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?
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.
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