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This lake is the deepest in the Philippines.
Batangas City, Luzon, Philippines
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

Was there last Dec. 2018. The water is pretty rough...lol. I Was on a Boat going to Taal Volcano and got all wet. I was surprised on the waves and thought we were on salt water.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

It wasn't as fun as it could have been. The boat didn't have hand rails to hold on to. And if you're at the front 2 rows, take the plastic blanket! There's splashing when the waves get a little bigger and faster. I got water...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank bonnsv
Reviewed September 20, 2018

A beautiful lake but quite congested with fish traps. It was a relaxing visit and surrounding mountains and volcano across the lake was very green and luscious.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank RHM63
Reviewed July 7, 2018

This area is a great place to go for a nice day trip out of Manila. If you like immersing yourself in nature you'd really enjoy this area. There's bangka ride that's about 15 minutes to get you to the volcano. It can be as...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Angelica D
Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Lovely lake quite serene. The boat ride on a motorized outrigger was quite scenic and relaxing It’s the only way to get to the volcano. Not much else to do on the lake. Nice way to spend a few hours.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

Taal Lake, formerly known as Bombón Lake, is a freshwater lake in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The lake fills Taal Caldera, a large volcanic caldera formed by very large eruptions between 500,000 and 100,000 years ago. It...More

Date of experience: July 2017
5  Thank dr8le
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

We started our journey in a resort in Laurel, Batangas; and it took 10-15mins boat ride (p2000/boat) to the trekking site. Upon arrival, we registered and pay p100/pax environmental fee. Little kids are free (maybe 5 below), my son is 9 so also needs to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
6  Thank Pam T
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

Visit Taal Lake via San Nicolas, Batangas. The small town offers the best view to appreciate taal lake, taal volcano and surrounding mountains and areas. Plus there are a lot of notable areas you can visit nearby ie Our Lady of Caysasay, Taal Basilica, Balisong,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jdjoann
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We're currently staying at the Batangas country club which is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!The property is beautiful, the food is delicous, and everyone is soooo kind! However there is nothing to do or see in the city of Batangas. It's run down and dirt. There are no...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Tanya D
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

Not a very good experience for family with young children. 6 adults and 2 children.. according kay Manong boatman hindi raw pwedeng magsama sama sa isang bangka.. i paid 5000 Pesos for 2 boats.. (2500 pesos each boat). Pagdating sa taal volcano, meron pang babayaran...More

Date of experience: December 2017
4  Thank karennz2018
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December 22, 2017|
Response from louisesegovia | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I suggest before you go and take the trip, you visit first the PHILVOCS Taal Volcano Station in Talisay, Batangas to get more information about the trip and ensure safety measures. It will also help you better appreciate... More
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September 25, 2015|
Response from 625linsayc | Reviewed this property |
You can charter a local to take you where you want to go, although it can be a little expensive. In The Philippines anything is possible, people are super hrlpful and friendly.
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Best route/itinerary for the Philippines (10 Replies)
What would be the best route/way to visit the following places without having to go back and forth? We plan to be in Manila a few days to see the city sights, Corregidor, etc. Then Lake Taal, probably overnight. I believe 4 nights should do for this route? Then I would like to visit Bohol....should I fly from Manila to Tagbilaran? Would 3 nights be enough if I want to see Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier Visitor Center, perhaps a boat ride on the Loboc River and relaxing a day or two at one...More
August 01, 2012|
Response fromroadtrip092|
I know you said that you don't want to go back and forth on the flight itinerary... But, my suggestion is to use Manila as your hub as it comes out cheaper, faster and more convenient. My take: Itinerary 1: MNL-Tagbilaran-MNL On your return leg, you can take the morning flight out of Tagbilaran, arrive MNL by noon then take the 4pm flight to PPS (or 3pm to Coron). This is cheaper/faster/more convenient than travelling from Bohol to Cebu by ferry/bus to Mactan Airport in CEB then fly to...More
Does this trip make sense? (6 Replies)
Hi everyone. Would love some feedback on whether my itinerary makes sense. I am a single Canadian girl coming in December this year. Day 1 - Manila Day 2 - Fly to Bacolod, bus to Sipilay Day 3,4,5,6 - Relax at Sipilay. I have my PADI course work done but need to finish my 4 practice dives. I read Sipilay is a good place for inexperienced divers? Yes or no? Day 7 - Bus to Dumuagete Day 8 - Waterfalls and caves near Dumuagete. Disco at night? Day 9 - Fly to Puerta Princessa. Relax Day...More
October 30, 2011|
Response fromtravelholic17|
It's Dumaguete not Dumuagete :D The IT seems doable. Have your researched on the travel time from one province/city to another?
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Philippine route advice (5 Replies)
Hi, I need some help please with route advice. I am flying to Cebu city for a few days and then onto Bohol next month. I would like to go to the following places once I leave Bohol, but I'm not sure which order and easiest route/travel. We'll have 16 days left over in philppines once we leave Bohol. Palawan - El nido A volcano- Mount pintatubo or lake Taal? Rice terraces- Banaue What order should we do the above from Bohol and mode of transport? Thank you. Sally
February 25, 2015|
Response fromtommomelbourne|
From Bohol get a fast ferry to Cebu then a flight from there to Puerto Princesa. From PP its a land trip to El Nido(Roro Bus Cherry Bus Daytripper Van). Flight from El Nido on ITI direct to Manila (OR land trip back to PP and a flight to Manila to save money) . Land trip to the Rice Terraces and Taal from Manila. Tommo