Monkey Business in Subic Bay Philippines Protected Rainforest
It’s all about the Bunkers and Monkeys in Subic Bay
When in Subic Bay Rainforest, keep in mind not to feed the monkeys. In Filipino they are called Unggoy. It has a cute sound to it. Right? They’ve been protected for ages and have no fear of people whatsoever. I found out first hand, they are not quite as friendly as they would seem. They have been known to grab cameras and food right from the hands of unsuspecting visitors. It’s always been a dream of mine to see these cute little animals.
First a little background on why I had initially visited this part of the Philippines. My initial few visits had focused mostly around finding the abandoned military bunkers left behind by the United States Navy in 1992. In my search for these bunkers, I was informed by a few of the protected rain forest guards to look out for the for the monkeys. This thievery information peaked my interest in finding out more about the monkeys. In the process it became a focus, more so than looking for bunkers.
First Time Monkey Sighting in Subic
At first I was intrigued as i have never seen a monkey that was not in a zoo. The first few times as I drove through the forest, there was no sight of any animals. Let alone a cool monkey! On a 3rd attempt, I struck monkey gold! A troop of monkeys. I was able to get out of the car and capture a few up close.
One thing that I realized really soon is that they are not quite as friendly as I would thought. They do get aggressive if they feel that you are a threat. I would suggest you not get too close. I was told early on to definitely don’t feed the monkeys! I take that advice and pass it on to you.
If you get a chance to go to Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines, check out the protected rainforest. There you will find the monkeys!
Getting to Subic
Olongapo City is the bordering city that is where most of the bars and Adult Nightlife would be located.
Subic Bay Freeport Zone or SBMA.
Subic Bay is a bay on the west coast of the island of Luzon in the Philippines, about 100 kilometers (62 mi) northwest of Manila Bay.