Talisay Travel Guide

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Talisay Highlights

  • Pro
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     A stunning natural wonder near to Manila, easy to reach and move around 

  • Con
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     Could be risky since this is an active volcano, weather can be hot 

  • In a nutshell
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     a place what the world should be 

Talisay Things to Do

  • Swimming Party!!!

    My only surviving aunt spent her 86th birthday in one of the resorts in Talisay. My cousins chose Aya Del Sol Beach Resort as venue because it was near their residence, and the dining hall and swimming pool had a nice view of Taal Lake & Volcano. With a sumptuous buffet lunch, the swimming pool for our exclusive use and a fantastic view, the party...

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  • Taal Volcano

    Hike to the crater of Taal Volcano. It is an easy hike that takes an hour and thirty minutes with short stays for photography. To get to the starting point, one has to hire a boat from Talisay that will drop at the starting point. Short 30 minute ride.

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  • Go Up To The Volcano Crater

    Taal Volcano, which has a lake inside, sits on a lake.Taal Lake is surrounded by resorts. From any resorts, you can hire a boat (haggle for the best price) to the volcano. Once you're at the foot of the volcano, you can opt to hike up (2 hrs.) or rent (again, haggle!) a horse (45 mins).

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  • Vintage Point

    There is a vintage point when you reach the top of the Taal Volcano crater rim. There is a path leading to the top of this point (see photograph) but do be careful as it is rather narrow and dangerous, especially for those people who are afraid of heights.

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  • Fish Farming & Fishing

    When you are at Taal Lake, you will notice that there are many fish farms here. These farms are harvesting the famous tawilis fish and perhaps maliputo fish which are endemic to this lake, both are local delicacies. You will also see small boats on the lake, where the local fishermen will cast their nets and catch fishes in the lake.

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  • Taal Lake

    Taal Lake is a big volcanic freshwater lake located in the south of Luzon island about 2 hours drive south of Manila. The island in the lake contains the famous Taal Volcano, and this lake is surrounded by the Tagaytay ridge. In fact, Taal Lake is one of the biggest lakes in the Philippines and there are many endemic fishes living here such as the...

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  • Shelters & Refreshments

    Once you reach the Taal Volcano crater rim, there are several shelters awaiting you, whereby you can sit down in the shade and enjoy the magnificent scenery. The locals sell refreshments such as cold drinks here at a very affordable price.

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  • Going down Taal Volcano

    Personally, I think it is better to walk down Taal Volcano even though you may ride the horse or donkey up as this gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery and take photographs along the way. It is much easier to walk down and the path is well marked, anyway it is the same route as going up so there should not be much problems.

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  • Path up to the Taal Volcano crater rim

    The path up to the Taal Volcano crater rim on an island of the Taal Lake starts at the village on the shore where you alight from the banca (traditional boats). It will first pass through the village which will give you a good glimpse of life of the locals. After this, it will go up a gentle sloped path which is eroded on the sides. There is still...

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  • Village on volcano island

    Once you reach the island of the Taal Volcano, there is a village next to the shore where the locals live. Their main livelihood is tourism as they have horses and donkeys which will bring tourists up and down the volcano crater rim (see transportation tip on this VT page), as well as selling refreshments such as food and drinks. The villagers are...

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  • Taal Volcano & Island

    The famous Taal Volcano is perhaps the smallest volcano in the world and is located on an island in the Taal Lake. This is still a very active volcano and part of the famous Pacific Ring of Fire. Many people mistook the crater-like natural structure (see first photo) as the volcano crater but this is not the one. The actual crater cannot be seen...

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  • The town of Talisay

    The small town of Talisay is located on the shore of the Taal Lake. This town is actally located within the big crater rim of the Tagaytay ridge which surrounds and huge Taal Lake, which is a volcanic lake. The importance of Talisay is that it is the starting point of all trips to the Taal Volcano crater, as well as a major fish farming area of...

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  • Taal Volcano Crater Rim and Lake

    The magnificent view of the crater rim and lake of Taal Volcano and its surroundings e.g. Taal Lake, Mount Makulot standing tall across Taal Lake is the main highlight which draws many tourists to come up the Taal Volcano. For those who make the effort to reach all the way up, the experience is unforgettable as shown by these photographs as well as...

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  • Bangka Trip to Taal Volcano Island

    Gloria de Castro sent her bangka to pick us up at the Villa Amparo resort for a trip to the inner Taal volcano and lake. The price was 1000 pesos (the Villa Amparo's bangka was 1400 pesos). Many people mistake the cone in the middle background as the inner volcano. The inner volcano is actually part of the island in the left background.The trip out...

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  • Shelter at the Top

    There is a shelter at the rim of the inner volcano. There were vendors and a couple of policeman there. You can see their rifle on the table. We could not believe what happened with the rifle. A young guy came up and started playing with it. He was teasing some of the other vendors down below. We assumed it was not loaded but that he should not...

