Dubbed as Philippines number one destination for extreme adventures and sports, Subic bay stands out as one of the recommended destinations in the country. It is well known for its diversity in both cuisine and culture. Some have described the panoramic views and leisure activities here as experiences of a lifetime. Others have depicted the place as one of the spots in the world that you can label as Paradise
Like the rest of the Philippines, Subic enjoys a tropical climate with marked by a wet and dry season. The months from November to May within the wet season while the rest of the year is the dry season characterized by less rainfall. Temperatures here average at 26 degrees Celsius or 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The founding of the area is credited to Juan de Salcedo who is the grandson of famed explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The original name of the place was Hubek, which literally meant 'pillow head', and legend has it that the name was mispronounced as Subiq. When the Americans came, as the story goes, they mispronounced the name yet again rendering it as Subig. Eventually, the name reverted back to Subiq but the letter 'q' was replaced with a 'c' thus its current name.
The area has always been eyed as a naval port since 1884 during the Spanish colonization. In 1898, a great naval battle ensued in the bay's waters between American and Spanish forces. The Spanish Army stationed here was destroyed eventually and the area came under American control in 1899. The bay was then converted into a repair station during the events that led to America's eventual involvement in World War II. After World War II, the place was returned to Philippine control and was converted into a free port and commercial zone.
Subic bay is noted for extreme adventures and sports. Visitors go parasailing, yachting, seaplane trips, jungle survival training, camping, kayaking and canoeing, scuba diving, jetskiing, trekking, horseback riding, car and go-kart racing, paintball action, safari, and crazy stunts at the Xtreme Adventure Park. You'll find these activities as both exciting and a bit hazardous at the same time. You can say that you are living great adventures when you visit Subic.
Of course, your Subic adventure won't complete without sampling the nightlife here. You'll find that the nights are made alive by live bands, great food, and a lot of partying. Some bars here are strictly for adults while you may bring the entire family in others. Pier1 is an example of a place where you can bring the entire family for a great night out in the beach area. Other noteworthy bars are Sibil, Willi's Bar, Brews Bistro, and Blue Note.
Touring Subic is indeed an adventure. You can try any of the fun activities offered here and enjoy the wonderful tropical sites. Just remember that your adventure in Subic doesn't necessarily end when the sun sets.
Hailed as one of the first class Philippine municipalities, Subic is located in the northern part of the country, specifically in the province of Zambales. This municipality is at the first district of the province and it has 16 barangays. Santo Tomas, Asinan Proper, San Isidro and Cawag are the popular barangays of Subic while Calapandayan and Wawandue are two of the rural barangays in this municipality.