Day Trips from Manila

By Viator, October 2012

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There are countless options for day trips out of Manila for adventurous tourists of all ages and fitness levels. The Filipino capital has much to offer within its borders, but once you've soaked up some of its pleasures and cultural sites, a day or even two outside the city can really broaden your horizons as to what the country as a whole is really like.

If it's recreation in a natural setting that you're seeking, the first place to set your sights on is Pagsanjan Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines. The up-river boat tours that lead to the falls are the primary attraction, and while they're a little pricey (in upwards of 1,000 PHP per person), it's these journeys that make the area one of the most popular tourist destinations outside of Manila. Pagsanjan is accessible via bus from Manila's Buendia bus terminal.  The trip takes 2-3 hours and costs less than 200 PHP. Buses leave frequently, but it's advisable to depart early.

Another good day trip is a dash to Anawangin Cove and beach in San Antonio, Zambales. Known as one of the best beaches in the country, Anawangin is definitely popular, but the somewhat difficult trek to both the beach and cove keep it less crowded than you might think. You can access the area by bus from Manila for less than 300 PHP, and there are ample opportunities for camping if you’re on a budget (or simply enjoy the outdoors) and wish to stay the night. You can also opt for more luxurious lodging in Pundaquit.

Other popular excursions include an assent up Mount Pinatubo, a trip to Tagaytay City (from which you can access the beautiful Taal Volcano, and an excursion to the tadpole-shaped Corregidor Island).

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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Enjoy two amazing Manila experiences for the price of one with this Manila Super Saver. With your knowledgeable local guide, tour Tagaytay, where you’ll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.20
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WWII and Corregidor Island: Historical Sightseeing Tour from Manila

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Gain an in-depth insight into World War II on this sightseeing tour of Corregidor Island, where two battles between the Japanese and US took place. Learn about ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.20
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Tagaytay Ridge Tour from Manila: Palace in the Sky, Taal Volcano and Las Pinas Bamboo Organ

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Travel from Manila to awe-inspiring Tagaytay Ridge for a panoramic view of Taal Lake and Volcano from the Palace in the Sky. Visit San Jose Church, home to the ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.94

Hidden Valley Springs Resort Day Trip from Manila

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Manila for the day and head to Hidden Valley Springs Resort. As you explore this massive volcanic crater on foot with your ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.20
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Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Discover majestic Pagsanjan Falls on this day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Manila! With your local guide, enjoy exciting boat rides along rapids ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.20
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