REVIEWS OF HOTELS & RESORTS ON BALOY BEACH
SUBIC BAY PHILIPPINES:
Treasure Island swimming pool on the Beach at Subic Bay
ANGELES TO SUBIC BAY:
This is where the beaches are and nice resorts 90 minutes from Angeles. However compared to Thailand, Subic Bay beaches are not up to International standards and they do pump sewerage into the sea with no signs eg ( bungalows next door to Blue Rock) so we do not recommend Subic Bay for swimming purposes????There are a few Hotel in the area of Bloy Long Beach if you can call it a beach like Harleys, Sheavens Seafront resort, Wild Orchid but remember they are no good for swimming or sun bathing really. No deck chairs on the beaches here unlike Pattaya.
You can catch the Victory bus cheap 120P or Minibus 130P or either Fly the Bus or the Southern Cross Hotel Bus @ 500P which leaves Angeles from the BRASS KNOB HOTEL 440 21st St, Don Juico Ave Clarkeville, Angeles City ( 045-892-5475 run by a nice Australian couple Roy and Tess. Bus leaves at 9am for Subic Bay the 9 minute Bus trip.Cost is 500P. (600P from Angeles to manila but better and cheaper to catch a minibus or Bus around 100-130P). Just book in your hotel for the bus trip and the van will pick you up and deliver you to the bus Hotel.SOUTHERN CROSS HOTEL IS IN 1122 M.H. Del Pilar St. Ermita, Manila Tel: (02)521-2013 Fax (02) 525-5371 website: www.southerncrosshotel.com and they can take you to the airport in Manila for 350P.
Fly the Bus leaves Angeles -Subic 10am Mon-Wed-Fri-Sun from Swagman Resort to any Hotel in Subic Bay. The return journey Subic to Angeles leaves at 12.30pm from Swagman Travel office to the Swagman Resort in Angeles but they will pick you up. Can take you right to your Hotel so its convenient and the road to Subic is a tollway in excellent order. For more info on Subic Bay [ Hotels & Subic info ] BUSES AND MINIBUSES : These are ok as well and easy to catch and cheaper. Just remember the RABIT BUS LINE OR VICTORY BUS LINE or the Star Busline and the buses are in excellent condition and a whole lot cheaper than FLy the Bus or the Southern Cross which I think are Aussie owned. eg 210P from Manila to Angeles or from Angeles to Subic Bay 130P on the minibusline
The Vitory liner Bus depot in Subic. Cheap and you can get a good air con bus to Manila 3 hours away]
cheap. Mini bus leave next door for 130P to Angeles.
Wild Orchid Resort (formerly the Zanzibar Hotel), Baloy Beach.
There are many hotels, resorts, apartments, guesthouses in Subic Bay but the most convenient for the average traveller is the WILD ORCHID OR THE BLUE ROCK HOTEL or HARLEYS or TREASURE ISLAND all on the coast a stones throw from each other. Blue Rock owners are Australian and they have a good business here but lack WIFI internet in the rooms???only have in the restaurnat area. Treasure Island has WIFI as does Wild orchid and Harleys . The beach small with grey sand but its OK for RnR and you don't see deck chairs like Pattaya beaches but its good sandy sea beaches and better than Pattaya for that. The views are of the ships anchored ready to come into port but its OK & popular the Island and Blue Rock have a floating bar where you go out on a raft to drink on the floating raft. All have good meals in true Aus fashion but you dont get drinks with breakfast which is unlike Thailand. The rooms are excellent as is the Hawaiian staff?? decor. The buses will drop you right outside the door at any Hotel you choose but their are all apartments and Apellettes you can stay if you want cheaper digs. . Another Hotel at the back of this is the HARLEY BAR & HOTEL which is UK/Swedish management: Baloy long Beach, Barrio Barretto, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines 2200. Tel/fax: (+63) 472246922 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or website: www.harleyspub.com
so take your choice on what you want.
You can choose any apartments and cottages if you like.They have road and seaplane transport that can be arranged from Manila.They are famous for their pasta and have wireless internet ad 18 rooms so may pay to book in season.
