A famous hub for affordable resorts, Bulacan has been a favorite option for quick getaways because of its proximity to Manila. San Rafael River Adventure adds to the list but I tell you, it raised the bar higher for that weekend escape you get to spend with your family or friends. Offering a combination of thrilling water activities and amazing nature treat, San Rafael River Adventure should definitely be one of your vacation goals.

San Rafael River Adventure took me by surprise with its beautiful natural landscape. I had been to many nice resorts in Bulacan and all of them are almost the same – good for plain chilling and swimming. Visiting San Rafael River Adventure on a day tour, I just wished we could have spent the night at the place. Its enchanting nature vibe struck me. It’s a sanctuary where I can just sit, read a book, and get lost. But wait, there’s more! If you’re looking for some adrenaline pumping water activities, San Rafael River Adventure does not disappoint, too!


Our group was fortunate enough to get a peek of some of their rooms. The glass cottages were really cool! Since these accommodations felt like you’re in a middle of a lovely forest, you will get that therapeutic ambiance – a genuine escape from the busy city life.

Glass Cottage

Glass Cottage

During the day, the glass cottages work in a way where you’d be able to see what’s outside but that those from the outside won’t be able to see you and your entire room inside. At night, it’s the other way around and you can use the blinds to cover.

Tree House with Jacuzzi

Tree House with Jacuzzi

They also have a special glass cottage for couples with jacuzzi located on a treetop. Nothing can get more romantic than that! Haha.

Inside Tree House with Jacuzzi

Inside the Tree House with Jacuzzi


San Rafael River Adventure offers glamping, too. You can bring and cook your own food without corkage fee.



If you want glamping with a twist, try the floating ones!

Glamping with a twist - floating in Angat River.

Glamping with a twist – floating in Angat River.

Swimming Pool

Located near the glass villas, the swimming pool surrounded by trees looked absolutely inviting. Nature’s retreat at its best!

Swimming pool with a relaxing forest vibe.

Swimming pool with a relaxing forest vibe.

How about a floating pool? Yes, San Rafael River Adventure has that, too! Take a plunge with the relaxing view of the Angat River.

Floating swimming pool with the view of Angat River.

Floating swimming pool with the view of Angat River.

Things to Do

If you want to release the adrenaline junkie in you, San Rafael River Adventure will spoil you. Here are some of the things you can enjoy at the place:

1. Paddle Boarding

2. Kayaking

3. Jetski

4. Giant Slide

5. ATV

River Cruise

Lunch on a river cruise, yes? You will never really run out of things to do at San Rafael River Adventure. If you’re in a large group, you can rent the entire cruise for yourselves.

River Cruise

River Cruise


Offering both nature’s retreat and exciting water activities, San Rafael River Adventure has something for everyone. Whether you’re spending the weekend with your family, friends, or partner, you will definitely get the vacation you deserve. I’m personally glad such a place exists near Manila.

Photo Credit: All unwatermarked photos by Martin San Diego via North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB).

How to Go to San Rafael River Adventure

Source: San Rafael River Adventure’s website.


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San Rafael River Adventure

Address: Barangay Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan, Philippines
Contact Nos. : (63) 995 974 6224 | (63) 917 924 4546 | (63) 919 295 9899 | (63) 939 474 8876 | (02) 513 1569
Email: reservation@sanrafaelriveradventure.com
Website: sanrafaelriveradventure.com

Disclosure: This Lakbay Norte trip was organized by North Philippines Bureau (NPVB) in partnership with NLEX Corporation, Bulacan Tourism and Convention Visitors Board (BTCB), Tarlac Convention and Visitors Bureau (TCVB), Ilocos Norte Convention and Visitors Bureau (INCVB), Victory Liner Inc., Department of Tourism Region 1, Department of Tourism Region 3, Jollibee Foods Corporation, and Merrell Philippines.  Lakbay Norte is an annual media familiarization trip aiming to promote Philippine provinces in the north.

February 8, 2018
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