We are cruising into Manila for around 10 hours!!
Is there much to see? is there a day trip? f the sight's to see. Any suggestions would be appreciated
I'm assuming you'd be docking in or around Manila bay.
Here's your 10 hour itinerary, wihin a 10-km/30-minute radius of your porting place, also assuming you'll arrive early morning (feel free to revise to suit your preference or availability):
9AM to 11AM: Entertainment: Manila Ocean Park - a brand-new oceanarium
1130-2PM: Lunch and Shopping: SM Mall of Asia - one of the biggest malls in the world + San Miguel by the Bay (near SM Mall of Asia)
2-5: Casino or Massage - Hyatt Hotel Manila
5-7: Party/bars - Malate (pronounced "mah-lah-teh"). The Street partying doesn't start til around 12 midnight, though.
The shopping and the massage sounds great although the ship is leaving from Hong Kong and they say that is the shopping capital.
I was more thinking about organised day tours of the points of interest. I managed to find one which is the Corregidor Island Tour which leaves early and I am not sure if you can get private tours to the island over a shorter period of time. If anyone knows anything about this tour I would love to hear about it
for me things in general are cheaper in manila than hong kong.
you can do the corregidor tour but im not sure if you can leave earlier than everyone else. try contacting the tour operator.
For day trip around Manila and nearby areas, I would suggest any of these:
1. Corregidor Island - Historic WW2 site
2. Tagaytay - Breathtaking view of Taal Volcano within a lake
3. Pagsanjan Falls - If you're familiar with "Apocalypse Now", the movie was partly shot here
and don't forget to try the Jeepney ride!
pagsanjan would be a bad idea,as you would probably be late coming back due to traffic and would not be able to enjoy your trip if you rush too much. take tagaytay or corregidor as long as it's a guided tour so that your hours will be carefully counted. i also agree with the intramuros guided tour, and then you can get in some shopping done afterwards either at robinsons place ermita or at mall of asia. either way, you can only do one of the three considering your brief port time in manila. maybe you should return for a longer visit so you can include other cities as well. have fun though!
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