Best Day Trips from Manila: Island Cove


By: Philippa

Day Trips Manila Island Cove
Piglets at Island Cove


A Day Trip to Island Cove

Day Trips from Manila: Island Cove
Island Cove


Island Cove is a Mediterranean inspired water park (called Oceania), wildlife park, and fishing village rolled into one. Our family visited earlier this year to cool off from the scorching summer months. We spent most of our time in the water park where there are slides, fountains, a huge swimming pool and, water slides! Beware, these water slides are really fast. Our daughter managed to completely exhaust her Daddy by bounding up and down them at a furious pace. The main swimming pool is deep so do bring water wings for younger children. Luckily there is also a little kids’ pool and I spent time here splashing about with my toddler.


Day trips from Manila Island Cove
Wildlife at Island Cove


After working up an appetite on the slides we went for a delicious lunch at the onsite restaurant. The restaurant is huge and open on all sides, letting the tropical breeze float through. The food is pretty good and the portions are gigantic; my advice is to share one between two (or even three!) people.

It’s also worth visiting the wildlife park where you can see ostriches, snakes, crocodiles and iguanas among other native animals. Our nature-loving kids are fascinated by any kind of creature and love to learn about their habits and habitats.

Island Cove is also a hotel fitness centre and spa. Maybe next time I will sneak in for a massage while the kids take a siesta in one of the available cabanas.


Visitor Information

Entry Fees: Entrance to Oceania and the Wildlife Park costs P380 per adult and P310 per child. You can also pay for the water park and wildlife sanctuary separately if you don’t want to visit them both.

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 10pm

Getting There: Take the Cavitex Highway from Manila Bay and follow the road straight till you get to Island Cove.  It is only a 30min drive (traffic depending)


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