Scenic daytrips out of Manila

Mar 15,2016

There’s nothing vanilla about Manila with its colourful chaos and cosmopolitan charm, but with The Heritage Hotel Manila providing five-star luxury and comfort, you can afford to venture further for some spontaneous fun in the Philippines. If you don’t have the time to go too far, here are five exciting little daytrips to choose from.

See a Park in the Sky

Surprisingly, making your way to the Park in the Sky does not involve riding any magic carpets or broomsticks. Instead, The Heritage Hotel Manila can arrange a car or air-conditioned coach. From this stunning spot – a historical urban park in Tagaytay that’s been converted from an unfinished mansion, known as the Palace in the Sky – you’ll get to see mind-blowing panoramic views. Soak up the sights of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano on the way to Tagaytay Ridge – a picturesque viewpoint at 2200 feet (671 metres). Along the way, why not stop to see the 200-year-old bamboo organ in the St Joseph Parish Church, or the jeepney factory for an intriguing look into Filipino transport? A round trip takes roughly eight hours.

Get your Beach On

Visit Puerto Galera in the Philippines for a palm-tree-lined paradise. Credit: Katya Knyazeva / Getty Images

There are miles of gorgeous beach around Manila, and with white sand and bird’s-egg blue seas you won’t be disappointed, no matter where you choose to lay your beach towel. For something close to home, ask The Heritage Hotel Manila to arrange a driver to take you to Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, Laiya in Batangas or Anawangin Cove in Zambales. Go early to avoid the crowds.

Get your Historical Fix

WWII ruins on Corregidor Island. Credit: Jim Simmen / Getty Images

The Filipino's involvement in WWII is all laid out for you to see on the beautiful Corregidor Island, at the entrance to Manila Bay. Take the ferry for an hour and see the relics that stand testament to the Philippines’ role in the war, such as the barrack ruins, bomb-proof storage units, secret passageways and the Pacific War Memorial. The light and sound show at the Malinta Tunnel puts an interesting US perspective on things and you’ll have stunning views of Manila Bay and other islands from atop the Spanish Lighthouse. A round trip takes roughly nine hours.

Swim in a Waterfall

If you’re dying to feel the cool splash of fresh water on your face and experience the thrill of a day out Filipino style, Pagsanjan Falls is one destination you won’t want to miss. Explore a hidden cave and take a fun dugout canoe ride with the beauty of the Pagsanjan Gorge National Park stretching out in shades of green all around you. Your hotel can arrange a tour, during which you’ll also get to tuck into local lunch specialties like balut (fertilised duck egg). You know you want to. A round trip takes roughly eight hours.

Trek a Volcano

On the top of Taal Volcano, Philippines. Credit: lethang photography / Getty Images

For some serious bragging rights, you shouldn’t leave Manila without a daytrip trekking the Taal Volcano – one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. On this eight-hour adventure tour you’ll snap some glorious landscapes, cross the lake on a boat and pass working local fishermen and fish farms. Then on to Talisay for your trek past the turquoise Crater Lake. Some tours offer the chance to ride on horseback across amazing black lava flows before trekking on foot to the top. Most tours include lunch, bottled water and an English-speaking guide, but however you do it, this is one walk you won’t forget, especially if Taal blows her top.

For more daytrips from Manila, ask your concierge at The Heritage Hotel Manila.


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