Summer is synonymous to the beach, but for our summer weekend getaway, my family and I wanted something a little more… different. And then my mother (yes, my mother!) suggested, “Let’s go to the Inflatable Island!”
Inflatable Island, located in Subic Bay, is the BIGGEST floating water playground in Asia. How big is big? At 3,400 sqm, it’s as big as 8 basketball courts put together side by side! In this exciting waterpark, guests can go down huge inflatable slides, swing on bridges, be catapulted on human launchers, and so much more!
When Inflatable Island invited me and my family for a visit, I made sure I was ready. Sunscreen? Got it! Underwater action cam? Fully charged! Digital camera and SD cards? Check and check! Waterproof bag? I’m on it! Basically, the only thing that wasn’t ready was my bikini body!
Sadly, when I got there, my action cam was not turning on, and I accidentally submerged my beloved camera in the water. Don’t ask me why because it’s a long story and I’d rather not relive the pain, but let’s just say it wasn’t my lucky day. 🙁 Hence, I don’t have that many photos from our visit. That just means I’ll have to go back some other time (and make sure not to break my gadgets next time)!
Anyway, even though I don’t have that many photos, I can still share my thoughts about the Inflatable Island, in case you are curious about this place you keep seeing photos of on your Instagram feed!
It’s only 3 hours away from Metro Manila!
When all you can afford or manage is a quick weekend road trip or day trip, you’ll be happy to know that the Inflatable Island is only a 3-hour drive from Manila!
No car? No problem! You can get to the Inflatable Island via public transportation too. From Cubao, just ride any bus headed to Olongapo or Iba, Zambales, then ride a jeep going to Samba Blue Water Resort.
Play like a kid!
Trampolines, monkey vines, jungle bars, and kiddie slides… wheee! Does the sound of those make you squeal in delight? You’ll definitely feel like a child again as you jump, bounce, and play on the inflatables! Now the tough part is this: with so many inflatables, where do you start?
It’s not just for kids!
Just because this is a place where you can unleash your inner child doesn’t mean that it’s all child’s play. Nope. Expect to burn calories and work out here. In fact, my husband and my fully grown cousins said that going on the inflatables was definitely challenging, and one of my cousins even said that her muscles got sore after all that action! At the Inflatable Island, you get to have fun AND exercise at the same time! That’s an unbeatable combination!
It’s a great place to bond with the family.
Since the Inflatable Island is for everyone, whether young or old, you can be sure that everyone from your 50-year old aunt to your 10-year old niece is going to have a blast! For the kids and kids at heart, they can frolic on the inflatables for hours until all their energy is spent. For the folks who just need some vitamin sea without capering around on the inflatables, they can get in Samba Beach for only PHP 200 and have a nice swim. (That’s what my aunts did!)
You can get a taste of Bali.
No budget for a Bali trip? It’s okay. For the meantime, you can just fake it at the Inflatable Island’s Bali Lounge, inspired by Double Six Beach, a popular beach in Seminyak, Bali.
If swimming or playing on the inflatables is not your thing, and you’d rather sit, relax, and take gorgeous photos, you’ll want to secure a spot at the Bali Lounge. The colorful bean bags and umbrellas is a good place to chill and chow, but be sure to go early because these relaxation stations are first come, first served.
You’ll have plenty to take photos of.
Just type #InflatableIslandPh on Instagram and you’ll know what I mean. Really, if you don’t want to swim, play, or go under the sun, and all you want to do is take photos of the cute snacks or the adorable floaters, I’m pretty sure you’re not the only one. 😉
To give you a glimpse of what you can expect from the Inflatable Island, here’s a fun vlog by my sister, Alexa:
Summer isn’t over yet, so go and book your passes for the Inflatable Island already if you want to experience a one-of-a-kind adventure!
Things to note when visiting the Inflatable Island:
- Height requirement: For kids, there is a height requirement of 3 ft. and above. Also, there is a 1:1 adult-kid ratio.
- Booking: You can walk in, but if you want to save, it’s better to book online so that you get a 10% discount!
- Come 30 minutes before your slot: There is a 30-minute orientation before you are allowed to go in the water playground. This is when they talk to you about the house rules, which you must observe, or else, they could pull you out of the playground.
- Gadgets: Action cameras, phones in waterproof cases, waterproof cameras, and selfie sticks (max of 1 ft) are allowed on the inflatables.
- Life vests: Life vests must be worn on the beach at all times!
- Attire: Your usual swimming attire (swimsuits, rash guards, board shorts, etc.) can be worn. Just make sure you are not wearing anything that could puncture the inflatables, such as jewelry or clothes with buttons or zippers.
- Lockers: You can store your things inside their lockers for a rental fee of PHP 100/150 (half day/whole day) for the big lockers and PHP 50/100 (half day/whole day) for the small lockers. The small lockers are tiny though, so if I were you, I’d leave my stuff in the car (if you have a car) and bring only the essentials.
- Food: You can’t bring your own food, but you can buy from the food stalls on the beach. That being said, make sure to bring some cash with you in case you get hungry or thirsty.
- Best time to go: I would say 8:00 AM or 4:00 PM would be the best times to go. It won’t be as hot during those times.
- Ideal number of hours: For me, I’d say 2 hours is more than enough time to go on the inflatables, have a few snacks, and lounge around the beach.
Address: Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines
Phone: 0917-150-1103, 0917-835-2665
Disclosure: I received the half-day spray passes for free in exchange for a blog post. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.