Manila Bay

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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.

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Kabayan Hotel
Kabayan Hotel
2.5 out of 5
347 EDSA, Pasay
The price is $36 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in the heart of Pasay, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Department of Foreign Affairs, SMX Convention Center, and SM Mall of Asia. World Trade Center ...
3.7/5Good! (992 reviews)
"Smells so bad on the hallways"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Kabayan Hotel
Conrad Manila
Conrad Manila
5 out of 5
Seaside Boulevard, Corner of Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila
The price is $137 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
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! (1,000 reviews)
"I love the location and the view but because of the quarantine situation, I was not able to use some of the amenities provided by the hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

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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 $83 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Barangay 76, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Manila Bay and SMX Convention Center. Philippine International Convention Center is 2 mi (3.3 ...
4/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"I like about Wyndham by Mall of Asia is keeping their guests safe and protected by following strict guidelines and protocol. The services they gave to me were excellent. Also, food are so delicious and full of varieties. My quarantine stay with them was safe and relaxing. Thank you Wyndham!"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia
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Kabayan Hotel
Kabayan Hotel
2.5 out of 5
347 EDSA, Pasay
The price is $36 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Kabayan Hotel
Conrad Manila
Conrad Manila
5 out of 5
Seaside Boulevard, Corner of Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila
The price is $137 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Conrad Manila
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 $83 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Hotel 101 Manila
Hotel 101 Manila
3 out of 5
EDSA Extension, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila
Hotel 101 Manila
Solaire Resort and Casino
Solaire Resort and Casino
5 out of 5
1 Asean Avenue, Parañaque, Manila
Solaire Resort and Casino
Kingsford Hotel Manila
Kingsford Hotel Manila
3.5 out of 5
Bagong Nayong Pilipino, Parañaque, NCR
Kingsford Hotel Manila
Oyster Plaza Hotel
Oyster Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Dr. A. Santos Avenue corner, Kabihasnan, Sucat Road, Parañaque
The price is $39 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 9
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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 $123 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Hyatt Regency Manila, City of Dreams
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
5 out of 5
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila
The price is $148 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
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