Taal Volcano Trekking Adventure

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano is between Talisay and San Nicolas, Batangas. The volcano can be viewed while you’re in Tagaytay, Cavite but it would be best to take a closer look at the crater of it and appreciate its beauty.

Going to the Taal Volcano crater would not require you to travel that long. We were from Tagaytay City and one of the tricycle drivers there offered us if we would like to have trek in Taal Volcano. Because we wanted to experience something new, we immediately agreed to be picked up from Estancia Hotel at 7 am.

We took a 30-minute tricycle ride to the shore where we can ride the pump boat to take us to Taal Volcano. The tricycle driver offered us a package including both back and forth tricycle and pump boat fares amounting to Php 1800.

The road toward the shore is being cemented. Good thing there were people who were assigned in specific areas where the road becomes one way and they signal the drivers when there’s another vehicle approaching the opposite way.

View from Talisay, Batangas

There were resorts along the shorelines of San Nicolas, Batangas. The tricycle driver of course had their own contact resort and brought us there. I chose the dishes that will be prepared for lunch so that when we come back, it’s ready to be eaten. Wow, can’t wait to foodtrip with the view of the Taal Lake!

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The boat ride was about 30 minutes long. We crossed Taal Lake to get to Talisay, Batangas. When we arrived in Talisay, we were offered if we wanted to rent some horses and assistants (for the horse) for the both of us. We didn’t really plan to go to Taal Volcano in the first place and didn’t wear trekking shoes at that time so we decided to take the offer. The horses were Php 1250 each and for the 4 assistants that we had, we paid Php 250 (for all of them). I’m really afraid of horses because they might not be able to carry my weight (hehe). Good thing that my horse, Angelica, was strong and kind to me 🙂 .

me in horse

Me with Angelica (the horse) and the boy assistant

Stairway to Taal Volcano

It took us probably an hour to get to the top of the volcano. There are some parts of the path that are steep. Good thing my horse was able to overcome that. We parked our horses then went up to the man-made stairs to take a closer view of Taal Volcano’s crater.

Taal Volcano 2

The crater was so beautiful. I can see some smoke coming from the lake and I believe that is some volcanic activity going on there. Too bad Karla’s camera wasn’t cooperating with us, good thing we have our mobile phones to take pictures. (Camera fail! hehe)

karla-taal

Sha in Taal

We came back to San Nicolas to have our lunch. The trip was very tiring (and expensive too!) but it was worth it. Here is the run down of our expenses during the Taal Volcano Trekking Adventure:

tricyle and pump boat rental: Php 1800
horse rental 2500 (1250 each)
assistants (4 pax) 250
snacks for the assistants 200 (50 pesos each)
lunch at the resort 900
total expenses for 2: Php 5,400 or Php 2700 per person

The amount per person will be lessened if you’re more than 2 of course so I would suggest to go there as a group to lessen the expenses. Also, it would be much cheaper if you just trek just make sure to wear trekking shoes and attire so that you don’t need to rent horses anymore.

12 thoughts on “Taal Volcano Trekking Adventure”

  1. i get to see Taal Volcano from a distance from time to time cause I have relatives in Batangas. I always wondered what it was like close up. I checked out some youtube videos before to see what it’s like.

    Bakit nga pala may rails ? may viewing deck ? I saw some videos where people were at the foot of the lake inside and kumukulo pa tubig.

    Looks like a great adventure. Good thing it was a nice day too for trekking.

  2. ma, you rode a horse but got tired? kaya yan on foot, hiking shoes not needed =) bawal lang ang maarte because the path is sandy and fertilized by the horses, hehe. see my pictures? http://ogram.multiply.com/photos/album/58/Volcanic_Activity

    meron nga daw ibang nakakababa sa mismong crater..yun kelangan na ata talaga ng horse because it takes as much time as getting to the view deck part. tara, puntahan natin!!! nga lang, we were told that swimming is not advisable because the temperature of the water varies unpredictably.

  3. anak,
    tired kasi mainit eh. you know the sun. lol. i was wearing sneakers that are about to be worn out na. hehe. yeah, may narinig nga ako na may nakakababa talaga dun sa crater though wala akong nakita nung time na yon. probably it’s more expensive no?

  4. Thanks for sharing this info with us. My fiance is very adventurous and he wants to do this with me. Unfortunately, I’m not really very keen but will do this just for him…so I need moral support such as blogs like yours. teehee. thanks!

  5. Hi Remus,

    We’ve contracted a tricycle driver to take us there. We weren’t able to get the number of the resort. But the resort is in San Nicolas, Batangas 🙂

  6. medyo napamahal kayo, kagagaling lang din namin dyan. lima kami ng mga friends ko. ang expenses namin ay pump boat rental kasama ang jeep from peoples park to talisay batangas ay 1800 din tapos ang tour guide namin ay isa lang, sya rin yung driver ng boat namin we pay him 200 pesos then may entrance fee na 50 each head so 250, we decided na maglakad muna paakyat for real adventure, then pababa sumakay kami na kami ng kabayo for only 100 pesos, natawaran namin.. then pagbalik we have our dinner for only 680 pesos good for 5 person na, one big bowl of special bulalo and rice and 1.5 litro na coke, then nagdagdag lang kami sa tour guide namin at sa driver ng jeep ng 200 pesos as a tip after na maihatid ulit nla kami pabalik so all in all ay 3630 pesos for 5 person bale tig 726 lang kami..share ko lang po..thanks

  7. tama ka sa sinabi mo na mas lessen ang expenses kung in a group kayo, nagulat lang ako sa price ng kabayo rental nyo, kasi nung pumunta kami inaalok nila yung kabayo ng back and forth for only 450 pesos pag tumawad ka pwedeng 300 pesos.. so kami natawaran pa namin, naging 100 pesos na lang pero pababa lang yun..kasi ung binigay na price sa inyo ay pang mga turista pero pag lokal lang kayo ganun lang ang pricing..

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