. You have 4 adventures to choose from: Tree Drop Adventure (P150/person/rappel), Ultimate Adventure with Superman Ride (P350/person), Canopy Ride (P350/person) and Trekking Adventure (P100/person).
The adventures are all exciting, especially the tree drop, but it is not as easy as it seems. (View my video) If you choose this adventure, you'll have to rappel down the side of a 60-foot tree. With the guidance of a staff, you can descend in various styles: the conventional, the lizard style and the face first or what they call the daring Australian style.
There are adventure combinations you can take: Tree Top or Ultimate and Trekking Adventure (P400/person); Tree Top and Ultimate Adventure (P500/person); Tree Top and Ultimate and Trekking Adventure (P600/person)
RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE so contact Tree Top Adventure for latest rates.
We enjoyed going here to this nice aquarium by the sea in Zambales. It was awesome because everyone can get a chance to be near the amazing South American sea lions, maybe even kiss them! They also perform at the Nautilus Theatre.
They have amazing exhibits which include the World of the Discovery Aquarium which features Subic Bay and the South China Sea habitats such as fresh water streams, mangrove forests, coral reefs, and deep, dark caves.
It is also nie to know how Filipinos are now becoming more aware of the sea and the need to protect it . The NGO 'Wildlife in Need (WIN) provide care for sick and injured animals and then returned to the wild or given a permanent home at the WIN Rescue Center at Ocean Adventure.
For the school-age kids, they also have exhibits at the Learning Center where they will get to be more aware of our fragile ocean environment. And for the ladies, my wife and her sisters enjoyed buying colourful hats and other souvenirs at the little gift center!
I was with my wife's siblings and so I just rented a van and driver for I think about less than P5000 pesos (about $100?) to bring us to Subic's Ocean Adventure - about a 2-3 hour drive. Subic Bay is about 80 miles or 130 km from Manila, and the place used to be the USA's largest overseas military base --- but they pulled out after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo (converted into a commercial freefort after the American left in 1991).
But now, they have duty-free shoping at the the Subic Freeport Base and there are direct tours from Manila Bay through the comfort of a fully airconditioned twin hull ferry, the fastest way to Subic via Orion Port.
Jungle Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp is one of the most popular adventures in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. When the US marines were still based at Subic, they were trained in survival techniques in the jungles of Subic Bay by the real jungle experts, the Aetas. ( Aetas are the aborigines of Zambales who have lived in the area for centuries. They are a nomadic mountain tribe.) The Aetas taught their skills to US military including Marines, Navy seals and Special Forces units. The JEST Camp greatly helped them in the Vietnam War in the 1960’s.
Even when the US military left, the Aetas continued to teach civilians at the JEST; they served as jungle guides and forest rangers. Private companies often bring their staff for a JEST Camp Adventure as Team Building Exercise. My youngest daughter's company did just that. They enjoyed it despite the difficulties of adjusting, from their sophisticated ways to jungle survival ways.
Families also enjoy the JEST Camp. In our recent visit, my grandso was so excited to learn how to make fire from stones, get water from the bamboo, cook rice and chicken "tinola" using bamboo as cooking vessel, and other things my daughter related to him... Unfortunately, it rained hard so we were advised to have it some other time, as the trek would be muddy and slippery.
I'll post more pictures and update you as soon as we have our JEST Camp.
Subic Baywalk is a reclaimed area behind the rows of hotels and restaurants in Moonbay Marina along Waterfront Road. Much like the reclaimed area in Manila Baywalk, Subic Waterfront Baywalk is a favorite place of joggers, exercise buffs, photo hobbyists, and family members as well as lovers who simply want to stroll along the beach. There is a Baywalk Park where special events or shows are done by tv networks, promo & advertising agencies, and other business establishments.
When my husband and I went to the Subic Boardwalk behind our hotel, I was saddened to see no sign of the sunrise on the ocean side. Then, my husband who was at the reclaimed area near the Lighthouse Marina Resort waved his hand, but I couldn't understand his hand signal. Nevertheless, I went to his place, and only then did I understand that he wanted me to hurry up so I can catch the sunrise. The sun was rising from behind the rows of hotels at the Baywalk; no wonder, I didn't notice it when I was facing the ocean. I was disappointed that the sun was almost gone, but hubby told me to stay put because the sun will surely show up again...and it did! I marveled at the beautiful silhouettes and sunburst of colors in the sky.
With the rising popularity of the Lighthouse Marina Resort, attention to the real Subic Lighthouse has somehow been eclipsed. Photo hobbyists and lighthouse afficionados seem to be the only ones remembering the Subic Lighthouse which has served as beacon to seafaring vessels, even those coming from Manila.
The Subic Lighthouse is along the National Highway past the public cemetery on the hill, but it can be seen and appreciated from the end of Subic Boardwalk.
There is an ongoing Adopt-a-Lighthouse Program to help support the maintenance of old lighthouses, one of which is the Subic Lighthouse.
My hyperactive grandson, Dean was becoming restless so we brought him to Le' Mans Go Kart Track. He was so excited when he saw he was going to have the track to himself. However, he easily got bored because he couldn't drive his cart as fast as he wanted to. It seems the speed is adjusted for children drivers. The staff saw Dean wasn't enjoying so they gave him 3 bonus laps.