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Traveling Solo? Here Are the Best Spots in Subic and Zambales For You

Whether it's a beach or a trail you want, Subic and Zambales have it!

By: Yoorekka Team | July 21, 2020

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Hey Yoorekkans! Even as we feature local tourist destinations to support local tourism, we don’t encourage you to go check them out immediately. Our goal is to share the most wonderful spots in every city to inspire your future travel adventures. For now, keep safe!


Best Spots in Subic

Treat yourself fully by going to places alone!

Image: @archievergara31

Anyone who has ever experienced traveling alone says almost the same thing: solo travel is a great way of self-indulgence. Solo travels may sound lonely and even terrifying, but it actually has a lot of benefits. Not only will you have full control of your time and money, but you can also go just about anywhere. You can also get to meet more locals, make new friends, and find your own rhythm all while exploring different places around you.

When traveling alone, you don’t need to go far to enjoy—not when two of the best places to visit are just a few hours away from Manila: Subic and Zambales. The best spots in Subic and Zambales consist of a wide array of tourist spots ranging from beaches to historical sites is sure to keep you occupied. If you’re considering going solo post-quarantine, then take a look at this list of some of the best spots in Subic and Zambales for a “me” time!


1. Spanish Gate

Location: Sampson Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone


post-quarantine

The well-known gate was built back in 1885.

Image: @paolosuarez11

Besides its wonderful beaches and entertaining attractions, Subic also offers historical sites and landmarks, one of these being the Spanish Gate. The gate was built after King Alfonso II of Spain issued a royal decree that declared Subic Bay as a naval port in 1884. Now a historical landmark, the gate is a marker of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for what was once the Subic Bay Naval Station. There’s no fee required at the Spanish Gate, so you can visit anytime you wish.



2. Pamulaklakin Forest Trail

Location: Binictican Drive, SBMA, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Tour Rates: PhP250 per head (1-2 hours)


amazing places in Subic

Here’s where you can experience Mother Nature alone.

Images: Pamulaklakin Forest Trail Facebook Page

Pamulaklakin Forest Trail is named after the Pamulaklakin vine that grows in abundance in the place. Seen as one of the most amazing places in Subic, the forest trail houses a large community of Aeta communities. It is preserved and conserved by the local government in respect to the true natives of the Binictican Hills. Exciting activities including a mini jungle tour, an ecology tour, an overnight jungle tour, and sightseeing can be done here. You can also learn jungle survival tips, like how to properly use bamboo shoots for preparing food and self-defense, from the locals themselves! If you feel like trekking, expect to be welcomed by honeybees and butterflies along the way.


3. Nagsasa Cove

Location: San Antonio, Zambales
Entrance fee: PhP100 per head


Subic, Zambales

Have you ever seen a view so picturesque as Nagsasa Cove?

Image: @renzgeffrey

Nagsasa Cove, one of the most amazing places in Zambales, traces its origins from a catastrophe: Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991. The cove used to be a plain rocky coast surrounded by a lush rainforest until Pinatubo spewed ashes, transforming it into a beach. Here, you can enjoy mist-filled mountains, crystal clear waters, and green agoho trees. The cove is as peaceful as it is stunning, making it the perfect place for anyone who needs to escape the jungle that is Metro Manila. If you’re the adventurous type, you can also go swimming, cliff-diving, island hopping, and waterfall trekking!


4. Capones Island

Location: San Antonio, Zambales


tourist spots

You don’t have to pay to spend a day on the island’s warm sand!

Image: @esmillol

The moment you step foot on Capones Island’s light cream sand, it’d be impossible not to channel your inner Moana. The bone-shaped island is home to warm sand suitable for camping and picnic and turquoise waters rich in marine life and coral reefs, making it perfect for snorkelling. While no commercial establishment can be found on the island, a Spanish lighthouse known as Faro de Punta Capones can be seen here. Note that it is not guaranteed that you can enter the lighthouse due to its rustic structure, but you can always enjoy the lovely view of the island from that point.



5. Talisayin Cove

Location: San Antonio, Zambales
Rates:
Entrance fee - PhP50
Camping fee - PhP100
Tents (good for 2) - PhP400 to PhP500
Boat to Talisayin Cove - PhP1,500


amazing places in Zambales

Give your weary soul a break and take a rest in this isolated cove.

Image: @rosheldpc

Tucked in the outskirts of Zambales is Talisayin Cove: a peaceful and quiet spot located between Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove. Tourists who have been to the place notice one common thing: its silent environment. This makes it the best place to go to for a solitary moment. The serenity of the cove hits differently at night, especially when you get to witness the sunset before dark. Fun recreational evening activities like stargazing and bonfire lighting are some of the best things to do at the place.


Traveling alone doesn’t have to be far and frightening. What’s important is that you trust yourself and you have confidence. Going on trips alone every once in a while can be eye-opening and rewarding, so give it a shot while you can!


