Pasig Rainforest Park has been rebranded as RAVE Pasig (Rainforest AdVenture Experience) but how good is it? Is it really worth RAVING about? Lets find out…
RAVE Pasig Rainforest Park
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Had enough of the stresses of city life? Are you looking for an escape back to nature 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 theme and adventure parks in one.
I was amazed at how affordable the price is. 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 it’s own price so you can budget yourself dependig on what you want to do. Discounts apply to students, senior citizens, PWD, children and Pasig residents.
RAVE Pasig Rainforest Park Review
I must admit, I was surprised at the amount and variety of things to do at the park. 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 you must try the aMaze Garden, I loved it. There is also a mini-zoo and Gym.
You can also rent the 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 for seniors only park. There is also a waterpark for those all-too-often hot days when all you want is to swim.
Purchasing a package is recommended, to maximize attractions. They also have Educational Tour Packages worth ₱1,000 per bus w/ train & butterfly pavilion.
The place is huge! The first thing you see as soon as you enter the park is the life-sized Brachiosaurus ( a dinosaur which lived during Jurassic period) and everyone’s favorite, T-Rex.
We also saw a Pterodactyl and Triceratops along the way and I just had to stop for a few pics…
Trivia: Did you know that Pterodactyl are 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.
Lets Get Wet!
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 flows around the Mini-Olympic-sized pool area is guaranteed to please the whole family. Other facilities include various rapid and water slides, a pavilion, cottages, and picnic tables.
RAVE Pasig Rainforest Park Review
The RAVE Rainforest in Pasig is much more than just a rainforest, it also includes a skate park, a 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. 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 version of the theme “Alice in Wonderland.” Give it a go, I liked it, why wouldn’t you… The entry fee is only ₱10.
Boating On The Lagoon
If you feel like drifting around in a boat for awhile, 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.
RAVE has many different varieties of butterfly and moth species. They also display the life cycle of a butterfly for all those interested.
As soon as we entered the enclosure the butterflies came out as if on queue or maybe they were glad to see us… Luckily there weren’t too many of them or we would have been swarmed. It was a great experience being up close and personal with such fragile but beautiful creatures.
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.
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, monkey, snakes, ostrich, birds, crocodiles, and other 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 befriended 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 awhile till the rain stopped.
Different variations of flowers are planted throughout the gardens making it a good area for TV commercials and photo shoots.
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It’s 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.
Mini Train Station
A view of all the attractions in the 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 touring the park.
The 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 uses 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.
Budget-friendly family venue
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 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 umbrella. During summer, wear light, comfy clothes. Bring your camera. Be ready to have fun.
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Where is RAVE?
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).