By Jalene B.D.S.
Tagaytay is just an hour away from Manila. I really wanted to explore Taal for I wanted to see the beauty of the lake within this volcano island. But plans going to Taal Crater Lake always got postponed. But this time, it did push through and it was just an overnight plan where we communicate through social media.
Taal is the world’s smallest active volcano situated in Tagaytay, Philippines. One common misconception about Taal Volcano is that it is the small volcano (see photo above) situated within the freshwater lake.
Upon arrival to Tagaytay, you’ll see some boatman on the road offering boat ride service going to Taal Volcano island. You can haggle the price. We are 5 in a group.
At the island, tourism fee costs 100 PHP per pax and it’s required to get a guide. It is advisable to bring a face mask, it’s kind of dusty along the road.
TREK to TAAL CRATER LAKE
It took an hour trek going to Taal Crater Lake. The view of the lake is refreshing for the eyes to see, that viewing this lake seems not enough. I wanted to swim on this lake but that’s a different trail and they called it the “Secret Trail” which is kind of expensive. We only took the regular trail and it’s worth it.
5:45 AM – Meetup at Pasig Rotonda
6:00 AM – Departure to Tagaytay (via private vehicle)
7:00 AM – Arrival to Tagaytay
8:00 AM – Search for a Boat Ride to Taal Volcano Island
8:30 AM – Arrival to jump off point – boat terminal / Departure to Taal Island Volcano
9:00 AM – Arrival to Taal Volcano Island and Registration
9:30 AM – Start Trek going to Taal Crater Lake
10:30 AM – Arrival to Taal Crater Lake
11:30 AM – Start Descent
12:30 PM – Arrival to registration Area
1:00 PM – Arrival to jump off / Wash up
1:30 PM – LUNCH
2:30 PM – Departure to Manila
4:00 PM – Arrival to Manila
BUDGET per PAX
300 PHP = Boat ride fee
100 PHP = Tourism fee
100 PHP = Guide fee
89 PHP = Food
45 PHP = Drinks
100 PHP = Toll fee and gas contribution
TOTAL: 734 PHP