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Manila Bay
Vacation Travel Guide

Manila Bay showing 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.

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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Top Hotels Close to Manila Bay

Hyatt Regency Manila, City of Dreams
Hyatt Regency Manila, City of Dreams
5 out of 5
Belle Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque, Manila
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,458 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Tambo, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Baclaran Church, City of Dreams Manila, and Mall of Asia Arena. SM Mall of Asia and Manila Bay are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Overall experience is great. Staff are very hospitable and friendly"

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

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Conrad Manila
Conrad Manila
5 out of 5
Seaside Boulevard, Corner of Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila
The price is ¥12,900 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Barangay 76, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Arena, and SM Mall of Asia. World Trade Center Manila ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"All employees were so polite and were smiling when entering the premisses. All have an excellent customer services."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Conrad Manila
City of Dreams - Nobu Hotel Manila
City of Dreams - Nobu Hotel Manila
5 out of 5
Corner Asean Avenue & Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque, Manila
The price is ¥17,294 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Located in Tambo, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Baclaran Church, City of Dreams Manila, and Mall of Asia Arena. SM Mall of Asia and Manila Bay are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (858 reviews)
"It was my first time and it didn’t disappoint. Great staff and prompt attention to service needs. Facility Maintenance team quickly came up upon my call at 2AM when the room’s AC didn’t work and quickly fixed the issue. I’d say superb service overall."

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

City of Dreams - Nobu Hotel Manila
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Nichols Airport Hotel
Nichols Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
484 Quirino Avenue, Baclaran, Parañaque, Manila
The price is ¥4,513 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 20
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Conrad Manila
Conrad Manila
5 out of 5
Seaside Boulevard, Corner of Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila
The price is ¥12,900 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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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
The price is ¥12,458 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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City of Dreams - Nobu Hotel Manila
City of Dreams - Nobu Hotel Manila
5 out of 5
Corner Asean Avenue & Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque, Manila
The price is ¥17,294 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
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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
The price is ¥9,277 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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Solaire Resort and Casino
Solaire Resort and Casino
5 out of 5
1 Asean Avenue, Parañaque, Manila
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The Heritage Hotel Manila
The Heritage Hotel Manila
4 out of 5
Roxas Boulevard, Corner Of Edsa, Pasay, Manila
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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
5 out of 5
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila
The price is ¥12,060 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Kingsford Hotel Manila
Kingsford Hotel Manila
Bagong Nayong Pilipino, Parañaque, NCR
Kingsford Hotel Manila
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