Pasig Rainforest Park has been rebranded as RAVE Pasig (Rainforest Adventure Experience) but how good is it? Is it really worth RAVING about? Let's find out…
Had enough of the city-life stress? Are you looking for a nature-escape that is still in the heart of Metro Manila? You don’t need to go too far to blend with nature and have fun. Visit RAVE Pasig Rainforest Park this weekend!
A perfect getaway to recharge your batteries. Well, that is what the promotions all tell us. But is the RAVE rainforest as good as they say it is?
It looks like it’s in the province somewhere far from the city, but it’s not. RAVE is like Quezon City’s La Mesa Eco Park, Pangasinan’s Sunflower Maze, Baguio’s Wright Park (the fountain area facing The Mansion), etc.
Seriously, The RAVE rainforest in Pasig is like combining several themes and adventure parks in one.
Not too far from the main city centers, Makati, Pasay, Taguig and so on. Not too close to still smother you with city noise. Rave is just right.
We Filipinos are so lucky to have so many top-quality parks, malls, natural attractions, and facilities. Take for example Venice Grand Canal Mall in Taguig.
In how many other cities in the world would you find a mall like that. It's amazing. And the same goes for Rave Pasig Rainforest Park in my humble opinion.
So get out there, check it out. Take the day off and spend a few hours here getting back to the simple side of life.
So finally I took my own advice and decided it was time to pay RAVE a little visit. I need to find out for myself what all the talk was about.
I was amazed at how affordable the price is. 200 PHP? nope... 100PHP entrance fee? Nope... How about FREE! yes, you read that correctly, there’s no entrance fee so you can walk in and look around for free before deciding what you want to do.
Each attraction has its own price so you can budget yourself depending on what you want to do. Discounts apply to students, senior citizens, PWD, children, and Pasig residents as you would expect.
I must admit, I was surprised at the amount and variety of the things you can do and see here. I mean, if you feel like taking it easy you can enjoy the mini train, pedal boats, butterfly sanctuary, or flower garden. If you like puzzles and mazes head over to "aMaze" Garden.
Pasig Rainforest Park swept me back to my childhood, I simply loved the place. There is also a mini-zoo and Gym for those interested in animals and physical fitness.
You can also rent spaces and gazebos for a small fee although there are no air-conditioned venues. Still cheaper than others. There is also a playground for kids and a seniors-only park. There is a much-appreciated waterpark for those all-too-often hot days when all you want is to swim and escape the city heat. (You know what I mean)..
I highly recommend Purchasing a package to maximize attractions (No I am not getting commission from this. I really think it is good value). They also have Educational Tour Packages worth ₱1,000 per bus w/ train & butterfly pavilion.
The place is huge and I mean BIG! The first thing you see as soon as you enter the park is the life-sized Brachiosaurus ( a dinosaur that lived during the Jurassic period) and everyone’s favorite, T-Rex. I loved Jurassic Park the movie... All of them.
We also saw a Pterodactyl and Triceratops along the way and I just had to stop for a few pics… You know how it is... The weakness of so many Filipinos, food, and selfies. Venice Grand Canal Mall does have a bridge aptly named "Selfie Bridge" after all... (lol).
Trivia: Did you know that Pterodactyl is technically not dinosaurs, some had a coat of fur. And their wings were made of a leathery substance. Triceratops is the genus of herbivorous ceratopsid dinosaur that first appeared during the late Maastrichtian stage of the Late Cretaceous period, in what is now North America.
RAVE Pasig is one of the best places to go swimming as it houses the biggest, most beautiful, and modernized swimming pools around Metro Manila. The waterpark consisting of two adult swimming pools, two kids pools, and a mini Olympic-sized pool. The newly-constructed water rapids that flow around the Mini-Olympic-sized pool area are guaranteed to please the whole family. Other facilities include various rapid and water slides, a pavilion, cottages, and picnic tables.
When I saw this place I didn't want to leave. I know where I will be during all those hot summer days when I couldn't escape to Tagaytay or Baguio.
The Pasig Rainforest Park is much more than just a rainforest, it also includes a skate park, rappelling & wall climbing, an obstacle course, and the tallest and longest Zip Line in Metro Manila (18 meters & 200 meters long.)
And the worst thing about it is I didn’t have time to try the Zipline… There is always next time. This is a great place for Team Building and other company recreational activities.
If you feel like a challenge but wall climbing isn’t your thing then why not try a maze. This is not just for the kids and it's a great way to keep you active, alert, and on your game.
And don’t worry if you get lost for a while, there are plenty of fictional characters along the way to keep you entertained.
The RAVE "aMAZE" Garden has its own themed version of “Alice in Wonderland”. I wasn't really into Alice in wonderland when I was growing up.
I was more into Tom and Jerry and Popeye but, I did enjoy the Alice in Wonderland theme of aMaze. Give it a go, I liked it, why wouldn’t you… The entry fee is only ₱10. OMG ₱10, it's hard to get a Sari-Sari store coffee for that price.
