The Taal Volcano is the world’s smallest active volcano located in Taal, Batangas, Philippines. More than thirty eruptions have been recorded for being historically destructive and have been disturbed the entire region. That is why it is labeled as the ‘Decade Volcano’.
Taal Volcano is still active and being constantly observed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS). Fortunately, since the year 2011 the alert level is at 1 which means trekking is possible.
Taal Volcano is one of the most visited spots in the Philippines. Also, it has been known by locals and tourists for its amazing destination. Through a short hike from a drop-off point, you can unveil the marvelous sight of its crater lake. It is a great spot for bewildered trek junkies and hiking enthusiasts. Hiking is healthy and most important of all not expensive, some good quality hiking boots have been reviewed and rated recently on thegearhunt.com. And while you’re at it don’t forget to get yourself some hiking socks so you won’t get any blisters on your feet from gearweare.com.
From Manila, enjoy the two hours travel to Tagaytay. Along the way, you can stop at their luxurious Starbucks Coffee Shop before going to Tagaytay Ridge for the panoramic view of the Taal Volcano Island, Taal Lake, and Mt. Macolod from a distance. It is actually a lake on an island within a lake. Yet, there is a promising treasure that waits to the trekkers. So, from the ridge, you will descend to the shore of the Lake Taal.
In a 30-minute boat ride across the lake to the island, you will dock at the village of Talisay where the journey awaits you. You will choose to walk to the trail or hire a small horse for Php 500.00 and or a tour guide going to the crater. The trail is easy and tranquil. There is two wooden stables at the top peak built for explorer to adore the magnificent emerald water surrounding the landscape of the crater. The grandeur scenery of the place is worthy for the tired hikers and trekkers to indulge the spectacular view every single minute.
This place is quiet a safe haven for adventure lovers and avid mountain climbers as they wowed by the presence of its glory most especially when they walked through the edge of the crater. It was euphoria!
The recommendable hours to hike for tourists are around three to four hours. There are lots of boatmen offering round trip ride for Php 1500.00 / 5 persons.
There are also mushrooming amenities offering good services such as spas, resorts, hotels and restaurants surrounding the lake perfect to nestle the exhausted body and adding to the entire package of a very remarkable experience.
So, pen the Taal Volcano to your destination list and grab your pack and be ready for your enthusing expedition this summer.
/// Written by Noemi Grace Cosare, The Philippines