Day Trips from Manila

Day Trips from Manila

Go on day trips from Manila, Philippines, and explore nearby travel destinations like Batangas, Rizal, and Tagaytay. Try out some fun activities from Manila that can be enjoyed in just a day or a weekend. Browse our day tours near Manila that you can add to your itinerary.
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Frequently asked questions

Where to go near Manila for a day tour?

Some popular places to go near Manila include Tagaytay for Taal Volcano and scenic views, Pagsanjan for its famous falls, Corregidor Island for some historical sites, and Rizal Province for nature and art destinations.

You can also book a day tour at beach resorts near Manila, like in Batangas, if you want to lounge on the beaches or have a wellness retreat in the resorts.

How far are these destinations for day trips near Manila?

The distances vary, but on average, destinations like Tagaytay are around 1.5 to 2 hours away by car, Pagsanjan is approximately 2-3 hours, Corregidor Island requires land travel via Bataan for approximately 3 hours, then a bot ride, and Rizal Province is around 1-2 hours.

How can I get to some day trip destinations from Manila?

Transportation options include private cars, buses, and vans. You can also rent a car in Manila to go to places like Tagaytay, Rizal, and Batangas, which are all accessible by road, while Corregidor Island requires a land trip via Bataan, and ride a boat to go to the island since there are no longer available ferries from Manila to Corregidor Island. Public transportation or organized tours are available for most destinations.

What is the best time to plan a day trip near Metro Manila?

The best time is during the dry season (November to April) to ensure clear skies and pleasant weather. However, some destinations may have unique charm during the rainy season.

Are there guided day tours from Manila?

Yes, there are several tour operators offering guided day trips. These tours often include transportation, meals, and a guide to enhance the overall experience.

What can I do on a one-day trip from Manila?

Some things to do near Manila include walking food tours and indulging in local cuisine, visiting the national museums in Manila or in Rizal, or having a pamper day in a spa and wellness center.

If you’re into hiking, you can go on a mountain hike near Manila, like Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Mt. Maculot, and Mt. Batulao in Batangas, or the famous Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales.

You can also go on some road trip destinations near Manila, like Bataan, La Union, and Laguna.

What are the best activities to do during a day trip to Tagaytay?

Enjoy the view of Taal Volcano, visit Picnic Grove for outdoor activities, try local bulalo (beef marrow stew), and explore the Sky Ranch amusement park. You can also visit some popular cafes for a cup of hot coffee since Tagaytay has cool weather. There are Tagaytay tours available where you can visit these attractions and other popular Tagaytay tourist spots.

Can I visit historical sites on a day trip to Corregidor Island?

Yes, guided day trips to Corregidor include visits to historical sites such as the Malinta Tunnel, Pacific War Memorial, and Spanish Lighthouse. The attractions in Corregidor Island can be explored in a day, and you can book a tour that already includes transportation so you will have a hassle-free day tour.

Are there family-friendly activities in Rizal Province for a day trip?

Yes, family-friendly activities in Rizal Province include visiting the Pinto Art Museum, exploring Hinulugang Taktak Falls, and enjoying the Daranak Falls. You can also go on a Treasure Mountain day tour, where you can challenge yourself in an obstacle course and spiderweb activity. Most Rizal tours and day passes also include side trips to some of Rizal’s tourist spots, like Bosay Falls, if you want a refreshing dip.

Can I go on a beach day tour near Manila?

Yes. One popular day trip beach near Manila is Batangas, where many of its beaches are reachable within a few hours from the metro. Popular options include Laiya and Nasugbu for a Batangas beach resort day tour and a Fortune Island day tour. You can book Batangas tours that include these destinations and beach trips from tour agencies like Guide to the Philippines. However, for a more relaxed experience, an overnight stay is recommended.

If you are looking for a beach near Manila with activities, another option is Zambales, where you can also enjoy island hopping, camping, or Mount Pinatubo tours. You can also go to Subic Bay for Subic Beach Resort day tours, where you can play and have fun on Inflatable Island day tour or avail of a Camayan Beach Resort day tour, and you’ll have pool and beach access for you to relax and unwind. However, consider the travel time and plan accordingly for a shorter beach experience.

What can I do in Pampanga on a day trip from Manila?

Pampanga is known as the "Culinary Capital of the Philippines." While a day trip may be short, you can enjoy iconic dishes like sisig and bring home local delicacies. An extended visit allows for a more comprehensive Pampanga tour.

Aside from food tours, you can go on nature trips near Manila, like an Inararo ecotour to Tutulari Avatar Gorge where you can explore towering cliffs, flowing streams, and panoramic views.

Is there any day tour travel near Manila suitable for a romantic getaway?

Tagaytay, with its scenic views, cool climate, and romantic dining spots, is a popular choice for couples looking for a day trip. You can also explore the cafes in the area.

For a spa and wellness retreat, you can go on The Farm at San Benito day tour in Lipa City, Batangas, and have a healthy lunch, a 30-minute treatment, fitness activities at The Farm, and the use of the property’s facilities. Another option is a Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa day tour in Antipolo, where you can have 5-hour access to the property's facilities.

Can I customize a day trip itinerary based on my interests?

Absolutely! Many tour agencies, like Guide to the Philippines, offer customizable day trips, allowing you to tailor the itinerary to your preferences, whether it's adventure, history, nature, or culinary experiences.
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