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Outdoor Adventures from Manila

By Viator, February 2018

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While Manila lives up to its reputation as a bustling and often chaotic capital, the city makes an excellent base for exploring the rest of the sunny Philippines. There are numerous ways to escape the hubbub and experience the great outdoors; here are a few of our favorite activities and tours.

Biking
Cyclists will find a host of options for adventure not far from Manila. Pedal the single tracks through a tropical forest at La Mesa Watershed, enjoy mountain biking on the trails of Santa Rosa, or opt for a family-friendly ride around a man-made lake in Nuvali.

Volcano Trekking
The Taal Volcano ranks among the most active in the Philippines, and it’s also a popular hiking spot. Black lava flows lead up to Vulcan Point, a scenic overlook affording views of a crater lake situated in the middle of Taal Volcano Island.

4WD Tours
Going off-road in Manila often means a day trip to Mt. Pinatubo, where an early-morning 4x4 ride and a short hike take visitors to the top of Pinatubo Crater. The reward for the early wake-up and effort is a stellar view of an emerald-colored volcanic lake, all just a few hours outside of central Manila. 

Jungle Survival Courses
Subic Bay, the former site of a major US Navy base, is today a popular weekend destination from Manila. Among the many jungle adventures on offer here is the chance to learn about wilderness survival and environmental ethics from indigenous Aetas, whose skills have been passed down from generation to generation.

Dugout Canoeing
Thrill seekers will find quite the adrenaline rush within Pagsanjan Gorge National Park, where the best way to travel through the deep, narrow gorges is within a traditional dugout canoe. An expedition through the park often includes an upriver canoe ride to the spectacular Pagsanjan Falls, as well as an opportunity to paddle into a hidden cave. 

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Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila, Manila, null
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Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Discover majestic Pagsanjan Falls on this day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Manila! With your local guide, enjoy exciting boat rides along rapids ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.94
Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike, Manila, Day Trips
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Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Leave the bustle of Manila behind on this day trip to Mt Pinatubo for a combo 4x4 and trekking adventure to Pinatubo Crater with an expert guide. Drive an ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.99
Full-Day Taal Volcano Trekking and Horse-Riding Tour Including Lunch, Manila, Day Trips
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Full-Day Taal Volcano Trekking and Horse-Riding Tour Including Lunch

Experience breathtaking views of craters and lakes on this full-day tour with guided horseback riding

Location: Tagaytay, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.00
Subic Bay Day Trip from Manila, Manila, Day Trips
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Subic Bay Day Trip from Manila

4 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Get a unique look at the Philippines’ military history, indigenous culture and amazing wildlife on this day trip from Manila to Subic Bay. With your local ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.94
Hidden Valley Springs with Lunch from Manila, Manila, Day Trips
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Hidden Valley Springs with Lunch from Manila

Get close to nature on this 8-hour door to Hidden Valley. In a small group of no more than 15, drive 1.5 hours south of Manila to this deep crater formed by a ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.00
Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour from Manila, Manila, Day Trips
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Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour from Manila

Discover majestic Pagsanjan Falls on this day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Manila! With your local guide, enjoy exciting boat rides along rapids ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $253.62
Small-Group Weekend Hiking Tour to Banaue-Ifugao from Manila, Manila, Day Trips
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Small-Group Weekend Hiking Tour to Banaue-Ifugao from Manila

Enjoy this weekend hiking tour to the land of the Ifugao. Ifugao is the name of the region and the people famous for the Banaue rice terraces that stand out ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $230.00
Nuvali Bike Tour from Makati, Manila, Hiking & Camping
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Nuvali Bike Tour from Makati

A family bike tour in Nuvali is one of the best outdoor bonding activity that you can enjoy with your friends and other family members. It is best for those ...  Read more

Location: Makati, Philippines
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Hidden Valley Springs Resort Day Trip from Manila, Manila, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Hidden Valley Springs Resort Day Trip from Manila

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Manila for the day and head to Hidden Valley Springs Resort. As you explore this massive volcanic crater on foot with your ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $147.94
MOUNT PINATUBO ADVENTURE from Manila, Manila, Day Trips
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MOUNT PINATUBO ADVENTURE from Manila

Mt. Pinatubo is regarded as one of the major mountaineering destination in the Philippines. Landscape covered in lahar and boulders, with valleys that serve as ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $141.83

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