Outdoor Activities in Manila

By Viator, July 2016

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Whether it's checking out one of Manila's cultural heritage sites, taking a stroll in the park or building up a sweat with some heart-pounding sport activities, the chance to explore the great outdoors is one of the essential charms of visiting  the sunny Philippines.

Located at the mouth of the Pasig River in Intramuros, a trip over to Fort Santiago may be just the way to start off your outdoor excursion. One of the most interesting spots in Manila, this 15th-century fortress contains some seriously well-preserved historical artifacts, including a Spanish dungeon WWII tank and the former prison of national hero Dr Jose Rizal.

Speaking of Dr Rizal, the Rizal Shrine, also in Intramuros, is one of the best park spaces Manila has on offer, complete with stunning monuments and cultural buildings.

Next up, the Greenhills Shopping Center is an outdoor shopping paradise with more than 2,000 shops in all selling anything from clothes to electronics, local CDs and DVDs and jewelry. As it's one of those places that can swallow you alive, try to keep your wits about you as you make your way through the dense crowds. Also, don't forget that haggling can be the difference between a great trip and a lousy one.

Those looking for something a bit more adventurous can head out of the city to Mt Pinatubo Crater for an exciting 4x4 ride up the volcanic landscape and a trek to the very top, where you'll find the crater's lake. At just three hours away, this epic scene is only a day trip away from the busy city center.

If you'd rather not embark on an all-day journey, laze around Manila until the later hours of the afternoon (3 or 4 p.m.) and then head down to Manila Bay for one of the nicest sunsets around. Boasting lots of room for biking, jogging or just relaxing, Manila Bay is a developing part of town that is well used by locals for several activities, including the occasional boat race or scenic cruise.

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Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila, Manila, null

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 $137.94
Manila and Makati Tour: American Cemetery, Intramuros and Manila Ocean Park Admission, Manila, Day ... 

Manila and Makati Tour: American Cemetery, Intramuros and Manila Ocean Park Admission

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 5 Reviews

See the best of Manila and Makati, including the American Cemetery and Memorial and the walled city of Intramuros, on this historical sightseeing tour. Walk ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.94
Mt Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike, Manila, Full-day Tours

Mt Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Leave the bustle of Manila behind on this day trip to Mt Pinatubo for a combo 4x4 and trekking adventure to Pinatubo Crater with an expert guide. Drive an ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.99
Full-Day Anilao Diving Package from Manila, Manila, Day Trips

Full-Day Anilao Diving Package from Manila

Visit the one of the best diving and snorkeling spot in the Philippines, Anilao, Batangas. Witness this underwater paradise with your own eyes. 2 dives and a ...  Read more

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

From USD $225.00

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