One of the most-visited tourist spots in the Philippines, this geological phenomenon is actually a volcano within a lake ... More
Taal Volcano & Lake
One of the most-visited tourist spots in the Philippines, this geological phenomenon is actually a volcano within a lake within a volcano. Taal is the world's smallest volcano, but do not let appearances deceive you - it can be quite deadly when it erupts. A 45-minute ride on a banca (wooden boat) will take you to the volcano; a 15-minute trek will take you to the top of the crater. An older and larger volcano is an hour away, which requires the assistance of an experienced guide to reach.
Visiting Taal Volcano is a great experience if you don't walk away feeling like you've been cheated. Reading some of the reviews below, I'm shocked to see the prices people are quoting. P10,000 for a banca? and then paying more for a guide?
Lesson 1: Do your homework (lie you are doing). Read peoples Blogs.
Lesson 2: Its a self serving statement for me to say that Taal Lake Yacht Club offers the best most reasonable, hassle free, and safest trips to the volcano, but read the blogs, and thats what you will find out. Getting to, and hiking the most common trails on the island costs P2900 without a reservation. Taal Lake Yacht Club offers a Taal Volcano tour discount rate of P1800, if you reserve. Thats for a BOAT that takes SIX people. That's NOT per person! Look up Taal Lake Yacht Club on Google, and click on the volcano trip link. TLYC also takes credit cards on site.
3. Whatever you do, do NOT ask for directions from people holding small signs saying "Boat trip". they have even set up fake tourist info booths.
Do your homework. Check out independent Blogs, and visit the Taal Lake Yacht Club website.
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We took the tour on Saturday 04/17/2010. It was definitely worth seeing. Very scenic! I do recommend that you bargain the prices. European people are charged about 30%+ more than others which is sad but true.
Here's some tips for you - the kind of "wish we knew this before we went" and I hope it helps you:
We were 6 in our party and the bangka trip over to the volcano was 8,000 pesos - we bargained it down to 5,000 but I am sure one can get it down even more.
Once we got to the other side, you really don't need a guide once you find the entrance to the walk but it's not a bad idea to pay a guide as it's the people's only income and sometimes they don't get to guide people for almost one week.
We paid 1,000 pesos for the 6 of us for a guide - the guide only gets 350....the rest goes to 'the boss'. The there is also a fee of 50 pesos to the government....you don't know this until you've paid the guide.
Now if you are very fit, feel free to walk - buy the masks as the horses going up and down the mountain kick a lot of sand up and you will be covered in sand.
If I had to do it over, I would hire a horse for half way up the mountain and walk the rest of the way. Walking down is no hassle....and I am in better shape than most people. My friend hired a horse and we negotiated it down to 1,000 pesos - this included a guide who was probably 10 years old and very annoying (asking for a tip every second).
If you don't take a horse up the mountain, expect to be followed by people asking if you want to rent a horse.
That all being said, it was such a beautiful scenic tour. I loved every moment - even sweating and losing my breath walking up the steep mountain. It's about a 1 1/2 hour walk up the mountain.
i went there with my nephews and nieces...and totally we were awed and enjoyed the experience though exhausted with the trip....the place is breathtaking.... the tour guide and the locals were nice and accommodating...the cost can be expensive but you should know how to deal with them.
The people there are so money concious and everything is so expensive. They made me pay as much as 9000 peso for one person and wanted me to pay more as tips. Dont forget to bring a raincoat for the scariest and wettest ride of your life. The people there always want tips so it is better if you walk. It is much faster but bring a mask because of the sand. The volcano is very beautiful if you reach there. And it is better if you get a genuine tour agency like in hotels like Shang-ri-La.Thats all for now. Bai!
This is my favorite place to visit since I was young....I am going to be there again this coming June...Hope it does not rain. The view is amazing...the market is exciting...food is fresh and meat is alive!
review by Helen S. from Toronto,Canada
One of the best place to visit here ,the cold breeze of fresh air and the romantic views of the sorrounding will sooth your mind and relax your soul, a good place when you are stress and the best place for family and lovers.
i like this place because its so spacious and the air is just nice and cold. the view is BREATH TAKING. go to pancake house and get a henna for free if you pay 30 pesos to the nice guy.
at night the lights and sounds are MAGICAL! everything was moving. the street lights were so bright that it was making me look white. like white people.
the experience was so nice that words cannut describe my feelings. :)