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There is no restaurant on the island but residents on the island are willing to kill, dress and cook a chicken for you for the right price. There is also one who is willing to scoop up tilapia from his fish pen and cook it for you for a fee (P100/kg + P100 cooking fee-price negotiable). You will have to order your food before ascending to the crater as it will take them an hour to prepare your food.
We opted to give this so-called privilege a miss as the people there started to get pushy when we wanted to have some fish cooked for us. The aggro was just not worth the experience of eating on the island.
I would suggest that you pack a sandwich, some fruits and drinking water with you when you visit the volcano.
Written Jan 31, 2008
As in other provinces I've been to, locals have a different concept of distance. What may be NEAR for them can be already FAR for us; what could be walking distance for them is actually many blocks away and tiring for us :(
Specifically in Taal, we were advised to just leave our Fortuner in the Cathedral's Parking lot, as it might be difficult to traverse the narrow roads going to Caysasay. We were told that there was a shortcut anyway that is walking distance only. We realized only later that what locals considered a shortcut and walking distance to the place was actually some blocks away and about 125 steps (I didn't really count, but that's what the security guard told me) locally known as "hagdan-hagdan" down the road.
The locals can't be blamed though; they are used to the route so perhaps it is very easy for them. Unless you are used to hiking, better take a tricycle going to the Caysasay Church.
Written Feb 8, 2009
Do not be fooled by the touts on the Taal Volcano Island who tell you that the trail to the crater is difficult and too long to walk.
First off, the trail up is only 4-kilometer gradual hike up. Any reasonably healthy/fit person can walk the whole way although the final hundred yards to the crater is steeper than the rest of the trail. The downside to walking is that the trail is dusty and sometimes the soil loose beneath one's feet. So watch where you put your feet.
Second, if you do decide to ride a horse, the owner of the horses will quote you a prohibitive price for rental of a horse e.g. P700. Do not snap this up (even if you can afford it!) The actual price is way lower than that, say P400, but you can definitely make a better bargain than we did.
Third, the way down is easier to manage so you can take a look around and get photos that you might not have time for on the way up.
Unique Suggestions: The trail is full of fissures with hot steam rising from the center of the volcano. You can then experience the thrill of being on top of one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines.
This fact alone can make you forget all the aggro that the mob of touts subjected you to. :D
Updated Jan 27, 2008