Reaching the Crater of Taal Volcano
By Danny Tariman
Taal Volcano is that iconic island in the middle of the lake which serves as a centerpiece of Tagaytay City’s scenic view. Tourists almost always would like to take photos in the city, with the Taal Volcano as a background. It seems that you have not been to Tagaytay without seeing the famous Taal Volcano.
Apart from Tagaytay City, the volcano is a destination in itself. To visit the island-volcano, you have to drive down to Talisay town which has a number of lake shore resorts. Caution: on your way back to Tagaytay, the road is very steep, ensure your car can take the 45-degree ascend with U-turns.
Talisay town has plenty of lakeside resorts which offers accommodation and food. Some offer day-tour across the lake to the volcano. Since the volcano is an island, you have to take a boat to cross the lake. You may check-out from these resorts to get a boat. As alternative, you may ride the boat from peddlers in Tagaytay. Make sure you know how to haggle to get good price.
When you reach the island, you need to register at the local tourism office and pay the necessary fees. There are a lot of vendors offers all sorts of items – from hats to face masks – they will tell you its hot and dusty. It is your choice, but in our case, I noted that it is not really that dusty. But yes, it is hot, you need to put on your sunblock lotion.
Going to the volcano, you have the option to hike – quite a distance and uphill – or take a horse back ride (which is a bit expensive). Vendors in Tagaytay offering boat ride to the volcano won’t tell you of these added costs – the fees in the island and the horse ride. Ensure to Google for the latest price.
Make sure to bring also bottled water. Also bring some trekking food (energy bars), if you want. Goodies up on the crater are a bit expensive.
But once you reach the volcano crater – wow! The view is simply breathtaking! It has an emerald-color lake down the very high cliff. My children are the adventurous-type; they went to the edge of a cliff for picture taking which gave me chills in my spine! Yeah, I was literally trembling in fear of heights! Haha!
These are some ground fissure or cracks at the crater-lake. You will notice this as it emits smoke or steam. You may not go down to the lake, though. It is surrounded by very steep cliffs, it is really scary. Perhaps if you are the adventurous-type of person, you can hire a local guide to bring you down the crater-lake – I am not sure.
After some picture taking, and some refreshments, we started our horseback riding back to the shore. The ride itself is another experience!
Our boat ride back to Talisay was a bit windy. The lake waters were splashing on our faces and bodies. Bring some changing clothes with you, as you will never know if you will get wet.
Thank You LORD for giving us opportunities to see these beautiful places!
Another fun-day for my family!