Top 20 Best Day Trips from Manila
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Manila is filled with lots of notable attractions like parks, museums, shopping areas and so on to explore. There are many tourist attractions near Manilla that are suitable for day tours and some of them are listed below.
Top 20 Manila Day Trips & Excursions
Intramuros was once the heart of Manila and it is among the perfect place for a day trip from Manila. This is where you will get to see notable landmarks and attractions which kept Spain’s long presence alive. Some of the top attractions that you can explore are, Fort Santiago and the Rizal Shrine, San Agustin Church and Museum, Casa Manila Museum and Plaza San Luis, Bahay Tsinoy, Manila Cathedral, and Sky Deck View Bar.
Available Tours: Walls of this Content: An Intramuros Interactive Walk
Get to know the long and dynamic history of Manila with this 2.5-hour tour of Intramuros, commonly known as “the walled city.”
Hike Mount Pinatubo
This destination is one of the best day trips from Manila that you should not miss. The location is just about 90kms from Manila. Once you hike this mountain, you will get to see a magnificent crater which is filled with water. The eruption in 1991 formed a beautiful lake at the crater of the Mountain. This lake is also the deepest lake in the Philippines as it is about 2000 feet deep.
Available Tours: Mt. Pinatubo Hiking Day Tour from Manila
Explore the Philippines’ most popular hiking destination on an 18-hour tour taking you to the best trekking areas and viewing spots around Mount Pinatubo.
Also read: Travel Guide: Mount Pinatubo Day Tour
Day Tour in Tagaytay City
This is approximately 2.5 hours away in the south of Manila which makes it perfect for Manila day tours. This place is a tourist hotspot with a magnificent ridge as its main attraction. You can easily get here through Aguinaldo Highway or via South Super Highway. Tagaytay City is also famous from locals who want to enjoy the cooler climate which is lower compared to the more humid metropolis.
Available Tours: Tagaytay Day Tour
Take a quick road trip to the picturesque city of Tagaytay and enjoy breathtaking views of the serene Taal Lake and Taal Volcano from various viewpoints. The tour includes a visit to the Gingerbread House, Sonya’s Garden, Mahogany Market, Good Shepherd, Picnic Grove and more! Experience a hassle-free tour in an air-conditioned bus and learn about the city from your travel guide.
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Also read: Tagaytay Travel Guide
Villa Escudero Plantation
This is an 800-hectare coconut plantation and it is just 2.5hours south of Manila. This is among the best day trips near Manila that you can visit. If you book the plantation tour, you are going to be shown around the village and you will also get to see the museums which contain archaeological artifacts and relic from WWII and Spanish colonial times. This attraction is also the best place where you will get to experience the Philippine culture with a mesmerizing rural setting.
Available Tours: Villa Escudero Tour from Manila
Experience Laguna and Quezon’s cultural heritage with an unforgettable tour at a former sugarcane plantation, the Villa Escudero resort! Learn the sweet history of this popular site as your English speaking guide takes you around.
Also read: How Villa Escudero Promotes Filipino Culture
Visit Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour
This is one of our favorite day trips from Manila that we highly recommend. The waterfall can be found within Pagsanjan Gorge National Park and it covers up to 152.4 hectares. To get to the waterfalls, you can take a river trip from Pagsanjan or by hiking from Cavinti for more adventure. This attraction offers mesmerizing views and It is better to come here during the rainy season to get what this fall has to offer. Come on weekdays or early to avoid the crowds.
Available Pagsanjan Tours: Pagsanjan Falls Private Day Tour from Manila
Witness the majestic beauty of Pagsanjan Falls in person with this private day tour! Fall in love with Laguna’s most famous natural attraction, and find yourself wishing to stay there forever! Start your water adventure with a ride on a banca (local canoe) through a rocky stream of crystal clear water worth 17-kilometers. Pass through lush vegetation and magnificent rock formations, where you’ll see at least twenty minor falls sprouting from the mountains.
This landmark is where one of the most celebrated WWII battles happened and this island was the first line of defense to the American and the Filipino soldiers to prevent the invasion from the Japanese forces. This is the best place to go to if you want to learn about the history of World War II as it homes barrack ruins, secret passageways, and historic relics that you can explore.
Available Corregidor Tours: Corregidor Historical Tram Day Tour from Manila
Tick a few travel destinations off your Manila bucket list and embark on a day tour in one of the most popular historical sites near the Metro! Be a time traveler for a day and explore the aged ruins of Corregidor Island on a tram!
Also read: The Fall of Corregidor: 72 Years Later
Explore Subic Bay
This can be found 100km northwest of Manila. The place has adventure parks, water parks and beach resorts to visit which makes it a perfect day tours from Manila. The bay homes the Hanjin shipyard, the former US naval base, US defense housing area, the town of Barrio Barretto, and municipality of Subic that you can explore in just one day.
Discover Angono Rizal
This town is often referred to as the Arts Capital of the Philippines as it is the home of two National Artist called Lucio San Pedro, and Carlos Francisco. This is a stunning and colorful town as you will get to see lots of arts on the wall of streets as soon as you get to the town. Some of the best places to go are Municipal hall, Botong Francisco Museum, Blanco Family Museum, the Nemiranda Arthouse, and the Atelier Museum. You should also visit Angolo Lakeside where you will get to see mesmerizing sunset.
