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Taal Volcano Crater

Taal Volcano Crater

It is very chilly in February and we wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to go on a light trek on a cold day. For me, this is actually the perfect time to visit places that don’t usually have a cool weather. You know, trekking is tiring and will make you sweat all over if you do it in summer. But of course, it all depends on your trip and availability. But, it is nice to visit Sagada or Banaue in this chilly atmosphere to enjoy the cold air even under the bright sun. We’ll get into that, but now, I’d like to share our visit in Taal Volcano’s crater. And this isn’t really planned at all. So, this is going to be fun.

Going to Taal Lake in Batangas

Unfortunately, we don’t really have our own car. So, we did some DIY setup and went on commute going to Tagaytay City first to check into our friend’s condo unit. You can ride the San Agustin bus from Pasay City going to Tagaytay for about P150. You can actually go directly to Batangas if you have a private van but we didn’t because we want to unload our baggage and have a fresh mind and body going to Taal early in the morning. From Tagaytay, we rode a tricycle for about 45 minutes going to Talisay, Batangas. We rented the tricycle for P1000 back and forth just to save time and avoid the hassle of looking for a ride going back.

Mahogany Market

When you are in Tagaytay, one of the best things to do is to eat Bulalo. Number one reason is they have the best tasting Bulalo, for me at least. Next is, Tagaytay is uphill, so, expect a chilly wind. And with a cool atmosphere, it is best to have a hot pot like Bulalo to warm your body up. So, if you are looking for the best Bulalo, visit Mahogany Market and look for Lyleth’s Eatery.

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The fried Tawilis is just a perfect combination to Bulalo. I’m getting hungry as I write this. But, seriously, they all taste really great and I want to go back soon! The cold wind and the warm soup are just perfect for me. πŸ™‚

Leynes Resort

After the wonderful meal at Mahogany Market, we headed to Leynes Resort via a 45-minute tricycle ride. From there, there will be a short briefing of some important things to remember and terms of the tour package.

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The Package:

– P2000 for motor boat rental back and forth including life vest.
– P500 each for horseback riding going to the crater.

So, we took the horseback riding because it will be our first time and we’d like to try it. Riding a horse will take you to the crater for about 25 minutes. While walking will take you for about 1 hour.

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Talisay, Batangas

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After the 20-minutes boat ride, you’ll arrive at the starting point. Prepare yourself because there are no shower rooms and toilets as you trek to the crater. If you rented a horse, there will be a horseman to assist you with handling and riding the horse. So, you’ll be safe. But, be careful, because it’s really hard to ride a horse. Kinda painful in the groin area. πŸ™

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Taal Volcano and The Red Lava

When we arrived, we didn’t really expect a lot of people because we arrived early. But, I guess, there’s just a lot of people no matter what time of the day. But, it’s okay. You should be able to take a nice view of the crater and the lake. You can also visit the Red Lava for P50 entrance fee. This place has a greater view of the place. Also, there are fewer people here. So, you can definitely capture the greatest moments while on the highest peak.

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After taking photos. You can have a rest at the souvenir shop where you can buy some stuff as a memento of your visit. They also sell fresh coconut as a refreshment.

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Final Words

It was a great experience visiting this place. I noticed that a lot of Koreans visit this place. So, make sure that you respect each other and enjoy the visit. I learned that this attraction is their main livelihood so, visiting will also help them with their everyday needs. Surprisingly, they have more than 500 horses that they take care of and train for a ride in this attraction. It was amazing that at a young age, people here learn to ride a horse. All in all, it was nice experiencing a horseback ride and being near the crater of a volcano.

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Why wizardandi? Because wizard + andi = wizardandi. Since childhood, I always wanted to become a wizard because I love magic. It is fascinating and awesome. I also like eating, gaming, watching anime, gadgets, and going out with my good friends.

18 Comments

  1. Ricardo

    Wonderful picture! Thank you for your sharing!

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  2. Erica

    This attraction is indeed popular even for foreign travelers. I recently revommended this to my russian friend and he went here. Best part of going or even promoting this activity is that helps the locals.

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  3. elisa

    I love volcanoes and this one has a nice view up on the crater. I would have hiked though. The way up was very steep?

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  4. Indrani

    Amazing place to trek . The views from top are mind blowing. This reminds me of Lonar Crayer in Maharashtra. We trekked to the lake bed. The food pics are terrific I might want to go just for that. πŸ™‚

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  5. neha

    The volcano crater is very beautiful , and intriguing like all other craters. Trekking to it seems like a lot of fun. Although not very sure of the food options you presented..I guess I would love to stick to the banana πŸ˜€

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  6. Sandy N Vyjay

    The Taal crater is really magnificent. The photos bring alive the natural beauty of the place in vivid colour. I would love to get on a horse and ride away into these amazing landscapes. Looks like a great place to have a fun family holiday.

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  7. sophie

    your photos are amazing! and I just could not take my eyes off from the food! your tips would definitely be helpful for me in the future! Shall I put this place on top of my list? Oh hell yeah! Cheers! thanks for the great writeup! loved it! πŸ™‚

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    • Andi

      That’s great! Thank you, Sophie! I hope you’ll have a great time when you do visit πŸ™‚

  8. Sheena

    Your photos are a standout! What camera do you use? I love the bright colours & the food photos really caught my eye in the beginning because I don’t know much about Filipino food – looks delish! I’m a big volcano junkie, this was a great read too!

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    • Andi

      Thanks Sheena! I use Fujifilm XA3 πŸ™‚ . Volcanoes are awesome and will definitely explore more in the future!

  9. Laura

    Whoa this is soooo cool! We love this kind of scenery! Saw a whole lot of them while visiting Iceland: breathtaking. So cool to see a crater in a whole other setting on your pictures!

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    • Andi

      Yes, the crater is surrounded by a lake. A unique one. πŸ™‚

  10. Marge

    Oh my god I am going to follow this guide of yours down to where you had eaten. I have been wanting to see the Taal Volcano crater for a very long time (Mt. Pinatubo too), just that I never really got around to doing it. Actually now that I mentioned it, I haven’t really trekked to a volcano in my life and I consider myself a traveler haha… I gotta do something about it soon. Anyway, you took beautiful photos of it. I so loved the view!

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    • Andi

      The Bulalo is just the best in Mahogany Market, you must try it. I feel the same after I visited Taal Volcano, I wondered and wanted to visit other volcanoes too. You should go here soon to complete your Taal bucket list and push for the traveler title goals. πŸ™‚

  11. Ashlyn | from heart and seoul

    This is so cool! We went volcano trekking in Bali, but I love the red lava aspect of this one. Great info if I ever go!

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    • Andi

      Volcano trekking is fun, it is interesting to see how the crater really looks like up close. Good luck to more trekking and volcano experiences!

  12. Loi

    I just recently knew about trekkimg in Taal volcano. It was because of itsjudytime’s vlog πŸ™‚ the view is so nice! I didn’t know about the horseback riding tho. We’re planning to trek there someday. Thanks for the info, Andi!

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    • Andi

      I’m glad that my info helped you in some way. I guess, I suggest that you try the horseback ride. It could be a once in a lifetime experience or if you are just lazy walking like me.

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