Dylan Evans is a Tasmanian born triathlete who is lucky enough to travel the world to compete in his sport, and enjoys sharing his adventures with you.
On April 22nd, 2015, I was fortunate enough to board a flight to the Philippines, a place that had a WOW factor. My adventure begun when we flew into Manila International Airport. Luckily we had arranged transportation to make the journey to Subic Bay, which was definitely needed considering we were picked up at 9PM and we made it to our hotel by 2AM in the morning. All though the trip was long the energy of the group whilst driving through one of the most condensed cities in the world was electrifying. In the first hour we traveled a total of 4km whilst trying to maneuver our way through small street markets and road construction.
The following days in Subic Bay were spent checking out the town and preparing for the race. The bay and the surrounding mountains were beautiful and were a photographer’s paradise especially at sunrise. Each day I ventured out into the town checking out the local market stalls and mingling with the locals. There were plenty of bargains to be found and bartering the prices down made it all the more fun.
I was in Subic Bay to race however any water sports make for a fun time on the beach. The area is also known for its fantastic scuba diving with the water crystal clean (and warm). As the days came to an end the nights begun. The city literally never sleeps, we walked for hours on end just absorbing the culture and way of life. If you would rather travel by transportation a ride on a pretty unique bus (!) or on a tut tut motorbike is a must for no more than $1.
Subic Bay has some unique history with it being an ex U.S. shipping port and if you are there at the right time it’s not uncommon to see a Naval ship docked or soldiers practicing their parachuting out of the big jumbo planes. Not far from the center of the town you can venture out into the hills to a treetops adventure, which is great to see some of the wildlife and soar above the forests.
If planning a holiday into Manila it’s definitely worth spending a few extra days in Subic Bay and the road trip is a great way to see the country side of the Philippines.