Have you heard of any floating playgrounds lately? I would assume so – it appears to be all the rage lately. And last weekend, I finally set my foot on one! It was a long trip waiting to happen. I was working weekends for the past months that it’s so hard to set an out-of-town trip with my friends and family. So, when I finally found out that I have weekends off this month, I booked us tickets to Inflatable Island PH faster than you can say “FREEDOM!”
Just a three-hour drive from Manila, Inflatable Island PH claims to be the biggest floating playground in Asia. It’s around 3400 of square meters – roughly the size of eight basketball courts! What makes it so huge? Well, it includes slides, towers, bridges, human launchers, monkey bars, swings, etc. Perfect for adrenaline junkies and beach babies – which is coincidentally what they call their visitors!
I’ll be sharing a comprehensive travel guide below (with personal quips ofccccc – do you guys not know me?!) so when you plan your own trip to this place, it’ll be easy as 1-2-3.
When to Go
Inflatable Island PH is open all year-round. But like any other attractions, it’ll be more crowded during summer, school breaks, and holidays. Try not to go on those days and on weekdays! PS. If you’re going for only two hours or for the half day pass, the staff told me that there’s less crowd in the afternoons than in the morning.
How Long to Stay There
Inflatable Island PH offers three types of passes: Splash, Spray and Soaked.
Personally, I think the Splash pass is enough to enjoy what the place has to offer. Despite being allowed to enter the Inflatable Island for only half a day, you still have a whole day entry to Samba Beach, Floating Zoo, and the Bali Lounge so you can still stay at the place for as long as you want. I was personally tired after 1.5 hours so I just retired to take a nap at the Bali Lounge, lol. I swear, the activities in the Inflatable Island is no joke! They’re loads of fun but also physically taxing! You have to literally pull yourself up into the island after you launched yourself out of it! (Don’t worry though. There’ll a lot of staff roaming around to help you back up and to even help you through a part of it when you’re stuck.)
However, if you’re more physically fit and more of a adrenaline junkie, you should at least get the Spray pass! That’s the one we got and my brothers certainly made use of it the whole time – only taking short breaks in between.
Where to Book Tickets
If there’s one thing I learned about being the honorary itinerary/trip planner, it’s to always book online if you can. It’s almost always cheaper online and you don’t have to go through the hassle of worrying if there’s still slots available. FYI, only 250 people can go on the Inflatable Island in one go.
Where to Stay
Inflatable Island has a partnership with Subic Bay Peninsula Hotel. You can see their packages here. If that’s not your cup of tea to stay in, you can search all the other hotels around Subic Bay Freeport – they’re all around 5-15 minutes away from Inflatable Island PH.
How Much Money to Bring
If you’ve already booked your tickets online, you just have to bring enough money for transpo, lockers, and food. Small lockers go for PHP50 for the whole day and PHP100 for the big lockers. Food can be around PHP200-300. We already ate before entering Inflatable Island so we tried their iced tea – which is huge – for a price of PHP120.
What to Wear
You can wear whatever swimsuit you want, as long as it doesn’t have any buttons, zippers, or any sharp objects. You can wear a two-piece bikini if you want. Do keep in mind that this island is made to make sure you slip and fall off so wardrobe malfunction is likely. It is highly recommended to use rash guards and swim shorts/leggings. Earrings, watches, and rings are also not allowed on the Inflatable Island itself but everything else is fair game on shore.
How To Get There
Inflatable Island PH is located at Subic Bay Waters, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines. You can contact them at 09171501103 and 0917 835 2665, or send them an email at email@example.com.
via Commute: (Option 1) You can ride a bus from Cubao that heads to Olongapo. Once in Olongapo, ride a blue jeepney and ask the driver to drop you off at Inflatable Island. (Option 2) You can ride a bus heading to Iba, Zambales instead – also from Cubao – and just ask the driver to drop you off at Inflatable Island. (Estimated cost: PHP550-650 per person roundtrip.)
via Driving: Inflatable Island is already searchable by Waze! Just in case, you head to the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) all the way to SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway). Take the Subic Bay Freeport Zone Exit then take a right to Rizal Highway. 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, 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 inside. (Estimated cost: PHP3000 for tolls and gas.)
