4 New Reasons to Revisit Island Cove Hotel & Leisure Park

Last Saturday, I went on a road trip with a group of friends to visit Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park. Having visited the resort a couple of times, I realized there's so much you can do inside the 36-hectare Mediterranean-inspired island. Here are four new reasons why you should come back at Island Cove Resort.

Aviary Island at Island Cove Cavite

Enroute to Cavite from 6750 Makati our meeting place, it took us only an hour to reach Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park via Cavitex. The proximity to Manila makes Island Cove one of the recommended resorts near Manila especially for people who hates long trips.



In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Island Cove Cavite will be offering new and exciting summer activities for kids and kids-at-heart.

Aviary Island Tour

Why not explore the wild side and learn more about the birds. Our day tour started with an up-close and personal encounter with animals. The Aviary Island is home of more than 20 different kinds of animals from rabbits, iguana, monkey, and a 200 pounds python. We enjoyed watching variety of birds. I did not let the day pass without having a selfie again with the ostriches (read my story about Dacara farm here).



Feeding rabbits with saging na saba
From the aviary island, we toured the newly renovated hotel rooms. I love Island Cove's spacious and modern interior rooms. A few steps from the veranda leads you to the swimming pool and Jacuzzi which are exclusive for in-house guests. While the Oceania and the Swim & Splash Park are open for day tour guests.

Fishing Village

I always look forward and excited to have lunch at the Fishing Village, a hidden gem in Island Cove Hotel. Their great food selection and alfresco dining with the view of Manila Bay and Oceania Swim and Splash Park are always worth the trip.


OOTD at Island Cove Fishing Village
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View from the newly opened Bayside Deck
Kamayan Sets are good for 6-8 person. Sets A-C are the newest offering at The Fishing Village
Choose Kamayan Set A if you like Pinakbet, Grilled fish, and Palabok. Set B comes with Pansit, Grilled Pork, and other Seafood dishes. There's also Kare-kare. I bet some will choose Set C for the Crispy Pata. Better yet, order the 3 sets since you need energy for the new attractions to try.

Kamayan set B 
Island Cove's famous Sungkaan appetizer
appetizer served in Sungka
Woman In Digital Piny Meryenda at the Fishing Village
Filipino meryenda: bibingka, puto (rice cake), espasol, and maja de blanca

Fishing Village at Island Cove
You'll enjoy this view while having lunch
Fishing Village is now offering a new set of meals called "Kamayan". Kamayan means eating by hands, no need for utensils. The dishes were all tasty but I will always go back here for pinakbet, grilled fish, and pork sinigang.

Go Karting, Horseback Riding, and Mermaid Swimming

After lunch, it's time to explore the newest attractions. At a very affordable rates, guests are invited to try their go pedal karting, horseback riding, and mermaid swim.

I've tried horseback riding many times, not the professional horseback riding though just a beginner for fun and experience. Theirs was very nice, we walked around with the guide a few steps away.

Woman In Digital Horseback riding rates at Island Cove

Woman In Digital Horseback riding rates at Island Cove
Horseback riding rates: Php50 for 15 minutes
One of the main attractions at Island Cove Hotel this summer is the mermaid swimming experience. Mermaid tails in different colors and design for fun swimming will be available for rent. However, the activity is recommended only for people who know how to swim.

Woman In Digital Mermaid Swim at Island Cove

I don't know how to swim but I love lounging under the shade of trees in bathing suit. Of course, I made sure to try and experience wearing the mermaid tail. Good thing, the staff were friendly. She even assisted me to go down the pool for an amazing mermaid swimming experience. You must swim with confidence and comfort while wearing the mermaid tail. I wore the blue, glittering mermaid tail with matching mermaid crown. Ako daw ang reyna ng karagatan.

Ocean Conservation Advocate, Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver and Freelance Mermaid Performer, Amarie and her school of fellow mermaids will let you don a tail and learn how to swim like a mermaid. Each session runs for two hours.

Changing rooms are easily accessible with several cubicles for shower and toilet. That would not be a problem during peak season. After the mermaid swim, we checked out the four giant slides leading to one huge swimming pool of different levels.

Woman In Digital Go Karting at Island Cove
Photo courtesy of Enzo of JuanManila
I never thought I would love go karting! It felt like a kid once again. With friends 'go karting' together, the experience was immensely unforgettable. In addition, Island Cove Leisure Park is a perfect place for go karting because it's huge and spacious.

Woman In Digital Go Karting at Island Cove
Go Karts are available for rent at Php100 for 15 minutes
Woman In Digital Go Karting at Island Cove

Woman In Digital What to do at Island Cove
Photo courtesy of Juan Manila

Refreshments & Tasty Meals at Sangley Point

Capping our day tour was a tasty spread served at Sangley Point, the restaurant located few steps from the pool next to Splash Park. We had pasta, burger, paella, and refreshing beverages.

Sangley Point has new dishes to offer - Starters Platter, Buffalo Chicken Burger, Linguine al Vongole, Rigatoni al Salmone, and the Madras Style Vegetable Curry.

This Chicken Parmigiana (Php350) served with Italian spaghetti aglio olio pepperoncino topped with crisp breaded chicken breast with mozzarella cheese and fresh marinara sauce is my favorite.

Sangley Point Island Cove New Food Items

To summarize, here are the new fun and exciting activities to try at Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park starting this summer of 2018.

1. Aviary Island tour
2. Go Karting rates starts at Php100 for 15 minutes
3. Horseback riding starts at Php50 for 15 minutes
4. Mermaid swim (stay tuned for rates and more information)

Summer Escape to Island Cove: Things To Bring 

1. Swim wear, hat and sunblock.
2. Extra shirt when going on a day trip.
3. Camera - smartphone, point and shoot, underwater best for mermaid swimming photography.

How to get to Island Cove:

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park
Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite
Philippines 4104
Website: http://www.islandcovephil.com/

From Mall of Asia, you may take the UV FX heading Cavite City fare is Php50. Then take a mini bus and tell the conductor you're going Island Cove (fare is Php8). Although I have yet to try commuting, I hope this could be a guide for you.

From Baclaran, take a bus heading Cavite City or NAIC/Maragondon taking the island cove route.
From Alabang, board a mini bus or jeepney going Cavite City going Island Cove

Via Private Car: From Manila, take CAVITEX the easiest route that will lead you to Island Cove in 15 minutes. I'm not sure if UBER or GRAB service Manila to Island Cove. Let me know if you already tried.

Holy Week Rates at Island Cove
Holy Week Rates at Island Cove

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Who's excited to visit Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park? It's one of the best and recommended summer getaway just an hour away from Makati. Share your thoughts and experiences if you've been or planning to visit Island Cove Cavite.


  1. Wow!! Ang ganda po dito madam.. So relaxing at refreshing ng place.. Ang dami pang pwedeng gawin. magpakain ng rabbit, sumakay sa go kart.. at ang sarap pa ng mga foods. Yay!!

    1. Go visit Island Cove, Angelie! Favorite ko ang Fishing Village. :)

  2. Yay!!! Isa to sa dream getaway namin this vacation!!! Ansarap mag family bonding moments dito for sure!!

  3. Nakakagoodvibes naman ang place. Dami pang activities na pampaalis ng stress

  4. ganda ng ootd mo Ms Marj at yang pa mermaid.��
    Ganda ng place tapos may mga activities pa, matutuwa kids ��


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