December 05, 2018

13 Things to Do in Nuvali

Tagaytay and Nuvali are our favorite weekend escape if we have nothing to do at home. It is more or less 45 minutes of travel time from our place via SLEX. But things changed now, we rarely go to Tagaytay and Nuvali because my husband is always out of the country so most of the time, sa bahay na lang kami.

But of course, the year won’t end without visiting this place. Nuvali is a project of Ayala Land and it is their first and largest eco-city development. To be honest, parang ang sarap tumira sa Nuvali kasi halos complete na siya. There are residential communities, schools, shopping centers, business offices, recreations, and even hotels.

April 3, 2010 was our first visit to Nuvali and the rest is history. We’ve been to Nuvali for the nth already and a lot of things have changed. When we first visited, Solenad 1 pa lang, now meron ng Solenad 2 and Solenad 3. There are so many improvements, happenings, and events every month.

People love to go here and I’m one of those people who like to visit Nuvali. One reason is you can enjoy most of the amenities for FREE. Yes, there’s no entrance fee and no parking fee. If you haven’t been here. Let me share the different things that you can do in Nuvali.


1. Fish Feeding 

If you have kids, go to Solenad 1 so you can enjoy fish feeding. This is the favorite activity of my son and we will never leave the place without buying fish feeds for P15. Open from 8AM to 5PM.

2. Boating 

You can also ride the water taxi or taxi boat for P30 per person but there is a minimum capacity of 6 persons. It is a few minutes of joy ride. I’m not sure if the rate is still the same because we just tried this once for the experience.

3. Biking or Running

You can bring your own bike or you can rent a bike per hour (Don't forget to bring with you your repair kit because anything can happen; if you still don't have this, you may choose one here Nuvali has running trails, hiking paths and off-road mountain bike trails about 35-kilometer. If you love biking, you can also enjoy Dirt Weekend. It is one of the popular activities in Nuvali since 2008 dedicated to cyclists or bikers.

4. Walking 

If you love to walk and art, then you can do “Walk Your Way to Art”. There are Greenstallations with an important message about our environment around Nuvali where you can visit. It is about 2000 steps or 1.5km

“The Last Tree,” located near Solenad 1 and Two Evotech
“Flower Primitive,” located near the Lake
“Community of Creation,” located near the Lake
“Luksong Lubid,” located behind the Monochrome

5. Camp N at Nuvali 

For the adventure seeker, you can visit Camp N and enjoy different activities like Aerial Walk, Zipline, Obstacle Courses and Rope Courses. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm

6. Wakeboarding 

There is Republic Wake Park in Nuvali and you don’t have to travel far to experience wakeboarding.

Operating Days; Monday - Sunday

Weekdays: Monday to Thursday
08:30am - 05:30pm
Weekends:  Friday to Sunday
08:30am - 10:00pm

7. Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary

Nuvali preserved its 17 km forest zone to allow natural habitat to grow and multiply within the area. Bird walkers or bird watchers will enjoy this place. You can see birds and you can read trivia about the birds. Don’t forget to bring your own binoculars or telescopes. The best time to do your bird watching is 6-9AM and 4-6PM to make sure that birds are not hiding from the sun.

8. Bazaar and Event 

Sometimes there are bazaars, sales or events in Nuvali so make sure you are following their social media to keep you updated. Here are some of the activities that we have tried.

* Free Activity – from time to time there free activities that you can join, just like this “Every Day Earth Day”. My son had fun in painting and molding clay. He was able to take home his finished project.

Read: Cheapest Way to Spend Your Weekend

* Night Sky Cinema - Nuvali offers FREE movie screening and it is called Night Sky Cinema. You can watch three movies in one night. It is free movie night, there are mats that you can use but it is first come first serve so it is better to bring your own blanket or mat.

Read: Our Night Sky Cinema Experience 

* Magical Field of Lights - it is a Christmas light show which features hundreds of colorful lights in 3600 sq meter grass field. The area is open to the public. It is FREE and no reservation needed.

* Tienda sa Ayala Mall - a weekend traveling market where you can buy fresh produce from different parts of the Philippines.