Visit Yoorekka to find more wonderful spots you can explore alone!
Hey Yoorekkans! Even as we feature local tourist destinations to support local tourism, we don’t encourage you to go check them out immediately. Our goal is to share the most wonderful spots in every city to inspire your future travel adventures. For now, keep safe!


Best Spots in Subic

Treat yourself fully by going to places alone!

Image: @archievergara31

Anyone who has ever experienced traveling alone says almost the same thing: solo travel is a great way of self-indulgence. Solo travels may sound lonely and even terrifying, but it actually has a lot of benefits. Not only will you have full control of your time and money, but you can also go just about anywhere. You can also get to meet more locals, make new friends, and find your own rhythm all while exploring different places around you.

When traveling alone, you don’t need to go far to enjoy—not when two of the best places to visit are just a few hours away from Manila: Subic and Zambales. The best spots in Subic and Zambales consist of a wide array of tourist spots ranging from beaches to historical sites is sure to keep you occupied. If you’re considering going solo post-quarantine, then take a look at this list of some of the best spots in Subic and Zambales for a “me” time!


1. Spanish Gate

Location: Sampson Rd, Subic Bay Freeport Zone


post-quarantine

The well-known gate was built back in 1885.

Image: @paolosuarez11

Besides its wonderful beaches and entertaining attractions, Subic also offers historical sites and landmarks, one of these being the Spanish Gate. The gate was built after King Alfonso II of Spain issued a royal decree that declared Subic Bay as a naval port in 1884. Now a historical landmark, the gate is a marker of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for what was once the Subic Bay Naval Station. There’s no fee required at the Spanish Gate, so you can visit anytime you wish.



2. Pamulaklakin Forest Trail

Location: Binictican Drive, SBMA, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Tour Rates: PhP250 per head (1-2 hours)


amazing places in Subic

Here’s where you can experience Mother Nature alone.

Images: Pamulaklakin Forest Trail Facebook Page

Pamulaklakin Forest Trail is named after the Pamulaklakin vine that grows in abundance in the place. Seen as one of the most amazing places in Subic, the forest trail houses a large community of Aeta communities. It is preserved and conserved by the local government in respect to the true natives of the Binictican Hills. Exciting activities including a mini jungle tour, an ecology tour, an overnight jungle tour, and sightseeing can be done here. You can also learn jungle survival tips, like how to properly use bamboo shoots for preparing food and self-defense, from the locals themselves! If you feel like trekking, expect to be welcomed by honeybees and butterflies along the way.


3. Nagsasa Cove

Location: San Antonio, Zambales
Entrance fee: PhP100 per head


Subic, Zambales

Have you ever seen a view so picturesque as Nagsasa Cove?

Image: @renzgeffrey

Nagsasa Cove, one of the most amazing places in Zambales, traces its origins from a catastrophe: Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991. The cove used to be a plain rocky coast surrounded by a lush rainforest until Pinatubo spewed ashes, transforming it into a beach. Here, you can enjoy mist-filled mountains, crystal clear waters, and green agoho trees. The cove is as peaceful as it is stunning, making it the perfect place for anyone who needs to escape the jungle that is Metro Manila. If you’re the adventurous type, you can also go swimming, cliff-diving, island hopping, and waterfall trekking!


4. Capones Island

Location: San Antonio, Zambales


tourist spots

You don’t have to pay to spend a day on the island’s warm sand!

Image: @esmillol

The moment you step foot on Capones Island’s light cream sand, it’d be impossible not to channel your inner Moana. The bone-shaped island is home to warm sand suitable for camping and picnic and turquoise waters rich in marine life and coral reefs, making it perfect for snorkelling. While no commercial establishment can be found on the island, a Spanish lighthouse known as Faro de Punta Capones can be seen here. Note that it is not guaranteed that you can enter the lighthouse due to its rustic structure, but you can always enjoy the lovely view of the island from that point.



5. Talisayin Cove

Location: San Antonio, Zambales
Rates:
Entrance fee - PhP50
Camping fee - PhP100
Tents (good for 2) - PhP400 to PhP500
Boat to Talisayin Cove - PhP1,500


amazing places in Zambales

Give your weary soul a break and take a rest in this isolated cove.

Image: @rosheldpc

Tucked in the outskirts of Zambales is Talisayin Cove: a peaceful and quiet spot located between Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove. Tourists who have been to the place notice one common thing: its silent environment. This makes it the best place to go to for a solitary moment. The serenity of the cove hits differently at night, especially when you get to witness the sunset before dark. Fun recreational evening activities like stargazing and bonfire lighting are some of the best things to do at the place.


Traveling alone doesn’t have to be far and frightening. What’s important is that you trust yourself and you have confidence. Going on trips alone every once in a while can be eye-opening and rewarding, so give it a shot while you can!


Visit Yoorekka to find more wonderful spots you can explore alone!

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Yoorekka’s team is composed of talented writers from all over the Philippines with varied interests, from creative writing to environmental advocacy. There is one thing that they share, though: they’re all passionate about producing articles that are not only interesting to read but also useful for anyone reading!

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