Family-Friendly Nuvali

Pinay Solo Backpacker

Only an hour or two away from the metro is Nuvali, a family-friendly destination in Sta.Rosa, Laguna. There are a couple of interesting things to enjoy here, no wonder it is a favorite weekend escape or side trip en route to Tagaytay. Adding up to its appeal is its cleanliness and serenity, it’s the kind of place where you can relax with nature and at the same time enjoy the comforts of modernity.


Here are some of the things to do when taking a trip to Nuvali with your family:

Fish feeding – Watch your kids enjoy as the fishes swarm the fish pellets they throw into the lake. For Php 15 per pack, you can let your kids feed the koi, fish feeding is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM only. Interestingly, the lake in Nuvali serves as a rainwater catchment and a fire reserve while the koi keep the waters clean.

Biking - A favorite activity in Nuvali is cycling; you can either bring your own bike and gears or rent a bike for Php 60 per hour. Bike around the massive territory and feel the cool and fresh air as you sway past the trees, grasses and bushes.


Boating - Visitors can ride the water taxi for a round-trip fare of Php 30, same rate apply to adults and kids. The minimum capacity of the boat is 6 people and the maximum allowed is 12, just line up and pay at the booth which is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Life jackets are provided and life guards are manning the area, kids below 12 years old cannot ride without someone who can accompany them.


Dining – You will not run out of a place to dine in Nuvali, a couple of upscale restaurants dapple Solenad near the lake like John Bamboo Sate House, Yellow Cab and Italiannis among others. For mid-range restaurants, there’s Reyes Barbecue, Kanin Get it and Royal Carribbean besides 7 Eleven store in Convergys. If you’re on a tight budget or you just want to grab some snacks, check out the white tent near Robinsons Supermarket, there are food stalls that sell affordable local food like the famous Vigan empanada, bagnet, and ukoy.


Wakeboarding – For adrenaline junkies, you can head to the Republ1c Wake Park in Nuvali. Shuttles are also available at the terminal beside Robinsons Supermarket for Php25 (one way). One hour pass is Php 250, 2 hour Php 475, 4 hour is Php 595, 8 hour day pass is Php 995 (8:30 AM to 5:30 PM) and day and night pass is Php 1,750 (8:30 AM – 9:00 PM). They also offer unlimited pass for 1 week to 1 year. Bringing in of food and drinks is not allowed as food and booze are sold inside the wake park. A beginner’s lake is good for the kids and starters but other than that, there isn’t much activity for the kids here unlike in CWC which is also owned by L-Ray Villafuerte.


*Vans bound to Nuvali-Tagaytay are located at Alabang Van terminal. Fare is Php 75; travel time is less than an hour.

* Nuvali has an ongoing dry run of eco-friendly public transport to Calamba Crossing; it leaves hourly from 5:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 10:30 PM Monday to Sunday.

Gael Hilotin is the author of The Pinay Solo Backpacker.