Taal volcano is a volcano with a lake on an island within the Lake Taal within an island. Hope this is clear enough! It is one of the strangeness of mother nature. Taal volcano is considered as one of the most dangerous active volcanoes in the world. It is the 2nd largest active volcano in the Philippines and counts a record number of 33 eruptions. The easiest way to go there from Manila is to get a bus to Tagaytay. It is a short 2-hour bus journey.
While it is possible to hike to the crater rim of the Taal Volcano, you will have to go through an utterly expensive tour. Since traveling is not about ticking places off a bucket list but living adventure, I have decided not to go to that cash machine. Knowing that the best way to enjoy this volcano complex is to see it from far away, I do not really see the point of going up to the crater rim.
If you are looking for some adventure around Tagaytay, I can’t help but recommend hiking Mount Batulao. Mount Batulao is a small peak on the western part of Tagaytay at 811m above sea level. It is an easy but slippery 11.6km return hike. It offers a breathtaking 360 view on the whole area and the hike is just incredibly beautiful! Just hop on a bus from the Olivarez bus terminal in Tagaytay heading towards Evercrest – Mount Batulao.