For countless centuries, Subic Bay was well known as a deep secure harbour. Seeing Subic Bay’s possibilities, the Spaniards utilised the bay as a port to guard and maintain the Philippines as a part of their empire in the 17th century.
In 1885, it was built into a naval base that employed the safe harbours and natural resources.
Following their triumph over the Spaniards in 1898, a naval restore and supply base in Subic Bay was set up by the Americans. It was only reachable by sea until 1932 when the zigzag roads were opened linking Subic Bay and Olongapo to the rest of the Philippines.
The Japanese bombed Subic Bay in the early 1940’s and was held by them till the Usa took back the Philippines in 1945. The naval base was returned to the control of the Usa. The two invasions by the Japanese and Americans created a number of bombed or scuttled naval ships in Subic Bay. Scuba divers from around the world are now taking pleasure in these wrecks in their underwater graveyards.
Control and upkeep of Subic naval base remained under the Usa in spite of the Philippines gaining their independence. The United states was given 99 years free access of the area via an agreement signed between the Philippines and Us. With the outbreak of the Vietnam War, Subic Bay grew to become a strategic location in the maintenance of a strong Us presence in Asia.
In 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo coated Olongapo and Subic Bay with nearly half a metre of ash. After the Senate of the Philippines turned down the renewal of the Us bases treaty in 1992, the Subic Bay Freeport was set up after the last of the American naval ships completed its pullout of forces.
Since then, Subic Bay Freeport Zone has now grown into a well-known financial, business and traveller hub. It is thriving with world class places to eat and duty-free shopping.
Subic Bay is nestled in Zambales Province on the west coastline of Luzon a hundred and twenty km’s north of Manila. Mountains with abundant jungles bound its coastal location. Mountains with lush packed jungles, perfect for trekking, encircle the coastal region. The bay cuts out straight into the South China Sea.
Subic Bay brags of intriguing wreck dives. It is home to an amazing combination of wrecks. The six wreck locations have an average depth of 45 ft.
Subic Bay showcases its rainforest and a white sand beach. Its world-class amenities, which include a marina, hotels, yacht club, food shops and shopping arcades, are supported by Philippine tourism. An international airport is an additional attraction.