Before you’re even allowed to play in the Inflatable Island, there are two steps you have to do. Step 1: Orientation. It’s a quick orientation about the do’s and don’t’s inside the island. You also have to sign a waiver. Step 2: Put on your life vest. You can turn in your signed waivers to get the life vest. Then, go have some fun!
Inflatable Island PH is inside Samba Bluewater Resort. You have a whole day access inside the beach despite what pass you purchase.
The Bali Lounge is actually one of my favorite thing in here. The bean bags are so comfy and everything was so clean! It’s on a first come, first serve, but they empty out when people go to the Inflatable Island. I had a great time just sipping iced tea and lazily going through my phone for about an hour. I also had a pretty comfy time taking a nap on the bean bags! (Don’t judge me. I came from a night shift work and had two hours of sleep, hehe.)
#DoItForTheGram. These floaties are such cuties! My favorite was the unicorns. There’s a couple available and it’s also on a first come, first serve basis. They’re rarely all taken at the same time during out visit.
Honestly, my first thought about seeing the place is that… It’s like American Ninja Warrior – but on water! There’s so many different obstacles to try! Try them out to your heart’s content. My brothers loved the Human Launcher so much. Inflatable Island has human launchers, bridges, swing and slides, trampolines, jungle bars, monkey bars, etc. Try them all if you have the energy!
*Some photos taken from Inflatable Island PH’s press release kit.
Where is your exact location? Inflatable Island is floating on Subic Bay waters located at Samba Bluewater Resort, Purok 6, National Highway, Lower Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines (outside the Freeport Zone). They are 7 minutes away by car from Ayala Mall Harbor Point Subic Bay. If staying overnight, you can stay at Subic Bay Freeport Hotels located in the Central Business District (5 minutes away).
How young are the kids that can come? Do you have a height requirement? There is no age limit, however, for younger children (3 feet to 4 feet), they require a 1:1 adult-kid radio. Inflatable Island requires all participants to be at least 3 feet.
Can we bring outside food or drinks? You could! But there’s a corkage fee of PHP500 per 7 people.
Do you allow BEACH ONLY PASSES? They do allow beach passes to PWDs, Senior Citizens and/or 30% of your party. That means that if you’ll be buying one beach only pass, there should be at least three of you who’ll buy the Splash/Spray/Soaked pass!
How deep is the water? The depth of the Inflatable Island ranges from 4-15 feet. Everyone’s required to wear a life vest though and the have plenty of lifeguards so you don’t have to worry much!
Are life jackets provided? They do provide life jackets – different sizes for different body sizes!
Do you have group discounts? They do have discounts for 30 people and above, just send them an email to inquire.
Is parking free? They have a pretty big parking lot and it is FREE!
Is the Inflatable Island Challenging? There will be an area for beginners or children’s as well as more challenging ones. We recommend everyone to go at their own pace.
Is there food and drinks inside the beach? Yes, they have a lot of food and drink choices offered inside the beach. As always, expect it to be higher than the ones in stores but it’s not too outrageously priced.
Is there a first aid area? Yes, there is a designated first aid area in the beach.
Is there seating or shades inside the park? Yes, they offer exclusive areas with umbrellas and beanbags for guests of the Inflatable Island.
Can I use my selfie stick, camera and phone on the island? They allow action cams, monopods and phones on the island!
Does the park ever close because of weather? They are open rain or shine, however if there are lightning in the area, wind warnings, strong typhoons or upon the advise of the Philippine Coast Guard, they are liable to close.
Is there a place to store my belongings inside the park? They have lockers for rent inside the park.
Can I smoke? They DO NOT allow tobacco products of any kind inside the park but you can smoke in the parking lot.
Refund policy? There are NO refunds offered.
I lost something what should I do? They keep a lost and found basket behind they front desk for a short period of time and if you provide a detailed description of the item they will return it to you. Any item lost in the water will not be retrieved.
*FAQs lifted from their official website.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. It would have been awesome if it was! Lol. I also only used my phone for this so sorry for the crappy image quality!