An Adventurous Day Trip to Wawa Dam [Post-Covid Activities Near Manila]

Relaxing by the river with my new friend

Crisp air, rapidly flowing water, and majestic mountainsides…

Not far outside Metro Manila awaits a rejuvenating experience.

If you've been itching for a one-day vacation, then this trip is for you.

Before your travels, it would be smart to check The World Nomads or Guide to the Philippines to plan your day trip for the latest travel advisories. These sites are updated almost weekly & have local specific information about traveling within the Philippines.

Alright, are you ready? Let's hop right in!


I don't know about you, but I like to know a little bit about the history of a place before fully immersing myself in the experience.

Wawa Dam was the primary source of water for Manila until 1962, when it started to deteriorate. Before that, the Dam was built by Americans in 1909. Today, it's still marveled at for its grand structure.

It's now declared as a National Reservation area to protect the geographical ecosystems & to preserve the area, which is home to many native animals & Filipinos alike.

Next up, transportation.


Wawa Dam is nestled quietly in the outskirts East of Manila, about 80 kilometers in the province of Rizal.

We rode with friends to get there, and it took only one hour early on a Saturday morning. However, there are several alternative options. I like to use Rome 2 Rio to price out different options. Here's what they had to say:

Grab/Taxi- p500-700

Bus- p100-185

Drive yourself- p120-190

There is a parking space near the entrance with a parking fee of p100 per vehicle upon arrival.

Alternatively, we met a group of bikers while we were there that rode their bikes from Manila.

So… if you're feeling adventurous & in shape, you may consider that option!

I, on the other hand, will stick to carpooling :)

Activities & Food

Unfortunately, after hiking up the Sierra Mountains, we realized the major portion of the mountain was still closed due to Covid.

However, we could find