I've spent most of the past two weeks in and around Manila, hanging out and catching up with family in the area. I'd been hoping to see a new part of the Philippines, and so on Thursday we decided to head northwest out of metro Manila to spend the day in and around Subic Bay. We decided on Subic for a couple of reasons: proximity, general lack of traffic, and the fact that I'd heard it was a good area for birding, so it must have some decent undeveloped areas. When I was looking the area up online, there was actually a lot less information that I anticipated for people who are interested in hiking, seeing wildlife, and enjoying the unimproved outdoors. After reading up on the few activities advertised online like Zoobic and Tree Top Adventure, we decided to play it by ear and figure out a game plan upon arrival.
We left Manila around 6 AM to avoid as much traffic as possible, heading north on the NLEX, with great morning views of Mt. Arayat along the way. In San Fernando we caught the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) east to the SCTEX at Dinalupihan. We got in to Subic around 8:30 AM, having made great time for most of the trip.
We spent most of the day driving around the area enjoying the scenery around us, snapping photos, and enjoying several activities:
For more on these topics, the photography tab of this website contain several photos from this trip.