Lakbay Norte: Subic Bay Tour

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MANILA, Philippines – Subic Bay has such a rich history dating back to the early 20th century when it served as a US military base until 1991; around this time the historic eruption of Mount Pinatubo occurred, which further affected the downsizing of American forces.

In the years that followed, Subic Bay became an economic zone, officially known as the Subic Special Economic and Freeport Zone, where tourists frequently go for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Highways like the North Luzon Highway and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Highway have made traveling to Subic easy, and as summer approaches, the area is poised to once again become a paradise for tourists seeking perhaps to explore what Subic Bay has to do. offer.

Go observe the bats… during the day!

Batman and vampire fans might want to go in search of the bats that reside in the forests of Subic Bay Freeport Zone. These are the Golden Crowned Flying Foxes and the Philippine Giant Fruit Bat, both of which are nocturnal but can still be spotted flying among the trees during the day.

Visitors need not worry if they see these bats flying nearby as their diet consists mainly of fruit, but authorities advise against making any unwarranted disturbances.

Although nocturnal, these bats can still be spotted hanging and flying around the trees in Subic Bay while the sun is up.

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Explore the bay on a yacht

Yacht charter in Subic varies from company to company, averaging around 1,000 pesos per person. Taking a boat is the best way to see all points of Subic Bay, from near the ports to the middle of the sea.

Some companies also offer swimming and snorkeling opportunities for water bugs, while others offer sunset cruises and dinner preps for those looking for a romantic getaway.

A yacht trip is the best way to see the bay from afar!

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Dine at the Meat Plus Cafe

Frequent visitors to Subic will surely have noticed this restaurant located right in the heart of the free zone, and it is highly recommended to try to eat there at least once.

As the name suggests, the 30-year-old Meat Plus Cafe specializes in classic dishes that any meat lover will appreciate.

Some of their bestsellers include their Tenderloin Steak Meal, US BBQ Short Ribs, Oven Roasted Beef Belly, and their must-have Potato Skins. And guess what? You can order their frozen meats so you can cook them at home!

For over 30 years, Meat Plus Cafe has served its signature dishes to every soul that passes through Subic.

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Visit the Holy Land

One of the newest areas in Subic Bay is the Holy Land Shrine and Biblical Theme Park, a Catholic pilgrimage site filled with religious icons.

Around the park, you will see life-size statues representing the Stations of the Cross, the mysteries of the Holy Rosary and selected moments from the life of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Land features life-size statues depicting biblical moments, like this one from the Last Supper.

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Do your shopping, tax free!

Since Subic Bay is a freeport zone, customers in grocery stores and shopping areas do not need to pay other additional taxes.

There are many duty free shops and grocery stores around the Subic Freeport area, if one is lucky one can even spot outlet stores offering ongoing discounts.

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