The protected waters of Subic Bay in Zambales, a deep natural harbor surrounded by majestic highlands, makes it an ideal area to safely enjoy a range of water sports. The Lighthouse Marina Resort, in partnership with Networx Jet Sports, offers jet skis, banana boat, bandwagon, parasailing, flyboard and other water-based activities, making Subic Bay a Mecca for water sports in the Philippines.
During our visit to the elegantly designed resort, I tried riding the jet ski and inflatable banana boat and bandwagon, as well as more relaxing water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding. Due to coast guard restrictions, however, only a limited portion of the bay can be explored. The jet-powered rides were nonetheless exhilarating. We zipped around the calm bay, punctuated by the incongruous sight of naval ships and container cranes, plus a stunning backdrop of the Zambales mountain range.
Capped by a 30-meter lighthouse, The Lighthouse is a boutique beach hotel that provides transient residence to business executives, as well as tourists who frequent the former American naval base more for its sailing and eco-tourism than its commercial aspects. A distinguished landmark in the freeport area, the Italiante-style hotel was designed by prominent Filipino architect and urban planner, Felino A. Palafox, Jr.
The Lighthouse Marina Resort
Lighthouse Drive, Central Business District, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, Philippines
Tel. +63 47 2525000 or +63 47 2527545; Manila toll-free number: +63 2 7110019
Networx Jet Sports
Waterfront Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales, Philippines
Tel. +63 47 252 3469; Manila: +63 2 4044784
This trip was made possible through Lakbay Norte 4, a media trip held from January 29 to February 1, 2015, and organized by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB), a non-stock, non-profit organization spearheaded by the Manila North Tollways Corporation, builder and concessionaire of the North Luzon Expressway.
Fly to Manila from abroad or across the Philippines on Philippine Airlines – your home in the sky. Subic Bay Freeport Zone is located 110 km north of Metro Manila.