Quick Getaways Near Manila

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I have been receiving a lot of inquiries over SMS, email, twitter, facebook, through my blog and even personally about places to go near Metro Manila that are ideal for a quick getaways so I thought of publishing my compilations of my usual answers.

For those planning a quickie weekend or a day trip getaway but do not have the luxury of time and enough budget to go some place far away from Metropolis, here’s a list of places to consider.

Tagaytay (Cavite)
Points of interest: Taal Lake and Volcano, Caleruega (Nasugbu area), Balite Falls, Tagaytay Highlands, Palace in the Sky, Picnic Grove, Flower Farm, Sky Fun Amusement Park
Activities: Trek to Taal Old Crater, visit the Flower Farm and Caleruega, swim in Balite Falls, ride the biggest ferris wheel in the country known as “Sky Eye”, food trip, fruit shopping, biking
What will make me go there?: Temperate weather, good view, wide array of restaurants
Minimum day required: 1

Taal Lake and Volcano

Corregidor Island (Cavite)
Points of interest: Mile-Long Barrack, Century Old Lighthouse, Ruins, Malinta Tunnel
Activities: History tours, ghost hunting, trail biking, adventure race
What will make me go there?: To awaken the history buff in me
Minimum day required: 1

The mile-long barracks of Corregidor

Mt. Pinatubo (Tarlac-Pampanga)
Point of interest: Pinatubo Crater Lake, Capas National Shrine
Activities: Trek Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake, 4×4 ride, side trip in Capas National Shrine and Central Azucarera de Tarlac, food trip in Pampanga or Tarlac, experience Volcanic Ash Spa
What will make me go there?: It’s all about adventure and great scenery
Minimum day required: 1

Puning Hot Spring
Ragged terrain of Mt. Pinatubo going to Puning Hot Spring

Angeles City (Pampanga)
Points of interest: Puning Hot Springs and Spa, Clark Export Processing Zone, Angeles City Flying Club
Activities: 4×4 ride to Puning Hot Springs (along lahar grounds and rivers and through gorges), experience Volcanic Ash Spa and Mud Spa, trekking, biking, food trip in Pampanga, ultralight aircraft flying in Angeles City Flying Club, duty-free shopping in Clark
What will make me go there?: It’s all about adventure, shopping and great landscape
Minimum day required: 1

Angeles City Flying Club
Ultralight Aircraft RIde at Angeles City Flying Club

Caliraya Resort (Laguna)
Points of interest: Lake Caliraya; View of Mt. Makiling; Pagsanjan Falls; Majayjay Falls; Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery; hotsprings; old churches of Liliw, Nagcarlan, Pakil, Pangil, Pagsanjan, Turumba
Activities: Resort has variety of activities, dip in the hot spring resorts of Calamba and Los Baños, trek Mt. Makiling, biking, visit old churches and waterfalls, shooting the rapids at Pagsanjan, food trip in Laguna
What will make me go there?: Variety of activities to choose from
Minimum day required: 1

Anawangin Cove

San Antonio/Pundaquit (Zambales)
Points of interest: Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, Talisayin Cove, Capones Lighthouse, Camara Island, Casa San Miguel
Activities: Island hopping, camping, beach bumming, lighthouse trek, surfing, trek Mt. Pundaquit and Mt. Nagsasa, watersports and activities
What will make me go there?: Because I love adventure, great scenery, beach, lighthouse and landscape photography
Minimum days required: 2

Points of interest: Thunderbird Resorts, Pranjetto Hills, Club Manila East, Angono Petroglyphs, Pinto Museum, Daranak Falls, Puray Falls, Hinulugang Taktak, Antipolo Church
Activities: Indoor surfing in Club Manila East, mountain biking in various trails (Shotgun, Timberland, Angono, etc), trek to Daranak, Puray Falls and other waterfalls, visit museums and archaeological sites, visit churches
What will make me go there?: Great scenery and climate, variety of activities, I love biking
Minimum day required: 1

