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Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila

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Makati, Philippines
Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Escape the hustle and bustle of Manila on a day trip to Villa Escudero Plantations, an idyllic coconut farm situated in the lush countryside outside the capital. Enjoy fun activities like water buffalo-powered cart rides, and learn about Filipino culture thanks to an on-site museum and live local music performances. You'll also savor a delicious lunch at the Labasin Dam, enjoying your meal in front of the burbling waters flowing from the dam's spillway. This Villa Escudero visit also includes round-trip transport from your Manila hotel, entrance fees, and a local guide.
  • Villa Escudero Plantations day trip from Manila with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Ride a water buffalo-drawn cart through the plantation, located in the beautiful countryside
  • Browse interesting historical and cultural artifacts at the plantation’s museum
  • Enjoy a unique dining experience at the base of a calm dam spillway
  • Spend time swimming in the spring-fed pools
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off on selected hotels only
Lunch
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities

Departure Point

Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Discover a different side to life in the Philippines during this day trip to the beautiful Villa Escudero coconut farm, enjoying a variety of fun-filled activities and a chance to immerse yourself in Filipino culture during your visit. This 2,000-acre (800-hectare) estate offers a wealth of cultural activities that will help you introduce you to the daily rhythms of life outside the capital.

Begin your excursion with pick up from your Manila or Makati City hotel. Check with your tour operator for exact timing, as some pickups will commence prior to this time. Drive south of Manila towards Villa Escudero, where you'll spend the day enjoying a range of typical activities. 

Hop aboard one of the farm's carts with your guide for a swing around the plantation pulled by carbao (Filipino water buffalo), enjoying local music during your ride. As you move around the grounds, keep your eyes peeled for the farm's Spanish-style horse-drawn carriage, along with its collection of cannons and planes that date from World War II. Then head inside the plantation museum, where you'll learn about the history, religion, and culture of the area, as told by the Escudero family's large collection of artifacts. 

When you start to get hungry, head to your idyllic lunch spot, set with bamboo dining tables along the picturesque spillway found at Labasin Dam, the country's oldest hydroelectric plant. Tuck into a buffet meal of local favorites like grilled tilapia, kaldereta (meat stew with tomato sauce and potatoes), and liempo (roasted pork) as you cool your feet in the spillway's sparkling waters. After lunch, sit back, relax, and enjoy this beautiful cascade, or take a dip in the villa's spring-fed pools.

Finish your trip with a return drive back to your hotel in Manila or Makati City. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Villa Escudero
A self-contained working coconut plantation, It was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan. Originally planted to sugarcane, the crop was converted to coconut by their son Don Arsenio Escudero in the early 1900s.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, swimwear and a towel are recommended
  • If your hotel is outside the Makati City and Manila area proper, please make your own way to the New World Renaissance Hotel in Makati City at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Baron Travel - Gray Line Philippines
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Villa Escudero Coconut Plantation Day Trip from Manila.

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Ambassador341743
, Aug 2019
The local quide Nori opened up Philippine history book! He's very knowledgeable. And the van driver was very good & kept us safe. Lunch buffet was good with soaked feet in the water, cultural show was very entertaining & the carabao ride was so much fun with the seranade! The museum was interesting & rafting was awesome!
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medium, a tourist trap with a dusty and...
Pascal B
, Dec 2017
medium, a tourist trap with a dusty and uninteresting museum
star-4
Beautiful grounds. Museum really...
Eleanor Joy T
, Mar 2016
Beautiful grounds. Museum really helped put Filipino culture in perspective. The BBQ buffet was delicious and fun eating under the waterfalls. Wished we were able to see the traditional show. Recommend going on a weekend, to see the show.
star-4
This is a wonderfully, relaxing day...
Karl S
, Jul 2015
This is a wonderfully, relaxing day. My only area of growth for this tour is to allow much more time in the museum with more specific information being shared or a guide that seems really interested in answering what is important to that particular client. My company guide was excellent, the water buffalo ride is unique, the lunch near the dam is invigorating, and the ability to take photos around the grounds none in museum, unfortunately was excellent. I recommend this for couples or individuals that love vast religious collections.
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The tour guide was neither very...
Gerlinde S
, Feb 2014
The tour guide was neither very friendly nor understanding. Moreover, I expected to see the coconut plantage and learn something about the history and way of life in ancient days. That was obviously not part of the tour at all. Everything was very very touristic and you have to pay for a lot of things extra (e.g. drinks at lunch). Moreover you are expected to tip the employees at the museum, the musician, the waiters, ... As the tour itself was very expensive, I did not have the feeling that this was appropriate. The water buffalos were treated awfully bad! All in all, I would consider it as a waste of time and money and did not feel comfortable during this time at all. Therefore, I do not recommend this tour.

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