You read that right. The biggest floating playground in Asia is in the country. The inflatable island can be found in Subic Bay, 80 miles west of Manila. The Inflatable Island is over 4,100 sqm or equals the size of 8 basketball courts placed side by side.
The playground that is placed above the water has something for everyone, a range of slides, swings, bridges and human launchers. It can be a bit challenging even for adults who don’t actually have an active lifestyle. A whole day out in the playground can leave your muscles sore the following day. And in case you’re wondering, they can allow children to enter but there is a height limit.
The playground at the time we visited in February was a set of brightly colored inflatables in orange, blue and white. Even the lounge was a sudden splash of colors lying in the creamy brown sands of the beach.
Now though, it seems they have changed some parts of the playground and added a super dreamy section that is obviously inspired by a mythical creature that we love — unicorns! Rainbow colors, giant unicorns, the beach and the skies as your backdrop.. Just how perfect is that for your Instagram feed? 🙂
The activities include a 4 hr package in the inflatable island. They have a couple of packages and schedules and you have to book ahead to secure your slot. It can get fully booked days ahead so you got to plan your trip carefully.
Basically, their packages are based on the number of hours that you want to stay at the floating playground but whatever pass you get, you can already stay the whole day at the adjacent beach called Samba Resort. Once you have chosen your package, you can then choose a time slot in the inflatable playground.
All these packages already allows you to enjoy the Samba beach, Bali inspired lounge and the floating zoo for the whole day. You’ll find more information and book your pass at their website.
Things to note:
1 | Height requirement for kids
Participants are required to be at least 3 feet. Children that are within 3 feet to 4 feet are required to have an adult guardian at all times while in the playground.
2 | Bringing in food and drinks
This is strictly prohibited. There are however snack bars in the lounge.
3 | Storage and security
You don’t have to worry about theft or misplacing your things around the beach. There are lockers available for rent.
4 | Are life jackets provided?
These are provided upon entering the floating playground. You are not allowed to enter without wearing it and are neither allowed to take it off while still inside the playground.
How to get there?
Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines
Parking here is free but it’s on a first-come-first-serve basis.
By public transportation
- If coming from Manila: In Cubao, ride one of the buses that head to Olongapo or Iba, Zambales then ask the driver to drop you off at Samba Resort or at Inflatable Island
- If you’re dropping off at Olongapo, you can then ride a jeepney and tell the drive that you are alighting at Samba Resort or Inflatable Island.
By private vehicle
- Take NLEX then SCTEX
- Exit at Subic Bay Freeport Zone then take a right to Rizal Highway
- Take a left at Burgos St. and go right to Canal Rd. Go straight until Dewey Ave.
- Take the exit at Kalaklan Gate, the signs there also say it is the route to Zambales. Turn left and in a few minutes you’ll see Samba Bluewater Resort.
- You’ll find the Inflatable Island inside Samba Resort.
Alternatively, you can use the Waze app. If you use Google Maps, you can click the arrow on the map above then choose ‘get directions.’ That’s it!
Where to stay in Subic?
Here some options that are categorized by the budget:
Luxury hotels | The Lighthouse Marina Resort, Best Western Plus Hotel
Mid-range | Grand Hoyah Hotel, Sun Plaza Subic Hotel, Mansion Garden Hotel
Budget hotels | Rainbowland Hotel, Cherry Midtown Hotel, Cindy Kelly Hotel
If you prefer homestays, you can book via Airbnb. You can use this link to register and receive $22 in travel credits.
Have fun in Subic!
Photo credits: Inflatable Island, mjdc_924, led.longasa, abiventures