Mount Taal Volcano: A Day Trip From Manila
Heading to Manila? Mount Taal is an easy day trip!
While I was in Manila, I took a day trip with some friends to Mount Taal. I had been here before with my family when I was five but hadn’t been since. I have vague distant memories so I thought I would revisit this active volcano close to Manila.
What is Mount Taal?
Mount Taal is part of a chain of volcanos on the island of Luzon. Since the formation of the large caldera, more eruptions created another volcanic island, within Taal Lake, known as Volcano Island. Volcano Island is the smallest active volcano in the world. It is located on an island within a lake within an island which makes it very unusual. Thousands of visitors come to explore the volcanos every year. Even though permanent residence on the island is forbidden by the government, poor families have continued to settle in hopes of earning income through tourism, fishing, and farming crops on the rich volcanic soil.
I was staying in a hostel in the Makati area of Manila. There were a lot of solo travelers as well as younger travelers there. As we were sitting around and talking, someone mentioned possibly going to check out Taal for the day. I decided I wanted to revisit it since I hadn’t been there since I was really young. I rallied a crew and we got enough people to get a van just for our group. I don’t recall the exact price for the day trip but knowing me, I’m sure I negotiated something for the whole crew and we paid roughly $20. I love to barter.
The trip takes about 2 hours there from Manila to Tagaytay which is the Batangas province to the south. From there we got on bangka or catamaran boats that take you across Lake Taal. You get to the landing point and you either hike up the mountain or ride horses up. It was insanely hot so I negotiated a price for all of us to ride horses up. When we got to the top we ate snacks, drank coconuts, shot photos and explored.
Here are photos from my Mount Taal excursion:
Van ride with everyone from our hostel
A rooster just hanging out near the lake
We’re on a boat!
Someone has crazy boat hair
The terrain to get to the view point
Looking at a volcano in a lake while on a volcano
If you want to hit some balls into the lake, you can!
A little volcano crew
This little toughie cut open my coconut with a machete
Hanging with the volcano locals
Thanks for visiting my photo journal for Mount Taal. If you’re heading to Manila, be sure to ask your hotel concierge or hostel management for details. The day trip is a popular excursion and there are many tours available. I don’t have an exact recommendation, but my hostel, Our Melting Pot in Makati helped arrange ours.