Taal Volcano Trips /
Treks / Tours|
Taal Volcano, in the Philippines, was
huge volcano, that towered 18,000 feet up into the sky. It has been called
the smallest active volcano, because it seems small now, but many people
don't realize that it is one of the largest volcanoes in the world.
It is located about 70-km south of Manila on "volcano island" inside a
lake called Taal Lake, or Lake
This picture of Taal volcano
, was taken from Tagaytay ridge. Actually, Tagaytay Ridge is the rim of
the volcano! When the volcano was 18,000 feet high, Tagaytay ridge would
have been only about a sixth of the way to the top of the volcano!! In the
distance, Mt. Makulot forms part of the other side of the rim, and it is a
favorite trek for climbers. Taal Lake itself, has a sulfur content that is
higher than normal, and it is good for swimming. I believe the low sulfur
content is good for the skin, especially if you swim in it regularly. The
fish are certainly healthy! (the tilapia is really inexpensive too! Its
excellent, and it can be cooked for you, or you can cook it yourself on a
grill at Taal Lake Yacht Club, but please tell us beforehand if you want
Description of Standard
Standard Package Trips from Talisay (where we
are), including the climb to the crater rim, and back, take about 3 - 4 hours,
so its common to
time the hike to the volcano in the early morning, to be
back at Taal
Yacht Club for lunch. Late afternoon trips are also popular. The
latest you should leave TLYC, would be around 3PM.
It is the norm, to do the trail on
horses which are led by their owners. See horse pricing, on the right hand
column, for rates.
The municipality charges for landing on the
island, on the pretense that they will make usable bathrooms one day.
Charges are P50 per person, plus P20 for the boat you take to the
Our Bancas have cellphones, lifejackets, fire extinguishers,
and we have extra boats for any eventuality. We pride ourselves on trying
to be the safest service on the lake. There are NO other boat
services that have these safety backups. Not even one.
Inside the main caldera,on volcano island, there
is yet another lake, called the "Crater Lake." The
highly sulfuric lake may have medicinal properties. People do swim in it,
Some have even SCUBA dived in it. We do special trips into the inner lake
when alert levels are low.
Click on the "secret trail" link below, or on the
sidebar at the right, to find out about that special trip. click HERE
We also have a trip that is a good
alternative walking trail, that leads to the rim of the volcano, that we
call the Christie Kenney trail, in honor of the US Ambassador, who
was one of the first to use the trail, wih members of her family. This
trail has more shade than the regular tourist trail, and we are trying to
limit horse traffic, so it stays cleaner, and has less Korean
tourists on it. click HERE
Upon special request, especially when
we have large corporate groups, or school groups, we can give
special lectures about the volcano, which shatter many common
misconceptions that are taught in local schools.
you want room acommodation, we can arrange that. Please call Sonia
(contact numbers at right column) to set it up for you.
If you prefer , you can camp at TLYC.
We are set up for it. TLYC is one of very few secure campgrounds
with good facilities outside Manila.
1)You can bring your own, and eat it in your free hut. You can
bring your drinks,or order from us. Sometimes, we even have nice wines, but pls tell us so we can
chill the white.
2) We do serve
food. We suggest you order early, because it can take awhile.
you want to eat when you get to the club, you can look at the online menu
The prices may be a bit outdated, but it gives you an idea of
what we serve.
If you want to eat after you get
back, just look at the updated menu when you get to the club, and order
before you go to Volcano Island.
If you want to order
something special, you can coordinate directly with Sonia(contact numbers at right column) You will
need to have a reservation if you prebook food.
Sonia's deep fried
Tawilis is the best in the world. It is properly cleaned, unlike the
traditional way of cooking tawilis, and as far as I know, we are the only
ones that have it. Tawilis is found ONLY in Taal Lake, and it is not
always available. It is ONLY available in the market early n the morning,
so You MUST coordinate with Sonia, and reserve this a day ahead. We do not
usually freeze our Tawilis. Its FRESH.
This is the best part.
BANCA PRICING FOR THE TOURIST TRAIL
Our pricing before prepayment discount is only
P2,800/boat (the Coast Guard dictates a 5 adult passenger
maximum). plus a P20 municipal landing fee.
our price is a
package which includes:
trip (Tourist trail)
|Entry fees for 5
|Total before discounts
So at P2800 instead of P3284 you
are getting a good deal! We accept Credit cards, on site, at that price.
But it gets BETTER!
If you prepay
with your credit card, or pay in cash on site, and you have told us by
phone that you are coming, you get a P400 discount!Now you are down to
If you can pay in
advance, straight into our BPI account, you get a
further P500 discount, so it comes to only P1900!!
