Is there anything to do in Manila?
Of course, there are a few things to do, but the real magic of the Philippines isn’t in the crowded, dirty, noisy streets of Manila.
The magic is on the islands.
When you come here, you’ll probably arrive via Manila Airport. It’s the main airport in the Philippines and most international flights come through there.
If you’re arriving earlier than lunch time, it’s best to come straight down to Badladz.
Manila is hot. It’s smelly. It’s crowded.
So naturally, if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in tropical paradise, Manila isn’t the place.
Take a taxi to Buendia Bus Station and come straight down to Puerto Galera. It’s one of the closest places to Manila that you can call a tropical paradise. Click here for directions.
One of the things to do in Manila is visit Intramuros, also known as “The Walled City”. It’s the oldest district and the historic core of Manila. During the Spanish Colonial Period, Intramuros was the seat of the government.
If you’re arriving near New Years Eve, it’s worth staying in Manila for the New Years Eve Celebrations. Stay at a hotel and spend the evening on the rooftop. At 12am, fireworks are launched through the city, turning Manila into a haze of brightly-colored fireworks and gunpowder.
Another fun thing to do in Manila is visit the night markets. From 4pm until 12am, the Food Bowl Night Market at Centris Walk, Quezon Avenue comes alive with the organic night markets. Stroll through the aisles and feast on the healthy, fresh food. You’ll contribute to the local economy and do your health a favor at the same time.
There are a number of museums in Manila, but one of the best is Marikina Shoe Museum. You’ll discover the footwear of important people from the past, including presidents, first ladies and national heroes.
There are things to do in Manila. But none of these compares to what you’ll find in Puerto Galera.
It’s hard to beat world-class scuba diving, white sandy beaches and a thriving nightlife scene.
Our suggestion is to come straight down after you arrive. Spend you holiday on the beach, relaxing like you want to. If you really feel the need to see Manila, do it at the end of the trip. This means you’ll know what Puerto Galera is all about.
Also, you might like to know that every person we have suggested this to that has taken the advice has skipped Manila. They came to the beach and loved it so much that they tried to cram as much “Puerto Galera time” in as possible.