We get it. Planning a barkada getaway can be difficult due to conflicting schedules. (Let’s admit it, it’s mostly due to work. Boohoo.) If you’re the planner, we understand the struggle of looking for the best tourism spots to travel to outside of Metro Manila. But we’re here to ease some of that stress away. 

In this blog, we’ll give you a list of things to do in San Rafael River Adventure, a trendy spot 2 hours away from Manila, that is perfect for large groups, small groups, and even backpackers! 

Packed with fun activities, this place can surely be quite an *adventure* for you and your thrill-seeking friends. Plus, with the number of activities offered here, you won’t even have to worry about anyone getting bored!

What’s inside this blog?

What to do in San Rafael River Adventure

If you’re looking for a jam-packed, fun-filled, and budget-friendly adventure with the barkada, here are some of the activities they will surely enjoy. 

  • Explore the sea and land with these adrenaline-boosting activities
  • Go on a cruise – Pinoy style! 
  • Make your tummy happy at their restobar 
  • Immerse yourself in nature through glamping
  • Spend a night (or two) in their dreamy glass house 
  • Take gorgeous Instagram photos 

1. Explore the river and landscape with these adrenaline-boosting activities

Photos from San Rafael River Adventure

Good news, adrenaline junkies: if water sports are your jam, then you will definitely enjoy their wide range of water activities, including wakeboarding, banana boat riding, jet skis, and river swing. 

If you’re not a fan of the water, there are plenty of land activities to keep your heart pumping. You can explore the wooded trails while riding ATVs (complete with safety equipment, of course!). For a more leisurely pace, you can hop on a bike or try horseback riding instead. 

However, if your definition of unplugging is to just relax by the beach or pool, don’t worry! There are other less intense activities such as fishing and water biking, among many others. You can also enjoy their variety of swimming pools, including their infinity pool, swimming pool with artificial falls, floating pool, and inflatable slides. 

With all the activities mentioned at this point, you won’t get bored quickly, that’s for sure! 

2. Go on a cruise – Pinoy style! 

With a view as relaxing as this, who wouldn’t enjoy their meal here? / Photo from IronWulf En Route 

Imagine this: you and your friends on a bahay-kubo style floating restaurant, enjoying a mouthwatering grilled buffet while overlooking the magnificent views of the surrounding nature. Sounds heavenly, right? 

What’s even more exciting is that you can rent the boat all to yourselves! Plus, their karaoke is available for you to belt out your favorite throwback hits. 

3. Make your tummy happy at their restobar 

Photos from San Rafael River Adventure 

The place has a resto, bar, and events place inside called Edita’s Haven Restaurant. The restaurant offers food that cater to Filipino tastebuds, such as pork sisig, sinampalukang manok, crispy pata, and more. 

Note: Currently, their restaurant is closed until further notice. They strongly recommend guests to bring food, drinks, cooking ware and utensils (without corkage fee!). However, in any case that you’re looking for an events place, it’s good to take note that their restaurant also doubles as one. 

4. Immerse yourself in nature through glamping 

Photos from San Rafael River Adventure

For nature lovers, San Rafael River Adventure offers tents for glamping. They have glamping tents (which are usually good for 2) and barkada tents (good for 6). 

While regular glamping sounds exactly what it is (camping with amenities), San Rafael River Adventure took it up a notch and placed tents inside floating nipa huts – calling it glamping with a twist. 

The location of these tents is kind of isolated, too, which means you and your friends can enjoy a more private, intimate set-up. 

5. Spend a night (or two) in their dreamy glass house 

Photos from San Rafael River Adventure 

If glamping is a no-go for the majority of your friends, you can choose from their wide range of accommodations including cottages, villas with private pools, glass cabins, and so much more. Some of their accommodations even come with private bubble pools, perfect for an evening of banter and drinks. 

If you’re going with a big group, their largest accommodation can comfortably fit a group of 12. 

6. Take gorgeous Instagram photos 

The reason why this place is popular among millennials is that San Rafael River Adventure has a lot of spots that are picture-perfect, not to mention scenic views. 

You have lots of opportunities to take photos here, including their exquisite interior designs in their accommodations, elegant pool surrounded by trees, the stunning view of the neighboring islets, and more. 

Besides, when going on vacation, pics or it didn’t happen, right? 

How to go to San Rafael River Adventure 

Whether driving or commuting, the place is pretty easy to get to. San Rafael River Adventure is located right within San Rafael, Bulacan, located 2 hours away from Metro Manila. 

If your group is driving, here are the directions: 

  1. From NLEX Balintawak Toll Plaza to Balagtas Exit, continue straight to Bustos via Plaridel Bypass Road. At Gen. Alejo, take a left. 
  2. Then follow the road to Bustos Municipal Hall. Turn right to Baliuag via Bustos bridge. 
  3. Then turn right to Brgy Talacsan via Baliuag San Rafael Rd. 

These directions are also available on their website. 

When commuting, 

  1. Simply ride a Baliwag Transit bus in Cubao en route to Baliuag Bulacan, then get off at the Baliuag terminal. 
  2. Rent a private tricycle to the resort. The travel time is about 1.5 – 2 hours depending on traffic. 

Frequently Asked Questions About San Rafael River Adventure 

Q: Can I go to San Rafael River Adventure without a reservation? 

A: Sadly, no. The resort is by reservation only. 

Q: Can I bring food into San Rafael River Adventure? 

A: Yes, bringing food is allowed. No corkage fee too! You can even cook using their griller (available upon request). 

Q: Is San Rafael River Adventure good for kids? 

A: Yes absolutely! With the short distance from Metro Manila and the activities included in the place, kids will surely have a great time here. 

Q: Where is San Rafael River Adventure? 

A: San Rafael River Adventure is located in Bulacan, located in Central Luzon (Region 3). 

Q: What are some of the best tourist spots in Bulacan, Philippines?

A: You can enjoy a lot of nature trips in Bulacan, including Bitbit Bridge, Bakas River, Biak na Bato National Park, Mt Gola, Pinagrealan Cave, and more. 

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