To pay in advance you need to email, call,or text us, so we can accept
80% of people rent horses to do the volcano
trek. 70% of those who walk, say they wish they had rented
horses. We dont have anything to do with the horse business, but we
can save you money. We recommend paying for the horses at the
club. It saves a you from being mobbed by shouting hawkers on the
island, and it will cost you less if you pay at the club. Reserving
a horse before you go, costs P500/horse. If you get the horses on the
island, they will be P700 or P750/horse (and more for the other trails).
To get this fantastic deal (available only
on the internet), print this page and show it to the office at TLYC. The
deals on this page do change, and you want to show them that you got
this one. This is your proof that there is no travel agent
NOTES ON SAFETY
Philippines has one of the worst safety records in the world, with regard
to maritime safety. Unbelievably, the general attitude is "ride at your
own risk". We don't think that way.
1) Unfortunately,there are
afew days a year, in the windy months of December, January, and
February, that its just too dangerous for bancas to get to the landing
spot. We dont run on those days. The other banca services do, even though
they have no floatation in their bancas (we are the only ones that do),
nor any dedicated back up rescue boat (we are the only ones that
2) There are "guides" on the crater
rim, who urge tourists to trek down to the crater lake with them for an
"extra fee". Don't do it. Its dangerous, and it will cost you an arm and a
leg in "extra chages" that you will find out only when you finish. Just
take the "secret trail". It goes to the same place, its avoids the
slippery and dangerous part of the trek. Other than that, its the same
trail, and it costs a lot less.
We pride ourselves on clean bathrooms and
Hot showers in the Philippines? Whatever
If you come in December thru March, the wind is usually very
strong,and its almost certain that you will get soaking
not so windy in July, August and September, but at some point during the
day, the sky will probably open up, and it will be like standing
under a waterfall for 2 minutes.
Most of your clothes will probably dry off
pretty quick, but you will still appreciate the Taal Lake Yacht Club
facilities after your trip.
When it doesn't rain, it will be sunny, and you
will definitely work up a sweat better than in any Gym. You'll want a
shower, and a nice quiet hassle free place to sit down, relax, and have a
Oh, and did we forget to
mention the Pool? Well its seasonal, or by special request.
Check out or sailing and kayak rentals
too. Look for them on the nav bar on the left
margin. We consider
Taal Lake as an easy daytrip from Manila. The trip to TLYC from Manila is
only about an hour and a half. Click on "getting there" on the
left sidebar near the top.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Taal Lake Yacht
Talisay, Batangas, Philippines
In the Philippines, dial
HERE for the secret
TAAL VOLCANO TREKKING
as of January 2012
For payment mode details, please refer
to 'Pricing' in the center
Per Boat: P
Bank Prepayment discount: less P900
Tourism: P 50.00 /pax
Landing Fee: P 20.00 /
Horse (optional): P 500.00 / pax
Secret Trail /
Boat: P 3,800.00
discount: less P900
Guide fee: P350
Tourism: P 50.00
Landing Fee: P 50.00 / boat
Resort Fee: P 50.00 /
Horse (recommended): P 750.00 / pax
Boat: P 2,800.00
Bank Prepayment discount:
Tourism: P 50.00 /pax
Landing Fee: P 50.00 /
Resort Fee: P 50.00 / pax
Guide: P 350.00 / boat
(discouraged): P 500.00 / pax
Rent banca for
Boat: P2500 for first hour
discount: less P500
P: 600 for each additional half
Jun Delgado -
Sonia Lucero - 0928-6788849
TLYC Landline -
Website - www.tlyc.com
Philippine Coast Guard dictates that
Bancas on Taal Lake can only take 5 paying passengers, regardless of
size. We follow that , so as not to invalidate our
insurance. Most other carriers don't have valid
Available by paying
directly nto our BPI account. Details are available by
or by calling him at
8113183, or 8113283 orSonia at 0437730192 or 09286788849
Our price also includes:
1)free entry fees for
up to 5 people
(up to P500
2) a free hut for 2 hrs,
AFTER your return from the volcano on weekends or holidays.
OR for 5 hours on weekdays!
(up to P400
3) Free Parking
to get this fantastic deal, print this
page and show it to the office at TLYC. The deals on this page do
change, and you want to show them that you got this one.
Pls. read the full text at left for more
|What the local media says about
other people have said (we have no control over these comments)
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Philippine Daily Inquirer group, one of the countrys largest, and
most respected news and public affairs
This is Junghyun
Shim, Los Banos, Laguna. I am working in International Rice Research
I have been Taal volcano several times but
I am tired to guide my visitors and also difficult to negotiate with
boatman and horseman (mabu). Whenever I go there, they ask me to pay
P 6T or 4T but as you know the regular price is P 1500 for boat and
500 for horse.
I found good tour guide, yours, from internet.
Thanks a lot