Almost in the Crater of the Smallest Volcano in the Philippines

by - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tagaytay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines because of its outstanding scenery of overlooking iconic view of Taal Volcano Island in the middle of the lake and its cooler climate provided by its high altitude. So, if you want to get away from the busiest city and traffic congestion of Metro Manila, Tagaytay is only an hour and thirty minutes drive from Metro Manila and a perfect destination for you to get unwind and have some fun like what we did!

Yung dati na sa malayo ko lang siya natatanaw, pero ngayon I am close enough na sa volcano.
Today was our most awaited day in our life! After couple of months of planning and saving for this day, our waiting finally paid of! Although we were quite upset because we are not complete in our first summer adventure, we believe that we have more adventures to try and conquer in the future altogether! Truth be told, we don't plan this outing in detailed because we fear our plans will just remain drawing with unfilled colors. In Tagalog saying, "Ang sobrang planadong gala nauuwi sa wala."

Here's what we only planned for this outing:

  1. Where to go? TAGAYTAY!
  2. Save money for: Car Fuel, Skyranch Tagaytay 70% off "Ride-All-You-Can" ticket & Pocket money!
  3. Ideal month —yup, no exact date— when? SUMMER VACATION!
Truly, on sale products are only a wallet saver but also a life saver! Thus, if you  have the opportunity, it will always be the best choice to purchase on sale or discounted products because it will really help you minimize your expenses. But please be reminded as well that don't purchase on sale items immediately. Take you time and only choose what's the best and most beneficial to you. In our situation, we purchased Skyranch Tagaytay "Ride-All-You-Can" ticket for only 350 PHP!


For us to roam around in Tagaytay, we have to leave early which we all did. Before 5AM, I already arrived at Jean's house —one of my best friend, with packed adobo and some big chips as our supply of food for this outing. We travelled together with her parents using their car.

We departed around 6AM from Jean's house to fetch Leila and from it, our adventure began! From Bulacan, it took us only two and a half hours to arrive in Tagaytay! We first passed by the Skyranch before we go around the city.


My first time in Picnic Grove, I was with my college friends, but today I am with my best friends since High school. I know, it's a same destination. But trust me, it'll be a different story.

After paying the entrance and parking fee, there's a man came and waiting outside our car. Don't fret. He is just a typical man —holding a poster with an ID, that you will encounter when visit the place.

He offered us discounted "boat ride" to Taal Volcano Island. We refused because it's kinda expensive package for us (1,600 PHP) although it was already discounted from its original price (2,000+ PHP). But Tito insisted and wanted to give it a try because the man said it's already a full package tour to Taal Volcano Island. Therefore, Tito and Tita treated us 1,000 PHP off the package and the remaining 600 PHP will be divided by three of us —Jean, Leila and I.

Since we found it a good offer for five (5) persons, we all gave it a try! Before we headed to Taal Volcano Island, we first ate our brunch from the resort beside the beach which is also their port going to the island. We ate our packed foods at the cottage. The cottage fee was already included to the package.


7:00 AM to 10:00 AM — Travel time from Bulacan to Tagaytay
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM — Brunch time
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM — Taal Volcano Island Tour
1:00 AM to 3:00 PM — Tagaytay Picnic Grove
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM — Skyranch Tagaytay "Ride-All-You-Can"
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM — Travel time from Tagaytay to Bulacan

On our way to the island, we only brought the two (2) most important essential: the water and chips, because the man said we will get thirsty and hungry in the island. 

If not for this photo, I will never be able to imagine how far and fast we have gone from the top to here!
I seated with Leila at the back of the boat while Jean and her parents seated in front of the boat.

WARNING: If will be your first time riding a boat, don't seat any near the front of the boat if you are not ready to get your clothes wet —especially if did not bring any extra clothes.

Meet Jean and her ever supportive kind parents! If it's not to them, we won't be able to experience this.
We finally arrived in the island for just a few minutes! 
But wait, let us take a group photo first before getting off the boat.
Let us not forget our boat driver for today!


For our first step in the island, we took our group photo! It was very windy when we arrived. 

Arriving at the island made me feel like I am in an isolated small community. It will took you at least 4 KM to the crater-lake from the tourist reception, so it is really necessary to rent a horse  —especially if you hate long walks ... on ashes. 

Since we were not financially ready for this unforeseen expense: renting a horse for each of us, because it's kinda expensive (500 PHP). We just decided to just walk all the way to the top. 

But the people living from there insisted that we should at least rent even just one (1) horse, so we did.

We saw residential houses on our way to the top.

You will pass by the few stations like the photo above as a sign you are already near the crater-lake. But sadly to say, we failed to reach the crater-lake since they were already tired of walking, so they asked to go back to the Picnic Grove.

At the end, we only spent few hours in the island since it wasn't included from our initial plan and itinerary. But we are blessed to experience this kind of adventure with my best friends and hoping if we get another chance to go back here, we are already complete and financially ready with any unforeseen expenses. 

On our way back to the cottage, we switched our seats. I was now seated with Jean behind Leila who was enjoying the seat in front. While Jean's parents are quietly sitting at the back of the boat.

We may look like enjoying the boat ride, but behind this photo we are all literally freakin' wet —especially my entire right side of the body! Moreover, I did not bring extra clothes! So before we drove back to the Picnic Grove, they let me dried myself first because even them, they have no extra clothes for me to borrow.

Here's my important takeaway from this adventure: 

Always bring extra clothes even if you did not plan any water activities!

Here's my shameful photo riding a horse for the second time! Since my first time horse-ride was when I was with my college friends in Picnic Grove.

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  1. Di namin naakyat yung tuktok dati kasi di kami prepared sa budget, haha! The boat trip was really cool tho!

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

    1. Same Haha! Yup! We did enjoy it :) Thanks for stopping by, Richel :)