Subic is popularly known for its many diverse attractions – from quiet, restful beaches to educational treks through luscious jungles to exciting adventures with wild animals and sea life to cultural events featuring the local Aeta residents and to unending nightly entertainment in many resorts, bars and restaurants that dot this once-bustling US Naval Station, including its neighboring Olongapo City and other Zambales towns. Visiting Subic, which is reachable within a few hours from Manila, is fast becoming a trend among families and yuppies who find the need to unwind or to attend official events often held in the town. The town has transformed itself into a friendly destination for corporate events, family occasions and weekend trips for people of all walks of life from as far as northern Luzon to the Visayas and Mindanao, not to mention foreign tourists and Filipinos returning from overseas.
Aside from its historical value as the original Spanish naval station for its strategic location and natural configuration, Subic provides a broad range of facilities and amenities for formal and informal events, such as workshops, seminars and various social functions. Hotels and resorts have grown in number within the last two decades as the influx of investments in the area continued to grow modestly after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991. With recent improvements of the expressway road-network system connecting Zambales to Manila, Pampanga, Tarlac and Pangasinan, this growth will gain even more strength especially with sustained improvement of the country’s economy.
One of the most popular and often-visited resorts in Subic Bay is the Wild Orchid Subic Resort in Baloy Beach. One can choose to dine at the Scallawags Restaurant and Bar with its inviting Wild Orchid pool surrounding it where one can enjoy the night away with drinks on a private table by the pool. The restaurant and bar are open 24 hours and serve cold beer, fresh seafood, and sizzling steak straight from the grill and simple fares such as sandwiches, pasta and salad.
For a more cosmopolitan choice, one can go to Captain Rob’s Steakhouse and Barefoot Bar located by the beach. One can find here the Baloy Beach Yacht Club with its marvelous view of the sunset over the Western Philippine Sea. Mouth-watering barbecue can be ordered, as well as imported Australian steaks and sausages, including salads. Live music is available at this restaurant. For those who want to keep abreast with their favourite sports, wide HD TV’s broadcast via satellite and cable media. A refreshing feature is an open tropical garden where families and friends can relax. The place is definitely a good choice for outdoor functions and garden weddings.