|The popular and entertaining banana boat ride.
That’s me up front
Aside from our relaxing overnight stay at Lighthouse Marina Resort at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, members of our Lakbay Norte 2 media group were treated to a round of watersports activities courtesy of Networx Jetsports along the Subic beachfront. While the others opted to just watch or swim, a number of us, me included, dabbed on a lot of sunblock lotion and donned life vests to try out what was on offer. While others eagerly jumped into the jetskis, a number of us (Nina Fuentes, Melissa Dizon, Karlo de Leon, Ivan Mandy and yours truly) hopped on the popular and entertaining banana boat ride. The boats, pulled by a powerful jetski, could accommodate a maximum of 10 persons.
|Returning to shore after our dunking|
Once on board, we all held on to the bar in front of us and tried to balance ourselves as the jetski slowly pulled the banana boat. We all bent down to maintain our balance and when the boat turned left, we leaned to the left, when it turned to the right, we leaned to the right. The jetski tried to catch the us off guard (and off the boat) by going fast and slow and succeeded on two occasions. It was fun for me but distressing for Karlo and Mel as they both irretrievably lost their expensive shades to the sea (luckily mine was hooked to my ears). Getting back on board the boat was also difficult for some (including me). I’ve tried banana boating before in Boracay but that ride was tame and uneventful compared to this one. Rates for the banana boat ride are PhP250 er person, minimum of 4 and maximum of 10.
|Jetskiing is addicting|
Next on my itinerary was the addicting jetskiing, a first for me. It is said by many that by riding the waves, it quenches the need for speed and gives one a feeling of power. Upon climbing the jetski, a safety strap was attached to my wrist to ensure an automatic stop in case I should fall off, thus avoiding possible injury. After basic instruction on how to operate the jetski, I was off and on my way, riding the waves standing up but making sure to get back on my seat as I made a slow turn. I avoided places where people were swimming. Jetskiing was truly what it is hyped up to be. Too bad there was no one to record my moment, either on film or video. Jetski (Yamaha VX 110, 4-stroke engine) are rented for PhP1,900 for 30 mins. and PhP3,000 for 1 hour.
Karlo and I also tried out the Hobie Kayak Tandem. The clear, calm waters surrounding Subic make it an ideal kayaking site for novice and experienced paddlers. Our kayak was different from the kayaks I’ve tried before as this one had a kick-up rudder system and a hand-controlled steering system at the rear (where I was seated). The Hobie Kayak Tandem rents for PhP500 for 30 mins. and PhP800 for 1 hour while the single rents for PhP300 for 30 mins. and PhP500 for 1 hour.. Networx Jetsports also offers parasailing (PhP1,500 per person, 10 mins. airtime), speedboat cruises (XR 1800-2001 models, maximum of 5 riders, PhP10,000 for 1 hour) and Pelican pedal boats (PhP400 for 30 mins. and PhP700 for 1 hour). Networx Jetsports was established in 1997 by Emmanuel “Dong” B. Arcilla, an avid jet ski racer.
Networx Jetsports: Waterfront Road, Subic Freeport Zone, Zambales (beside Gerry’s Grill). Tel.: (047) 252-3469 . Mobile number: (0922) 812-9832. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.networxjetsports.com.ph.