Zambales is known for many great beaches and coves. Anawangin, Nagsasa, Talisayen and Silaguin just to name a few but there’s a recent craze in Olongapo that is starting to gain a lot of attention not because of the pristine water nor the powdery sand that most beach lovers are looking for but because of its unique attraction that will give you a valid reason to act like a child again! The Inflatable Island is one of the latest tourist destinations in Subic and is dubbed as the biggest floating playground not just in the country but in Asia! Expanding at 3,400 sqm in size, Inflatable Island is as huge as 8 basketball courts if you put them together side by side.
The first time I saw this attraction in TV and after seeing being featured in many blogs, I got very eager to find ways on how to get here and I was lucky enough to find O’La Malaya Adventures through a travel group hosting a one-time event to Inflatable Island in Subic. I immediately grabbed that opportunity and I’m glad that I became part of their team as we all had a great blast! It was just few hours drive from Manila to Subic.
We took the 2-hour Pass and as what it connotes, we will be given two sharp hours of playtime in the Inflatable Island and that was actually good enough to try and explore all the activities and courses in the floating playground. As soon as we entered their main facility, we are warmly welcomed by their colorful Bali-inspired lounge. The Bali Lounge is actually one of their interesting attractions next to their huge floating playground which is located just few meters away from the shore.
The huge inflatable playground is floating on top of the sea with depth level ranging from 4ft to 20ft and even though everyone is provided with a high quality life vest, precautionary measures should still be applied. Before entering the playground, a brief orientation will be held to educate the visitors of the rules that should be strictly applied when entering the Inflatable Island. Here are some of the things I learned during the Orientation
►Wear proper swimming clothes. Shorts and shirts with buttons, zippers and any sharp objects will not be allowed in the playground (rush guards, swimsuits and board shorts are highly recommended)
►Earrings, bracelets, watches and any related accessories will not be allowed either. You can rent a locker space for Php50-Php100 to store your things though
►Do not attempt to swim under the inflatables (there will be an overwhelming amount of life guards in almost every playing station but you still have to be extra careful)
►You are allowed to bring phones,action cam, selfiesticks, monopods and digicams on the playground but they strongly encouraged you to bring floaters and waterproof because the Inflatable Island will not be liable for the lost or damages for your gears.
The Bali Lounge
Take note that you cannot just enter the playground immediately. The playground can only accommodate a specific number of visitors at a time so visitors are being grouped (depends on the time of their arrival). Therefore, you have to wait for your batch before entering the floating playground. Interestingly, you can spend your time waiting on their Bali-inspired lounge. I haven’t been to Bali so I cannot really compare but what you can see here are bunch of colorful umbrellas and cute and colorful bean bags.
My apology for that very serious face but this one was a candid shot haha (credit to Ms Yohan Revilla Ola). It was also not my attention to match my clothes with the bean bags around me haha. Anyway, I would like to note that there is a “First come first serve” policy in their Bali Lounge but in case all were occupied, they still got many umbrellas and tables nearby the lounge.
Extra Umbrellas outside the lounge. You can also spot a stage nearby (possibly for concerts or entertainments and other special events). Food stalls can also be spotted nearby the lounge! The food are not really that pricey but in case you want to bring your own, take note that they have a Corkage Fee of Php500 for 1-7 pax
Tables and chairs that you can actually use for free. Clinic Station can also be spotted nearby
The Locker Area
Huge showers and comfort rooms
The Floating Playground!
This is the area where you can claim your life vest. Life vests were distributed for FREE and they are all high in quality. The crew can assist you in wearing them.
Just in case that the 2 Hour Pass is not enough for you, the Samba Beach is actually open for all visitors for free! (except for the cottages though)
Time to enter the Playground!
To give you an idea how huge this floating playground is, here’s a map showing all the obstacles.
I was actually expecting for a floating zoo but we only spotted 4 or five animal lifebuoys in the area
The entrance to the playground! This is where the fun begins! The idea of that 20ft deep water freaks me out but I was confident with my vest so I was not that worried at all.
I am not sure if the provider of this Inflatables are the same people behind the Inflatable playground in Club Balai Isabel in Batangas.
The playground could be very shaky and you really have to balance yourself, otherwise, you will fall. Don’t worry, lifeguards are there to lift you up!
Small jumping pillow!
One of the most challenging obstacles in Inflatable Island is the Rock Climbing. Climbing up is not just the challenge here but you also have enough courage to jump off from the top!
Of course, I was able to do so…..
I literally forced myself to jump as the guy behind me is already making faces haha
The Sunny Slide (just look at the map for your reference)
There’s the human launcher
Here’s how the Human launcher works. Someone should swim through the tip of the launcher and someone should also climb the Sunny slide and jump to the other end of the launcher
The jungle bars
The Happy Swing
The two hour pass is actually good enough to explore the entire playground. The Giant Tarzan swing is one of their main attraction (you can spot them all in my video blog below). One thing I really appreciate here is the fact that this place will sure bring out your inner childhood. It will definitely give you a valid reason to act like you are a child again. It is a perfect way to unwind and help you forget your problems even just in few hours. It might be very tiring to surpass all those obstacles but every second you spend in this playground is truly worth it. The fun that the obstacles bring and the bonding you can build with your friends cannot be measured by any amount. Spending Php700 for two hours can be very pricey for many (believe me I am a frugal guy and I will have second thoughts of doing such) but the memories and the experience you can earn from here is just priceless!
Things You Should Know When Visiting Inflatable Island in Subic
►There are three set of packages you can avail from Inflatable Island; The Splash, The Spray and Soaked.
►Splash gives you a Two Hour Pass in the floating playground but a whole day on the beach. This package is worth 799 (walk-in Rate) and Php699 (if you booked online). Here’s the rate table for your reference
►All passes includes the whole day entry to Samba Beach, whole day use of the Floating Zoo and an access to the Bali Lounge
►Floating Zoo and Bali Lounge follows a First come First Serve policy
►Comfort and shower rooms can be used for free
►Lockers can be rented for Php50 to Php100
►Selfie Stick, Monopods, Action Cam, Cameras are allowed in the Playground (selfie stick and monopods can only be extend to a maximum of 1 ft)
►Proper dress code should be applied (check the rules above)
►Life vest are distributed for Free but should be returned after
►Food stalls are available (there’s also a Sari-sari store and a Souvenir shop nearby)
►The Parking is FREE but in a first come first serve basis as well
►Corkage fee is Php500 (good for 5-7 pax) [You can bring foods and just eat them on the parking lot haha that’s what we did]
►They offer discounts if you are more than 30 pax
How to Get to Inflatable Island
►Inflatable Island is located in Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales.
►If going via Public Transport: You can ride a transit bus bound to Olongapo City. Victory Liners in Cubao and Pasay offer such route. For Caviteños, Saulog Buses also offer Olongapo City route that will bring you to the city proper.
►Once you are in the city proper, ride a jeep and ask the driver to drop you off at Samba Bluewater Resort
Where To Stay in Subic
►Inflatble Island actually offered a bundle package with Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel with rates ranging from Php2,199 to Php2,899 per head. (check more info here)
►You can also check our list of affordable hotels in Subic and Olongapo thru TravelBookPh
We really had a blast and just when we thought that the fun is over, our tour organizers in Ola Malaya Adventure decided to take us to another interesting place. We had a quick side trip to Norzagaray, Bulacan. It is a small yet lesser known resort yet it has a very huge potential of becoming the next big attraction in Bulacan! I will post more about this awesome side trip in my next entry.
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