Pilgrimage in Antipolo City
Antipolo is among the best day trip destinations from Manila that is commuter friendly. This is also the largest city in the Calabarzon region and it is popularly called the pilgrimage capital of the Philippines. Some of the highlights of the city are Mystical Cave, The Antipolo Cathedral, Hinulugan Taktak Falls, Boso-Boso Church, Via Dolorosa. You should not miss visiting PACEM ECO-PARK too.
Food Trip in Maginhawa Street
Looking for a Day Trip destination to visit? How about Food Trip? One of the top thing to do while in Manila is to go on a day trip to Maginhawa which is just around the metro. This street is filled with numerous chains of restaurants and cafes that you can visit to try out mouthwatering cuisines ranging from local cuisines to intercontinental cuisines. This street is a safe haven for food lovers and you should ensure you visit here while in Manila.
Visit Museums in Manila
The Philippines gained independence from various colonizers and what was left were the historical chunks that you can learn from the numerous museums that are scattered around the metro. Some of the museums that you can visit here are National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, The Mind Museum, Ayala Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, National Museum of the Philippines, and so on.
Also see: Must-Visit Museums in Metro Manila
Hike Mount Maculot
This is a famous hiking destination located in the province of Batangas. A lot of local hikers are aiming to reach the Rockies which is where you will get mesmerizing views of Taal Lake and the Taal Volcano. Although it is not hard to get to this place. It is highly recommended to join a group tour as all the things that you will use are going to be arranged.
Visit the Enchanted Kingdom
This is definitely one of the best day trips from Manila that you can go with your kids as it is just 40 minutes from Manila. There are so many activities that you and your kids can do inside the theme park from rides to entertainments like stage performance to the outdoor food court where you can try out some mouthwatering dishes that you and your kids will surely love.
Enchanted Kingdom Admission Ticket
The Philippines’ first and only theme park, EK as known to locals, is seated in the first class city of Sta. Rosa in Laguna. The theme park boasts seven themed zones with over 20 attractions ranging from interactive motion theaters, live attractions, to popular thrill-seeking rides such as the Space Shuttle, EKstreme Tower, and more.
Discover the Hidden Valley Springs in Laguna
This spring resort is located between two mystical mountains. This is the perfect place to go to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and the highlight of the spring is that you can take a refreshing dip in the hot springs and just chill out in this paradise.
Available Tours: Hidden Valley Springs Private Day Tour from Manila
Escape the city and make your way to Hidden Valley Springs to discover Laguna’s boundless natural wealth! The journey begins by meeting up with your tour guide to prepare for departure.
Fun Under the Sun at Pico de Loro
This is a magnificent getaway which is also just a few hours from the metropolis. The resort is named after the nearby mountain which looks like parrot’s beak with lots of magnificent sights to see and explore. The resort is filled with many facilities to make your experience more fun and memorable. Some of the best things to do here are swimming in their huge pool, play badminton, lounge at the beach, go horseback riding, enjoy water activities, hike the mountains nearby, bird watching, and many more.
Daranak Falls Day Tour
This can be found in Tanay and it is also close to Manila. Daranak Falls is 14m high waterfalls located at the foot of the Tanay mountains. The fall is also surrounded by lovely vegetation and it is also another nice place to go to escape from the city mainly in the hot summer months.
Relax at Luljetta’s Hanging Garden Spa, Antipolo
This is the perfect resort for you if you are looking for a place to relax as it is located along the ridges of Antipolo with mesmerizing views of land terrains, and nearby forest. The resort is filled with many magnificent facilities which are going to make your stay in this spa and resort comfortable and memorable. The resort has three pools, sauna stations, fish spa, movie lounge, and a group of experienced massage therapists to ensure your complete relaxation at this destination spa.
Explore the Heritage town of Taal
This is a small municipality in Batangas province and it is popular for its well-preserved buildings and culture. The town features peaceful streets and ancestral houses that you can explore. Some of the best places to go are Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours, Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay, Galleria Taal, San Nicolas Ruins, Casa Villavicencio, Agoncillo-Mariño Ancestral House, Healing Wells of Sta. Lucia, and more.
Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River, Rizal
Mount Daraitan is a few hours away from the metro. You can go on a day or overnight hike in this mountain and it will take between 2.5 to 4 hours to get to the summit of this mountain. You will be stunned by the mesmerizing limestone rock formations waiting for you at the peak. You can then complete your tour by trekking to the Tinipak River where you can swim and adore the large marble and limestone in the river.
Masungi Georeserve Day Trip
This attraction is located in the dense rainforest of Baras in the province of Rizal and it is one of the places that you should not miss while in Manila. It is a well-protected sanctuary where you will get scenic views and limestone landscape. You will also get to see numerous flora and fauna here and the best way to explore the reserve is to go on a discovery trail which is a 3-4 hours’ hike filled with rope climbing, bridge crossing, sightseeing which will leave you mesmerized.