For many centuries, Subic Bay was established as a deep secure harbour. Seeing Subic Bay’s possibilities, the Spaniards used the bay as a port to protect and retain the Philippines as a portion of their empire in the seventeenth century.
In 1885, it was developed into a navy base that employed the safe harbours and natural resources.
Soon after their win over the Spaniards in 1898, a naval maintenance and supply base in Subic Bay was established by the Americans. It was just reachable by sea right up until 1932 when the zigzag highways were opened linking Subic Bay and Olongapo to the rest of the Philippines.
The Japanese people bombed Subic Bay in World War II and was held by them right up until the Yanks took back the Philippines in 1945. The naval base was returned to the command of the United states. The two invasions by the Japanese and Americans produced a quantity of bombed or scuttled naval boats in Subic Bay. Scuba divers from around the world are now taking pleasure in these wrecks in their underwater graveyards.
Control and preservation of Subic naval base continued under the Yanks regardless of the Philippines gaining their freedom. The Usa was given 99 years free access of the facility via an arrangement signed between the Philippines and Us. With the outbreak of the Vietnam War, Subic Bay started to be a strategic location in the servicing of a strong Us presence in Asia.
During 1991, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo blanketed Olongapo and Subic Bay with close to half a metre of volcanic ash. Right after the Senate of the Philippines turned down the renewal of the Usa bases treaty in 1992, the Subic Bay Freeport was started after the very last of the United states navy warships completed its pullout of forces.
Since then, Subic Bay Freeport Zone has now developed into a well-known economic, industrial and traveller hub. It is thriving with world class dining places and duty-free shopping.
Subic Bay is based in Zambales Province on the west coast of Luzon a hundred and twenty kilometres north of Manila. Mountains with lush jungles bound its coastal location. Mountains with lush dense jungles, suited for trekking, surround the coastal area. The bay cuts out towards the South China Sea.
Subic Bay brags of fascinating wreck dives. It is home to an extraordinary combination of wrecks. The 6 wreck sites have an average depth of 45 ft.
Subic Bay highlights its jungle and a white sand shore. Its world-class services, which include a marina, hotels, yacht club, food shops and shopping arcades, are supported by Philippine tourism. An international airport terminal is yet another attraction.