Have you been to my beloved country Philippines? Discover the beauty of my homeland.
Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, this country is abundant with natural resources and some of the worlds greatest biodiversity. From ocean to the mountains this country is a home to many islands to explore. It has many active volcanoes and one of them is Taal Volcano which is the worlds smallest active volcano.
Our trip to Taal Volcano wasn’t in our plan. As we are driving around South Luzon of the Philippines and navigating for our adventure going to Tagaytay, this place captured our eyes. From a distance, you will see already the beauty of the place, but we choose to cross the water just to see the real crater lake. So, we stopped at Talisay, Batangas to know how to go into that small island .
We stayed in Cabuyao, Laguna so it’s easy for us to travel to Mt. Taal. It took us for about 2 hours to drive by car to Talisay Batangas via Tagayatay-Calamba road since it’s our first time and not familiar with the place and the road is winding.
We hired a banca (boat) to cross the Taal lake from Talisay, Batangas. As we arrived in the island we met many local and tourist travelers exploring the place. Upon arrival we pay (P50.00 pesos) at the office to explore the place then we pay (P500.00 pesos)/person with a guide to ride a horse going to the crater. You don’t need to worry if it’s your first time riding a horse since you will have a guide.
We had so much fun riding the horse. It was such a nice day trip for some fresh air. It was worth experiencing.
As we almost arrived on top of the volcano, we saw many holes and steams coming out from the holes. it’s a sign that the volcano is active.
Then, there we saw the crater of Taal. There are many vendors too on top. And we tried the golf club wherein you will hit the golf ball into the lake. It was such a great view on top of the volcano. Good that we bought a sombrero to shield us from the heat of the sun.
Since the weather is hot and we need to refuel ourselves, we ordered fresh coconut juice. Then we bought some souvenir shirts. We relax for a while then took many pictured as it’s only once in a lifetime adventure. I’m sure I can’t go back in that place again. We stayed on top of the volcano for about an hour then go down as the banca (boat) is just waiting us to go back to Talisay Batangas.
Note: If you are a budget traveller like us and want to visit Mt. Taal please bring enough water and snacks as it is very expensive to buy water and other drinks as the supply is still from Talisay, Batangas and some even from Manila. And they’re paying more on transportation just to bring the water and other foods to the island. As you go with your adventure to the crater of the volcano, you will see kids selling fruits. My advice, please buy their fruits. It’s a big help to them and their family.
After Taal Volcano trip, we drove to People’s Park in the sky at Tagaytay. There are many local and foreign tourist in the park. It’s only free to get to the park. It’s such a beautiful place. You can see the whole view of Mt. Taal.
My advice: Be very careful in driving to the park. It is winding and dangerous road going to the top of the park.
We still want to go to the Sky Ranch in Tagaytay but we don’t have time anymore. It’s time to go home and rest to prepare for the next days adventure.
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