My kids are adventurous by nature, but I guess most kids are. When I told them we were going to ride horses up a volcano, they basically scream with excitement. I am sure they didn’t know much of what they were going to see but I know for sure that they wanted to see a volcano, a first for them. And when I said we are going to one of the smallest volcanoes in the world, they kept quiet. And I left it at that.
Well… would you dare to trek up even the smallest active volcano is the world? It has been recorded to have erupted 33 times and the last eruption was 40 years ago, which is probably why people don’t hesitate to visit this beautiful tiny beast. If you are interested to know about our experience then continue reading and if you happen to have a daring kind of personality then hit me up and I would love to help you plan your next volcano adventure.
About 40 miles south of Manila, you will find the town of Talisay, which is where most people get a boat ride across the lake to the base of the Taal Volcano. Traffic getting out of Manila can be heavy so your best bet is to get on the road as early as possible. A day trip to Taal is about the best adventure you can do if you have an extra day and want to get out of the hustle and bustle in Manila.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Once you arrive in Talisay, you’ll have to rent a boat to get to Taal Volcano Island. I had some help from a local friend who organized our trip. When we arrived at the boat, we had to fill some paperwork and pay for the boat, the tour guide, a docking fee and an entrance fee. After a 20-minute boat ride, we were greeted by the tour guides and their horses at the base of the volcano.
There were 8 adventurous souls with me in this journey: my 2 kids and my husband, my friend from Dallas with her son and my cousin with his husband. It was definitely a day to remember!
Tip: They are pretty strict on the maximum number of people on a boat which is typically 6-7. There were 8 of us (5adults and 3 kids) and so we had to rent two boats.
The Guides and The Horses
You have 3 options on how you continue your adventure up to the crater rim: on horseback with a guide, hike on foot with a guide or hike it alone. Our group didn’t hesitate to choose the horseback ride and we thought it would be fun for everyone. Well… it was raining and much of the trail was muddy and uneven so it was a wise decision to go up by horse.
There was a heavy downpour as soon as we got to the island; we were getting ready to go up but decided to wait in the hope that the rain would ease up. And yes it did stop after maybe 20 to 30mins.
Tip: Wear quick dry or light clothing (good when it’s raining and when the sun is too hot) and comfy shoes. Bring Sunblock, extra clothes, lots of water.
Horseback riding is so fun and to me, it’s the best way to go up the crater on any day with the kids. However, if you are an avid hiker and want a moderately difficult hike then it may be perfect for you and give you more time to soak in the scenery. Apparently, there are various trails to choose from but we went to the standard trail where most people go. Best to inquire when you are filling in the paperwork which is the right trail for you.
Here are few videos to see how the trail looks like
We made it to the TOP!!!
It was raining that day but it turned out to be a gorgeous day to go up the crater; the temperature was just perfect and it wasn’t that crowded. Nature never fails to amaze me… to amaze us.
It was a fun-filled adventure day with my family, my cousins, and our friends from Dallas.
Tip: Take your adventurous spirit and have a fantastic time!!!
By the way, to those who asked me if kids are good to go up to the crater. Check this out, my friend’s 2yr old made it to the crater!!! YES, you heard it, a 2-year-old little explorer.
One last note for anyone from the Philippines Tourism Board reading this blog, please have some people clean up the garbage and clean those horses poop on the trail. “It’s more fun in the Philippines” if we clean our environment!!! Also, please take good care of those horses, they deserve better treatment.