Subic Travel Guide and Itinerary

Subic Travel Guide and Itinerary – The Subic Special Economic and Freeport Zone, often shorterned as Subic Bay or Subic, is a special economic zone and freeport area covering portions of Olongapo and Subic in Zambales, and Morong and Hermosa in Bataan. The relatively developed and fenced area is called the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ). The economic zone was the location of U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, until the latter’s decommissioning in 1992. The SBFZ is operated and managed by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), an sub-agency under Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). The harbor faces the Zambales Mountains to the west and the Subic Bay opening to the South China Sea.  Subic Bay is surrounded by the town of Subic and the city of Olongapo, both in the province of Zambales, and Morong in the province of Bataan.

Development of Olongapo was largely tied to the presence of the United States Navy base, once the largest U.S. military naval base in Asia. An arsenal and ship-repair facility was established at Subic Bay in 1885 by the then colonial power, Spain. Following the Spanish–American War, Subic Bay became a U.S. Navy and Marine base, and grew to be a major facility. Until 1991, it was the base of the United States 7th Fleet. In early 1991, after the collapse of protracted negotiations, the Philippine Senate rejected terms for renewal of the lease of the base. The U.S. Navy was already in the process of downsizing its Subic operations in June 1991, when Mount Pinatubo erupted. One of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last 100 years, it covered the Navy Base in volcanic ash and collapsed a significant number of structures. The last ship, USS Belleau Wood, left on November 24, 1992. The presence of the American forces precipitated the start of a red-light district.

While the Subic Special Economic and Freeport Zone shares name with a town of the same name, it actually covers portions of Olongapo and the towns of Subic in Zambales and Morong and Hermosa in Bataan. It covers a total area of 67,452 hectares (166,680 acres), but only 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres) area is secured and fenced where much of the development in the special economic zone has taken place. This area is referred to as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and out of this area 2,800 hectares (6,900 acres) is suitable for development with the remaining portions consisting of high slopes, forests, or protected areas. In 2017. negotiations with local government units contiguous to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone began to have the fenced area expanded.

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1. Adventure Beach Water Park, Philippines:

Adventure Beach Water Park is owned and operated by Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc., the same company behind the operations of Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach Resort.

Prior to the construction phase, the park was known as “Adventure Beach”, a popular venue for weddings, birthdays and other group activities. In 2015, SBMEI envisioned the growth of yet another theme park. A playground for the young and old, where fun and adventure meet.

Designed to continue providing the public with the perfect venue to celebrate special occasions and mount corporate events, but with an expanded reach to include day trippers, families, and groups of friends or “barkadas”, the idea behind ADVENTURE BEACH WATERPARK was born.

2. Wreck Diving in Subic Bay, Philippines:
Subic Bay is known in the dive community as having one of the largest collections of shipwreck sites in the Philippines. Historic records currently list 19 wrecks dating from the Spanish-American War to the Second World War. These dive sites were closed to recreational divers until the US Navy’s Subic base closed in 1991. The sites range from beginner all the way through to Technical Wreck divers.

Scuba diving is very popular Subic tourist attraction. Subic Bay offers some of the world’s best shipwrecks, all within recreational diving depths, as well as tranquil coral and artificial reefs that explode with marine life. Unlike Coron, and other international wreck diving locations, where you ride for hours to get to a wreck site, the majority of Subic Bay dive sites are a quick 15 minutes boat trip from the dive centers. The bay is a unique ‘wreck heaven’, because its sheltered waters allow calm year-round diving.

Subic Travel Guide and Itinerary

Subic Travel Guide and Itinerary

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