Considered to be the world’s smallest volcano, Taal Volcano can be found in Tagaytay City. It is located about 70-km south of Manila on an island inside a lake called Taal Lake. What makes Taal Volcano more unique is the fact that the volcano itself has a lake of its own inside its crater which is called the "Crater Lake." One can even swim inside the Crater Lake but don't stay too long because the lake's water is a very diluted form of sulfuric acid with high concentration of boron, magnesium, aluminum and sodium in salt form.
The first recorded scuba dive inside the crater was made by a team led by Thomas Hargrove in 1986 to a depth of about 20 meters or 60 feet. There is even a tiny island in the Crater Lake which Hargrove's team also explored. Taal Volcano, one of the Philippines' 22 active volcanoes inside the so called Pacific Ring of Fire, usually marveled at from Tagaytay City by people trying to escape the heat of Metro Manila, is in itself a tourist destination for adventurers looking for a different high by hiking/trekking to the crater lake within Taal lake which is actually a crater of a big caldera.
Having a Taal volcano trekking is as easy as 1-2-3. Tourismo Filipino organizes private day trip packages at the date of your convenience with a pick up at your place.Along the way, stopovers at the famous jeepney factory and the famous bamboo organ can be enjoyed.
We start with a drive through the scenic countryside to the ridge of Tagaytay and down to the town of Talisay in Batangas. Upon arrival, board motorized outriggers to Taal Volcano Island 30 minutes away. Light trekkers can view the caldera from the rim of the crater.
The hike begins on the island's shore and ends at the rim of the main crater lake via the regular trail. No worry, a Taal volcano trek is easy. If you're more adventurous, we also offer some other trails. Strong trekkers can hike through the expanse of hardened black lava up to an easy incline and down to the crater for a close-up view of the caldera.
Boat riding – be ready to get wet for a bumpy boat ride to cross to the crater as it is the only means of transportation. Takes about 30 to 60 minutes depending on the wind and wave conditions.(Mostly fast)
Horseback riding – going up the crater thru this mode will consume about 20 minutes.
Trekking – if you want a more difficult and challenging way to get up, go by foot, hiking up will take an hour
Sightseeing – the surrounding scenes can definitely wear out your tiredness from the rough trek trails. Enjoy the nature tracks that offers tranquil ambience.
Duration Approx. 8 hours. Inclusions
Air conditioned new van with gasoline and toll ways fees.