Taal Volcano, Batangas City

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Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Taal Volcano remains one of Philippines' smallest, yet most active volcanoes with 33 recorded eruptions so far. Formed by previous prehistoric eruptions caused by the meeting of two tectonic plates, the site represents an observatory for studying and predicting natural disasters. Inside the caldera, you can find a freshwater sulphuric lake surrounded by over 40 overlapping cones and craters. Explore the natural wonders and thermal areas that envelop the volcano, and don't forget your swimsuit if you wish to take a quick dip in the lake. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Taal Volcano and many more Batangas City attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Batangas City vacation planner .
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  • After we were in Tagatay decided to visit the volcano. Boat ride 1/2 hour over. Then with the horse mountain high and visit of the volcano from above. Then back. Great trip.
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  • We took the boat ride from Talisay (Soriano Resort) Php3,000 to get to Taal Volcano Island...the ride takes about 1/2 an hour but go on a still day or you will end up soaking wet. Once you reach the i...  more »
  • Long time I wanted to visit a real volcano, and this morning I had ordered a car to bring me there from the hotel. My first surprise was that I needed a boat to come there, and of course you have to p...  more »
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  • A lake in a volcano, on a lake, on an island, in the sea. Wrap your head around that. Gets fierce warm at the top so keep that in mind. Best to go in the early morning before it gets too warm. Drink lots of water going here. Met an American fella at the top by the name of Adrian. Funny how you remember these things. Grand view certainly. Was able to see clear across the bay all the way out to napayung island. Took a pony to the top and found that a wee bit hairy (in more ways than one) but got there and back safely to tell the tale. And I didn't fall over either despite my MS. My horses name was Waldo. Can't remember the name of any of the guides but I'll have to remember to post that horse an apple at some stage to thank him for hauling my fat arse all the way to the summit. A wee bit pricey but the memory pays for itself
  • This review depends on your skill level as a hiker. If you are a beginner and starting off your first hikes, this is a great place to start. If you are a seasoned hiker, this might bore you. Avoid climbing before lunch time, that's when the crowd starts to pick up. Huge traffic causes the volcanic ash on the ground to float all over the place. Better bring a face mask. EDIT for 2018: I've heard that the place has become a tourist trap. Local community charges too much for their services. You don't have to ride a boat going to the small island in the crater, they will charge you extra for it.
  • Pls insist on swimming in the volcano. Most of the boatman will say its not possible but do find one that will take you there- you will definitely thank yourself that you did. Ferry fare is around 2500-3000 peso, island fee is around 100 peso per person. Pro-tip: For a small price, you can get the locals to cook their local fishes for lunch after swimming. Enjoy!
  • We came as a group and were appalled by the horrible treatment by the people here "selling" outrageous tickets to the island. 3,000 pisos is absolutely robbery. If you don't know, just ask any local. The woman was so aggressive toward me, my boyfriend had to step j in and put her in her place. We immediately left. There's hundreds of sick looking horses/donkeys that are being ride by fat tourists. It's completely horrid conditions. Skip this tourist trap.
  • For a first time hiker like me there were a few parts that were challenging especially nearing the top but if i could hike up there then so can you! It took me an hour going up and 40 min to go back down but i took plenty of breaks. Just please don't take the horses, they're too weak, skinny and not given enough water. It's unfair and inhumane to them. It gets pretty dusty and there's horse poop everywhere so wear good shoes and get there early in the day so it's not too hot. You also don't need a tour guide no matter how much they pester you for it. Just follow the trail and you'll be fine. I paid php2000 for a return boat ride that fits up to 7 people. Mineral water and other drinks are sold at the various stops but it costs php50 so bring your own water if you want to save up! Great view, worth the dirty shoes and aching feet!
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