We hit the road once again for a weekend escapade in one of the favorite road trip destinations near the bustling Metro Manila. Subic, Zambales is 130 kilometers northwest of the Philippine capital which is a known esplanade of fun and adventure.
Getting There – Road Trip to Subic
We started our road adventure from the province of Cavite which is 3.5hrs drive away from Subic. Since it was our first time and I had no idea on the roads to take, I fully relied once again with my favorite mobile travel app Waze which guided us to the fastest route possible to Subic.
We took the NLEX-SCTEX tollways that has a direct exit to Tipo which is just few minutes drive to Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Being on the road is fun but paying toll fee is not at all. Anyway, convenience always comes with a price tag. We paid PHP 453 (USD 9) for the toll fee from Balintawak to Tipo exit.
Exploring Zoobic Safari
We arrived to our first destination which is the Zoobic Safari by 8am. Zoobic is the only tiger safari in the country and is a 25 hectare park that offers a wide range of habitats and home to diverse exotic animals. This attraction is great for all the ages and suitable for family bonding.
We booked our tickets online via Metrodeal for PHP 348 which is half the price of the original one from their website for Php625 (USD 12) per adult and Php535 (USD 10.2) per child. Children below 3 feet can enter the zoo for free.
The park is huge and it took us almost 3 hours to visit most of the attractions. We started the exploring Zoobic by foot and interacted with most of the animals coming from various countries and continents of the world. They have miniature horses, bears, lions, ferrets, camels, birds and many more.
There is also a Rodent World where we found some guinea pigs, porcupines and the huge Palawan rats and a Serpentarium that is home to various species of snakes, lizards and other cold blooded animals.
After exploring those attractions by feet, we finally hopped in to their Tram and visited the Croco Loco, a pit with over 200 crocodiles. We also passed by the Savannah and saw some wild boars, potbelly pigs, zebras and ostriches to name some.
The tram ride ended at the Tiger Safari which is one of the main highlights of the park. We transferred to a customized Safari Jeep and drove around the tiger enclosure where we really had a close encounter with the ferocious hunters. We paid PHP 200 (USD 4) for the tiger’s food (chicken) to attract these ferocious hunters. The guide fed them the chicken we bought and had a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them that close while eating on the roof and moving around the jeep. It was kinda scary but we did enjoy that moment. We bought a whole chicken for PHP 200 (USD 4) to attract the tigers which was fed to the tigers.
Spending a day and night in Mangrove Resort
After that animal petting and wild feeding adventure, we headed out to locate our abode for the weekend. We booked our accommodation online via Agoda and were very were fortunate to get a superb deal in Mangove Hotel.
We got a deluxe room just in front of their infinity pool with a poolside bar and has an awesome beachfront view. The hotel has their own private beach as well which is good as we wanted to be away from the crowd for a while and have a relaxing time. You can also dine Al Fresco in their restaurant while sipping your favorite cocktails watching the sunset or your hot coffee with the sunrise.
On the next day, we spent some time in their pool and by the beach to enjoy the view. We checked out early as we still wanted to explore some others attractions in Subic.
We also went to Subic Bay boardwalk to have lunch and visited the elegant-looking Lighthouse to take some photos.
Adventure in the Nature
Before heading back to Manila, we decided to continue the fun and had some extreme experience in Tree Top Adventure. They have the easy going Canopy Ride, exciting Superman Ride and Parachute Fall, challenging Silver Surfer and exhilarating Tree Drop Adventure. This adventure park is in the middle of the forest in JEST Area where you can definitely encounter some animals like monkeys on the road and colony of bats on top of the trees.
Other Fun Things To Do in Subic
There are more fun things that you can do in Subic but we did not choose to do it anymore as we really wanted to have more relaxing time by the pool and beach in this trip rather than moving around. Anyway, here are the other things that you can try to do while you are in Subic:
- Swim with the sea lion, meet up with sharks and turtles and have an exclusive encounter with the dolphins in Ocean Adventure
- Horseback Riding in El Kabayo Stables
- Nature Trekking in Pamulaklakin Trail
- Learn some survival techniques in JEST (Jungle Environment Survival Training) Camp
- Fun Family Activities like Mirror and Garden Maze Adventure, 3D Trick Art, and 3D Enchanted Forest in Funtastic Park
Well Subic is really an interesting destination that is not far from Metro Manila. There are plenty of things to do from nature appreciation, fun and wild adventures, lazy time in their glorious beaches, family bonding activities and many more for you to explore. We definitely love Subic and I am sure that you would love it too. I hope that you can consider this destination on your next holiday or road trip.
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