Best things to do in Subic, Olongapo City

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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.

what to do in subic olongapo city

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.

what to do in subic olongapo city

Buma Subic Hotel and Restaurant

what to do in subic olongapo city

The Lighthouse

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

what to do in subic olongapo city

Olongapo town proper

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

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

what to do in subic olongapo city

Subic freeport exchange shops

what to do in subic olongapo city

new malls

Botolan, Zambales. We were surprised that this town has evolve with eco-tourism sites. Some locals are into social enterprises.

what to do in subic olongapo city

Botolan town proper

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

what to do in subic olongapo city

IBM, the provincial capital of Zambales

what to do in subic olongapo city

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 fine white beach. They maybe 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 seedling, only that they were not for sale.

what to do in subic olongapo city

DENR in Masinloc, Zambales

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

what to do in subic olongapo city

Meat Plus at Subic

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