Best things to do in Subic, Olongapo City

Travel Guide: Accommodation, itinerary and places to see when planning a trip to Subic, Olongapo

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Best things to do in Subic.  Olongapo City

January 2017, Olongapo City, Zambales.

Walk along the coast. Subic Freeport is a strip of water at the other end. During the day you can have shopping at duty free shops, at night restaurants and bars are mostly active.

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Subic free port zone

BuMa Hotel. We’ve tried several hotels here in Subic – The Light House, Subic Park, and Vista Marina. BuMa at that time were interested to try. Why BuMa, it stands for Busan and MAnila. A Korean and a Filipina couple owns the property, hence the name Buma Hotel.

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Buma Subic Hotel and Restaurant
what to do in subic olongapo city
The Lighthouse

Roam around Olongapo City. During our childhood, we stayed and traveled back and forth in Botolan Zambales for a few years.  When we were kids, Olongapo road trips were lively equally in both daytime and nighttime. Subic then but fully occupied by the American military. Merely all stores and establishments were made in the USA.

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Olongapo town proper

Visit the theme parks in Subic. Include Zoobic Safari (2009) , Ocean Adventure (2009)

Shop at Subic Freeport. Some American brands/establishments remain in the free port. From this trip, some shops locked abandoned. On the other side, some locations are now replaced by shopping malls. Back then, there were monkey-watching activities along the Subic forest. Yet, there is still an existing Duty Free Store – Freeport Exchange. From time to time, this is our favorite place to buy beach essentials like board shorts, all-cotton shirts/apparels, wines, canned goods, chocolates, home accessories and other goods which are normally priced in dollars but you can pay them in peso. An American-brand shirt normally costs $2.

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Subic freeport exchange shops
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new malls
Botolan, Zambales. We were surprised that this town has evolved with eco-tourism sites. Some locals are into social enterprises.
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Botolan town proper

Iba, Zambales. This is the town proper. The wet market here is bigger than in Botolan.  You can find a lot of beach resorts all the way to Masinloc. Zambales is an agriculture region, you can buy good seedlings for your urban gardening.

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IBM, the provincial capital of Zambales
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different kinds of seeds from a sari-sari store in Iba, Zambales (January 2017)

Masinloc, Zambales. There’s an island in Masinloc, also in Palauig where you can find a fine white beach. They may be far, but the best part is they are accessible by land. Then arranged a boat transfer at a minimal amount. Our last visit here was not the beach but the DENR. We saw a lot of mahogany seedlings, only that they were not for sale.

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DENR in Masinloc, Zambales

What to eat at Subic. See the complete foodie post at Foodamn Philippines.

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Meat Plus at Subic, created by Green Dei (Daryll Villena)
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