Ever since I came back to the Philippines early this year, I never really had the chance to visit the beach nor one of our glorious crystal blue waters due to my busy schedule — which is a bit harrowing because I did make it as my #1 item on my to-do list. So when the newest hit craze spot, Inflatable Island [link], messaged me and asked if I wanted to visit them to try their beach AND water playground, it was as if they knew that I was slacking off!
Hence, it was easy to say YES after that invitation, especially because it would also be my first time in trying such a thing — and also because Subic is one of those great weekend getaways from Manila. Speaking of which… what is Inflatable Island exactly?
If you wanna see my vlog recap of it, feel free to play the video below:
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It claims to be the BIGGEST floating water park in Asia and that sure is, because this 4,200 sqm of inflatable goodness is as big as 8 basketball courts put together side by side!
But it’s not all fun and games because it’s loaded with fun challenges and obstacles as well given its playground-like features that have a twist. So do expect an array of swings, trampolines, monkey bars, slides, wiggle bridges, ladders, ramps, and even a HUGE unicorn float!
To amp up the excitement even more, they have Instagrammable lounges where you can take all the photos that you want.
It might have become apparent to you now that this is like a place of fun that can be substituted for a workout — besides, after I spent a day here, my muscles were sore (so do exercise some restraint). Nevertheless, I enjoyed my time here and I would absolutely recommend it for you, your friends and/or family as a must-do trip this summer!.
» How much are the tickets or rate packages?
You can buy tickets on-the-spot when you arrive at Inflatable Island (limit of 250 people in total for walk-ins), however, you can SAVE up to 10% when you book online! It’s a lot better too so that you can save your spot in advance.
- Make sure that you arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time to make room for the sign-in process, safety instructions and life vest fitting.
- In my opinion, the Splash Pass is the best deal because 2 hours in the inflatable area is more than enough — even more so as a first-timer. Even if you won’t complete the whole course, I promise you, it can get a bit tiring — so the 2-hour time frame is just about right for all the water fun that you’ll need. The best time slot would be the 8AM or 4PM slot wherein the sun isn’t at its harshest. (If you pick the 4PM slot, you can arrive way before since the passes all grant a WHOLE DAY access to the beach and its lounges — but of course, it gives you access to the inflatables area within your time slot only).
- For those who are looking for unique eats, make sure to try their Roccoloco Bowls!
» The inclusions?
- Water fun both Unicorn and Inflatable Island
- Free to use the floating zoos and animal cabanas/floats
- Access to the adjacent Samba Beach
- Pink & Purple Bali Lounge
- Pink Jungle
- Sunflower Lounge
Coming with a big crowd? Check out their group packages.
Also, since space is limited at the lounges, it’s a first-come-first-serve basis. Otherwise, there are normal chairs and tables, especially by the restaurant/food area.
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◘◘ How can I get to Inflatable Island?
See my ‘Pre-Travel Guide’ below (after this section).
◘◘ Can kids come and play?
Sure thing! But take note that there’s a height requirement in order to play at the Inflatable Island and it’s 3.5 feet. Also, for younger kids within 3 to 4 feet, they require a 1:1 adult kid ratio to ensure their safety.
◘◘ Can I bring my own food and drinks?
Unfortunately, you can’t. But don’t fret, they have stalls near the lounges where you can buy food and drinks. (For Samba Beach area, they have a corkage fee that starts at Php 500 for 1-7 pax).
◘◘ How deep is the water? What if I can’t swim?
It’s about 4 to 20 feet, that’s why once you go to the inflatables, it’s a requirement for everyone to wear life vests, no matter if you’re good at swimming. Rest assured, they have tons of lifeguards who are on duty at the inflatables.
◘◘ Are life jackets free?
YES, they can only be used at the inflatables or water park area.
◘◘ Can I use a selfie stick while I’m on the inflatables?
