Taal Volcano
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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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Zandyy
London, UK158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I visited Taal Volcano 25 years ago, and again last month, and things are very different. There is surprisingly little information about how to reach the volcano online so thought I'd contribute what little knowledge I have.

The volcano had erupted a couple of years ago and it's still quite active, so it is currently forbidden to access the island in the middle of the lake. Most pictures of that island here are out of date, it looks very different now.

A couple of enthusiastic tour operators offer boat rides to the island but without disembarking. It's not as easy to find those tour operators as it used to be. We used someone called Precious who is just to the right of the road from Tagaytay as it hits the lake, and clearly signposted.

The lake waters are very choppy and it's not a boat trip for the faint hearted. I remember the waters were rough 25 years ago as well, but this time there seemed to be zero traffic on the lake, which may mean that not many choose to adventure this way, at least not at the moment.

Overall I think I'd recommend admiring the volcano from afar at this time, the viewpoints in Tagaytay are great and taking a boat without disembarking doesn't add much. Hoping to see access to the island itself resored soon.
Written January 7, 2023
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Sarah r
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Feb 2023 • Couples
I had hiked the volcano a few years back and wanted to show my partner, on a trip to the Philippines. As the volcano erupted a few years back, you can't actually land on the island anymore but u can go on a boat ride around the lake. Drive thread down to talisay and you will find places advertising trips. It's not cheap, (between 3000 and 5000php), but it was fun and takes around 2 hours. Be warned it got REALLY choppy out there and we got very wet! Tourism, was thier main way of making a living and with eruption many are still displaced. So worth supporting the community too. The guys were really lovely.
Written February 17, 2023
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Paul Marvel
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
The horses were in a very bad condition and don't treated well!!!!!!! They force you to ride a horse, but you should don't do it!! The prices are really high for what you get. The boat trip is expensive. No clean toilets and waste everywhere. Hungry dogs, chicken, ... They want to charge you for everything - a guide, a map, special photo place, ... If you want to see something nice near Manila visit waterfalls near Laguna for example, much better.
Written January 10, 2020
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night_hawk07
New Delhi13 contributions
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Apr 2012 • Solo
This was one of those trips where i decided to save some money yet go out and venture.
I started off from Manila (Makati) by 6:30 am, and took a jeepney to the nearest bus station where i could get a bus from. This was the EDSA - ALABANG SLEX bus stand. waited here for approx 20 minutes and then finally got a bus. I took the San Augusting bus to Olivarez, Tagaytay.
The buses in Philippines are comfortable and clean (considering the fact that i live in India !!).
Once in Olivarez, You'll have you haggle like a true asian and bring down the prices that the tri-cycle owners ask you. (They may ask for anything between 500 ~ 1000 Pesos) But i managed to bring it down to 100 Pesos ( India teaches you stuff which is universally used, Hahaha.. :-D ).

These tricycle rides would take you to Talisay (the shore town of the lake itself).
It's another half an hour on the side cart of a tricycle before you reach the shore.

Now here is the catch. The tricycle guys would take you to the Banca "special boat" owners. YOU have to be very adamant, that you don't want the Banca ride to the volcano island (because the Banca would easily cost you approx. 1500 Pesos - back and forth trip). You ask the tricycle owner to take you to the ferry station (He would say that there are no ferries, you have to take the Banca only, in order to reach the island. DON'T listen, just keep pressing on the point that you want to go to the ferry station).

Ok, now in my case, I had never been on a Banca, so I specifically hunted down a cheaper Banca owner - He started haggling from 1500 Pesos and we had an agreement at 700 pesos..!!

So this banca ride would take you to the taal volcano island and this is another 30 minutes of a boat ride.

Once on the island - You have to pay a tourist entry fees of 50 pesos.
You may hire a pony/donkey (it's still debatable so as to what those animals are). This would set you back by another 700 ~ 800 pesos (Only if you haggle and bargain too well), it may range up to 1500 ~ 2000 pesos for an inexperienced haggler !!

I decided to trek all the way up to the top and come back. So no Pony for me.
One important TIP - carry loads of your water even if you are not trekking your way up.