Daranak Falls of Tanay

Pagbilao/Padre Burgos (Quezon)
Points of interest: Puting Buhangin Beach, Dampalitan Beach, Borawan Beach, Kuwebang Lampas
Activities: Beach and island hopping
What will make me go there?: Because I love the beach
Minimum day required: 1

Mauban (Quezon)
Points of interest: Cagbalete Island, beaches
Activities: Beach bumming, boating
What will make me go there?: Because I love the beach
Minimum days required: 2

Cagbalete sand

Anilao (Batangas)
Points of interest: Dive sites, snorkeling sites, Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Sombrero Island
Activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, day trekking Mt. Gulugod Baboy
What will make me go there?: Amazing scuba diving sites
Minimum day required: 1

Stonefish in one of the dive sites of Anilao

Puerto Galera (Mindoro Oriental)
Points of interest: Dive sites, snorkeling sites, Tamaraw Falls, White Beach
Activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, trek Tamaraw Falls, beach and island hopping
What will make me go there?: Amazing scuba diving sites and great night life
Minimum day required: 2

Diving in Puerto Galera
Diving in Puerto Galera

Ternate (Cavite)
Points of interest: Caylabne, Puerto Azul, Hamilo Coast, Kawayan Cove, Pico de Loro Cove, Mt. Palay-Palay National Park, Pico de Loro, Nasugbu-Ternate Tunnel, Marine Base (Boracay of Cavite)
Activities: Beach bumming, biking nasugbu-Ternate, trekking to Pico de Loro
What will make me go there?: For the beach, great biking or trekking destination, good scenery
Minimum day required: 1

Taal Town (Batangas)
Points of interest: Heritage District, Taal Basilica
Activities: Tour the heritage area, visit the old church of Taal, food trip
What will make me go there?: For the heritage and beautiful church
Minimum day required: 1

Points of interest:
Beaches of Morong, Bagac, Mariveles; Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar; Dambana ng Kagitingan (Mt. Samat); Mt. Mariveles; Bataan Natural Park; Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
Activities: Beach bumming, history tour of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat, trekking Mt. Mariveles, visit Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
What will make me go there?: For the historical sites and beaches
Minimum day required: 1

Laiya Beach in San Jiuan, Batangas

San Juan (Batangas)
Points of interest: Beaches of Laiya
Activities: Beach bumming, scuba diving
What will make me go there?: For the beach
Minimum day required: 1

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  2. Nice, this is what I’ve been looking for! Planning to go in manila this august, I know the place is a bustling city and I just need a place to relax after all the events. Wanna go in some parks though, good thing there’s some natural park included in this list. Kinda wondering, isn’t the “Sky Eye” located in Sky Ranch theme park?

  3. Hey Dude! Love your article. Awesome insights on the places to go in Manila. It would be nice to get away from the busy streets here and just enjoy some nature and adventure! I’ve been to Hidden Valley Laguna once for their hot spring. Would love to try other hot springs near Manila! Any Suggestion?

  4. Your blogsite is very helpful for a newbie traveller like me. Very interesting places!

  5. I am going to Manila next week for business and I am at a loss of where to go for the two days I have off. I really wanted to go to Bacuit Bay, but there are not hotels in our policy. Soon.. looking for something like that, that maybe I could drive to instead of fly? I’m traveling solo, so beautiful landscape, trail walking, mountain trekking, etc. is what I am after, then a quick snorkel in the water. 🙂 Thanks!

  6. Have you taken a look at places like Real, Infanta, General Nakar or Polillo Islands in northern Quezon province yet? If not, you should give it a try. You would probably be pleasantly surprised that you don’t have to go too far to get a taste of smalltown Philippines that’s only 3 hours away from the hustle and bustle that’s Metro Manila… Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the head’s up. I’ve been to Jomalig but not in Polilio, planning to explore that island as well as Patnanungan really soon. Infanta, I have been there too, I biked from Manila and all the way to Infanta early this year but I haven’t really explored the town’s attractions. Will do, will do 🙂

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