When in Tagaytay, hike to the Taal Volcano Crater
After experiencing the beauty of Mt. Pinatubo, we decided to venture south to Tagaytay to visit the Taal Volcano Crater. It’s located on the Island of Luzon, in the province of Batangas and a little over 30 miles south of Manila. What makes this Volcano particularly interesting is the way it is situated. Let us explain. Taal is an island within a lake, that is on an island within a lake, that is on an island. Scratching your head yet? Bizarre, yes. Once we reached the top of Taal Volcano, we were able to visually see the landscape and make sense of it all.
- Taal Volcano is the 2nd most active volcano in the Philippines. There have been 33 historical eruptions – the last was in 1977.
- While it’s one of the world’s smallest volcanoes (1,000 feet tall), it’s also one of the deadliest. The greatest eruption was in 1754 which was recorded as a 200-day eruption.
- The eruption of 1911 killed 1334 people and caused ash fall as far as Manila city.
- While the last eruption was devastating, it also provided nutrients for the region’s fertile soil which today is ideal for raising sugar cane, coffee and cattle.
- According to Wikipedia, Permanent settlement on the island is prohibited and the entire island has been declared a permanent Danger Zone. Despite the warnings, poor families have settled on the island, risking their lives, earning a living by fishing and farming crops from the rich volcanic soil.
- The crater lake on Volcano Island is the largest lake on an island in a lake on an island in the world.
- Taal Island has 47 craters
- The lake that surrounds the Volcano is a crater – also called a ‘caldera’.
Tonjovi Resort Taal Volcano Tour
Our Tricycle driver, Marlon, suggested a day tour through Tonjovi Resort. We’re so happy we took his advice as we had an amazing trip. The owner greeted us right away, gave us interesting facts & tips about Taal, and helped organize our journey. He supplied the outrigger and driver that would take us across the lake, a tour guide once we arrived and a horse that would take us up to the top of the Volcano. (Optional: you can request to have lunch prepared for you when you arrive back to Ton Jovi Resort. We’d highly recommend it! The food is delicious and you will be hungry after your long trek)
– Costs –
Tall Volcano Crater Tour:
- Boat Ride: ₱2,000.00 (40 USD)
- Entrance Fee (Resort): ₱100.00 each (2 USD)
- Tour Guide (for the Entire Group): ₱ 500.00 (10 USD)
- Horse with Jockey: ₱ 500.00 each (10 USD)
- Environmental Fee: ₱ 50.00 (1USD Adults) ₱30.00 (0.60USD Kids)
- TOTAL for two people: approx $75
Outrigger that took us out to Taal Volcano
Our Tricycle Driver, Marlon, was so kind in helping us a few days in Tagaytay that we decided to take both him & his daughter along with us.
The main lake at Taal is 30 kilometers across and is filled with dugout canoes, small boats, and motor-powered outriggers.
Most people mistake this smaller volcano (just outside the larger volcano) for the big one. It’s actually a smaller active volcano just outside the larger volcano.
The ride to the crater is less than 20 minutes
Once you arrive, you will be greeted by your tour guide, horse and jockey. You will need to set aside some money to pay for the following: Tour Guide, Horse and Environmental Fee (around 550pesos and an additional 500.00 for the whole group. It’s best to double check on pricing as it’s subject to change).
You will be asked to pay for water for your horse guide. We decided to do so as it is quite the journey. Your guide will be trekking up a large mountain by foot to guide you.
View of the lake that surrounds the main crater
So much natural beauty
Photo of Trevor and our Tour Guide
Like golf? How about golfing on top of a volcano?
Photo of our Amlinze, our tricycle driver’s daughter. We brought her with us to see Taal Volcano for the first time.
Once you arrive, be prepared to EAT!
You will be served lunch in your own private hut
Looking to eat something unique? Try the fish called Maliputo. It’s delicious and only found in Taal Lake.
TIPS AND REMINDERS:
- Bring water
- Keep extra cash handy for fees, snacks and drinks
- Wear loose comfy clothes or appropriate hiking clothes.
- Bring extra clothing
- Pack sunblock
- Wear a hat and sunglasses for heat protection.
- Optional: Provide drinks for your tour guide & tip
Thanks for reading!