Once on top - the view and the cool breeze is spectacular. Since the Volcano is active - you may easily spot steam vent on the inner side of the volcano.
So keep your eyes open.
Written April 22, 2012
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usa97
manila, philippines3 contributions
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I currently live in Manila and am familiar with negotiating taxi rides (for longer distances or if someone won't use the meter) and prices for boats etc. Taxi from Makati to Tagaytay was about $40 USD, seemed to be a fair price. Thankfully (you'll see why in a minute) we had an excellent taxi driver!

In Tagaytay we negotiated for a boat over to Taal, but once we got on the boat the operator kept assessing extra fees, same when we got to the island. It was frustrating and we ended up being left on the island where Taal is.

We hiked up to see the volcano, which honestly wasn't that impressive, it just looks like another lake.

We haggled for another boat back across the lake, and when we got to our taxi, the boat owner (not the operator) started giving us a hard time about where his boat was, what happened to the operator, etc.

We ended up having to go to the PNP Station (Philippine National Police) where the matter was resovled (oh, and by the way, on the way to the PNP station the boat owner stopped and picked up the operator/guide - they knew he was back!).

The PNP were helpful, and thankfully we were able to laugh about it, but honestly the trip was more trouble than it was worth. I wish I knew the name of the boat or where the launch was to tell you to avoid it.

I've heard the actual town of Tagaytay can be nice, and I may go back for a day trip, but I recommend that you just skip Ta'al.
Written January 2, 2006
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mattywill03
Newcastle, Australia3 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Friends
919 We had the most amazing time not only at Taal volcano but getting there and coming back. We managed to get a taxi driver that was so awesome . named Ramon Garcia (+639198534218). he's been driving taxis for twenty years and the car was only a year old. It cost 3500Pto get there and for him to wait and returned us back. We left the motel around 9 am and he gave us some options as what do we want to experience at Taal. We were keen for the horse trip up and in the crater. He said there is a quicker way but will cost alittle bit extra in tolls 60 or 80 pacos.
About an hour and a bit later we arrived after a lot of traffic getting out of Manila and he surgested we use the yaht club as they we better boats and to order a small amount of food for when we get back. We weren't keen on the idea as we thought this is just a scam or something but when we got back we were tired and needed a feed to get energy back.
got on the boat and headed to Taal once there we were greeted by our guides and our horses.hoped on the horses with guides next to us and headed up the crater. These horses are so strong and just new were to go. got to the halfway point on top of the crater. snaped off some photos and then headed down the crater the guides were awesome and the guides now how to take photos of you on the horses as far as composition is concerned. So all round great experience without using travel agencys.
Written October 30, 2013
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@82Li
Singapore, Singapore130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
Travel period - 17.10.13

without follow any tour package, we manage to DIY our trip from Manila to Taal Valcano.

its fun to DIY and much more cheaper as compare to the price quoted by the travel agent. it is about 70% cheaper (3 pax).

first, we leave hotel at 6am and take a taxi from hotel to Coastal mall. we spend about 200 peso for cab fees.

there are a lot of aircon bus depart from coastal mall to tagaytay. about 75 peso per person.
its take about 2 hour from manila to tagaytay. Pls remind the bus conductor to alert you when the bus pass by tagaytay.

usually the bus will drop you in the middle of the town where u can see kfc, mcd or jolibee. we took our breakfast at jolibee and spend about 200 peso for 3.

after breakfast, we walk about 10 min to the jeebney terminal. just ask people for the direction and ignore all the tribe drive along to road side. their charge is simply too high. :( Once you reach the jeebney terminal, you may look for the trike. (one trike for 150 peso from tagaytay to taal and it is good for 3 of us).

from tagaytay to taal by trike, its took about 20-30 min. then the trike driver will drop you at taal lake side which you may found a lot of boat service company the lake. ask for good price!! we spend about 2500 peso for 2 way boat trip and one guide. i saw from other review that some people manage to get the 2 way boat trip by 1500 peso.

