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One of my most memorable experiences of my Philippines trip was my tour to Subic Bay where we got to go swimming and shopping in the warehouse store that had Dr. Pepper, Burberry, and Polo shirts for reasonable prices.
First started with an emailing confirming tour day and pick up time,0800. The tour guide was waiting in our lobby right at 8. This tour is GREAT!!!!! Our guide was so knowledgeable and really went out of her way for us. They took us to a church and she had one of her friends that knows that church well give us a tour and really explained the history to us. It was about a two hour drive but she kept us busy with all of the facts and great conversations. Once we got to the jungle survival demonstration at Subic Bay, we ordered out food and sat for the demonstration of how to make utensils and also how to cook rice out of bamboo. The 2 guys that taught that were so nice. They even let us taste the water out of the tree branch and sent us home with 2 cups and a spork made from bamboo. Lunch was amazing!!! I know many Filipinos that lived in the Philippines that never got to have food out of bamboo. Great experience! You only spend enough time at Subic Bay for lunch and so on. As for the zoo, we really enjoyed the tiger area. As far as everything else there, not really worth time if you've been to a zoo before. We had extra time so out guide took us to a couple souvenir shops and even the local SM store. We went on a different tour after this one and it did not compare. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR!!!
Oscar, our guide, was very knowledgable. The tour ran a bit longer than expected due to heavy Manila traffic that day but the time was well spent.
Thank you for the wonderful experience. The tour guide and driver were very helpful and knowledgeable.
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.
I have done/seen so much with our tour guide. Exceptional tour!
to start out it was not that great we got an email telling us our pick up time would be between 9:15am and 9:30Am when we got to our pickup location the actual pickup time was 8am. But, after a little while they did get us a driver and guide who by the way where wonderful can't say enough about them. On our way we went and the trip was beautiful. The only other problem was because of the late pick up we did not have enough time to do the Jest course which was very disappointing.
All guides and drivers knew their craft well.
I was 3 days pre Asia air crashin TaIpea
Enjoyed the tour. The visit to the Tiger Sanctuary was really a bit too long.
Louis S Australia
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.
Great tour , knowledgeable guide and good all round day , however quite long
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.
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.
Subic Bay had a brilliant trip to San Fernando where we viewed a buried church after a volcanic eruption. The mud slid down from torrential rain and the church was filled with mud up to the second storey bell tower. Our guide and driver looked after us and gave us front row seats in all events. We visited JEST the Jungle Environmental Survival Training Camp. Here the local indigenous peoples shared their bush knowledge in survival with us. Very interesting. We went to Subic Zoo. The tigers were a close encounter. Felt sorry for the situation of other animals in their very small and cramped housing. The lunch and singing resturant was fun. A big day with alot of driving but the adventure was well worth it. Not our favourite tour but still a good one if you have a full day to spare.
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
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
It rained all day, except when it poured. Could barely make out the bay from the shore and it made no sense to try most of the outdoor activity. Traffic in and outside Manila was even worse than usual, and usual is terrible. The guide and driver went out of their way to try to salvage the day, and if and when I return to the Philippines, I might try the trip and hope for a better outcome.
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