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“Viva No Lava!”
Review of Lake Taal

Lake Taal
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Owner description: This lake is the deepest in the Philippines.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Viva No Lava!”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Wasting no time, I arranged for Michael (my tricycle driver) to meet me at 230 pm in the lobby for the afternoon's volcanic excursion. It took another hour snaking down the winding road to the lake. The boat ride to the island was slow enough for me to enjoy the scenic views of the ridge/crater and the approaching volcano island. The more impressive looking crater is on the western banks with its conical shape revealing parts of its crater at the top. We were however heading for the main crater in the middle.

Crater Lake
The horse ride up was tough for the tiny horsie, even tougher for the guide who had to walk and lead the horse up. The route was hot and dusty, and for most parts featured no shade at all. You could buy a surgical facemask from the locals at 50 php or you could wrap your neck scarf around your face like me. Trust me, you will need either one or the other

Viva No Lava!. Up at the top of the main crater, I was naively expecting flowing lava and the works! I broke into a silent laugh when I was faced with an evil looking sulphuric lake in the crater instead. The views however were superbly magnificent.

Looking down the crater, plumes of hot smoke were rising out of cracks on the rocks. Walking west to a higher viewpoint, there were better views of the lake and beyond. Right there and then, a plume of smoke was fluffling out of a hole on the ground. I placed my hand near the hole just to make sure it was hot. Man! It might just cook an egg!

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Visited December 2012
3 Thank Wilson H
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Austin, Texas, United States
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“Scenic beauty, rustic amenities”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Lake Taal is breathtakingly beautiful when the sun hits the scene just right, reflected off the water, with a clear view of the active volcano. Taking a long boat to the volcano is an experience in itself, as in being careful not to fall in the mud on embarking and disembarking. Riding the ponies (or miniature horses) with a native guide up to the top of the volcano is an experience to tweet about. At the top, take a few photos, buy a T-shirt, drink fresh coconut water & get ready for the trip back.

After the jaunt, a nice meal and cold beverage is a must.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Sheila W
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“Negotiate first before you take the boat.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

My friends and I were very naive to have trusted a boatman who said that the price included "everything". It was fine taking the boat and the horse and the guide and the entrance fee. But what we didnt know was that he overcharged us way beyond what the others boatmen were charging. Pay only Php 1,500 if youre alone but a grip of three should only be Php 3,000 and that should include the guide and horse and entrance fee

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Michael M
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Las Pinas
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“Great views”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

It is great and unique spot for relaxing and enjoying the breeze and the view. You can even take a boat to the volcano island. Good fresh fish in the local restaurants.

Visited May 2012
Thank JEmmanuelLasPinas
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“Taal Heritage Town”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

Taal Lake is a wonderful habitat for some delicious and rare fishes. But did you know about Taal Heritage Town?... Balisong & Barong Tagalog Capital of the Philippines? check out: taal.ph

Visited December 2012
Thank traveldan555
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