Taal Volcano

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Tagaytay, Philippines

Taal Volcano Tagaytay Reviews

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Small active volcano within a huge volcano! Jul 03, 2014
Taal Volcano is one of the smallest and active volcanoes in the world with some interesting geological and natural aspects.

Located very close to the city of Tagaytay, it is about 70kms south of the Capital city, Manila, Philippines, which is accessible by road.

The interesting aspect of this volcano is not about its height, though being one of the smallest volcanoes, this volcano is situated on an island in Lake Taal, which in turn is sitting on a Caldera - a scientific term referring to a huge volcanic crater formed due to the eruption.

So, its like a small volcano within a huge volcano. The huge volcano (caldera) is the outer most rim on the island. There are two lakes within each of this volcano, the "Lake Taal" and the "Crater Lake". The "Lake Taal" is nothing but the huge Volcano's crater and the "Crater Lake" is the lake within the small volcano, which is the main crater.

When looking at the outer volcano, the caldera, it seems impossible to imagine a huge volcanic eruption caused a huge lake of several kilometers wide and several meters deep embedding in the center a small volcano with it's own lake of couple of kilometers wide and several meters deep!

This might sound bit complex to understand, but if it is experienced in real there is so much to appreciate the nature's power and strength!

The small volcano is still active with some volcanic activities going on such as boiling, geysers, smoke and not to mention the smell of sulphur.

Depending on the weather, it may be possible to trek up the mountain to the main crater, however, I was not able to do due to hot and humid weather. Also it looked very hard to trek on certain locations as the path looked slippery, narrow and uneven. I chose to go on the horseback ride, which was not bad while climbing up, but it was bit difficult and even I felt dangerous when going down, since the horse went too close to the side of the mountain and at certain vertical-drop locations I felt rolling off the horse!

This is an amazing place and can also be consider as a picturesque site, well worth a quick getaway trip from Manila. From Manila it is easy to get on a bus or hire a taxi to Tagaytay city, as it takes about 2hrs or so, and then from Tagaytay there are many options to reach the Taal volcano area. The simple and economical way is to hire a motor tricycle and negotiate the fare for round trip. The mountainous ride will be mostly scenic and enjoyable which takes about 20mins to reach the Lake Taal boat dock.

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tour_guy says:
Nancy - I appreciate your comment! Thanks for stopping by :D
Posted on: Jul 03, 2014
tour_guy says:
Cicie - I am glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by :)
Posted on: Jul 03, 2014
tour_guy says:
Bill - I agree with you! Nature is unpredictable :)
Posted on: Jul 03, 2014
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dinsevilla dinsevil…
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Trek to Taal Volcano Apr 16, 2013
Since it was a long weekend, I and five other friends decided to escape chaotic Manila for a short trip to Tagaytay and Taal Volcano.

Like any other trips that I organize, it was of course DIY. So, with general consensus, we all agreed to ambitiously trek Mt. Taal.

Taal Volcano is the second most active volcano in the country. It takes about an hour on foot to the summit and half an hour if you ride a horse (which approximately costs a hefty 300-500 depending on your haggling skills). The trek up was arduous considering that this was my first minor climb. Plus it didn't help that it was high noon so the heat was all the more exhausting.

But then again, like any other climbs, once you get to the top, you are once again breathless not because of exhaustion but in awe of the view.
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cookiecandy22 cookieca…
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Taal Lake/Volcano Apr 21, 2012
Taal volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines and an eruption of Taal in 1911 killed 1334 people and produced ash which reached Manila. So going to there we have to take a boat, 5-10 person can accomodate in that bangka (boat). We only paid 1,500 pesos for the boat and the cottage (We had the cottage because after hiking we are so hungry and need place to eat ^_^ ). When we reached the place we also paid for entrance fee its 80 php per head and 500php for the guide.

At first I thought I can walk and take the super duper heat of the sun. I think that time its 36 degrees Celcius. I can walk for 2-4 hrs but I can't take the hot sand. So better to rent a horse to bring me at the top of the hill. It only cost 350php back and forth, not bad thought, the only prob is my ass hurt hahaha (First time to rode a horse).

Fun, tired, sweating, excited, hurt... mixed emotion, that's what i felt. So for me that is the best thing happened in one day.
Bangka (boat) that we rent
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cookiecandy22 says:
I've been to Nasugbu also with TBs, very beautiful place :)
Posted on: May 24, 2013
Cho says:
The only time I traveled outside of Manila was when I went to this lake in Tagaytay and to Nasugbu in Batangas province. The Philippines is one of my favorite Asian countries!
Posted on: May 24, 2013
cookiecandy22 says:
Have heard it to one of the TB from Jamaica that we met here in Manila, she said was kinda fun but dangerous, but we dont know, we like to experience it also. Yeah! Will see u soon! :D
Posted on: Jun 13, 2012

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