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Address: Batangas City, Luzon, Philippines
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This lake is the deepest in the Philippines.

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Great Lake, nice views

Try to eat at a Filipino restaurant where you can eat bolalo and where it's full of locals. There is one with a view on the lake. Nice place to stay, eat and relax

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Wilco O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Try to eat at a Filipino restaurant where you can eat bolalo and where it's full of locals. There is one with a view on the lake. Nice place to stay, eat and relax

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was nice and definitely bigger than expected. Took a boat ride to the center peak, so we went on the lake. If you go to see the lake you have to go to see Taal Volcano as well.

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27 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a bit of a tourist trap. You will pay too much money for the boat ride to the volcano, everyone will ask you for a handout and pout if you refuse. The trek to the top of the volcano is dusty and the locals hassle you to use a horse which they will ride with you to... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Lake Taal is the home of the smallest active volcano in the world. Most of the people who live here catch the fresh water tilapia fish from the 2,000' deep lake.There are floating fishing villages along the deepest parts of the lake. One thing I found amassing is the lake is fresh water and cold even with an active volcano... More 

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utah, usa
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

This place is Made of Scammers. Take your local filipinos with you and let them do all the talking. the tricycle drivers are the worse scammers here. they will tell you P200 one way down the hill (24 kilometers) but you can get it for P100-50. the standard Round trip rate to rent the whole boat (not per head) is... More 

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Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We tired the horse in there. However, it's hard to arrive at top of the mountain of Taal lake. In the meddle of the mounting area a lot of dust and you need to wear dust mask. People in there purchase dust makes. The view great and trip deserve to be discovered.

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Pagadian City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The nearest I got to Lake Taal was when I had a training-workshop at Talisay, Batangas in 2009. The shoreline was not clean as there were dead fishes floating ... but the view is serenely beautiful.

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Manila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

The Taal Lake is better experienced when in Talisay, Batangas. Don't mistake Taal town as the jump-off point for this attraction. There is a road from Tagaytay City to take you there. Enjoy the peace and tranquility!

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Sevres, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

To go on the volcanic island, I rented a boat / bankha of 6 people for my wife and me only and for 2,000 pesos (expensive but supposedly official price, stamped letter from the municipality in support). A traveler having come I offered to take him onboard for sharing the price. The owner refused saying he had to take another... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

The most you can get from lake Taal is watching it from the terrace above, in Tagaytay. Otherise not very nice experience; you have to bargain hard for the tricycle ride from Tagaytay to the lake and vice versa but when you reach the lake itself you realize that all the effort was not worth going there. They think they... More 

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