Here I am at the Lagoon and yes, right on queue it started to rain.
If you feel like drifting around in a boat for a while, there is a man-made lagoon at the park where you can rent boats (₱40).
The lagoon is also home to various fish species but no fishing please (lol)... You can relax while slowly pedaling your boat as you watch the various schools of fish swimming under you. Too bad for us, it was raining the day we went day and boats are not rented out during the rain for safety reasons.
Pasig Rainforest Park has many different varieties of butterfly and moth species or so the plaque said, and I believe them. They also display the life cycle of a butterfly for all those interested. That wasn't my type of thing so I can't tell you much more about that.
As soon as we entered the enclosure the butterflies came out as if on a queue or maybe they were glad to see us… Luckily there weren't too many of them or we would have been swarmed and seriously shamed out of the Butterfly house.
It was a great experience being up close and personal with such fragile but beautiful creatures. The butterflies were pretty good too.
On your way through the butterfly pavilion, don’t forget to visit the grotto of “Our Lady of Mediatrix” It is such a peaceful area. Spend some time with the plant, flowers, and statue and reminisce of times gone by and opportunities missed.
Pasig Rainforest Park - Amuse yourself with local and foreign animals in Pasig Zoo. It is composed of an aviary, a vivarium, and a petting zoo. There are also fences that house different kinds of animals like deer, monkeys, snakes, ostrich, birds, crocodiles, and others except for large mammals. There was an Ostrich, a really big crocodile that I thought wasn’t real at first because it had its jaws apart for a very long time. There were some carabaos, wild boars, pythons, and horses.
There were ducks swimming in the man-made pond and turtles sunbathing by the rocks. (Can you tell how much I loved the place by now? Haha!) There were some unfamiliar animals, too. I stayed long with the farm animals, trying to befriend a dove, sheep, rabbit, cows, and monkeys. Yes, I am an animal-lover… And proud of it.
We went looking for the flower farm next. It was a bit of a walk from the butterfly pavilion but there was so much to see. I really liked walking along the paved walkways and with all the scenery, none of us minded the distance despite the rain. At one stage we came upon a maze of flower bushes, mostly with small flowers... You could tell that summer has just finished as some of the flowers were not yet in full bloom.
We also came across a fountain that was shaped to look like a well. We couldn’t spend too much time there and fully appreciate it because of the rain... Instead, we rested for a while till the rain stopped.
Different variations of flowers are planted throughout the gardens making it a good area for TV commercials and photoshoots.
Pasig Rainforest Park Fitness Center is the largest and most modern gym in Metro Manila which is run by the local government. It offers different fitness classes such as Weight-Training (Body-Building), Aerobics, Tae-bo, Zumba, and Belly-dancing. To be honest, we didn't spend much time here. My body is pretty good how it is (or so I keep telling myself).
A view of all the attractions in Pasig Rainforest Park can all be seen in just one sitting. This is made possible through a Mini-Train Ride where you can take pictures of the whole park. It takes 10–15 minutes to tour the park. After a hard day in the fitness center, you need this.
Pasig Rainforest Park also has a zipline, So, if you're feeling the need for speed then why not give the Zipline a ride?
The Pasig Rainforest Park playground was our last stop. The play structures were small enough and separated from each other, so the kids were running across from the bars to the slides, to the swings and levers. They use child-friendly materials and some additional swing, slides, seesaw, and a mini obstacle course.
The main stage of the amphitheater is approximately five meters in diameter with stretched fabric roofing. Perfect for concerts and other events. Surrounding it are stone bleachers with chessboard tables.
We paid Php 140/head which was a discounted package rate for non-Pasiguenos. Of course, Pasiguenos pay a lower fee. Our rate included access to all the areas except the swimming pool and the Adventure Park.
We didn’t know about the Rapid rides when we were there, so we don’t know if that is for a special fee, as well. You might be interested to note that once you enter an area, you will not be allowed re-entry. The people manning each area will mark your receipts as you enter.
You can choose to just pay at the entrance, then just pay for the areas you want to see separately. Rates are as low as Php 10 to Php 50.
Just a few suggestions if you’re planning to see the place this rainy season, don’t forget to bring an umbrella. During summer, wear light, comfy clothes. Bring your camera. Be ready to have fun.
All up it's a cheap day out and a pretty good spot to take the family or just go for a wander. Lots to do. Five thumbs up from us...
Pasig Rainforest Park is located in the village of Maybunga. It stretches along Francisco Legaspi Street and is bordered by Summerfield Residences to the west, the village of San Miguel to the south, and West Bank Road to the east, close to Manggahan Floodway and Pasig’s border with the municipality of Taytay, Rizal.
It is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. For more information, visit their website, www.ravepasig.com, or call (02)642–5280 (Admin) or (02)628–4291 (Water park).
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