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It’s already getting hotter, but you don’t have to wait for summer
before heading out to the beach. Even if you have just a weekend to spare, you can already have a quick beach getaway in these affordable Subic beach resorts
Subic Bay, more commonly called Subic, is part of the Luzon Sea on the west coast of Luzon in Zambales; areas around the bay include Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, and nearby communities in Zambales and Bataan. Its shores were formerly the site of the United States Naval Base.
If you’re a nature lover, a water sports enthusiast, or basically someone who just enjoys the sun, the sand, and the waves, Subic can be your next travel destination
. You have a number of beaches to choose from, and here are some of the beach resorts in Subic
Where: San Bernardino Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Rates: PhP5,600 to PhP10,800 a night, depending on room size
All Hands Beach is far from the residential areas in Subic.
Image: All Hands Beach Website
For a measly entrance fee of PhP150, you can spend a whole day under the sun relaxing in the waters of All Hands Beach. It is located inside the Subic Freeport Zone, between Subic Bay International Airport and Subic Container Terminal. It has clear, clean, and calm waters perfect for swimming for all ages.
You can also enjoy water activities such as jet skiing, banana boat riding, and kayaking in this Subic beach resort
. It also has coral reefs full of tropical fishes, and from October to February, All Hands Beach also becomes a nesting site for marine turtles.
Where: West Ilanin Forest Area Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Rates: PhP4,950 to PhP9,200, depending on the room and the season
Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel has fine sands and a nice view of the Zambales mountain ranges.
Image: Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel Facebook Page
Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel
is just beside Ocean Adventure
inside the Subic Freeport Zone. It features a hotel with a variety of room options and amenities, as well as beach and forest activities for potential group and team-building activities. It also has its own bar and restaurant and spa services that offer a relaxing massage after a whole day of swimming at their beach.
This place makes for a great venue for a family or company outing, or possibly for a romantic getaway for couples
. It even accepts special requests from visitors if they plan to surprise their special someone.
Where: Nabasan Beach, Ilanin Forest West, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Rates: PhP6,600 to PhP12,760, depending on room type and date of booking
Pictured in the background is one of the “casitas” where you get to have a nice view of the ocean from your room.
Image: Kamana Sanctuary Website
Taking from its name, Kamana Sanctuary Resort and Spa
offers beach-goers a quiet and a relaxing haven away from the city. Adventure-seekers wouldn’t be bored here as well because the resort is just a short drive from Ocean Adventure, Ilanin Forest, and Zoobic Safari
The main feature of the resort is its infinity pool and the “Casitas” rooms that give an awesome view of the ocean, especially during sunset. Kamana Sanctuary has higher room rates than others, but it offers various promos and discounts for rooms packaged with spa services, beach activities, and meals.
Where: Waterfront Road, Freeport Zone, Subic Bay, Zambales
Rates: PhP850 per head for the day tour; PhP5,500 for an overnight stay for groups of 4
Grande Island Resort is a 20-25 minute ferry ride away from the mainland Subic.
Image: Grande Island Resort Facebook Page
From the terminal located at Waterfront Road in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, guests of Grande Island Resort are taken to the main venue via a 20 to 25-minute ferry ride from the Subic mainland.
For those staying overnight, it has a wide selection of rooms, from budget-friendly accommodations to hotel suites or chalet rooms with a view of the swimming pool or of Subic Bay. The resort also features various recreational facilities which also make it an ideal venue for team-building activities.
Where: Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City
Rates: PhP699 to PhP1,399 for 2-hour to long-day passes
This is the island’s Instagram-worthy Bali-inspired beach lounge.
Image: Inflatable Island PH Facebook Page
Inflatable Island gives a different kind of beach experience. It is said to be the biggest floating playground in Asia at 3,400 square meters; it is close to the size of eight basketball courts put side by side. The beachside waterpark has a number of inflatable slides, towers, bridges, human launchers, swings, trampolines, and a lot of other fun features that will surely bring out the kid in you.
There are various ticketing options, depending on how long you want to enjoy your time in the water park’s inflatables. You can also pay to stay at the island’s Bali-inspired beach lounge for that Instagram-worthy beach photo for your profile. Guests are reminded to follow the resort’s safety precautions to fully enjoy the facilities.
6. White Rock Beach Hotel and Waterpark
Where: Barangay Matain, Subic, Zambales
Rates: PhP7,200 to PhP29,800, depending on room type and capacity
The wave pool is one of the newest features in White Rock Beach Hotel and Waterpark.
Image: White Rock Subic Facebook Page
White Rock Subic was one of the most popular beach resorts in Subic back in the day. But even as newer and more modern resorts have risen throughout the area, White Rock still keeps up with upgraded facilities such as a waterpark and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities that give guests a complete beach experience.
Other facilities include a wave pool, giant slides, volleyball and basketball courts, zipline, rock climbing, 10-pin bowling lane, and KTV rooms.
Where: Baloy Long Beach Rd, Olongapo, 2200 Zambales
Rates: Rates vary depending on the resort of choice
Baloy Long Beach is a colorful destination.
Image: Charlene Joyce Lucas
Baloy Long Beach is actually a whole stretch of public and private beach resorts, hotels, restaurants, and bars up to Barrio Barretto. It caters to various markets, with accommodations ranging from budget rooms and cottages to the more luxurious hotel suites. Various water and outdoor sports activities are also available in the area.
Whether you just want to lie in the sand all day, refresh and dip in the waters, go on an adventure or just want to have fun, these Subic beach resorts can give you a quick fix of vitamin sea.
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on March 10, 2018.