Zoobic-Ocean Adventure

Zoobic Safari

Spent two days at Subic, Zambales to visit the much talked about Zoobic Safari and at the same time checked out Ocean Adventure. My expectations for Zoobic was high considering that I just visited Avilon Zoo in Montalban, Rizal. Zoobic's Pot Belied PigZoobic Safari is a 25 hectare land which is part of Subic Freeport Zone’s jungle forest attraction. Zoobic safari has several completed attractions and additional under construction attractions that were recently opened to attract more visitors. Among these attractions is the Zoobic Park, a petting area where several animals are located. However, due to the recent typhoon Milenio, the park was badly damaged. A number of big trees were uprooted and several animals escaped from captivity and are nowhere to be found within the Zoobic vicinity.

The park is a good 20-30 minutes walk with an assigned  tour guide explaining the different species that still can be found inside the park. Most of the animals left inside the zoo after the typhoon were the same animals that I saw in Avilon Zoo.

Aside from the park there was also the Serpentarium (snakes and reptiles), Savannah (freely roaming ostriches and pot bellied pigs), Croco-Loco (100 plus crocodiles from Palawan) Close encounters with Cowhead-milk-fed tigers in captivity and the Animal Bone museum.

100_1854.jpgOf course, a visit to Zoobic would not be complete without going to the Tiger Safari area where a number of tigers are freely roaming around. However, the tigers did not pay attention to our arrival since I did not bring them some dressed chicken for snack. The closest I could get from the tigers was a few feet away. I took some pictures, the tigers stared at me blankly then continued resting. Good enough for me, since I don’t want to spare a few hundred bucks for some over-priced chicken just for the thrill of getting an inch-away encounter with those snob tigers.

So, that not-so-exciting Tiger Safari visit ends my trip to Zoobic. If not for the real-jungle-feel setting of Zoobic, I would prefer Avilon Zoo for Zoobic. But then, the jungle-like-forest athmosphere of Zoobic adds excitement to the trip. If you don’t mind sparing a few hundreds worth of gasoline, then go visit Zoobic. Otherwise, you can visit Avilon Zoo to save a few hundreds worth of expenses.

But to maximize your travel time and gas money, you might as well visit Ocean Adventure which is 15 minutes away from Zoobic. While in Ocean Adventure make sure to watch the sea lion, dolphin and false killer whale show. These creatures are more intelligent than the ones featured in Hong Kong (a friend confirmed this fact). Want proof? Watch Thalia, the intelligent sea lion!

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  • adomika

    IT’S UGLY!!!I’m a Filipino mayself and of course would love to recommend tourism in our country. However, putting animals in captivity is just pure cruelty. I wonder where they got the dolphins and how long they traveled. I remember the story told by one of the crews about the whales DYING in the captivity, not even able to start a show. that’s their own way of suicide due to stress.STOP WATCHING DOLPHIN AND WHALE SHOWS. You’re killing them. Rather, I would like to invite tourists to real nature in the Philippines, like Palawan or Bohol or Camarines Sur.
    Watch the documentary “the Cove” and you’ll see: http://www.takepart.com/thecove

  • adomika

    I’m a Filipino mayself and of course would love to recommend tourism in our country. However, putting animals in captivity is just pure cruelty. I wonder where they got the dolphins and how long they traveled. I remember the story told by one of the crews about the whales DYING in the captivity, not even able to start a show. that’s their own way of suicide due to stress.STOP WATCHING DOLPHIN AND WHALE SHOWS. You’re killing them. Rather, I would like to invite tourists to real nature in the Philippines, like Palawan or Bohol or Camarines Sur.
    Watch the documentary “the Cove” and you’ll see: http://www.takepart.com/thecove

  • danie

    Is it safe to bring a two year old?

  • http://mattscradle.com christian

    As I remember there is still animal shows. :-)
    My Zoobic Safari Experience

  • http://mattscradle.com adam

    Yes they still have animal show. I want to share the latest happenings in Zoobic Safari.
    Zoobic Safari experience

  • http://www.1eyedsnake.info buracho

    Do they still have animal show?

  • FilOz

    December 30, 2009, sorry =) not January

  • FilOz

    Had a great time in Zoobic with my husband and two little ones. People at the hotel were nice and the tour was worth it. I must say I’d want to go back again.
    Funny though because we had a very unpleasant experience not with the staff nor the animals (I’m glad) but with another guest. They go by the name “Domingo” is all I know, they were a group of 20. This was in January 30, 2009 btw. This elderly lady(must be around my Mom’s age late 50′s if not early 60′s) who was shockingly rude in the train ride to the safari trip. To cut a long story short, even the tour guide and the other people we went around with were shocked about her attitude. The group decided to skip the rest of the tour after the incident which was much better for us. She was calling me a “B**ch” and all just because I reminded her that the seats in the train were made for 4 people only (as the tour guide mentioned earlier in the tour) There was myself, my husband and my two kids. Initially they were not in the same train as us but somehow during the latter part of the tour their group changed trains and all wanted to be together. She was telling one of their companion to sit next to my son (words were sumiksik ka nalang diyan) without even asking me or my husband if it was okay. I just told her that there were already 4 on our seat and then… she just turned into a monster. Calling names, mimiking the way I speak (her not knowing I am an Australian citizen-and we do sound funny to non-aussies ) saying things about the brand of clothes I had on. My husband was so upset he pretended to strangle her from behind.. hahaha!! that was so funny actually because my husband is such a serious man being in the military and all. The whole train reacted.. we just laughed. My son cold not forget that lady. He told me when we went back to the car that “mommy, that lady was bad. She upset me while I was in the train” My poor boy, did not get upset with the wild animals but had a bad moment with this lady who led the “DOMINGO GROUP OF 20 WHO LIVES IN PARANAQUE” Unforgetable experience. Never the less, we had a great time. Go visit Zoobic, you wont regret it. Just beware of the Domingo Lady!! hahaha.. Enjoy your trip

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  • erica

    question, is ocean park and zoobic open on holidays? like christmas/new years?

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  • dethrie

    Hi Algie can you please give us the details on how to go to ocean adventure thru commute

  • http://alnor.wordpress.com/ algie

    Yes, There are taxis and bus there that can help you to get to anywhere you want. I am living in Olongapo City, its a nice place, if you go there you I am very sure you will love to go back there.

  • ghie

    Hi my family is planning to go to Subic this month and we’re only going to commute, is there a taxi or public transport avail. from Zoobic Safari to Ocean Adventure? Then from Ocean Adv. to the main gate of Subic Freeport? And is it possible to see these 2 places in only a day and then go back to Manila in the afternoon?

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  • bonjing

    This animals are living in very poor conditions and I pity them. They shouldn’t be housed in these small and solitary environments. These zoos should never be patronized and the animals should be returned to their natural habitats. It’s too bad that a number of oppotunistic individuals are exploiting these animals for their own financial gain.

    Very sad.

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