we spend about 4 hour for boat trip , trekking and sight seeing. :)

after that we spend 250 peso to take a trike from taal lake side to go back to tagaytay, then we spend another 200 peso at MCD for lunch.

the bus back to manila will stop somewhere nearby the MCD. we spend about 75 peso per person again for the bus fare and another 2 hour travel back to manila. :)

mission complete! Hope this is helpful!
Written October 22, 2013
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raqui56
california15 contributions
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To get to Taal Volcano you need to drive down from Tagaytay to the lakeside, catch an outrigger to the islet where the volcano is. When you get there you will be asked to pay for entrance fee and then forced to pay for a tour guide on the hike up to ridge. The entrance fee would have been ok if they at least cleaned the walkway or passage way for the hiker. Hikers are using the same trail that the horse are using. Every step you make you have to look really well as there are lots of horse poop all over, when horses came by stay away for safety and sanitation. The supposedly guide that you are forced to have and pay does not say a word but just walks along with you, If you ask questions they are not sure of the answers, why pay a guide? Tourism agency should at least clean the trail everyday, really filthy. Make sure you bring water if you want to hike to the top. When there, it is beautiful!
Written July 30, 2009
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Vvijaya
Manila, Philippines1 contribution
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Aug 2014 • Couples
I would like to warn fellow tourists about the cheating at this place. Today our taxi guy cris took us saying that he will get us the best price for this. He did not allow us to talk to anyone, took us to this lady, who presented us with a printed charts. There were two packages. One was without horse ride, the price was 4000 pesos , just for the horse ride and guide. The second one was 14000, unbelievable, for 2 persons , which included horse ride and lunch for 2 persons.
We defininatelly could not have afforded the horse ride. So we took the package without horse ride. We paid 4000 just for boat ride and guide. Once we were at the base, another person approached us saying he can give us horse ride ffor 1000 k per person. We were very happy and took the deal. Every step we had to pay tips and he demanded 500 pesos for himself plus 100 pesos as his tips. Overall the whole trip costed us nearly 10000 pesos. Very hurting and disappointing. Please be aware of such crooks, taxi drivers are very much part of this. Later we came to know that boat ride was 500 pesos per person and horse ride too was same, 500 pesos per person. Please check online before going to this place. It is full of cheats and crooks. Sorry , but very bad experience of Manila and equally bad impression of these people. I m from Singapore. So it is more shocking that people cheat so easily. I felt ashamed of myself.
Written August 30, 2014
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Ricky_Lu
Sydney1 contribution
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I had a terrible experience in Tagaytay. I'm from Australia however, can understand tagalog.I heard what all the locals were saying about me and my boyfriend. A group of men were following us and hasseling us to go on a boat ride with them to the Taal volcano. When we tried to walk away (and told them goodbye), they kept following. I complained to a resort manager about it and the men responded (in tagalog) that they were not following us because they were are tour guides- What a lier!

When we paid a ridiculous fee to go the volcano, there is a man that everyone has to go through. He is very sly and intimidating with gold chains and rings on every finger. He will try to convince you that the hike (easy walk) up the volano is miles and miles away so that he may charge you another ridiculous fee to get on an old sick skinny horse whilst a young boy/girl walks next to the horse with you up the volcano. Please do not ride the horse, it is not neccessary!

When we got to the top of the volcano, there were locals screaming at us and grabbing our arms telling us to buy drinks and other souviners. It was really scary because it felt like if we didn't, we wouldn't be safe. One lady asked me to buy a scarf and I said 'no thankyou', she said (in tagalog, behind my back) 'well, [-] you, you cheap [-]. From the top, there is a nice view if you don't look around too much (so much pollution thrown all over the volcano - and it wasn't the tourists doing it either, locals had their lunch and threw their garbage down the volcano).

Our entire time in Tagaytay was like that. I understand that locals in Tagaytay have a hard life (just like any other city in the Philippines), but they were different. It's like they demanded tourists to pay ridiculous fees and were very rude about it. People treated us like we were a piece of rich meat ready to be torn apart.

Please don't waste your time here, go somewhere else. There are more beautiful places and people to see in the Philippines. Go to Palawan!
Written February 13, 2009
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