IN PHOTOS: Pasig River cruise, a new way to explore Manila

Here's what you need to know, plus all the things you'll see on Zoomanity's Pasig River cruise

MANILA, Philippines – There's an alternative way to explore Manila and not in a way you might expect – a cruise along the Pasig River.

The Zooper Cruise, which launched on August 25, offers boat rides once a month along Pasig and tours of Intramuros, Fort Santiago, and Chinatown, plus food and drinks, too.

Photographer Alecs Ongcal tried it on on the day of its launch and said that they weren't able to follow the tour's itinerary completely because it rained (it's advisable to bring a jacket and umbrella).

Still, she enjoyed the experience. The Pasig River wasn't so polluted that it turned her off, she said, though there were a lot of water hyacinths. "I always go around Manila and it's really nice to see it from a different perspective," she added.

Thinking of trying it out? Make a reservation for the following dates:
September 10
October 8
November 11
December 3
December 13
Aside from making a reservation, choose one of the 4 packages they're offering:

Student Cruise Tour – P699
45-minute Pasig River Tour
Basic Cruise Tour – P999
1-hour Pasig River tour
Snacks and drinks on board

Lunch/Dinner Package – P1,699
1-hour Pasig River Cruise
Lunch/dinner in cruise
Snacks and drinks
Zoovenir Photo

Premiere Lauriat Package – P1,999
Shuttle service from Yupangco Building to Valenzuela boat station (located at Valenzuela, JP Rizal, Makati)
5-hour Pasig River cruise
Tour guide
Zoovenir Photo
Snacks and Drinks
Dinner at UNO Restaurant in Binondo
Snacks and drinks
Tour around Fort Santiago
Calesa Ride at Fort Santiago (optional)

The cruises are only offered once a month for now, but Zoomanity, the group behind the tours, is hoping to hold them more often.

Part of the proceeds from the tours will go to Zoomanity's conservation projects and the rehabilitation of the Pasig River.

Will you try out the Zooper Cruise? What do you think of seeing Manila through the Pasig River? Let us know in the comments!




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