"Taal Volcano" Top 5 Page for this destination Taal by monina_c

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The Crater

The cool breeze was a welcome presence upon reaching the crater. The crater itself was a sight to see. The water within it looked so calm and harmless, mirroring the surrounding ridge. Beautiful!

To ride or not to ride

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.

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  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    I visited this page before but I enjoyed it even more! The warnings are the best tip.

  • vinc_bilb's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Thanks for the postcard, Monina. Sleeping giant? No so much, it seems. I had a great experience with volcano in Bali (Mont Batur) during a treck, where we cooked eggs on the very hot rocks :)

  • steven1117's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:13 AM

    great info. which i'd known half of that before i'd gone. will come in handy for next time.

  • born_lippy's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:53 AM

    monins, anyone you know who went to mount pinatubo na?

  • jivanne96's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2008 at 1:56 AM

    wow ang laki na pala ng pagbabago sa taal...dati punta ko kahoy pa harang ngayon bakal na...asan ang forum natin

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2008 at 1:21 AM

    Great information on Taal Volcano, good to know all of you had a wonderful trip there :)

  • scarletf's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    gd am! see u on sunday! :)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    that is really a nice page with fantastic photos. i'm planning to visit the phillippines this year and will try to see if i can make it to that vulcano. i will add this page to my travel guide. thank you for taking your time to make it.

  • Cess8's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2008 at 7:02 AM

    Ganda! Ganda! Balik tayo! This time determined ako na maghiking lang, yoko na magbayad ng ninoy!!!


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