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Recently, my boyfriend and I flew to Luzon for our joint birthday celebration. Our first stop was Tagaytay.

We went to Sky Ranch on our first day, but on the day of his birthday, we went on a hike to see the beautiful Taal Volcano.

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Our guide’s name was Bong. He works at the Taal Lake Yacht Club, where we got our tour package. We took the regular tourist trail (w/o horses) and paid only P2,050 (via bank deposit) for everything – boat, guide, environmental fees, etc. Check out their rates and instructions on how to avail of their tours here. So far, they have the cheapest rates I know.

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There are a lot of misconceptions about the Taal Volcano. The tiny-looking volcano you see on postcards isn’t the actual volcano. The volcano is the entire thing surrounding the lake and the island within it and the lake within it and the tiny island within it. Did I get it right? I get confused when I say it too. I hope you get my point though. Haha! There are other trails that you can follow, however. I think the secret trail will give you a view like the one in postcards.

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If you’re coming from Tagaytay just like we were, you have to hire a tricycle to take you to and from Talisay, where you’ll be riding a boat going to the volcano island.

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In our case, we paid the driver P700 for the ride and for waiting. Others would make tourists pay more, so make sure to bring your haggling skills!

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The entire hike took only less than 2 hours because we didn’t rest on the way up. There are drinks and souvenirs for sale near the viewing deck too. All in all, the tour was a nice experience. It was also the easiest!

And that’s it. Have you been to see the Taal Volcano yet? If you’ve chosen a different trail, I’d love to hear about your experience!

xo Faith Mari

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