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  • Location:Manila, Philippines
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Subic Bay Day Trip from Manila

Get a look at the fascinating wildlife, indigenous culture and military history of the Philippines on this day trip to Subic Bay from Manila. Tour the Subic Naval Base with your knowledgeable guide, then learn jungle survival skills from the indigenous Aetas people at a training camp. Afterward, take a Jeep ride through a tiger enclosure on a Zoobic Safari, or be entertained by performing dolphins and sea lions during a marine animal show. Lunch and transport are included.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Manila to Subic Bay
  • Visit a former US naval facility, now a modern free port with countless sights and activities
  • Take a crash course in jungle survival, taught by Aetas, the indigenous people of the Philippines
  • Enjoy the extraordinary wildlife experience of your choice: a tiger safari or a marine animal show
  • Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Subic Bay Day Trip from Manila

Dolphin Show

Start your day trip with pickup from your city hotel in the morning, and relax on the scenic drive to Subic Bay, located 75 miles (121 km) northwest of Manila. 

Your first stop is the Naval Base Subic Bay, once the largest overseas military installation of the US until it was abandoned after the 1991 eruption of Mt Pinatubo — located just 20 miles (32 km) away and considered the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Tour the massive former naval facility with your guide, who explains how the area was converted into a modern free port with numerous sights and activities. You’ll learn about the important role the shipyards played during the Battle of Manila Bay and the Philippine-American War. 

Enjoy a Filipino lunch at a local restaurant around midday. First, head to JEST (Jungle Environmental Survival Training) Camp to watch a show by the Aetas — the indigenous people of the Philippines — who demonstrate the skills needed to survive in a tropical jungle. 

After lunch, it’s time for your wildlife experience. Board a safety-protected Jeep for a ride through a tiger enclosure on the Zoobic Safari. The only one of its kind in the Philippines, the adventure brings you up close to these majestic big cats. Or, you can choose to watch the comical antics performed by trained sea lions and dolphins at the Ocean Adventure.

At the end of your full-day tour, you’re taken back to your hotel in Manila or Makati.

Customer Reviews

Sarah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The weather was beautiful the day of our tour. It was a long drive but, so much to see that it went by pretty quick. The zoo was nice, lots of animals. Pictures with the tiger and drive within the compound with tigers roaming was awesome! This is a must if you are ever in the area.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

I have done/seen so much with our tour guide. Exceptional tour!

James G

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

All guides and drivers knew their craft well.

I was 3 days pre Asia air crashin TaIpea

Sandra W

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

Enjoyed the tour. The visit to the Tiger Sanctuary was really a bit too long.

Louis S Australia

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

Another enjoyable day in Philippines. On the drive to Subic you get to see the country side and the provinces outside of Manila. Lunch was great and the Tiger Safari was very interesting as was the Jungle Survival Demonstation.

Gloria M

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

Great tour , knowledgeable guide and good all round day , however quite long

Benjamin D

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

It was a nice day trip to take from Manila, we were on the road for about 2 hours each way, which allowed us to see the countryside. Traveling along the route you can see some of the after effects of Mt Pinatubo which was interesting to me. Subic Bay was beautiful, but we only spent about 2.5 hours there. The lunch was included and was actually very good. Overall a fun trip to take.

David L

4 star rating: Recommended February 2013

Driver and hostess were first rate, All additional guides and instructors we were introduced to were fantastic. The zoo staff ,the cultural display participants and the instructor at the survival display were so friendly and generous with their knowledge. Plus the savings of duty free shopping.

JACOB F

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

The trip itself was quite enjoyable though we did not see much of the bay itself. The guide was more preoccupied with discussions with the driver and often did not not respond at all to questions asked by us

Emma H

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2013

The tour guide and bus driver were fantastic. The zoo was disappointing I was very keen for the tiger safari which lasted approx 10-15 minutes. And was going to be one of my highlights. Maybe wanted to see more of general Subic bay with some other highlights would have been good

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