Manila's Outskirts

Have fun in the sun among the exquisite beaches of Matabungkay or Nasugbu.  Explore the fabulous reefs in Anilao.  Relax among the famed resorts like Punta Baluarte in Calatagan.  And if you are looking for a more secluded hide-away, just off the coast is Bonito Resort on Culebra Island - a marine sanctuary.

Caliraya Lake
From November to March, Caliraya Lake becomes a haven for water sports enthusiasts as amihan or northeasterly winds blow the strongest.  Looking for a nearby getaway (2 ½ hours south of Manila) to enjoy boardsailing, canoeing, fishing, jet-skiing, windsurfing as well as other outdoor games like basketball, soccer, softball or tennis; Caliraya can provide such leisure.  Because it is man-made, the water of Caliraya Lake always drifts you to shore.

The beautiful and historic island of Corregidor sits off the coast of Bataan and Manila.  It has become an exciting tourist destination.  Bask in the sun as you take a dip in the clear waters of its fine white-sanded beach.  For a little history, take a walking tour of the fortifications, the silent guns and cannons.  It is truly a sight to see.

Hidden Valley
Located in Alaminos, Laguna, Hidden Valley is a fascinating private resort filled with century-old trees, giant ferns, wild orchids and three spring pools.  Its location is a 110-hectare under a 300-feet deep crater on the south side of Mount Makiling, an inactive volcano with three peaks that is the source of natural hot springs in Laguna and the source of its bottled water industry.  The crater is believed to have been formed by a violent volcanic upheaval thousands of years ago.  Those who wish to spend the night over can stay in its cottages.  Best place to soak and go nature tripping.

Las Piñas Church
A short drive from Manila takes you to one of the oldest churches in the country.  Built during the Spanish colonial period, this church houses the bamboo organ, the only one of its kind in the world.

Mount Banahaw
Experience a scenic trek to the "mountain of faith", Mount Banahaw.  Rising some 2,225 meters (7,300 feet) above the Quezon landscape, it has, for centuries, been an object of worship among the local folk.  Situated along its slope are numerous waterfalls, caves and other natural formations, most of them believed to be sources of psychic power.  The mountain is, in fact, home to dozens of peaceful religious sects, all of who profess their faith in Banahaw's mystical quality.

Mount Pinatubo
Rising some 1,780 meters (5,840 feet) above the plains, this huge pile of igneous earth made the headlines when it erupted in 1991, burning a path of devastation throughout Central Luzon.  It is now an attraction for adventure seekers.  Start conquering Mount Pinatubo with a rented 4x4 then be taken to the foot of the mountain.  Expect a three-hour trek.  It is worth the sweat though, especially after viewing the sweeping view of the crater lake.

Pagsanjan Falls
Whip up excitement at the famous Pagsanjan Falls, where wild boat rides take you through the rapids down the river.

Subic is located in the municipality of Olongapo, Zambales and was the site of a former American naval base.  It has been converted into a promising resort and industrial estate.  You can enjoy first-rate recreational facilities for diving, fishing parasailing, swimming and other water sports.

Take the jungle survival tour in the Subic Virgin Forest, the base tour or take a short boat ride to Grande Island and enjoy a day basking under the sun.


Rising 610 meters (2,000 feet) above sea level, Tagaytay is an alternative to the country's summer capital Baguio City.  Most bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants, retreat houses, gardens, golf courses and public parks face the spectacular Taal Lake and Taal Volcano - the lowest and smallest active volcano in the world.

Villa Escudero
A one and a half-hour drive south of Manila takes you to this lush coconut plantation resort located in the heart of Quezon Province.  The resort is home to a rich collection of European Art pieces and antique images of Catholic saints.