It’s my first time to climb a mountain! A volcano, rather. Our Taal Volcano day trek was actually a spontaneous trip. It happened during a long weekend when my friends were all out of town, sipping cocktails and enjoying the beach while I scroll through my instagram feed at home. Why am I at home on a long weekend? Ideas suddenly started to kick in! I thought I wanted to do something I’ve never done before. Being in the perfect mood for a new adventure and craving for Tagaytay’s bulalo, I decided we climb Taal Volcano.
I researched quite a bit and found so many overpriced packages online. If you have time to plan your itinerary, that’s great! You’ll save lots of money. The actual tour should only cost around 1500-2000 for a group of five. There are a lot of boat rentals along Talisay road but we chose to rent a boat that includes a tour guide from Taal Lake Yacht Club. They also have secured parking for people bringing their own private vehicle, free use of showers which was a big plus and huts with no corkage fee when bringing your own food.
We arrived at Taal Lake Yacht Club at around 8am. We waited for a few minutes while our boat was being prepared. The boat ride took around 20 minutes or so before we reached the bottom of Taal Volcano where a lot of locals reside. Locals offer roundtrip horse ride which is really popular among tourists, especially Koreans. We skipped the horse and decided to go on foot to make it more challenging! They said Taal Volcano is a great trek for beginners since it doesn’t require any special trekking or hiking skills. Im not sure if I find it difficult or my cardio is just that poor since I lack sleep and I haven’t been active for quite some time now.
After an hour of long walk with few stops under the scorching heat, we finally reached the summit.
Wow! Just wow! I actually forgot I was feeling tired after I saw the calm crater surrounded with lush greenery. Now I totally understand why some people get addicted to climbing mountains. I might actually be part of the club in the future.
Since we only had a bottle of water each, we were forced to buy overpriced drinks. Lesson learned, bring litres of water when trekking even if it’s darn heavy. Trekking can be dehydrating thus making you feel weak, water is your ultimate saviour.
After taking some pictures, we played golf. Yes, golf on top of a volcano! My brother also bought some Taal Volcano souvenirs. I’m so glad we decided to check out the view from the Red Lava even if it requires an entrance fee of 50 pesos per person. The view from up there is just amazing. Yay for another first time!
We finished our day trek with a lunch at a local Bulalo place in Tagaytay. All of us had an awesome weekend in the end.
Have you trekked Taal volcano? How was your experience? If you have any hiking suggestions for beginners, do let me know. I would definitely climb again for a breathtaking view.