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“Don't try to get too close”
Review of Lake Taal

Lake Taal
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Owner description: This lake is the deepest in the Philippines.
Reviewed November 28, 2012

We were hoping to take a boat across the lake to hike on the volcano but as soon as we pulled into town were assaulted by vendors/commisioners. They were on foot, chasing the car and running next to it like we were handing out food to refugees. Next there were motorcycles following us and pulling up on both sides as we drove down the windy road. Not only was it offensive, it was scary and unsafe. Our driver was freaked out.
It was such a turn off we did not even want to be there. As a tourist destination I would say the government needs to fix the situation and make it safe for visitors. I will not go there again.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I spent a few days in October, 2012, at the volcanic Lake Taal area. It is about 2 or 3 hours south of Manila; the bus ride is long, but even travel by private car is not quick. Its elevation gave a welcome and cooling respite from Manila and other coastal areas heat and humidity; several small nurseries offer a beautiful array of plants. It is well known for its "island within a lake within an island within a lake within an island." It suffered major volcanic destruction in the past couple centuries; the primary caldera is huge.
Tourism and construction are increasing; several hotels and restaurants offer a variety of options. Much of the natural beauty, like in many places in our over-populated planet, is being destroyed by too much unplanned or unrestricted construction and development and the consequential polllution. The sunset one night was spectacular.
The main attraction is taking a small boat to the "island within the lake" , seeing the visitors' lodge, and then either riding an unsaddled horse or hiking up to the volcanic rim along the one steep dusty trail. Plenty of touts offer deals, so investigate which is best offer for the ride (in a typical motor trike down from town to the lakeside) and the boatride. We paid 700 pesos for the two of us. Make sure to take bottled water with you before you begin the trip. As to the small island, I'm glad we chose the horses; I cannot remember the cost, but my recollection is that it seemed rather expensive. There are also some small hotels and restaurants inside the caldera along the lakeside road; of course, the prices there are higher than up in town. People everywhere there were quite friendly and helpful.
Another nice attraction is the large park, which offers plenty of room for picnics and has a zip line (short but exciting for newbies). The park has a minimal entrance fee; the zip line fee is reasonable and offers a photo of you as you end the line. It also has a gambling casino but little other nightlife. Within town, motorized trikes and buses are the primary modes of travel.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

We went down to the lake ignoring the sales people.
Boats are available at 1000.
Pay 50 pesos entrance fee on the island, god knows for what...
Theres only one path going up the volcano you dont need a guide at all. If you wanna ride overprised ponies looking like goats than go ahead but its more comfortable to hike in our opinion. Drinks are expensive but thats normal in a location like that.
Just count out the annoying people and enjoy Gods creation.

1  Thank Marc4mix
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

Taal lake will be one of the best lake in the philippines if properly manage,but with abuse by the people living near the lake,aside from pollution from the garbage,overfishing is also a big problem.The Lake is Dying slowly.

1  Thank johnwong65
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

went to tagaytay with some balikbayans last May.they opted to take the Taal boat ride.there are many vendors flashing signs of TAAL BOAT RIDE.we came across 1 guide who sells the boat ride for P1,200 for 1 boat that is good for 7 persons.our balikbayans agreed as the guide said & showed us that what we paid for is already a package & that it normally costs P4,850.tagaytay city proper to leynes resort it took us 30mins to & from.once we reached Leynes resort we rode the boat going to another island/resort.upon arriving the other island we had to pay an entrance fee of P50 per person if im not mistaken.our balikbayans were a litlle dissapponted as theres nothing to do in that island but to smell the poops of horses so we decided to take the horse back riding to go to taal lake.it costs us 45o per person for the horse & 500 for the guide.the road was bumpy.during our horse rides,almost all of our tour guides made drama to us saying that "that this is a low paying job & we should give them tip" upon reaching the top of the lake we were welcomed by softdrink vendors insisting that we buy our guides drinks bec its too hot.1 softdrink or bottle of water costP50.we took our pictures at the lake then afetr a while decided to go back.when we were about to ride the boat again,our boatman said we should pay P20 for crossing the bridge.

-its a good experience to ride the boat & the horse & see the lake

-the guides flashing the BOAT RIDE signs say you will be availing of a package but not.you have to pay for everything upon reaching the foot of taal lake
-if you just want to horse back,you can skip the long drive,boat ride & just ride a horse in Tagaytay city proper
-once you are in the boat stop you have nothing to do there so you are forced to ride the horse.thus all the charges that follow

18  Thank dudz_12
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