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Test your endurance, use your feet
Money wise. It's expensive to go there. You need to hire your boat, and a horse to get to the crater. Whether or not you organize your own travel or pay an agent, it is still expensive. I suggest you...
In a nutshell
Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Taal volcano from afar! Or if you love trekking then get your hiking boots and go down til you reach the Taal Volcano.
Going to Taal Lake is a long trek up. You must eat before you start the trek. There are not so many foliage you can cover yourself from the sun (almost a desert) so it would be wise to protect yourself from the sun and dehydration. It's a must therefore to:
1. wear sunblock
2. wear comfortable shoes or flip flops
3. wear light clothes
4. bring shades, cap or hat
5. bring a hand towel and extra shirt
6. bring bottled water
7. bring a packpack - to free your hands, you need it while passing through steep and narrow paths;
Of course, bring a camera. You don't want to miss the view.
Written Feb 11, 2010
For an outdoor adventure, you can try trekking to the crater inside Taal Lake. You need to get to a lakeside town (Talisay), rent a boat that will take you to the base of the crater. You can either walk all the way up or hire a horse to take you to the caldera.
I made my first and only trip to Taal in the summer so the ground was dry and dusty. It gets tough once all the people on horseback leave you in their trail... Bring a hat and something to cover your nose with.
Updated Jun 20, 2006
viewing the crater means going by boat to the lake island and then either trek or ride a horse to the crater. It can be really hot so going on horseback is probably the best way to do it. From the top you can see the water in the crater and the geysers around it. If you're familiar with the smell of sulphur, you'd notice it around the area.
There are two craters. The old one which is in the cone-shaped island is now covered. The new active crater is the one I have featured here.
Updated Jun 11, 2006
Address: Taal volcano, Batangas
Taal Lake Yacht Club is a place that encourages camping. You can bring in food and use their grill to cook them. In fact they do not sell any food. You either have to bring your own or order ahead of time from the next door resorts. The Club does not have rooms and encourages camping. You may rent their tents for a minimal fee if you don't have one. The fees to pay are the 100 pesos per person entrance fee (which is waived if you ride their boat to the Taal Volcano crater), the 100 pesos for pitching your tent, and 400 pesos should you decide to rent their cabana for eating and stuff. There are several facilities available, mostly water sports which include the Hobiecat, kayak, boating, etc.
Written Jun 8, 2006
Address: Talisay, Batangas
Phone: 811-3183, 8113280
My sister went to Taal one rainy weekend. She said that the waves and current were really strong. She even got news that a boat capsized and somebody drowned. Consider the weather when planning your trip and wear lifevests.
Written Jul 11, 2006
We were met at talisay by a man offering to take us across to the volcano for a cost of 1,500 peso. This seemed reasonable so we accepted. It wasnt until we were half way there that he informed us we would also need to pay 1,000 each for a horse to carry us up the volcano. we shoul;d also tip him 200 pesos for his " guide" service. we also then had to tip the guides of the horses (100peso each). also there is a registration fee of 50pesos each. You will also be hounded by people selling drinks, rain coats and gloves. the rain coat could be useful and its only 50 pesos, but avoid being bullied into buying anything that you dont need. All in all, for 2 of us, it cost 4,500 PP to get to the top of the taal volcano (sept '07) thats around £50. Ah and also when you land on the shore a man with a small wooden "bridge" to get you off and on the boat, will ask you for 50 pesos aswell.
Unique Suggestions: make sure you ask all the hidden extras before you set off in a boat. be aware that you will pay tips to various people.
Fun Alternatives: sorry there is no alternative. If you want to go up a volcano you have to do it this way and be prepared to pay for the privilage. you can save by sharing a boat with someone else and trying to keep the fare down to 1,500 or less.
Written Oct 11, 2007
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nose mask to protect yourself from dust, especially if you're on foot. In case you forgot to bring one, some entrepreneurial residents sell these. Just ask...
Wear comfortable hiking shoes. Avoid open-toed sandals, else suffer the combination of sweat+dust.
Miscellaneous: Bring lots of water! The hike is long and you are sure to get thirsty along the way. There are also folks selling drinks when you get to the top.
Updated Jun 26, 2006