Manila Sports & Activities

What to Do in Manila

Manila offers a wide selection of sports, adventurous activities, side-splitting fun, open spaces and underwater amazement. The appeal that brings hordes of visitors to the Philippines each year can too be found around Manila-Metro. Blessed with some of Southeast Asia’s best golf courses, many an enthusiast has been known to holiday here purely for its golf credentials.

A leader in the realm of spa and wellness, you won’t be stuck for controlled relaxation options. For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Manila offers great opportunities to get better acquainted with the Philippines' spectacular landscape, with many biking tours to choose from, using just one example. The undisputed stars of the vast archipelago are the azure shorelines and the tropical marine life that inhabits them. Put simply: diving is a must. See below what to do in Manila...

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Club Intramuros

Club Intramuros's biggest draw is that its 18-hole course can easily be completed in 2 hours, attracting local golfers on an extended lunch beak. It's also one of the few golf courses in Manila that offers nighttime golfing. The building of Club Intramuros began in 1907, making it the doyen of Manila's flourishing golf scene. 

  • Location: Bonifacio Drive, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 (0)2 527 6612
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Manila Country Club

Manila Country Club is comparatively shorter than most championship courses. The picturesque course is enhanced by the rolling terrain, and impeccable greens planted with Zoysia Japonica grass and tree-lined fairways. The golf course was a one-time host to Shell's Wonderful World of Golf and the US LPGA mixed pro-am, which features the American Women's pro circuit.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5am to 10pm
  • Location: Harvard Road, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Tel: 63 (0)2 815 2641
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Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club

Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club has 2 18-hole courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Masters course is slightly longer than the Legends, and both are par 72. The Masters is punctuated by traps and water hazards, while the Legends is accentuated by high banks. Spread out over 420 hectares, the course has been designed to blend in with its unique terrain.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 7pm
  • Location: Congressional Road, Carmona, Cavite, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 (0)46 430 0001
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Montalban – San Mateo

Montalban is a municipality within the Rizal Province, located at the northern extremity of JP Rizal Avenue. It's where you can enjoy outdoor activities, like caving, camping, and mountain hiking. Check out Wawa Gorge, a 5-river crossing trail that leads you to the Wawa Dam, which dates back to 1909.

  • Location: San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines
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Diving in Manila

Diving in Manila lets you experience the rare and rich marine life, while still being able to get back in the bright lights of the city before dark. The Philippines has been the dive spot of choice for underwater enthusiasts for some time and the country's standards of professionalism, safety and security are without question excellent and are still affordable.

Popular destinations from Luzon include Batangas, a great firsthand introduction to the world of diving. Batangas is considered the jump-off point for both new and experienced divers to delve into other dive destinations. La Union is the nearest research site, with wrecks from the Second World War. 

Chi Spa at EDSA Shangri-La Manila

Chi Spa at EDSA Shangri-La Manila offers a wide range of treatments, from classical oil massage to the signature Himalayan healing stone massage. It occupies the 4th and 5th floors of the Garden Wing. We highly recommend booking in advance as it's one of the most popular spa centres in Manila. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to midnight
  • Location: 4 & 5 Floor, Garden Wing, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, 1650 Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 (0)2 633 8888
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