Our alarm clock was set at 05:30 am this morning, as Jan-Jan (my uncle’s driver) was picking us up together with my parents at 06:30 am to drive to Tagaytay, the city closest to Taal Volcano.
Taal Volcano is the smallest active volcano in The Philippines and the hike going to the crater is easy.
It took us about 1,5 hours to get to Tagaytay and if anyone has ever been in Manila, then you’ll understand that 1,5 hours is relatively quick 😉 it was raining though, so instead of hiking right away, my parents took us to Josephine’s for breakfast. I remember going to Josephine’s in 2000 and also remembered having the best green mango shake ever there. Breakfast was really good (and so was the shake), but the view of Taal Volcano was completely ostructed by clouds. Really a bummer, since it’s normally so beautiful!
At about 10:30, we decided to drive to the lake to see if it was still possible to take a boat to the island where Taal Volcano sits. We paid 2500 pesos for a boat for 4 people and the ride was a bit bumpy because of the wind. It takes about 25 minutes to cross the lake and as soon as you het off the boat, there will be photographers ready to take you photo.
After you pay an environmental fee (100 pesos per person) you can hike up the volcano. There are guides and even horses you can hire to take you up, but since the hike is easy, Mark and I decided to just walk. My parents didn’t join us though. It took us about 30 minutes to get to the craterlake.
The boatride back to our car was messy and wet! The wind was stronger, the waves were higher and it was getting cold. It was a great way go cool down from the hike.
Going back to Manila was kind of a disaster, as it now took us 3 hours to get back. Luckily we had time to freshen up before heading to the big family dinner. Our dinner was supposed to start at 7 pm, but we were once again stuck in traffic and arrived later. Just to give you an idea: we had to travel 9 kilometers and it took us 2,5 hours. No kidding.
I was very happy with the fact thay everyone was there. Dinner was also fantastic as we finally had some Filipink food. The lechon and pancit malabon were especially good.
Tomorrow is our last day in Manila and we travel to Banaue with a night-bus. Lucky for us, we get to travel light as we can leave our luggage with my uncle and only have to travel with the essentials.