Live Out Your Rainbow Dreams in These Local Destinations

Get an overdose of sunshine and rainbows in these “IG-friendly”spots.
by | July 02, 2019

Looking for an eye-catching escapade with the barkada? Here are a few fun and colorful destinations filled with sunshine and rainbows around the country that seem to have been designed specifically with the social-media savvy millennial market in mind.


Aqua Planet


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Featuring a rainbow slide, wave pool, hurricane slides, lazy river and much more, Aqua Planet, a 10-hectare water park located in Clark Freeport in Pampanga, is one colorful and fun destination for the barkada or whole family. Aqua Planet features 38 exhilarating rides and attractions for kids and kids at heart. This massive water park is just a couple of hours drive from Metro Manila, highly accessible via the North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, making it an easy day trip for groups and families.


Inflatable Island


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Inflatable Island is the biggest floating playground in Asia. At over 4,200 sqm, this fun water-based attraction is roughly the size of 8 basketball courts combined. The playground features inflatables slides, towers, bridges, human launchers, swings and much more.

Lounge about in the Sunflower Lounge or Pink / Yellow Bali-inspired lounge with bean bags and colorful umbrellas. A rainbow walk leads to a smaller playground for kids. Their latest attraction, dubbed “UnicornZilla” is touted to be the biggest Unicorn in the world. It’s so massive, it can fit up to 50 pax standing.


The Happy Beach


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For those based in Cebu, The Happy Beach offers a “Pastel Instagrammable Paradise.” The home of Inflatable Island in Cebu describes itself as the “Millennials’ Summer Capital.” Featuring a Pink Pool, Happy Jungle Lounge, Pink Bali lounge, Floating zoo of flamingo and unicorn floaters and more, just looking at photos of the saccharine spot already gives you a sugar rush. Predictably, the trendy spot has proven to be quite popular on Instagram.


Dessert Museum


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In this age of social media, “Made-for-Instagram Museums” still seem to be going strong with the millennial crowd. The Dessert Museum, an interactive art exhibit with mouthwatering rooms designed around different dessert themes, is one of the offbeat museums popular with barkadas because of their large, colorful sculptures of dessert items. The complex in S Maison below Conrad Hotel Manila, features 12,000 square feet of your sugar-filled dreams.


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Follow Candy Rabbits through their Donut Hole, slip down their sprinkle slide, choose your path in their Candy Cane Groves, go Cotton Candy Picking in a sugary forest or walk under a licorice rainbow, while sampling various sweets.


Lakbay Museo


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The newest museum, marketed for millennials and school tours, offers an indoor space where visitors can take “IG Worthy Photos in 11 Regions Without Leaving Manila. Lakbay Museo, also located on the ground floor of S Maison at Conrad Manila, boasts 1,000 square meters of Instagram-worthy displays and interactive stations showcasing the best of the Philippines.


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Learn more about the region’s festivals, such as the Pahiyas in Quezon, or traditional houses, like Batanes’ Ivatan house and the bale of the Ifugao, as well as regional cuisine while walking through rooms and hallways of colorful life-sized displays.


Which of these IG-friendly destinations have you been to? Let us know in the comments section.



Kara Santos is a freelance writer and photographer. When not on the road or motorcycling off somewhere for the weekend, she’s leveling up her experience points in the latest PlayStation RPG. Read about her real-life and virtual adventures on her blog Travel Up.

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