Manila Bay

Manila Bay featuring rocky coastline

Drift around the tranquil waters of a sheltered bay and watch a colorful sunset from the shores of Manila city.

Manila Bay is often described as one of the best natural bays in the world. Explore it on foot or by boat to see the bright lights of Manila. Come here for a quiet escape away from the bustle of the city center.

The bay is sheltered from the elements, which means that all 770 square miles (2,000 square kilometers) stay fairly shallow and resist large tidal changes. Enjoy the calmness of the water here by taking a sailing trip around the vast, beautiful bay.

Manila Bay’s proximity to the Southeast Asian mainland made it an important port throughout history. As you pull into Manila Harbor, picture the Spanish ships landing here in 1571 and imagine war ships fighting the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898.

Set sail at sunset for a twilight cruise around the bay. Dinner cruises leave from Manila Harbor. Dine on delectable Filipino cuisine and admire views of the city’s gleaming skyscrapers. Listen to local bands serenade you as you watch the landscape drift past. Choose a night cruise to see the city sparkle with thousands of lights.

Appreciate Manila Bay’s famous sunsets from the land. Head to Manila Baywalk, a pedestrianized stretch of the bay in Malate and Ermita. Stroll along the path, stopping by open-air cafés and listening for the sounds of the musicians who may be playing in bandstands on Friday and Saturday nights.

Harbor Square, where many of the boat trips depart, features some of Manila City’s best bay-facing attractions. Feel the rush of adrenaline in the funfair rides of Star City, among them roller coasters, log flumes and swinging ships. Watch dance, orchestral and jazz performances in the Cultural Center of the Philippines, a striking modernist complex that looks out over the bay.

The best way to access to Manila Bay is via the metropolitan area of Manila City. Hop on a bus to the districts of Malate or Ermita to reach some of the best views of the bay.

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The Heritage Hotel Manila
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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
5 out of 5
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila, 1300
Fully refundable
The price is Rs7,620 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
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Solaire Resort and Casino
Solaire Resort and Casino
5 out of 5
1 Asean Avenue, Parañaque, Manila, 1701
The price is Rs17,221 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
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The Heritage Hotel Manila
The Heritage Hotel Manila
4 out of 5
Roxas Boulevard, Corner Of Edsa, Pasay, Manila, 1300
The price is Rs3,297 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
The Heritage Hotel Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
5 out of 5
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila, 1300
The price is Rs7,620 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Solaire Resort and Casino
Solaire Resort and Casino
5 out of 5
1 Asean Avenue, Parañaque, Manila, 1701
The price is Rs17,221 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Solaire Resort and Casino
Conrad Manila
Conrad Manila
5 out of 5
Seaside Boulevard, Corner of Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila, 1300
The price is Rs12,685 per night from 18 Jul to 19 Jul
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Hyatt Regency Manila, City of Dreams
Hyatt Regency Manila, City of Dreams
5 out of 5
Belle Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque, Manila, 1701
The price is Rs9,580 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
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TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia Manila
TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia Manila
3.5 out of 5
Seaside Blvd, Corner J.W. Diokno Blvd, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila, 1300
The price is Rs6,255 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
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Kingsford Hotel Manila
Kingsford Hotel Manila
3.5 out of 5
Bagong Nayong Pilipino, Parañaque, NCR, 1701
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Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Jasmine Drive, Pasay, Manila, 1309
The price is Rs5,602 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City, an IHG Hotel
Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia
Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia
3 out of 5
Coral Way Avenue Corner of, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay, Manila, 1308
The price is Rs6,010 per night from 11 Jul to 12 Jul
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