Manila Bay

Manila Bay showing rugged 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.

Top 10 Hotels Near Manila Bay

Hotel 101 Manila- Multi-Use Hotel
Hotel 101 Manila- Multi-Use Hotel
3 out of 5
EDSA Extension, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila, 1300
The price is S$76 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
S$76
per night
6 Feb - 7 Feb
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Pasay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,097 reviews)
"Staff was very service friendly. Got two calls per day asking if anything was needed. Reception, bell service, security, the pool guy, the wait staff in the café all were friendly."

Reviewed on 4 Feb,2023

Hotel 101 Manila- Multi-Use Hotel
Kingsford Hotel Manila
Kingsford Hotel Manila
3.5 out of 5
Bagong Nayong Pilipino, Parañaque, NCR, 1701
The price is S$164 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
S$164
per night
6 Feb - 7 Feb
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Parañaque. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions SM Mall of Asia and Newport World ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (131 reviews)
"The entire staff was amazing. Attention to detail the customer care i will recommend this hotel to all my friends truly a 5 star rating."

Reviewed on 30 Jan,2023

Kingsford Hotel Manila
Solaire Resort and Casino
Solaire Resort and Casino
5 out of 5
1 Asean Avenue, Parañaque, Manila, 1701
The price is S$289 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
S$289
per night
7 Mar - 8 Mar
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Parañaque. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,016 reviews)
"Excellent overall. Easy check-in. Very clean hotel with outstanding customer service! Shuttle transportation can be arranged for pick up and drop off to airport. We were able to leave larger luggage for no additional charge while we vacationed to Thialand. One of the best hotel/casino I've had the ..."

Reviewed on 3 Feb,2023

Solaire Resort and Casino
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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 Heritage Hotel Manila
Kingsford Hotel Manila
Kingsford Hotel Manila
3.5 out of 5
Bagong Nayong Pilipino, Parañaque, NCR, 1701
Kingsford Hotel Manila
Hotel 101 Manila- Multi-Use Hotel
Hotel 101 Manila- Multi-Use Hotel
3 out of 5
EDSA Extension, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila, 1300
Hotel 101 Manila- Multi-Use Hotel
Solaire Resort and Casino
Solaire Resort and Casino
5 out of 5
1 Asean Avenue, Parañaque, Manila, 1701
Solaire Resort and Casino
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
5 out of 5
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila, 1300
Sofitel Philippine Plaza 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, 1308
Microtel by Wyndham Mall of Asia
Conrad Manila
Conrad Manila
5 out of 5
Seaside Boulevard, Corner of Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Manila, 1300
Conrad Manila
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
TRYP by Wyndham Mall of Asia Manila
Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
4 out of 5
Oceanaire Bldg, Sunrise Drive, CBP D Macapagal, Pasay, Manila, 1300
Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.