Subic Day Tour Adventures

Road trip!  It was Candy’s second to the last day in Manila and we decided to go on a Subic day tour, her last lakwacha in the Philippines before heading back to the Middle East.  So, we stormed Subic and crammed Ocean Adventure and Tree Top Adventure into one jam-packed Saturday.

Ocean Adventure

Subic Day Tour Adventure

We agreed that we would start our Subic day tour at Ocean Adventure then do Tree Top later in the afternoon.  We arrived at our destination a bit past 9am, just in time to squeeze in some breakfast before the start of the shows.  After paying the admission fee of P550, we were given the show schedule. We headed straight to the Ilanin Bay Café to look for some breakfast. The food, as can be expected, was pricey and we were on a tight budget.  But since I wasn’t too hungry anyway, I ordered this corn dog and fries kiddie meal (P85).  It wan’t much, just some breaded hotdogs and taste-free fries.

Note:  Food, candy, gum, colored drinks, etc. are not allowed inside.  Only water and infant formula are allowed.

Subic Day Tour Adventure

Admission rates and show schedules are at the end of this post.

Then, it was time for the first show which was called A Walk in the Wild. It started with an Aeta guy who taught us the many uses of bamboo, particularly when trapped in the wilderness. He showed us how it can be fashioned into a cooking implement, eating utensils, ear and nose cleaning tool. Lastly, he taught us how to make a fire from it. I think he made the fire in less than 2 minutes.

Subic Day Tour Adventure

Then suddenly Moche was whispering that Arnel Pineda was on the house! Here is my best papparazzi shot:

Subic Day Tour Adventure

After the very educational bamboo lesson, we were shown a variety of animals that were trained to do some tricks. There was the civet, the eagle, cat, the dog. But I was most impressed with the bat. I never thought a bat could be taught some tricks!  Afterwards, they called for a volunteer who would tell the audience how a snake’s skin really feels.  So they had a girl blindfolded and she had to determine by touch which among three choices was a real snake.  It was really funny because she thought the snake was the Aeta’s arm!

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Next was the Dolphin Friends Show which, of course, features bottlenose dolphins and whales.  Okay, so we see dolphins and whales do their stuff on TV and in the movies.  But seeing them in person was just awesome.  I even found myself clapping like a two year old just watching them swim!  Here’s one of the videos that I took:


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After the dolphins and whales, was the Balancing Act with the African Acrobats.  The show started with some park performers and a mascot who lectured the audience on the importance of taking care of the environment, via singing and dancing.  I was a bit confused at first because the show was turning out to be a bit corny but I read several reviews that the Balancing Act was their favorite show.  Then the Kenyan acrobats entered the stage and all doubts were removed.


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The last show on the list was the Sea Lion Show.  Just like with the dolphins show, it was my first time to see trained sea lions.  They were taught all sorts of tricks like how to smile (which made them look like old people), how to stick out their tongue and even how to mimic the movements of the people in front of them.  Sea lions aren’t as cute as dolphins but they bring in their own charm into the show so it was still a success.

Subic Day Tour Adventure

The shows for the morning were over and we were already hungry.  But before we left, we checked out the small Discovery Aquarium where a few species of fish were exhibited.  The aquariums are not as many and big as those at the Ocean Park but at least the room was airconditioned!

Subic Day Tour Adventure

featuring: the stonefish

Tree Top Adventure

We had our lunch at Aristocrat where Arnel Pineda was also having lunch with his family.  Unfortunately, we were all chicken and we did not dare approach him and ask for a photo or, God forbid, an autograph.

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Then we headed to our next adventure:  Subic’s Tree Top Adventure.  I had very little idea what can be done at the Tree Top Adventure, save for what I saw when I watched the Amazing Race Philippines.  There was that episode where my former classmate Katherine Tan was repeatedly dropped from a tree whenever her partner, Marc Dungo, failed to correctly arrange the presidents of the Philippines.  That actually looked fun.  Hehe.

Subic Day Tour Adventure

After the mandatory briefing, the six of us all selected Package G, which included the Superman Ride, the Silver Surfer and the Interactive Free Fall.  The boys (some after a bit of cajoling) and I also went to try the Parachute Fall while Candy and Jam opted for the Canopy Ride instead.

Packages and rates are at the end of this post.

The Parachute Ride consists of this 25 feet contraption where an adrenaline junkie is hoisted up, up and up before being suddenly dropped into the welcoming arms of a safety net and a lumpy mattress.  Of course, before reaching the net and the mattress, the fall slows down and the harness will be hoisted up again, for the second time.  The process will be repeated but the second time will be less surprising but not less painful.  Yup, the harness was the really tricky part.  It cuts into the groin despite the denim pants (or, in my case, shorts) and makes the whole thing uncomfortable.  I was welcoming the second drop if only to relieve myself of the discomfort for a few seconds.  And yes, I was glad when it was over.


