Manila is great in and of itself. If you want to see the Philippines and not just stay in one place, public transport opportunities imply you would have to return to Manila to make your next trip. Therefore Manila is a good starting point for side trips to choose from. Some of them might include one overnight stay at the destination point.
Here is my selection of 4 side trips from Manila in 12 pictures:

1) Pinatubo trekking tour

If you like hiking with some taste of adventure, it’s the right thing for you. Might be done as a day tour but if you don’t like to get up in the middle of the night, consider arriving to the tour starting point the evening before.

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Read more about Pinatubo trekking tour by clicking this link.

2) Taal heritage town

If you are a history and architecture lover, this is the tour for you. Can be easily done in one day.

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15 taal batangas philippines 1170361Read more about Taal heritage town by clicking this link.

3) Tagaytay town day tour

If you want to have incredible vistas, art, relaxation and delicious food all in one, go to Tagaytay!

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Read more about Tagaytay town tour by clicking this link.

4) Coron island hopping

If you want to see paradise, swim, snorkel and dive, this is where you must go. Includes a short flight and most likely, at least one overnight stay.

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Read more about Coron island hopping by clicking this link.

Have you been to Manila? What is your favourite side trip from there?


  • Published by Anita on January 1, 2017

    Author: Anita Sāne

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    About the author
    Anita is a part-time traveler, passionate photographer, and a retired career woman from Latvia, 
    traveling mostly solo for more than 15 years. She is a skilled travel planner planning and executing her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her also on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter, and Bloglovin.



    Bistra Yakimova
    Amazing photos! Very inspiring! I wish I were in Manila right now!
    Filippines look fabulous and your photos are so appealing that makes us want to book a trip there. Specially Coron island looks like such a great natural place that I would love to visit.
    wooowww... Philippines is actually my country, but I haven't explored much like you do... great to see you're amazing photos,,,I'm from the south... and you're right that flights take off usually from Manila... I hope that we'll have more domestic flights to hop on from island to another island....
    Roger Wellington
    Wow, your photos are amazing! I would love to visit Manila next time. It looks like there is a lot to do there!Roger Wellington
    Happy Go Travel
    Your pictures are absolutely amazing!!! You have sold me on wanting to visit the Philippines.
    Christine K
    I have only been to the city of Manila and not to any of the surrounding islands. This certainly looks like a place with lots of options for pleasant excursions. Tagaytay looks particularly interesting, perhaps because of the food and that it looks so colorful.
    I haven't been to Manila yet but you're pictures really make me wanna change that. Especially Coron Island and the Pinatubo Trekking tour.. that looks beautiful!
    Sumti Bhadani
    Wow. All the pics are so amazing. Loved it :)
    Travelling Tom
    I'm ashamed to say, I didn't do any of these when I was in Manila. An opportunity wasted I think, they look great!
    Stephanie Craig
    Wow! These are awesome photographs! I love posts like this-it's so great to help get ideas for day trips. For some reason that's always the hardest part of trip planning.

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