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Talisay Restaurants

  • Delicious Food and Friendly People

    The tables are under thatched roof shelters. There is a nice breeze off the lake and a view of the volcano while you eat. Still the fried pla-pla (large) tilapia fish, garlic rice, grilled eggplant and crab soup.

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  • Home Cooked Food on Taal Lake

    Gloria de Castro's was recommended as a place to stay in Talisay in the Lonely Planet book. Unfortunately, their only air conditioned room was already rented. However, their menu looked good and the location is lovely, so we decided to have lunch there. The food was delicious and reasonably priced (~100 pesos each), so we ended up eating all our...

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Talisay Transportation

  • Bring Your Car, Take SLEX-Star Tollway...

    From SLEX, exit through Calamba Toll Gate, go straight ahead and enter the newly opened Star Tollway exit at Tanauan and follow directions to Talisay. Aya is the first barangay of Talisay that you will reach.

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  • Bring Your Car, Take Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay...

    Before the opening of the Star Toll, hubby and I went to Talisay for joy rides. We liked to go via the Sta. Rosa, Laguna-Tagaytay route to feel the adrenaline rush as we passed through the steep zigzag road. We also sighed at the beautiful view of Taal Lake & Volcano. From South Luzon Expressway ( SLEX), we exited at the Sta. Rosa Toll Gate, turned...

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  • Talisay to Taal Volcano!

    You need to hire a boat to go to Volcano from Talisay.We had booked our tour with Taal Lake Yacht Club for PHP 1800 for five. As we had paid in advance in Manila, we received PHP 300 discount.Price includes:Boat ride to/from Talisay to Taal VolcanoFree services of tour guide on the trekFree use of Club's hut for two hours when back to TalisayCar...

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Talisay Warnings and Dangers

  • Check weather forecast before you go....

    You "MUST" check weather forecast before going to Taal Volcano trek. If it starts raining in the middle of trek, there is no shed where you can take shelter. It rains heavily and the path will get slippery.

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  • Boarding & Alighting a Banca

    When you board and alight the Banca (traditional boat), do be careful as the boat is rather narrow and sometimes can be unstable. Try to step onto the middle of the narrow boat, and sit in such a way as to balance the boat. Remember to wait till the boatman stabilises the boat before boarding and alighting.

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  • Sulphur smell, acidic lake & steep...

    There is a sulphur smell when you reach the Taal Volcano crater rim, so you can buy some masks at the village before heading up just in case it may be too overwhelming for you. Also please note that the small lake within the crater is acidic and it is not recommendd to swim even though there is a path leading down to it. In addition, the slopes on...

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Talisay Tourist Traps

  • Guys offering horse ride....

    From the start of trek, guys will start following you portraying the path to be hard. I did not listen to them, just passed on smile in return. There is a portion of trek in the beginning that is a bit steep, this is where they will try to convince. After this it is fairly easy, my altimeter indicated a total of 200 meter of hike to the top.Having...

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  • Touts offering tour of Taal Volcano!

    Beware of touts in Tagaytay offering tours of Taal Volcano. Once you arrive in Tagaytay, you will be pushed by them to buy tours. Their prices are extremely high and once you are in their trap, you will then have to pay for hidden extras as well on the trek. Better go down to Talisay from Tagaytay and haggle and then you will get price from PHP...

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Talisay Off The Beaten Path

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    Seismic Monitoring Equipment

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jun 7, 2004

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    There is a small museum at the Taal Volcano monitoring station in western Talisay next to the Buco Resort. It is part of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. You can see displays of recent and old eruptions of the Taal and other volcanos. Admission was free but we had to go around back and find someone to unlock the front door. I'll do a travelogue with some pictures. BTW, you would not stop there for the clean restrooms.

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Talisay Sports & Outdoors

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    by missmarianne Written Nov 10, 2008

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    it's actually up to you if you feel like horseriding on a cliff---ey vertical assault ...ey path.
    in my opinion, it is uncomfy and dangerous for three people, you, the horse, and your guide. well, i've very lil knowledge about horses. all I know is.. they're one of those animals that have unpredictable behavior.

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Talisay Favorites

  • Jetty area on Taal Volcano island

    There is a nice jetty area on the Taal Volcano island for Bancas (traditional boats) ferrying tourists to arrive and depart. I managed to take a few nice photographs of this place before I left the island and would like to share them with all of you.

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  • Scenery along the journey up Taal...

    For those of you who are still wondering whether it is worth going up Taal Volcano when you are in Talisay, I would recommend you to do so even though it is not cheap because this is an unique experience and the scenery along the journey is really beautiful especially on a sunny day, which I was very lucky to have when I was there in May 2006.

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  • Colourful trees

    One of my fondest memories are the colourful trees with their red flowers at the village as I make my way up to the Taal Volcano crater rim. Very beautiful on a sunny day!

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