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After my first shot at shaking off my newly acquired acrophobia, we ventured to the Interactive Free Fall.  The name itself is already funny.  I mean, how can free fall be interactive, right?  Well, the way they do it, they strap you in a harness and let you hang (or just stand on this bar) while they drop you five times.  I was really nervous at first and with the sun shining directly into my face, I squeezed my eyes shut during the first fall.  But when I felt the slowness of the drop, I opened my eyes and Moche and I started commenting on how the whole thing was “wala lang“, like we were not feeling any thrill.


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Next in line was the Superman Ride.  It’s your standard zip-line of 140 meters long while being suspended 100 meters from the ground. The rider has to do the whole ride while on a prone position.  Doing it backwards looked really weird but I unexpectedly had the most rush doing it that way.

 

Last, and probably the least, was the Silver Surfer which requires two riders, facing each other and an option to rock the ride back and forth.


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By my standards, most of the rides seemed pretty mild (to moderate).  But for those of the fainter heart, they are already on the extreme.  The lady we found on the Interactive Free Fall was really screaming her head off and I was afraid she’d pass out.  Still, I really felt safe the whole time.  The machines and harnesses (except for that lumpy mattress) looked new and solid and the staff looked pretty efficient.  It was a shame that we arrived late and no longer had the time and energy (and courage?) to try the Rapelling.  It looked like it was the most extreme of them all.

Until next time, Subic.  ^___^

***photos and videos were taken using iPhone5 and Samsung Note 2

April 6, 2013

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Subic Day Tour Expenses

  • P1700 full tank
  • P50     Nichols exit toll fee
  • P45     Dau exit toll fee
  • P168   SCTEX toll fee
  • P22     SCTEX toll fee
  • P550   Ocean Adventure entrance fee per head
  • P85     Corn dog with fries kiddie meal at the Ilanin Restaurant
  • P2530 Lunch at Aristocrat
  • P650   Package G at the Tree Top Adventure
  • P250   Parachute
  • P22     SCTEX toll fee
  • P168   SCTEX toll fee
  • P218   NLEX toll fee

Ocean Adventure Rates

    • Admission
        • Adult:  P550
        • Child/Senior Citizen:  P440
    • Animal Encounter Programs
        • Beach Encounter:  P2,800
        • Swim Encounter:  P4,200
        • Animal Trainer Adventure:  P5,980
        • Dive Encounter:  P4,760

Ocean Adventure Park Schedule  (Park Hours:  9am-6pm daily)

  1. Walk on the Wild Side (Eco Theater) 
      1. 10:15 am
      2. 02:00 pm
      3. 03:30 pm
  2. Dolphin Friends Show (El Capital Theater)
      1. 11:00 am
      2. 04:15 pm
  3. Balancing Act with the African Acrobats (Sea Side Stadium)
      1. 11:45 am
      2. 02:45 pm
  4. Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show ((Sea Lion Point Stadium)
      1. 12:30 pm
      2. 05: 15 pm
  • Sea Lion Photo Encounter
      • 09:30 am
      • 01:00 pm
      • 04:00 pm
  • Dolphin Photo Encounter
      • 11:30 am
      • 02:30 pm
      • 04:45pm

Tree Top Adventure Packages:

Package A:  P400
– Canopy Ride
– Trekking Adventure
– Basic Survival Demo

Package B:  P500
– Canopy Ride
– Superman Ride

Package C:  P600
– Canopy Ride
– Superman Ride
– Trekking Adventure
– Basic Survival Demo

Package D:  P550
– Canopy Ride
– Trekking Adventure
– Basic Survival Demo
– Tree Drop Adventure

Package E:  P620
– Canopy Ride
– Tree Drop Adventure
– Superman Ride

Package F:  P720
– Canopy Ride
– Trekking Adventure
– Basic Survival Demo
– Tree Drop Adventure
– Superman Ride

Package G:  P650
– Superman Ride
– Silver Surfer
– Interactive Free Fall

Package H:  P1,120
– Canopy Ride
– Trekking Adventure
– Basic Survival Demo
– Tree Drop Adventure
– Superman Ride
– Silver Surfer
– Interactive Free Fall

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

2 Comments:

  1. Great blog about things to do in Philippines. I am from India but other eastern destinations like Thailand and Malaysia are more popular but i think Philippines can also come up as a great destination. Looking forward to visit it.

    • Yes, the Philippines has a lot to offer, particularly when it comes to ecotourism. Hopefully in the coming years, we can become even more popular than other countries when it comes to traveling in South East Asia.

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