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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Grande Island Resort: Ferry Ride and Overnight Beach Resort Accomodation (Subic SBMA Zambales)

We arrived at the Grande Island Resort ticketing office located at Structure 684, Waterfront Road, Freeport Zone, Subic Bay, Zambales, at around 9 am. 

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We were late.  We were advised to be at the ferry terminal 30 minutes before the schedule so its a good thing the ferry hasn't left.

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We registered here. They had brochures here which indicated the land and water activities and the corresponding rates.

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 This is also where the ferry schedule is posted.  Ferry Schedule as follows:
  • To Grande Island
    • 7 am
    • 9 am
    • 1 pm
  • To Subic Terminal
    • 12 pm
    • 9:30 pm
Ferry Transfer
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Our ferry departed at around 9:15 am.

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We passed by the SBMA port where lots of containers are stacked.

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The staffs at the ferry were very friendly and accommodating.  We were encouraged to explore the ferry with their assistance.  I was able to steer the ferry too.

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It was a good day to ride the ferry.  It was a cool day but the sea is calm.

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It wasn't long before we could glance Grande Island Resort from afar which got us all excited.

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We arrived at around 9:40 am.  As soon as we got there, we were greeted and escorted to our cart. 

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We were taken to their Registration Hut to register for our Check-in.  Standard Check-in time is 2:30 pm and Check-out time is 11:30 am.

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Kuya Ver served us our welcome drinks.

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The hut is very big.

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This is the registration desk.

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This is a map of the island.  I've been told that Grande Island Resort is established in 2004 and is continuously being developed.

Chalet Rooms
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We were then toured around the facilities and taken to our rooms.    I give them plus points for using eco-friendly solar heaters.  As you can see, there are solar panels for every house.  They also adopt the electronic key card system so it was easy to go in and out.

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I was awed by the rooms.  I've read mixed feedbacks about the place so I didn't expect much but I must say it was spectacular!  It has two double sized beds and one extra double-sized bed.  All beds have two pairs of pillows and soft fiber-filled duvets.  I loved tucking in those as it provides comforting warmth against the cold.  We had our split-type aircon in 30 degrees because it is so cold.  My companions couldn't help but dose off upon laying down.  

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It has a bedside table and study desk with multiple electric 220 AC outlets. We really appreciate them putting power outlets near the beds so you can work on your laptop or charge your gadgets while laying down.

 It also had a tv (3 channels:GMA, HBO and Cartoon Network), refrigerator, phone, electric kettle, complimentary coffee and bottled water. 

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I was very impressed with the rest room as it was elegant and clean with two types of hot (solar) and cold (potable) shower:  raindrop and hand-held nozzle shower.  The water supply is very good!  What I like about the room is that the room itself including the rest room is the easy to dry flooring: clay tiles for our bed room and black marble for the bathroom.  Coming in wet from the beach or the pool, it was unavoidable to wet the floor.  Yet, every time we come back, I've noticed that they are once again dry.

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There were also more than adequate towels, paper napkin, shampoo, conditioner and soaps provided. There's also a hair dryer.

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Each room also has a veranda with a dinning area.  I suggest you get one of the 60 beach-front Chalet Rooms so you can get a good sea view and enjoy some sea air.  Unfortunately, all the 60 beach-front Chalet Rooms were occupied during our stay, so we occupied one of 20 back-part Chalet Rooms.

How to Go to Grande Island Resort Ticketing Office

Public Transport
  • NLEX: Exit at San Fernando then turn right and drive towards Bataan.  After passing through the towns of Bacolor, Guagua, Lubao in Pampanga and Dinalupihan in Bataan, make a right turn towards Olongapo and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Enter the Tipo Expressway and proceed to Rizal Highway. Turn into Burgos Street (all the corners of Subic Bay Yacht Club) and then right on Sampson Road.  Go towards Waterfront Road where the Grande Terminal is located. The terminal is almost across the SBMA Administration Building.
  • NLEX via SC-Tex: Exits of the NLEX and proceed to the SCTEx Clark Logistics Toll Plaza. After crossing the bridge, follow the loop of the ramp towards Subic. Follow the road directional signage going to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ). Once inside the SBFZ, go to Rizal Highway, turn into Burgos Street (at the corner of Subic Bay Yacht Club) then right on Sampson Road and go towards Waterfront Road where the Grande Island Terminal is located.
Private Vehicle
  • Bus (Victory Liner and Saulong Transit) + Taxi
    • Get off the bus at Olongapo City
    • Grab a taxi cab and ask the driver to bring you directly to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and to the Grande Island Terminal at Waterfront Road.
Grande Island Resort
Hotel Address Structure 684, Waterfront Road, Freeport Zone, Subic Bay, Zambales, Philippines
Contact (632) 584-4359 | (632) 463-7868 | (6347) 252-2883 |  (63927) 7240999 | (63919) 366-9999 | | Reservation Required Yes
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport Bus, Taxi
Room Types Room Amenities Price
Chalet Room

  • Good For 2 Persons 
  • 31.7 square meters
  • 2 Queen-sized beds
  • Split type air-conditioning with individual control
  • Electronic key card control system
    220 AC universal outlets
    Solar heated shower 
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable TV
  • Dining Area
  • Electric Kettle 
  • Executive writing desk
  • Welcome Drink
  • Ferry Transfer
  • Bottle Water
  • Coffee
  • Free breakfast
5,500 php  
(+1,800 ph for extra person
+500 php fo child 4-7 years old)
General Amenities
  • Beach
  • Pool with shower area
Parking Yes
Travel Tripsters Hotel Review Rating Grande Island Resort Map
Room Comfort

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