Manila is a popular destination for travelers not only thanks to its vibrant city life, but also for the many wonderful locations around it. These Manila day tours offer you the opportunity to start your vacation on the right foot while enjoying the comfort of the city. Spending an extra night in Manila before heading to the islands is the perfect way to recover from a long international flight, while still enjoying fantastic attractions.
All of our Manila day tour packages have been planned with comfort and efficiency in mind. We have designed them in way which will enable you to get the most out of a single day before you leave the city. The emphasis here is on nature and exciting attractions, while making sure everything is made easy and simple for you. For more culture-oriented tours, we suggest you take a look at our various Manila city tours as well.
The most popular locations right outside of Manila are Taal Volcano and Pagsanjan Falls. They are relatively close to one another it’s quite easy to visit both on the same day. While this may prove too grueling to some, the experience is highly rewarding and the difficulty level is very low.
The best thing about attractions near Manila is they are suitable for all age groups. The trips aren’t physically demanding and tours are very well developed and regulated. If you are planning to spend a few days in the city with your family, these activities are a perfect opportunity to break the routine a bit and enjoy a breath of fresh air.
Below you can find detailed itineraries and price lists for all of our popular Manila day tours. All of these are completely customizable and can be added to your Manila holiday package. If you can afford to spend even just a single extra day in Manila, you really shouldn’t pass on booking at least 1 of these tours.
Most of the locations featured below are merely 2 hours drive away from the city. While this may vary based on traffic, it’s usually advisable to book them as a whole-day activity and return to your Manila hotel for the night. While we do offer accommodation at all those places, hotels in Manila are cheaper and much better.
All of our tours include a modern van picking you up from your hotel, professional driver and licensed tour guide, all fees and taxes and a set local lunch at a nearby location. We recommend you bring extra water, sunscreen and a pair of walking shoes for tours which require some hiking.
Pagsanjan Falls are located in Laguna province, roughly 2 hours drive from Manila. They are one of the most impressive and most famous waterfalls anywhere in the Philippines. You will make your way upstream in a canoe going through a narrow canyon – this trip is beautiful and exciting in itself.
Once there, you’ll have a chance to appreciate the waterfall in all its glory. You can even take a raft, go under the waterfall and into the small cave behind it, where you can have a short swim before heading back. This is a very easy tour and it’s really not physically demanding – so it’s a great way to pass a day with your family.
The tours start with pickup from Manila hotel at 8 AM, and you’ll arrive to Pagsanjan at around 10. The tour itself takes 3 hours to complete, and then you can change clothes and enjoy a local lunch buffet. You will then make your way back to the city and can expect to be there at around 5 PM. The price for this tour is 4700 PHP per person for a couple, but group discounts are available.
Taal volcano is located near Tagaytay, one of the nicest areas in the Philippines. This is a mountain ridge overlooking the lake and offering a spectacular panoramic view of all the southern Luzon area. Taal Volcano is located right in the middle of Taal Lake, and is a dormant volcano considered to be the smallest and lowest in the world.
To reach the volcano, you will take a quick boat ride from Tagaytay. Then you will face a 30-40 minute hike to the top. The hike is of moderate difficulty, but it’s possible to rent a horse and have it carry you all the way up. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with an intimate look into the crater which offers a very special phenomena – the crater is in fact a lake as well.
The tour is followed by a local BBQ buffet. Once done, you will make your way back to Manila and can expect to be back at your hotel by 4 PM. This tour can also be combined with Pagsanjan Falls (see itinerary below) or with the Laguna Churches heritage tour. People with some extra time can also consider booking our Tagaytay overnight package and spend some extra time enjoying the cool mountain air and the tasty food this province is famous for. The price for this tour is 4300 PHP per person for a couple, but group discounts are available.
|Pagsanjan + Taal Combo Tour Itinerary|
|07:00||Pickup from Manila hotel|
|09:00||Arrive to Tagaytay|
|09:00 - 11:30||Taal Volcano tour|
|11:45 - 12:30||Lunch|
|12:45 - 15:30||Pagsanjan Falls Tour|
|18:00||Estimated arrival time to Manila|
If you want to visit a volcano but looking for a more exciting and adventurous experience, then Pinatubo is the place to go. The volcano is much bigger and the last time it has erupted was 1991 – the 2nd largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century. This violent incident has completely transformed the whole area around the volcano, and deeply affected the local community – so it’s very interesting to also be able to observe that.
The tour starts very early as you make your way out of Manila at 3 AM and arrive to Pinatubo at around 6. You will then take an hour long 4x4 jeep ride to the base of the mountain. This drive is bumpy and dusty but is great fun. You then need to walk for 5km until you reach the summit area – the walk is relatively flat and not too demanding but still takes at least another hour to complete.
The hike to the summit takes an additional 20 minutes or so, and you will then reach the rim of the crater. The waters inside the crater create an iconic picture and their color shifts between green and blue depending on the weather. You will have 30 minutes to enjoy the scenery before making your way back. You will then be taken to a small local restaurant where you will have your lunch, before heading back to Manila. Estimated time of return is between 6-7 PM. Price for this tour is 7800P per person.
If you want to minimize travel times and be able to wake up a bit later, arriving the night before to Tarlac or Angeles is also possible. We offer overnight packages to Pinatubo and you can even combine these with a visit to Subic Bay or the Hundred Islands national Park.
The list of activities you can try outside of Manila is quite long, but to be honest most of them are not worth your time. Don’t get us wrong, they are all a lot of fun, but since most tourists come here for a very short amount of time, you should spend it doing much better things instead.
That said, some attractions are still worth considering. They are especially good for people who have a few days to spend in Manila, those who come here for longer stays, and people who have already been to the Philippines before and are looking for new experiences to try out. Below you can find a few of the most recommended activities, but since we also offer custom tours the best idea is to just contact us directly and ask for an itinerary and a quote.
One of the best tours to consider is the trip to Corregidor Island. It is the perfect tour for people who want to not venture too far out of the city, and still soak up some culture, history and nature. This small island played a key role in WW2 defense of Manila and has now been turned into a museum where the barracks and defenses are all very well preserved.
WW2 buffs can also consider the historic tour of Bataan. This place is famous for being the point of the heroic last stand of American and Filipino forces in 1942 before Japan conquered the island. It has now been turned into a war museum with landmarks to commemorate the many brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the war. The famous death march of Bataan is a chilling reminder to the traumatic memory this war has left with the locals.
Another way to experience local culture and history is by taking the Laguna Churches heritage tour. Laguna and Batangas provinces have a lot of large ancient churches all around, and most of them are very well preserved. They present a very unique architectural design where Spanish and Asian influences are very well combined. It is possible to combine this tour with either Pagsanjan Falls or Tagaytay for a whole day adventure.
Laguna is also famous for its hot springs, which provide a very relaxing way to end a day after you are done exploring this beautiful area. Trying to squeeze everything in one day is possible but could prove too ambitious, especially for those of you who travel with small children. That is why we also offer overnight Laguna packages which allows you to try out everything this place has to offer without feeling stressed for time.