Manila Bay located in the Philippines has been acclaimed as one of the finest and most picturesque natural harbours on the globe. It is also a magnet for foreign visitors drawn by the delightful scenery of the area. The sightseer who enters the bay through the South China Sea will be immediately entranced by the sight of the verdant forests interspersed by numerous volcanic peaks. In proximity to the bay the visitor will find Cavite province and the Bataan Peninsula.
Many small islands are to be seen at the bay, including Corregidor Island and Caballo Island which separate the mouth of the bay creating the South and North Channels. The traveller who proceeds further through the South Channel will be able to glimpse Carabao Island and El Fraile Island.
The northeastern and northern shores of the bay lie adjacent to the central plain of Luzon Island. These areas have shallow waters and are bordered by the mangrove swamps and mud flats of the Pampanga River delta which has the distinction of being the location of the most expansive commercial fishing ponds in the nation. This is in part due to the moderate tidal range here.
Manila Bay lays claim to a rich and turbulent history. It is perhaps most famous as the site of the well known Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 which culminated in the victory of the American forces commanded by Commodore George Dewey. Other notable military action at the vicinity includes La Naval de Manila during 1646, which resulted in the conclusion of Dutch attempts to capture the Philippines. Later during the Second World War Japanese forces invaded Corregidor Island through the bay.
The bay has consolidated its position as a place for recreation, with residents of Metro Manila as well as foreign visitors in search of a place for a leisurely stroll frequenting the area. Marina Bay is a delightful location from which to admire the mesmerizing sunset, which never fails to inspire the viewer with a sense of beauty and serenity.