Taal Volcano has been a favorite among tourists — foreigners and locals — for it offers nature in its most virginal form. Fresh air, grasslands and calm waters amongst other things would readily welcome tourists upon stepping on the volcano island.
The volcano island and its crater are very much accessible via Talisay, Batangas.
Here are ways on how to reach the lauded volcano:
If you’re from Manila (self drive)
Use SLEx and Star Toll Way and take Tanauan City exit. Turn right and Talisay would only be 15 to 20 minutes drive away.
From Talisay mainland to Taal Volcano Crater
Turn left once you reach the Municipal Hall of Talisay. One may park his vehicle on Talisay Public Market. From the public market, you will see boats which are docked near the sea wall.
Different resorts in Talisay (mainland) also offers trek and boat ride. From there, they can rent boats which will ferry them to the volcano island.
Those boats would take you on a 10 to 15-minute ride to the Volcano island. Boat fare (to and fro) would cost Php 1,500 which is good for six persons.
Upon arriving, you would be required to log in at the Talisay Tourist Reception Center and would be asked to pay environment/tourist fee of P50 for adults and P30 for students or children below 7 years old.
From Taal Tourist Reception Center to Taal Volcano Crater
You may either ride a horse (P450 each, to and fro) or tread the island volcano by foot. We say ride the horse since there are rough parts on the way up. Plus, the hinetes/guides are very accommodating.
If You’re From Manila (commute)
Take any Lipa or Batangas bound bus via Tanauan. Tell manong driver “Bus Stop lang po ng Tanauan”. Upon arriving at the aforementioned stop, there would be jeepneys that would take you straight to Talisay.
Once atop the volcano island, one could surely cherish God’s divine providence. But be reminded of the things that you would need to bring in visiting the aforementioned landmark. It is a fact that lowlands is synonymous to heat and tremendous aridness.
In order to avoid sunburns and other complications, here are some things that we suggest you should bring and wear:
2. lotion with SPF or sunscreen protection
5. arm warmer or long sleeves
8. extra shirts
9. money (there are for sale goods on the view deck)
10. waterproof bags for cameras and gadgets
11. rubber shoes
Enjoying the blessings of nature is only one of the activities that Talisay, Batangas offers. Also, one good feature of experiencing Talisay is that you only have to spend a couple of bucks for you to be able to enjoy every attraction of it.
Talisay, is indeed, a haven for tourist and adventure seekers alike.