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“Do your research” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Taal Volcano

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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“Do your research”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Having experienced the 1965 eruption first hand, I made a point of including a visit to Taal volcano during my trip back to the country of my childhood.

Wherever you go within 30 minutes of the lake, be prepared to be followed at every step by someone offering you services of some sort or other pertaining to the island. This continues, no it almost even gets worse once you actually reach the volcano island. The vendors will want to rent you a horse, a hat, sell you water, take a picture, anything they can think of. I don't blame them. They have to make a living, but it can be annoying for the tourists.

I heartily recommend doing your research before you get there. There are apparently ways to book a tour before you get there. They may not be the cheapest options, but when you wait to hire a boat until you're there you have little idea of the quality of the services provided.

We opted for a tour provided by the Taal Lake Yacht Club. They offer a number of options. We were satisfied with what they provided us.

On the island itself, you have to decide whether you want to walk up to the top or take a horse. Walking takes about 40 minutes, a horse about 30 minutes. The way up is hot and dusty either way. You don't have to be an athlete to make it, but you shouldn't be in sub-average shape, either. A warning about the horses, though: They are not very large and normally really too small for an average westerner. That doesn't stop the horse owners trying to put anyone and everyone on a horse, though.

All in all, I'd say it's worth a visit. There are other volcanos that look more like a volcano, but this one really is special because of the island within a lake, within an island, within a lake, within an island, inside the Pacific Ocean. It might be worth your while to look into the special tours that take you off the beaten track and maybe even down into the island lake.

And for me, of course, it was special because this volcano woke me up in the middle of the night in 1965.

Visited February 2014
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“Needs DOT support”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The experience would have been perfect had it not been for the vendors blocking the view of the crater lake. Perhaps they could be clustered/organized together just a few meters before the peak. The peak needs a better look out point (like a view deck) with benches. After all, the "climb" is not a joke. It is hot, dry, dusty and tiresome. The journey to the top is worth the cost and the experience. And by the way, I saw 2 small boats in the crater lake. Heard the journey is double the time with a different landing point. Had I known, I would have opted for that journey.

Visited April 2014
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“Taal Volcano”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Overlooking at the wonderful nature of Taal lake, and the crater of an active volcano is just impressive! Adding the nice cold weather and finding a nice place to eat hot beef bulalo. A priceless view that I want to see every summer!

Visited April 2014
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“Long way up”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

at first active volcano thrills you a bit, but then leading up to it either trekking your own or horse is not easy. way up is very dirty and not maintained. When you reach at the top viewing platform is not so good and can't accommodate many.. But when you see volcano and it's surrounding all seems forgotten, spectacular scenes..

Visited April 2014
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“Relaxing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Our favorite destination for a quick getaway from the city. Only 90 minutes from Manila with balmy weather all year round. A very good view of the worlds smallest volcano in a lake within a lake. There are lots of good nice Bed and Breakfast Inns around town to choose from. We always stay at the Taal Vista Hotel with one of the best place to view the volcano on the Ridge. Also a short hop to good restaurants to choose from all around town. The best day to go is on a weekday less traffic and the place is more serene, almost all to yourself, no stress at all. Weekends are busier. It takes longer travel with all the traffic. You will be well rested, destressed, and relaxed while in Tagaytay but will all be erased travelling back to the city.

Visited January 2014
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