Thursday, May 23, 2019

Best Day Trip Adventures Near Metro Manila

There are times we have to break our daily routine to forget about the work stress and escape the fast-paced city life. We need a change of environment, even just for a while, to loosen up and regain back our strength. 

If you need a quick getaway full of fun and adventure, here are some of the awesome day trips you could explore with your friends and family near Metro Manila.


Aqua Planet is the Philippines' newest and most modern water theme park with 38 water slides and attractions situated in a 10-hectare property in Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, Pampanga.

Aqua Loop, Sky Shuttle, Boogie Bay, Flow Rider, Hurricane, Kiddie Zone, Octopus Racer, Tornado, Spiral Slides, Superbowl, Wave Pool and Wave River

Ticket Prices:

Weekday (Monday - Friday)
     Adults - PHP 950.00
     Kids (below 4ft) - PHP 750.00

Weekend (Saturday - Sunday) and Holidays
     Adults - PHP 1,180.00
     Kids (below 4ft) - PHP 980.00

Address: Bounded by J P Rizal Avenue, J P Laurel Avenue and Prince Balagtas Avenue, Clark Sun Valley View, Clark Special Economic Zone, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Operating Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM | Monday to Sunday
Contact Details: (045) 649 8500


The Philippines' premiere theme park situated in a 25-hectare property in Santa Rosa, Laguna. The theme park officially opened to the public on October 19, 1995, and continuously providing a magical experience to its guests and visitors.

Agila the EKsperience, Space Shuttle, Anchor's Away, Jungle Log Jam, Rio Grande Rapids, Wheel of Fate, EKstreme Tower Ride, Disk-O-Magic, Grand Carousel, Flying Fiesta, Rialto, Kart Trak, Roller Skater, Boulderville

Ticket Prices:
Weekday (Monday - Friday)
     Regular Day Pass - PHP 800.00
     Junior Day Pass - PHP 500.00
     Senior Citizen and PWD - PHP 500.00
     Junior PWD - PHP 350.00

Weekend (Saturday - Sunday) and Holidays
     Regular Day Pass - PHP 900.00
     Junior Day Pass - PHP 600.00
     Senior Citizen and PWD - PHP 600.00
     Junior PWD - PHP 400.00

Address: San Lorenzo South, Sta Rosa City, Laguna
Operating Hours: 11 AM to 9 PM | Wednesday to Sunday
Contact Details: (02) 584 3535


Located outside the Clark Economic Zone, Deca Wakeboard Park is a state-of-the-art cable park designed for amateur and professional riders. Beginners are welcome, they have friendly instructors who could teach you the basics of wakeboarding.

Ticket Prices:
Weekdays (Monday - Friday)
     Two Hours - PHP 400.00
     Four Hours - PHP 700.00
     All Day (8 Hours) - PHP 1,200.00

Weekends (Saturday - Sunday)
     Two Hours - PHP 500.00
     Four Hours - PHP 800.00
     All Day (8 Hours) - PHP 1,200.00

*Helmet, lifevest, beginner's board, and instruction are all included in the rates above.

Address: JP Laurel Street, Brgy Margot, Angeles City, Pampanga
Operating Hours: 830 AM to 530 PM | Monday to Sunday
Contact Details: 0905 330 1013


A hidden jewel located between Mt. Cristobal and Mt. Banahaw in San Pablo, Laguna. Bato Springs Resort is your perfect weekend getaway because of its natural spring water and lush greens surroundings. The place is a good venue to relax and unwind with family and friends.

Entrance Fee:
Weekdays - PHP 80.00
Weekends - PHP 100.00
Overnight Swimming - PHP 150.00

Cottages - PHP 500.00
Rooms - PHP 2,500 and up
Tent Pitching - PHP 200.00

Address: Brgy San Cristobal, San Pablo City, Laguna
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours
Contact Details: 0926 582 2822


Sky Ranch is the complex where you could enjoy Sky Fun, an amusement park by SM Prime Holdings Inc. Officially opened to the public on March 2013, Sky Ranch offers exhilarating and fun rides perfect for thrill seekers. This leisure park gives you a beautiful and scenic view of the Taal Volcano.

