Talisay Travel Guide

  • During sunset
    During sunset
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  • The Lakefront Villas
    The Lakefront Villas
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  • See the Taal Volcano at the back?  =)
    See the Taal Volcano at the back? =)
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Talisay Things to Do

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    by ccm_buff Updated Mar 2, 2007

    Lots of tourists, mostly Koreans, come to Talisay in busloads via Tagaytay City. And then they rent boats and go across the lake to the volcano island. But who syas only foreign tourists can do that?

    There are lots of resorts along the shoreline of Talisay that can accommodate local tourists. Usually, these resorts have cottages for weekend stays. You can also rent their boats, complete with life vests, cross the lake and trek the volcanic island. One can get a guide, or a horse if you wish, but the trail isn't really steep and the walk isn't that long, so I suggest you just follow the trail up. You're bound to catch up with some tourists who have gone ahead of you, so you need not worry about getting lost. It could get super hot though, so be sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat or slather sunblock on your face. Once you reach the top, you get a breath-taking view of the main caldera, better than the view people see from Tagaytay.

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    • Sailing and Boating

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Talisay Restaurants

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    by ccm_buff Updated Apr 13, 2007

    Not too many restaurants in Talisay. If you're on a budget, go to the market early and pick your own tilapia. If you're lucky, you'll find maliputo (this fish is only found in Taal Lake). Tilapia is from P80 to P85 per kilo, while maliputo ranges from P450 to P500 (almost like the price of beef!). Tawilis is seasonal, but if you find some, go ahead and buy. You can also buy native tomatoes, ginger, garlic and onions. Chop everything up and stuff inside tilapia bellies and grill away. Tawilis can be grilled too. Just sprinkle with salt, cook over hot coals, and sprinkle with calamansi. Yum! Be prepared to eat using your hands!

    You can also ask resort owners if they could make some sinaing na tulingan or tambakol for you. This is is cooked in earthen pots, using dried kamias fruits as paasim, slowly over low fire. You have to ask in advance as it takes one whole day to make really good sinaing. The ones being sold in carenderias in town aren't as good as home-cooked sinaing.

    There are local lomi houses in the town proper also. And the tablea sold in the market, you just have to buy those. They're super cheap (P15 to P20 per 10 tablets), and guaranteed pure cacao.

    Other fishes you can try are the bangus (Taal bangus are way better than any bangus I've tasted), banak, biya (either fresh or the daing/ dried kinds).

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Talisay Off The Beaten Path

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    by ccm_buff Updated Mar 2, 2007

    If you're going to Tagaytay and you happen to lug your mountain bikes along, why don't you try going down to Talisay on your bikes? What's there to see? Oh, just a breath-taking view of Taal Lake and the volcano from the zigzag road going down. And that Mediterranean-inspired house sitting on a slope. (I just love that house! Pity it's being put up for sale. I hope the new owners preserve the look of the house.) If you don't have a mountain bike, you can always hike down. That is, if you're up to it.

    A word of warning though. The turns are very sharp and the slopes steep. But the roads are good already so you don't have to worry about bumps and craters. Also, watch out for oncoming cars and jeeps coming up from Talisay.

    And if you reach Talisay, don't worry about coming up again. There are passenger jeeps from Banga back to Tagaytay (I think fares are P35 to P40 per head).

    Note: Just go to the Tagaytay Science High School, park there or anywhere near there that's safe, take the road in front of the Science High (there's a sign that says TO TALISAY). It only takes 20 to 25 minutes from there down to Talisay. Be sure to wear proper safety gear before doing this!

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    • Hiking and Walking

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