Read: Tienda sa Ayala Mall Experience 

9. Shopping 

Shopaholic will enjoy Nuvali because there are several outlets that you can visit and if you are lucky some stores are on sale. You can also find Ayala Mall and Landmark at Solenad 3. S&R is nearby too.

10. Play Area 

If you have kids in tow, aside from fish feeding and boating, they can also visit Kidzoona. There are free and paid activities that you can join. My son enjoyed his ride in Skidkart Circuit.

Read: Skidkart Circuit Skidcart Circuit 

11. Picnic 

As I mentioned, Nuvali offers nature amenities so there are grass fields where you can use and have a picnic with your family. Bring your own picnic mats, foods and drinks.

12. Food Trip 

We always visit Nuvali for a food trip or we will just buy cakes and pastries from Contis or Purple Oven. But there are so many restaurants in Solenad 1, 2 and 3 that you can visit. Here are some restaurants that we've already tried in Nuvali, though I think some of these restaurants are already close like Tonkatsu by Terazawa and Claw Daddy.

Food Trip in Nuvali 

Pepper Lunch
The Farm Organics
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Kuya J Restaurant
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar
LZM restaurant
Tonkatsu by Terazawa
Buffalo Wings N Things
Purple Oven
Claw Daddy 

13. Staycation

If one day trip in Nuvali is not enough, you can also do a staycation, You can stay at Seda Nuvali or Microtel South Forbes. You can also go to Tagaytay for another adventure.

Read: Where to Stay in Tagaytay 

Here are just 13 things that you can do in Nuvali. I’m pretty sure there are more activities that I haven’t learned about. How about you? What’s your favorite activity in Nuvali?


Nuvali is located in Tagaytay Rd, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, 4025 Laguna, Philippines so you can have a stopover here before going to Tagaytay.

Via Private Vehicle 

If you have your own transportation, going to Nuvali is not a problem because it is accessible through different exits in SLEX such as Greenfield City/Unilab/Mamplasan (secured access), Sta. Rosa, Eton City-Greenfield, Silangan, Calamba.

Via Public Transportation; Commuter Guide

Bus - BGC

Monday to Friday
Nuvali to BGC
Drop off at Market! Market! – 6:30AM
BGC to Nuvali
Pick up at Market! Market! – 6:30PM and 7:15PM

Jam Liner

Monday to Friday
Nuvali to Makati – 6:00AM and 6:30AM
Makati to Nuvali – 5:30PM, 6:30PM and 7:30PM

Saturday, Sunday and Holiday
Nuvali to Makati – 8:00PM
Makati to Nuvali – 10:00AM


Monday to Sunday
Balibago Terminal to Nuvali – All Day
Nuvali to Balibago Terminal – All Day
*Makati (Corner of Courtyard Drive and Station Road, Ayala Center)

P2P Bus

Monday to Friday
Makati (via Skyway) to Solenad Terminal – All Day
Pick-up points: Circuit Lane and Glorietta 2 Palm Drive
Solenad Terminal to Makati (via Skyway) – All Day
Drop off points: Ayala Center Paseo de Roxas cor. Ayala Ave. and Circuit Lane
*Makati (Corner of Courtyard Drive and Station Road, Ayala Center)
Fare is Php150. Beep cards are also accepted.

UBE Express

Monday to Sunday
Ayala Malls Solenad to NAIA Terminal - 4AM to 10AM; 12NN to 8PM
NAIA Terminal to Ayala Malls Solenad - 6AM to 10AM ; 12NN to 8PM

Nuvali Entrance along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road, 4026 Santa Rosa, Laguna


  1. This is a very useful post especially for someone planning a days itinerary in Nuvali. Nice recommendations and very detailed.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. So much stuff to do pala sa Nuvali. Was there last weekend for an event. I suddenly missed my father-in-law and our resthouse. Good thing I saw there is a P2P bus at G2. :)

  3. We've been to Nuvali once and I thought yun na yun. There are tons we haven't experienced yet pala, thank you for this post. Bookmarking it RN! :)