They used to allow action cameras and cellphones, but due to recent cases wherein too many have been lost by accident at sea, it is no longer allowed. (I was able to bring along my GoPro though as of December 2019 even when this rule was implemented, so it might be up to the staff’s discretion).
◘◘ Are there lockers for storing my stuff?
Yes! Rental fee for the big lockers is Php 100 (half day) and Php 150 (whole day). As for the small lockers, it’s Php 50 (half day) and ₱100 (whole day).
◘◘ Is there a first aid area?
Yes, it’s right beside the spot where you will claim your life jacket. As I’ve also previously mentioned, there are a lot of lifeguards on the inflatable area; after all, ensuring everybody’s safety is Inflatable Island’s priority (apart from ensuring everybody’s enjoyment -wink-).
◘◘ We are a big group coming, are there discounts? Can we hold parties?
Check out their group packages. For more specialized requests, contact 0917 835 2665 at least 5 days in advance to your intended date. Rest assured there are bigger cabanas near the Inflatable Island that can be occupied by your group.
◘◘ What should I wear once I’m on the Inflatable Island itself?
Swimsuits, board shorts, bikinis, speedos, etc. can be worn. But they do HIGHLY recommend the use of rash guards and/or swim leggings to prevent sunburn and rashes — besides, this is a slip and slide adventure! Additionally, make sure that you’re not wearing anything with buttons, zippers, or any sharp objects. This also includes earrings, watches, or rings since it might damage the inflatable floats. Once you’re on shore, naturally, you may wear whatever you desire!
[box_title class=”” subtitle=”” subtitle_font_size=”15″ font_size=”23″ border_color=”#ed2665″ animation_delay=”0″ font_alignment=”center” border=”around” animate=”” ]Pre-Travel Guide[/box_title]
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Complete address: Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines
Contact number and email: [email protected] / 0917 150 1103 or 0917 835 2665
By public transportation.
- From Manila: Head to Cubao (via LRT/MRT) and ride one of the buses (e.g. Victory Liner Terminal) that heads to ‘Olongapo City’ or you can also ride a bus that heads to Iba, Zambales and then ask the driver to drop you off at the address of Inflatable Island. (Bus rates are about Php 200to Php250 per person).
- Once in Olongapo, look for the blue jeep terminal near Chowking Restaurant (around the Ulo ng Apo) and ask them to drop you off at Halfmoon Beach. From there, you’ll see signs to Inflatable Island.
By private vehicle.
- From Manila, head to NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) to SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway).
- Take the Subic Bay Freeport Zone exit, and then take a right to Rizal Highway.
- Go straight until you see the 2nd stop light (keep left). Take a left at Burgos Street (beside Remy Field) and go right to Canal Road. Keep following this road until you reach Dewey Avenue.
- Exit to Kalaklan Gate (way to Zambales). Turn left to Olongapo-Bunggalon Road/RH National Highway, and then keep straight for 2 to 3 minutes until you see the Samba Bluewater Resort (formerly Subic Halfmoon Beach) — and that’s it! You’ll find the Inflatable Island ticket stall and entrance near there.
*Parking is FREE but space is subject to availability (first-come-first-serve basis).[/box_section]
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It opens at 8:00AM and closes at 6:00PM.[/box_section]
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I would highly recommend any of the following:
- Luxury: Whiterock Waterpark and Beach Hotel, Kamana Sanctuary Resort and Spa
- Mid-Range: The Reef, Moonbay Marina Villas, Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel
- Budget: Sabina Beach Resort, Cherry Midtown Hotel
If you’re interested, Inflatable Island can package your stay and inflatable passes with their partner hotel, Subic Bay Peninsular. Feel free to inquire with them![/box_section]
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It should be apparent to you by now why I am highly recommending this place: it’s an insanely fun AND unique experience that can be quite an exciting challenge which you can share together with your family and friends!
Couple it together with their vibrant Bali Lounge, and you’re in for a treat as you get the chance to have front row seats that give you grand views not only of the inflatables but of Subic Bay’s beautiful sunsets too.