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“It's a lake... it's a horse riding adventure... it's an active volcano!” 4 of 5 stars
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Taal Volcano
Luzon, Philippines
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Owner description: Taal Volcano is located about 60 km (about 37 miles) south of Metro Manila. Last major eruption was reported back in 1965 that affected villages in the surrounding area.
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“It's a lake... it's a horse riding adventure... it's an active volcano!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

A day well spent - that was my reaction at the end of the day. the 2 hour drive from Manila was quite smooth. The winding road from Tagaytay to Taal lake is quite an experience too.

Once at the lake we took a boat to the island. The boat ride was a bit scary because it was windy and hence the ride was choppy. About 40 minutes later we were on terra firma... although we were actually at the bottom of an active volcano.

We had chosen a package tour that included riding a Horse or Mule (I am not sure) from the base to the top of the crater. That ride was an adventure by itself. The climb is steep and my heart was racing as we went up and it raced harder on the way down. Let me warn you that the saddles are hard and the "natural cushioning" of your bottoms takes quite a beating!

As you get closer to the top you can see steam coming out of the ground... proving that there is indeed activity under your feet. Quite exhilarating!

At the very top you can peer into a lake formed within the crater. You are not allowed to get down to the crater and I did not have the desire to do that either.

You can for a cost of 100 Pesos (USD2.5) tee off at the very top of the crater. Yes, they will provide you with a tee, gold ball and a decent club and you can sink that ball into the crater… where else in the world can you do that?

Tips:
Lots of Sunscreen
Big hat will be useful.
If you have a small backpack with some nibbles and water it will be good.
The ride can be dusty so a light scarf tied over your face can be useful if you are bothered by dust.

Visited September 2011
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“A visit to remember...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

I was amazed seeing the Taal Volcano. But, there's something to be taken cared of aside from the Breath-taking view, the lake itself. It seems that it pollution is about to start, with cellophanes and other materials present in the water. It's also a lesson for us not to throw any thing that might lead to pollution and destruction of the beauty of nature....

Visited May 2011
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Davao, Philippines
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“A visit to remember...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

I was amazed seeing the Taal Volcano. But, there's something to be taken cared of aside from the Breath-taking view, the lake itself. It seems that it pollution is about to start, with cellophanes and other materials present in the water. It's also a lesson for us not to throw any thing that might lead to pollution and destruction of the beauty of nature....

Visited May 2011
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“Awesome sunset @ volcano in a volcano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

My local friends says this is the ONLY attraction worth visiting in Tagaytay and I fully agree. We booked a tricycle from 3pm to visit Taal Volcano with the expectation of catching the sunset and we were not disappointed. Tagaytay City is about 57 km from EDSA Rotunda, Manila.

It was a half hour ride from Tagaytay City (narrow zigzag mountain road!) to the lakeside, and another half hour banca boat ride, followed by a 30-min horse ride to the Taal Volcano which is in fact a volcano within a lake (which used to be an old crater). Here's what we paid.

Tricycle cost : Php 300 (round-trip from Tagaytay City)
Banca cost : Php 1500 (round-trip) for two
Horse ride cost : Php 1500 (round-trip) for two

The most challenging part is the horse ride because
1. The horses are not well-schooled
2. It's pretty steep going up to the crater
3. It was dusty and the paths are not well designed (they sell you a mask for Php100 and you pretty much got to buy it to protect your lungs & face).

I did not bargain because I really wanted to catch the sunset and not want to go through the zigzag road back to Tagaytay City in the dark (knowing how dangerous it might get). After all, there is no accommodation available at Taal Volcano. We made it back to Tagaytay City before it turned stark dark!

The view was truly spectacular at sunset. I have also seen many volcanoes in my life, from New Zealand to Mt Fuji in Japan. Taal Volano has a uniqueness on her own.

Something worthwhile doing once in a lifetime.

Visited April 2012
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

You have to be physically fit if you plan to visit Taal Volcano. A tiring but fascinating experience.

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