Another popular volcano in the Philippines is the Taal Volcano. It is known as one of the world’s smallest volcanoes. Located in the Batangas Province, visitors frequent this area because of the nice view and enjoyable day hike. One curious trait of this landform is the fact that the Taal Lake surrounds it. This adds to the nice view up at the summit. Hikers can expect to see a 360 degrees view of mountain peaks surrounding the site. It is a great viewpoint if one wants to see most of the mountains within Batangas Province.
Be reminded that there are little to no tree cover in the middle of the hike. Take note of the weather during your hike and make sure it is neither raining too hard nor does the sun burn too hot on that day.
Elevation: 311 m above sea level
Days needed to complete hike: 1 day
Average hike duration to reach summit (From jump-off point): 30 mins to 1 hour
Major jump-off point: Talisay, Batangas
Starting from any lakeside resort or hotel, friendly locals will immediately approach you to offer their services as a guide and boat rentals. Hire one and start your journey by riding a boat to the volcano in the middle of the lake. You will start your trek through the rocky path, with signs of volcanic activity through its trails. Expect this to go on for half an hour or more. The terrain will remain relatively easy up until you reach the few remaining steps nearing the summit. The elevation will be a bit steeper then. Continue on until you finally reach the crater.
Reaching the Crater Lake is definitely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss. The water is warm and mildly sulfuric. This is where you will witness another curiosity the Taal Volcano holds, the Vulcan Island. Vulcan Island is the land within the Crater Lake of Taal Volcano inside Taal Lake of Batangas province. Got that? What a curious thing indeed! The summit is also a great viewpoint of nearby peaks such as Mount Maculot and Mount Batulao. Enjoy the nice mountain breeze before beginning your return trip to the mainland.
It’s important to plan your trip in advance to make sure you know exactly what to do and where to go on the day itself. Here are some ways to get to your destination:
From Manila, take a bus bound for Batangas that passes thru Tanauan. Once you reach the town proper, get off at the public market. Proceed to ride a jeepney bound for Talisay. Choose a lakeside resort to stay at, where you may ride boats to get to the jump-off point of Taal Volcano.
Another alternative is to take your own private transportation. This is much more convenient and faster. Proceed directly to your chosen lakeside resort.