Entrance Fee:
Weekdays (Monday to Friday) - PHP 80.00
Weekends (Saturday - Sunday) and Holidays - PHP 100.00
Free entrance for children 3ft and below

Attractions and Ticket Prices:
Zipline - PHP 500.00
Sky Eye - PHP 150.00
Super Viking, Sky Cruiser, Top Dancer, Flying Bus, Log Coaster, Drop Tower - PHP 100.00
Express Train, Safari Splash - PHP 80.00
Mini Viking, Wonder Flight, Snail Attack, Jump Around, Red Baron, Nessi Coaster, Grand Carousel, Bubble-O-Fun - PHP 50.00
Riding Loop (horseback riding) - minimum fee

Address: KM60 Tagaytay - Nasugbu via Tuy Road, Brgy Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Operating Hours:
     10 AM to 10 PM | Monday to Friday
      8 AM to 10 PM | Saturday to Sunday
Contact Details: (02) 862 7704


A 2,000-hectare hidden gem of Nueva Ecija, Minalungao is a protected area established as a national park in 1967. The word Minalungao is from the word "mina" which means mine and "lungao" which means cave. This picturesque place showcases the emerald colored Penaranda River and limestone cliffs.

Park Rates:
Entrance Fee and Environmental Fee - PHP 150.00
Parking Fee - PHP 50.00
Bamboo Raft - PHP 800.00 (8pax)
Life Vest - PHP 25.00
Use of Restroom - PHP 10.00

Day Use Cottage - PHP 300 - PHP 700.00
Overnight Cottage - PHP 1,500.00
Air-Conditioned Cottage - PHP 2,500.00

Zipline  - PHP 100.00 (one-way) | PHP 150.00 (round trip) 
Kayak - PHP 200.00 (per hour)
Trekking/Hiking 1,000 steps to the glass cross, Hanging Bridge, Caving, Swimming, Cliff Diving, Picnic

Address: Barangay Pias, General Tinio, Nueva Ecija


A theme park focused on Philippines' culture, history, traditions, and national landmarks. Contemporary and cultural performances are also showcased daily at the park.

Ticket Prices:
Adult - PHP 150.00
Children - PHP 100.00
Senior Citizen - PHP 120.00

Address: Centennial Road, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Operating Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM | Tuesday to Sunday
Contact Details: 0927 235 6272


The only tiger safari in the Philippines located in the heart of a forest in Subic Zambales. Zoobic Safari is a 25-hectare forest adventure park that allows guest to have close encounters with their resident animals.

Zoobic Park, Zoobic Cave, Forbidden Cave, Savannah, Aetas’ Trail, Bone Muzooem, Tiger Safari, Animal Muzooem, Croco Loco, Serpentarium, Tiger Close Encounter, Lion Close Encounter, Eggziting Story, Hip Hop Bunny Hop, Animal Shows

Ticket Prices:
Adult - PHP 695.00
Children (3ft to 4ft) - PHP 595
Children 3ft below - Free of Charge

Address: Group 1 Ilanin Forest, Forrest Adventure, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Subic, Zambales
Operating Hours: 8 AM to 4 PM | Monday to Sunday
Contact Details: (047) 252-2272 | (02) 847-0413


The second branch of Sky Ranch which opened last November 2014 and is located within the vicinity of SM City Pampanga. The main attraction in this amusement park is the Pampanga Eye which is said to be the tallest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines at 65 meters tall and 50 meters in diameter.

Entrance Fee: Free

Attractions and Ticket Prices:
Pampanga Eye - PHP 150.00
Drop Tower, Planetarium, Field Runner, Gear Shifter, Super Viking, Music Express, Dream Log, Loop Roller Coaster - PHP 100.00
Sky Cruises, Bumper Boat, Express Train, Safari Train - PHP 80.00
Space Shuttle, Octopus Ride, Bungee Jump, Mini Viking, Walk on Water, Kangaroo Jump, Double Decker Carousel, Wonder Flight, Convoy Tour, Canoe River - PHP 50.00

Address: Jose Abad Santos Avenue (formerly Olangapo-Gapan Road), San Fernando City and Mexico, Pampanga
Operating Hours:
     3 PM to 12 MN | Monday to Thursday
     12 NN to 12 MN | Friday, Saturday - Sunday and Holidays
Contact Details: (02) 862 7704


The Inflatable Island PH is the biggest floating playground in Asia located at Subic Bay Waters in Zambales. At 4,200 sqm, it's as big as 8 basketball courts put together side by side. It contains inflatables slides, towers, bridges, human launchers, swings and so much more!

Gigantic Sunflowers, Biggest Unicorn, Pink & Yellow Bali Lounge, Inflatable Island

Ticket Prices:
Online Booking
     Sprinkle (1 Hour Pass) - PHP 499.00
     Splash (2 Hour Pass) - PHP 599.00
     Spray (Half Day Pass) - PHP 699.00
     Soaked (Whole Day Pass) - PHP 899.00
     Sunflower Lounge - PHP 1,500.00 / DayBed for 4 pax

Walk-In Rates
     Sprinkle (1 Hour Pass) - PHP 599.00
     Splash (2 Hour Pass) - PHP 699.00
     Spray (Half Day Pass) - PHP 799.00
     Soaked (Whole Day Pass) - PHP 999.00
     Sunflower Lounge - PHP 1,800.00 / DayBed for 4 pax

*All play passes have access to the inflatable island, unicorn island and pink/yellow Bali lounge.

