Spending the Weekend in Nuvali, Laguna

For people like me who are slaves of the 40-hour work week, weekends are so precious that we become frustrated when we had not spent it on things we love. Be it spent with people special to us or be it our alone time, we always wanted to make sure that the most awaited days are wasted on something we enjoy wasting time with. So together with my friends, I wasted this year's first weekend in Nuvali.

Nuvali is a 1,860-hectare property in the province of Laguna. Formerly a massive sugar plantation, it is now being transformed into a prime sustainable large-scale communities envisioned to promote an ecologically aware lifestyle. This property owned by the family of former Philippine Chief Justice Jose Yulo is located in the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and Cabuyao, under the development of Ayala Land Corporation.

Nuvali's electric-powered bus

How to Get to Nuvali

  • In Alabang South Station, hop on a jeepney bound for Balibago. You may alight at Coca-cola Philippines building or at Balibago Terminal. Just choose your poison. Fare: PHP 34; Travel time: around 40 minutes
  • In Coca-cola Phils., ride a tricycle to take you to Nuvali. Fare: PHP 20; Travel time: 15 minutes
  • In Balibago Terminal, ride either a tricycle or a Tagaytay-bound jeepney and ask the driver to get you off at Nuvali. Fare: PHP 20 (tricycle), PHP 17 (jeep); Travel time: 15 minutes.
  • Nuvali's main entrance is along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road.
  • Alternate ride: Hop on a shuttle (UV Express) bound for Balibago Terminal in EDSA Starmall terminal. Fare: PHP 70; Travel time: 30-45 minutes
  • Nuvali is accessible via several exits along South Luzon Express Way (SLEX) - Greenfield City/Unilab/Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa, Eton City-Greenfield, Silangan or Calamba.
  • Taking Sta. Rosa exit, you'll drive along Sta.Rosa-Tagaytay Road until you reach the main entrance to Nuvali. Travel time: 1.5 hours

What to Do in Nuvali

Typically, weekends are spent with the family at the cinema, department stores, or theme parks. Nuvali offers a change of scenery from this usual "malling" into a more relaxing and healthier family time. Here are some activities that every member of the family can enjoy.

Feed the koi fishes. Kids will surely enjoy feeding these ever-hungry koi fishes. At PHP 15 per bag of fish food, even kids at heart will never get bored with these colorful fishes. Feeding time is from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Nuvali's koi fish food
Koi fishes in Nuvali
Fish feeding in Nuvali

Bike. Everyone may rent a bike and roam around the vicinity for PHP 60 an hour. You'll be asked to leave a valid ID and sign a waiver. Be reminded though that they will not allow you to bike if you are wearing slippers or sandals.

Bikes for rent in Nuvali

Take a water taxi ride. For PHP 30, everyone will enjoy the lake breeze and splash of water fountains through this water taxi ride around a 4-hectare man-made lake. Life jackets are provided for safety. Maximum number of passengers allowed is 12 and a minimum of six. Kiddies under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Man-made lake in Nuvali
Water taxi ride in Nuvali

Go wakeboarding! For those who want to try a different sport, visit the Republ1c Wake Park. This is the main reason why we visited Nuvali anyway. Read the post about my very first cable wakeboarding experience.

Republic Wakepark in Nuvali
Cable wakeboarding in Nuvali

Shop and dine. Outlet stores and restaurants are everywhere in Solenad. I did not see any of the all-time-favorite fast food chains, though. So if you are a fellow explorer-on-a-budget, allot a bigger chunk to shell out for a fancier restaurant. We took our lunch at Republic Wake Park and our dinner at a Caribbean-themed restaurant in Solenad.

Dining at Seafood Island in Nuvali

Jog. Nuvali is a nice place to jog. Though you'll not sweat that much because of the very cool breeze unless you jog literally under the sun for longer hours. Haha!

Picnic. I saw families sitting on mats and having their picnics. Nuvali has several areas with manicured grass for picnics. Just pick a spot and set it up.

Other activities we have not tried: Bird Watching and outdoor movie watching called NuMovie.

Needless to say, Nuvali is a breath of fresh air, a great place for anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

Shell it out! (Expenses)

  • Fish food: PHP 15
  • Taxi boat: PHP 30
  • Nuvali Bus fare going to Republic Wake Park: PHP 25
  • Wakeboarding for two hours: PHP 475
  • Nuvali Shuttle going back to Solenad: PHP 20
  • Food (Dining at the wakepark and Solenad): around PHP 500 per head

Nuvali weekend getaway:
Spending the Weekend in Nuvali, Laguna
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DJ Rivera is an I.T. professional, entrepreneur, travel blogger, writer and the online publisher of PinoyTravelogue.com based in Rizal province, Philippines. Click here to know more.

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