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“well worth the time. wonderful stunning views”
Review of Lake Taal

Lake Taal
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Manila Super Saver: Manila Sightseeing plus Tagaytay Tour with Taal Volcano
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Owner description: This lake is the deepest in the Philippines.
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“well worth the time. wonderful stunning views”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

this is a 1st rate trip, but that depends on who you book it with. your local hotel desk will book it all for your a package. best option if you are only 1-2 in party
3 and above book it yourself . BUT it can get very frustrating too many elements to it.
you should go take the regular jeeney service to Tagaytay City to see the lake from above.take a drink at any of the many restaurants overlooking the lake .all advertise the view from the road
stunning views.. you can then arrange the rest of the trip to the lake shore and on to the island and back with them.. take your time all around are wonderful views. php1000 each we paid.
very breeze and pleasance at Tagaytay but very very hot on the island

Visited April 2013
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“Taal Lake: Relaxing Trip with Amazing Views”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Tagaytay is a place many Filipinos would recommend for tourists to visit when staying in Manila; it is just an hour away. Tagaytay is part of the Taal Lake area located in Batangas and partly in Cavite provinces. There is a lot more to this area than just Tagaytay and it is worth more than one day. The focus of this review is more on Batangas and Taal Lake than on Cavite. Such a trip would be better enjoyed with others; hence, I recommend you go with your other half or a friend or two.

We drove from Manila (Bonifacio Global City), but you could either rent a car or hire one with a driver to take you to Lipa City. You can even catch one of the many air-conditioned buses that go there every hour from Gil Puyat (Buendia) and EDSA Taft bus stations for about 150 pesos. Just ask around and you will be directed. When you get off at Lipa bus stop, located at the heart of the city, tricycles abound that will take you to the nearest destinations. For a comfortable, but not very cheap stay, head over to The Farm at San Benito; better booked in advance for best price and availability. Of course there are half a dozen other places where you could stay.

In Lipa, you can visit Casa de Segunda, Blu Roze Farms Parks and Wildlife, Lipa Cathedral, Bulalacao Falls, Luz-Librea-Bautista Ancestral House, Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club, Mt. Carmel Church and Lipa Museum (check the Net for more details on any of Lipa's attractions).

When done with Lipa (a max of two days), take a trip to Mataas na Kahoy, meaning "high wood", located about 1,243 feet above sea level. There are a few places to stay and enjoy the views of Lake Taal from there. Once you are ready to move on, take a ride through Cuenca (known for baking, Mt. Maculot and the Lumampao 1,500 concrete steps) and Alitagtag to the heritage town of Taal. You can stay at Abby's Garden Resort, Casa Cecilia Hotel, Casa Punzalan or Taal Imperial Hotel and Resort. Here you can visit Basilica de San Martin de Tours (the largest in the Philippines), Balisong Church, Don Leon Apacible Museum, Escuela Pia, Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion and many other churches, ancestral homes, and mansions. We ate at Casa Cecilia and loved the food and the ambiance.

From Taal, head over to Tagaytay (Cavite province) through the town of Lemery, You will pass by many interesting sites worth stopping either for a photo (like Fantasy World, a massive colorful castle) or for a bargain (woodworks and art crafts). In Tagaytay, we stayed at Taal Vista Hotel which offers good food, very clean and comfortable accommodation and marvelous views of the volcano island located in the middle (more north) of Lake Taal. Other than the magnificent views and the cool air (being the highest point in Cavite at 2,326 ft), Tagaytay has one other attraction worth mentioning; People's Park in The Sky.

From there, you can choose your way back to Manila; either through Silang, Cavite or Talisay, Batangas. The latter would be more scenic, but longer to drive. Either way, you would have had had quite an experience to remember easily taking anywhere from three to seven days depending on how hurried you are to .....ah never mind.

Visited January 2013
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Dasmarinas City, Philippines
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“the serenity of lake taal”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

we have been spending our holy week retreat and vacation at de leon's beach in taal lake, san nicolas, batangas, philippines for more than 15 years. it is always a full respite from normal activities at home and office. relatives are coming and spending with for the holy days.

normal activities are eating, eating, sleeping, sleeping and a lot of swimming in the warm sulphuric and very clean waters of taal lake. at night, playing cards and mahjong and poker with small bets.

the place is so windy located down south of tagaytay city and fronting the mountain makulot of cuenca batangas. normally, holy thursday is a full moon, so at night time despite the place at the remote part is so lighted by the brightest moon. it so calm, peace and serene so tempting to sleep all day with the breezy and windy. the kids are playing the volcanic black sand while the big ones on movie marathon. adults are drinking moderately.

for the first time, the place was swarm with lot of people trying to cool off from summer heat even during holy friday and black saturday.

the beach front must be developed to attact more local or even foreign tourists not because of the taal volcanoes but also the clean waters. but developing must be responsible for waste management and peace and order.

Visited March 2013
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“Tagaytay is expensive beware !”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Ok 3 in our party
1 Brit
1 Brit come Auzzie
1 filipina

We had read the reviews and some tourists paying 600-8000pesso EACH to reach the volcano

All 3 of us are experienced travellers however maybe also luckily 1 filipina with us got the following
Taxi to lake side boat departure
Boat ride
Donkey ( there not horses ) ride to the top
Back again to our hotel cool breeze tagaytay
All in 2500 peso not each everyone that was all 3 of us !
So 6000-8000 each from other reviews is a total rip off

When you pay this you also don't mind tips
Great taxi driver tipped
Great boat guy who took us ashore to the donkey signed in to the area fees desk (inc in our 2500) tipped
Donkey guy sorry no tip I didn't like the need to whip a small under fed animal I wanted to whip him!

I saw my "horse " that I paid for I am 42 and 90kg that donkey was good for a 8yr old child so I opted to walk
My 2 friends are both small framed and maybe 44-55kg
My guide rode the donkey and still felt the need to whip it despite me asking not too
I walked up ( hard graft) down easy a child could make it with the above in mind

Things you'll need
Water (5x the price on site )
Dust mask 100 peso
Don't try to be cool like 1 of us and took none of the above you'll regret it !

Great view from above the volcano and the lake

We did see lots of guys selling tours 18-30 yr olds who were agressive beware ! They spoil the Phillipines for all
We did see the police what appeared to be having words with a group of trike drivers it looked to us like they were getting a dressing down
That said 2hrs later no change racing up and down the hill from tagaytay to lakeside
I could imagine this could be a unpleasant experience for some so take care

Visited March 2013
3 Thank mikeyintheuk
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“Nice trek up but please don't hire the horses”
Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

The trek up the the volcano was great and seeing the views from up top was worrh the climb. The locals offer horseback ride up to the cradle; we witnessed people being put on a limping horse as well as horses that were malnourished. Not to mention the giide that walks the horse will bend the horses tail to make them move when the horse wanted to rest and eat some shrubs. This completely broke my heart and appalled that this goes on. Please don't be part of this cruelty and just walk up the mini volcano. You wilk appreciate the view more.

1 Thank Derrikka
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