Last Sunday, I tried to go back to hiking 🙂 Well, just a minor hike because I had my sprain before and it seems a little painful or probably just psychological and I had my arthritis back then which all of my joints are everyday in pain which is why I stopped hiking for a while but now I’m currently feeling better so I tried to hike again.
My friends decided to hike Taal Volcano in Talisay, Batangas. As we all know, this is the smallest active volcano and is really easy to hike. It’ll just take you 2hrs back and forth which pretty good to refresh myself 🙂
SIDE STORY: I was so excited on this event that I keep reminding everyone the things they need, also I have set the time meet up, where to meet and tell them to never be late but! In the end, I woke up very late and mess up our schedule, not that mess up but we’re pretty late but still okay XD HAHAHAHA! I wasn’t able to sleep early because I was excited that I ended up being late XD Sorry friends XD
Since I was late, we all met up around 4am instead of 3am XD and then departed around 5am. Since we’re DIY, we’re kinda not sure where we should start or go, although we checked blogs on how-to, we’re still not sure XD We kept asking and telling the bus conductor to assist us all the way to where should we drop and he was pretty cooperative! He even contact his friend who got a cab to lead us to the boat station! HAHAHA! Thank you Kuya! Which makes everything so easy and hassle-free 😀
So all I know ever since the day I studied Civics/Social Studies/Science that this small triangle mountain is the “Taal Volcano” itself where in fact it’s the one flat beside it. Literally the almost flat-looking land not the one on the right. Okay, so am I the only one who doesn’t know about this? But my friends doesn’t know either! We are so shook! We were wondering why we were not going from that part instead on the other side XD So the books have fooled us? When was this even announce? XD If I hadn’t hike Taal Volcano, I wouldn’t know for the rest of my life and would be misleading everyone that the one on the right is the Taal crater XD Although that’s also a Volcano but is already dead 🙂 So again, say hello to Mt. Binintiang Malaki! And Taal is just beside him XD
We start hiking immediately no more orientations like the other mountain hikes. You can either choose to walk or to ride a horse if you’re not fond of Hiking 🙂 Of course, we chose challenge and we kinda felt pity to the horses XD Anyways, we started walking and we saw along the trails the Stations of the Cross 🙂
The trail was very very easy 🙂 There we’re minimal ups and can be a little bit exhausting but it wasn’t that really hard. I love it so much that the sun was really up. I was wishing for a very good weather for this hike XD Hahahaha!
I asked Kuya guide to trail up to the 14th Station since it was kinda on a different path. It was a little bit steep and uphill but so worth hiking 🙂 I suddenly felt blessed when we reached the last station XD HAHAHA! Thank you papa God for this wonderful day!
And here we are at the mouth of the smallest active volcano! Say hello to Taal! XD It was so beautiful!! It felt like a different country. Same feelings when I got to Pinatubo! Very stunning, very beautiful!
There is also this side where you can also get a another stunning view of the crater. It’s called the Red Lava. There is a 50php entrance fee which is okay and definitely worth going here because it has much more beautiful view and kinda dangerous but exciting! Hahahaha! I did have great shots on this area. I love it so much! XD and red lava, because the land is kinda reddish-brown 🙂 that’s just it 😀
SIDE STORY: Those two were my friends since Elementary and ever since we wanted to have an out-of-town adventure because it’s been so long since we had one so after all the failed attempts of planning, finally this one, we made it successful! HAHAHAHA! Let this please be not our last! Looking forward for more!
Around 11am we went down and moved to our next destination. Since we already knew it was just a half-day adventure because it was really a pretty easy hike, we decided to enjoy summer a bit more so we went to Foothills Resort. Our boatman (which is our guide too) drop us directly to this place so it was very convenient 😀
It wasn’t an extraordinary resort, more of so-so for a relaxation but I love the view of the place 🙂 Overlooking with Taal and friends XD
As for the budget, it’ll probably less than or 1k if you don’t have other sidetrips. Just Taal hike for the day 🙂
Bus going to Nasugbu – 83php/head
Tricyle to boat port – 70php/head
Boat – 2000php (333.33/head)
Taal Fees – 100php/head
Guide – 500pp (83.33php/head)
Red Lava – 50php/head
When we went home we rode a different way.
Tricycle from Talisay to jeep going to Tanauan – 15php/head
Jeep to Tanauan – 25php/head
From Tanauan-Manila Bus Stop, wait for buses going to Alabang – 97php/head
Probably for food, if you have brought packed lunch you save expenses for that but if not, probably you’ll cost 150-200php for food 🙂
Our resort cost us 250/head 🙂
That’s all! Thanks for reading!