Address: Subic Bay Waters, National Hi-Way, Lower Kalaklan, 
Olongapo City, Zambales
Operating Hours: 8 AM to 6PM | Monday to Sunday
Contact Details: 0917 150 1103 | 0917 835 2665


Pradera Verde is a one-stop recreational facility with a vast panorama of green scenery in Lubao Pampanga. The place offers cozy one-story villas for overnight visitors, open-air and overlooking view deck restaurant, 27-hole golf course, wakeboard area for professional riders and beginners, beach type swimming and wave pool.

Ticket Prices:
Wake Park Rates
     1 Hour - PHP 250.00
     2 Hours - PHP 475.00
     4 Hours - PHP 595.00
     8 Hours - PHP 1,000.00

*Helmet, lifevest, beginner's board, and instruction are all included in the rates above.

Pool Rates:
     Walk-Ins - PHP 350.00
     Check-Ins - PHP 280.00
     Children below 3ft - PHP 150.00

Address: Prado, Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga
Operating Hours:
     Water Park: 8 AM to 9 PM | Monday to Sunday
     Wake Park: 830 AM to 530 PM | Monday to Sunday
Contact Details: 0917 447 1214


Sandbox is an outdoor adventure destination located at Alviera Subdivision in Porac, Pampanga. They offer fun and thrilling rides and attractions for people of all ages. Attractions include Asia’s first roller coaster zip line and the tallest giant swing in the Philippines.

Entrance Fee: PHP 100.00

Ticket Prices:
Package A - PHP 750.00 (Entrance Fee, Roller Coaster Zipline, Giant Swing, Aerial Walk, Free Fall, Wall Climbing, Rappelling)
Package B - PHP 500.00 (Entrance Fee, Roller Coaster Zipline, Giant Swing, Wall Climbing, Rappelling)
Package C - PHP 450.00 (Entrance Fee, Roller Coaster Zipline, Giant Swing, Free Fall)
Package D - PHP 700.00 (Entrance Fee, Roller Coaster Zipline, Target and AQTIV Outdoor Archery)
Package E - PHP 600.00 (Entrance Fee, Roller Coaster Zipline, Giant Swing, Wall Climbing, Rappelling, Splash Tub Challenger)
Package A + Splash Tub Challenger - PHP 850.00

Address: Alviera, Porac, Pampanga
Operating Hours: 9AM to 5PM | Tuesday to Sunday
Contact Details: 0917 803 3099


The volcano is dormant for almost 500 years before its eruption on June 15, 1991, which is considered as the second largest volcanic eruption of the century. More than 20 years after its eruption, Mt Pinatubo became a popular hiking destination in Luzon. Experience 1-hour 4x4 off-road adventure from Capas Tarlac base camp to the jump-off point plus 1.5-hour trekking to see its magnificent crater lake.

Package tours are available from PHP 2,000 to PHP 6,000 per head.

Address: Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar or Houses of the Philippines by Acuzar is a heritage and convention center located in Bagac, Bataan. This heritage resort by the sea is a project of Jerry Acuzar, a businessman with a passion for history and architecture. The place transports you back to 18th century Philippines. The houses were reconstructed from pieces to pieces, some of the houses are just replicas while others are constructed using the original materials of the houses from different parts of the country. Each house was named from the place where the house originated.

Ticket Prices (Heritage Tour):
Weekday Walking Tour - PHP 1,500.00 (Walking Heritage tour with tour guide, Bottled mineral water or signature welcome drink, Use of raincoat during rainy season, Cold towels and map, Beach access)
Weekday Premiere Heritage Tour - PHP 1,850.00 (Walking Heritage tour, Welcome drinks, Beach Access, Cold towels and map, Use of raincoat during rainy season, Balsa Cruise or Dining credit, Calesa ride, Hotel de Oriente access)
Weekend Walking Heritage Tour - PHP 2,500.00 (Walking Heritage Tour with tour guide, Access to majestic Hotel de Oriente, Free Kalesa ride, Free river cruise along Umangol river, Bottled mineral water or signature welcome drink, Use of raincoat during rainy season, Cold towels and map, Beach access, PHP 500.00 worth of dining credits)

Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
Operating Hours (Heritage Tours):
     Morning - 830 AM, 930 AM, 1030 AM
     Afternoon - 330 PM, 430 PM, 530 PM, 630 PM
Contact Details: 0917 872 9361


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