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Subic pulls you close to sunken world war wrecks, acrobatic dolphins in the open sea, wild tigers in a safari, several sunset beaches, and its aborigines’ jungle survival techniques. The town is home to the scuba diving sanctuary Subic Bay, which nestles plenty of reef sites and more than 10 wreck sites. Witness to the dramas of the 1898 Spanish-American War and World War II, its underwater spectacles include the 120-year-old, steam-powered galleon San Quentin and the 117-meter-long armored cruiser USS New York. Its waters are host to schools of various fish such as lionfish, stonefish, bluespotted stingray, shark, and coral fish.
 
Found along Subic Bay is Ocean Adventure, a 20,000-hectare open water shelter to sea lions, turtles, and several species of dolphin such as Bottlenose, Rough-toothed, Pantropical spotted, and false killer whale. Here, you can watch animal shows, swim with the dolphins, or learn how to train these friendly creatures for half a day. But if the open water is not your thing, you can get onto a jeep and drive into the 25-hectare Zoobic Safari and have candid encounters with animals in the wild such as deers, pot bellied pigs, crocodiles, lions, and Bengal Siberian tigers.
 
Most Filipino families in Luzon take a road trip to Subic to play in its soft sandy beaches and take a dip in the sea. Subic Bay has at least 10 beach resorts, public beaches, and hidden coves. Tago or Hidden Beach, Rock Bottom Beach, and Sunset Cove are mostly uninhabited beaches and require a boat to reach. Other beaches and resorts such as All Hands Beach, Dungaree Beach, Whiterock Beach, and Adam’s Beach are easily accessible by car from the main road or National Highway. All facing the sunset, the beaches are windy and rugged with seaweed during Habagat Season (May to October), and are calm and clean during Amihan Season (November to April).
 
Driving to Subic make for astonishing scenic views of the sea. At sunrise and sunset, you can also witness thousands of bats pouring in or out of their caves, flooding the sky with inky rivers. Subic’s interiors, meanwhile, are lush with rainforests, a portion of which is an ancestral land belonging to Aetas, the town’s aborigines. At JEST Camp & Bird Park, outdoor enthusiasts can get a crash course to jungle survival techniques, such as cooking from bamboo and extracting water from vines, with the help of these nature-adept Aetas. Just beside the camp is the two-hectare Bird Park, home to 500 birds from 40 different species such as Hornbill, Toucan, and Golden Amherst.
 
Other noteworthy destinations include horseback riding in El Kabayo Stables and visiting El Kabayo Waterfalls, engaging in thrilling adventures among the canopy of trees in Tree Top Adventure, and immersing in the culture and genius of Aetas in Pastolan Ayta Village via the Pamulaklakin Forest Trail. Mountaineers seeking for summits can also explore Subic’s highest mountains such as Mt. Balingkilat and the five-peaked Mt. Cinco Picos. Mostly exposed, the trails to the summit offer breathtaking views of faraway islands and the sea.

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