The best time to watch the Manila Bay sunset is usually during the first week of March. In this period, the cool winds bid farewell to Manila as we welcome the start of summer. As the sun sets in Manila Bay, you'll notice that the sun is fully round and, often, it paints the sky with a reddish or orange hue.
After seeing the stunning Manila Bay sunset, you'll find yourself addicted to it and launch your own quest of "catching sunsets" in Manila. (I would like to credit Jena Genato for the "catching sunset" phrase.)
The best way to enjoy it is to either join the Jeepney Sunset Cocktail Cruise or the Prestige Night Cruises onboard the M/V Spirit of Manila. Recently, I attended Clang Garcia's unique Birthday Party via the Jeepney Sunset Cocktail Cruise tour.
The Jeepney Tour is the brainchild of Clang Garcia of Colors Travel Guide. This is Manila's hop-on, hop-off version to boost local tourism. The pick-up points are usually in the hotels at 4.30pm in Makati.
The jeeps are customized with air conditioning and onboard karaoke. Each vehicle has a maximum capacity of 20 seats that are horizontally oriented, facing the front (like a bus with an aisle in the middle).
You won't notice the traffic along Edsa and Mall of Asia because you will surely sing karaoke during the jeep ride. What a cool idea! If you can assemble 20 of your friends for this Jeepney tour, you can just imagine the karaoke riot that will happen onboard the jeep.
The seats are comfortable but with narrow leg room. Each row of seats can accommodate 4 people.
You'll arrive at your destination just before the M/V Spirit of Manila departs at 5.30pm. You can choose to just go directly to Harbour Square and get a ticket with Prestige Cruises. But I think it is much cooler to sing karaoke on the jeep.
Clang celebrated her birthday with cocktail food and drinks onboard a Manila Bay Cruise. It is an original idea that I intend to use when we celebrate someone's birthday or some other special occasion next time.
Aidan was amazed by the yachts docked in Manila Yacht Club. He loved the Manila Bay Cruise and couldn't stop talking about it that day.
Don't forget to take an awesome family shot with the sunset! (How I wish the girl in the background was sensitive enough to move out of the shot. Oh well…)
Also, remember to take an awesome shot of the Roxas Boulevard Skyline while wearing the captain's hat.
The cruise usually lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It slowly glides alongside the Manila Baywalk and turns around near the Manila Ocean Park. On the way back to Harbour Square, you'll surely dance the night away to the tunes of Dancing Queen and Macarena.
The boat docks back at Harbour Square around 6.45pm.
To end the night, you'll be treated to another round of karaoke onboard the Jeepney Tour.
You'll be back at the hotel drop-off point around 7.30pm.
M/V Spirit of Manila
Manila Bay Dining Cruises
Regular Night Cruises
Ticket Outlet: Harbour CCP Complex (in front of Starbucks)
Telephone: +632 832 8967
Mobile: +63 927 555 5502
Mondays to Fridays
Boards Sails Docks
3.30pm 4.15pm 5.30pm
5.30pm 6.15pm 7.30pm
7.30pm 8.15pm 9.30pm
9.30pm 10.15pm 11.30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
Boards Sails Docks
3.00pm 3.45pm 5.00pm
5.00pm 5.45pm 7.00pm
7.00pm 7.45pm 9.00pm
9.00pm 9.45pm 11.00pm
11.00pm 11.45pm 1.00am
Rate: P295 Cruise only; P495 with Dinner
(If you decide not to take the Jeepney Tours)
Itinerary: Sunset Cocktail Cruise
4:30 p.m. Pick-up time from the hotel
5:00 p.m. Arrival at the Harbour Square Port
5:15 p.m. Boarding
5:30 p.m. Sunset Cocktail Cruise
6:45 p.m. Return to Harbour Square Port
7:00 p.m. Depart from Harbour Square Port
7:30 p.m. Arrival at the Hotel
Package Cost: P1,980 (inclusive of the M/V Spirit of Manila Cruise)
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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2009.
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