The capital of Philippines, Manila is a bay side city on the island of Luzon presenting a heady combination of the East and the West. It is where a majority of tourists visit all throughout the year to explore a fine mix of Spanish colonial architecture and ultra-modern high-rises.
Discover the marine world at Manila Ocean Park
Tourists of diverse taste and preferences are welcomed at Manila Ocean Park all year round. It is the first world-class marine theme park in the Philippines ensuring a fun time around its aqua-themed hotel and marine life attractions. Sharks and Rays Encounter, and Birds of Prey Kingdom are a few prominent attractions of the park whereas mermaid swim experience, trails to Antarctica and Symphony Evening Show are another major draws. This place also delights food lovers with wonderful delicacies served at the restaurants such as Afford-a-bowl, Magic Stick, Foss Coffee, and Shawarma Station.
Visit the iconic and religious “Manila Cathedral – Basilica”
History lovers, architecture enthusiasts as well as spiritual seekers – all can spend an ideal day at the iconic “Manila Cathedral – Basilica”. It is the first Cathedral of the Philippines, and is the mother of all Churches, Cathedrals and Basilicas of Philippines. The statues of famous saints chiselled in Roman travertine stone placed at the front of this monument are a treat for sore eyes. Visitors would love to discover here six chapels alongside the right lateral nave, two on the left lateral nave and two sculpted angels along with a marble altar on the central nave.
Go on Manila Bay Dinner Cruise
An ideal way to enjoy the sights and tastes of Manila is to take a dinner cruise that takes you along the shoreline of Manila Bay. The cruise draws a large number of nature lovers from all over the world to Manila for a perfect excursion. Along with the spectacular scenery of Manila Bay, you will also get a chance to admire the surroundings against the backdrop of a colourful sunset. The amicable crew members give a warm welcome to the visitors in the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Moreover, a delicious Filipino dinner accompanied by live music is certain to amaze the foodie in you.
Learn about the History of Philippines at the National Museum
The National Museum is a must-see for history as well as art enthusiasts. It is an educational, cultural and scientific body collecting safeguards, displays and documents, and promoting scholarly study and public appreciation of works and various artefacts. You can discover here the cultural heritage of the Filipino people and the natural history of the country. The museum has multiple divisions such as Zoology, Anthropology, Botany, Geology, and Archaeology. Visitors need to keep in mind that firearms, food, bottled water, ball pens and smoking are strictly prohibited here.
Enjoy shopping at SM Megamall
With an array of shopping malls and markets, Manila is a perfect shopping place in the Philippines. The city is home to SM Megamall, the fourth largest mall in the world that has a maximum capacity of four million people and draws the attention of shoppers from all around. Situated in Ortigas Center Business District of Metro Manila, it has 800 stores selling everything from clothes, bags and shoes to watches, jewellery and accessories. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi access and valet parking within the mall. Besides, there are a number of dining options that will leave foodies spoilt for choice.