The Blue Rock:SUBIC BAY:
BLUE ROCK is also on Baloy Beach, Bo Baretto, Olongapo City, Philippines Tel: (047) 224-9042 or email@example.com
Run by Aussie Murry Domb & a couple of other Aussies has 24 hour bar and restaurant and the rooms are Ok, clean with fridge, TV aircon and this Hotel is popular but the 5star Hotel is across the road called the Wild orchid also Australian owned but slightly upmarket. Blue Rock Rooms start at 1200P and for the rear rooms delux 1545P then 2200P if you want a seaside room its a quiet place and popular with the local expats and travellers as are the others. TV channels include CNN, BBC, Bloomberg etc and they do have stocked fridge but check the price as cheaper to always drink ourside. Meals are OK but all over 200P for breakfast and they have a daily BBQ. No travel shop and WIRELESS INTERNET in the restaurant is FREE if you want to be online and good coverage at 36kbps. Theres internet at the Harley Pub and also Wild Orchid but you will find most Hoptels have wireless now. The Blue Rock beach is small not worth trying to sunbath and they dont have deck chairs but its a good view of Subic if you like to look at ships anchored and they have a bar on raft which is popular that you can go out to; jet skis, etc.but swiom at your peril as the local govt doesn't care about puttin sewerage into the bay. In true Aussie style again the meals are hard to beat but a lot dearer than Pattaya counterparts but the buses will take you direct to the Blue Rock apart from the local ones but you can hop on ajblue jeepney and they will drop you off for 12P at the highway corner (a sidecar taxi will then take you to the Hotel for 25P or you can wlak the 5 min walk. It may pay to book and lets face it bring your mobile as simm cards only cost 30-40P and you can top up on 100P to phone overseas etc so no big deal here if you want to change or get another hotel or travel..
Food wise great meals but they never give you a free tea, coffee or even water in the deal but you can ask for a glass of water which is Ok and doggy bag to take home if you want. You never even see FREE water in your Hotel rooms in the Philippines so you pay for what you see. Don't expect FREE like in Thailand Pattaya Samui etc and the beaches in Subic Bay are crap-- better if you want good beaches to go to Boracay or Cebu but NOT here. We interviewed a few ex Pattaya ites who said they would never go back to Subic but Ok for 1 day or 2 only as not much to do apart from staring at the ships in the port??? drinking and getting fat. The sea is full of plastic, polystyrene but the majority filipinos don't care as they live in pretty much squalour anycase & they say subic is still toixic after wastes left by the US armed forces. Remember Philippines is still a third world country and the rich families run the place and basically do what they like and stuff the rest. Remember Marcos & the $$$ he stached away for himself or ex PM Estrada or even Sukarno Indonesia-- same thing.
FISHEMANS BASKET AT THE BLUE ROCK: for 400P you get small mussels, crumbed fish,fries, calamari rings, prawns--no side salad or drinks which is a downer unlike Thailand mains no crab but you can ask for cold water in a glas for free. The mussles are small here & fish is OK. eg Blue Rock is OK--(OK we are in Pattaya) but its Hotel food. For inexpensive Mexican food [ Try Mikes Tacos ] on Baloy Beach Rd.just 1 minute from Blue Rock & cheap breakfasts. bacon & eggs with toast 100P.
Bring just light clothes and buy what you need here. Its cheap to buy clothes and ypou can buy Cialis etc on the streets of Angeles. Angeles is a bit of a dump really as its a bar place but Ok if youre single and looking for someone special but nothing like Pattaya Thailand which is tops on most things.
For BARS ETC GO TO [ BANGKOKGO ] website coming soon and we have more info on Subic Bay.
Try the jeepneys if going into town from the Blue Rock or Wild Orchid or Treasure Island Hotels/Resorts. The small sidecars cost 25P to get to the main road and the trip into town is only 12P. Subic Bay is a rip off place at the Hotels really and the beaches are not as good as Thailand. In fact about 10 metres behind the jetskis based at the Blue Rock the sewer runs right into the sea from cottages next door and theres lots of plastic in the water probably due to the rivers being choked with plastic bags & you name it waste. Swerage is a bad problem in Subic and Philippines in general & the authorities only care in making money like Marcos??? & his misses. For a couple of days Ok go to Subic but theres better places to spend your time in the Philippines if you want good beaches like [ CEBU ] . Have a look at the rivers and klongs in Subic and that will make your mind up about swimming at the resorts????
Subicwater Co. discharges raw sewage from the Central Business District into Subic Bay from an outfall located on the bottom of the Bay, eighty feet under the surface, directly offshore from the Chamber office. Subicwater will not build a sewage treatment plant to treat the raw sewage it is now dumping into the Bay even in 2009. Subicwater is obliged to invest and construct a main central sewerage treatment plant in SBMA to eliminate sewage outfalls to Subic Bay and it's been 11 years in operation and nothing has been done--warning to swimmers. Check this video out:
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