Taking In Easy In Tagaytay
Tagaytay City is a great spot to get away from the traffic and heat of Manila. An easy 2-hour drive from Manila, visitors come here to watch the calm waters of Taal Lake while refreshing themselves with its cool breeze. There is a wealth of activities to choose from, and so here is a well crafted1-day itinerary to make the most of your visit.
Drive along Aguinaldo Highway and choose from a wide-variety of restaurants facing Taal Lake. After breakfast, it is time to take a boat ride to see what visitors cannot witness from Tagaytay, the Taal Volcano crater.
Take a 50-minute drive down to Talisay from where your boat departs. There are 2 main trails that you can take to the Taal Volcano. The Regular Trail is called ‘Daang Kastila.' It involves a 20-minute boat ride and 45-minute easy trek going up to the viewing deck of the Main Crater Lake. From the ridge, you will have a panoramic view of the lake and an islet within the volcano. The longer route is called Calauit Trail. To do the Calauit Trail, you will need to be in Talisay before 10:00am, take a 40-minute boat ride and a 1.5-hour trek per way. This trail is steeper which makes it less child-friendly. The advantage of taking the latter trail is that it allows you to go all the way down to the crater lake while the Daang Kastila trail only provides a view from the ridge of the volcano.
Useful Information: Booking your Taal Volcano tour (https://www.tourhq.com/philippines/tagaytay-tours-guide) is better done in advance. Vendors walk around Aguinaldo Highway selling tours to Taal Volcano, but they usually sell it for double or more than what it should be.
Another matter to be wary of are the horse rides being offered going up to the ridge of Taal Volcano. It is not recommended to take these horses because they are in poor condition.
From Taal Volcano, sail back to Taal Lake Yacht Club for lunch. You can request for a tour package that includes lunch on Taal Lake Yacht Club’s camping ground or opt to eat in their restaurant, as there are not a lot of dining options in Talisay.
After lunch, drive back to Tagaytay and make a quick stop at Yoki’s Farm. Stroll through their hydroponic farm where you can buy vegetables. Other attractions include an aviary where you can look at parrots and peacocks, the duck pond and the antiquities area. They are known to have the largest laughing Buddha in the Philippines.
Useful Information: Yoki’s Farm opens from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Entrance fee cost P100 for adults and P70 for children.
Another way to take in the breathtaking views is by going to Skyranch. Suit up for a 300-meter zip line with a view of Taal Lake. At sunset, let their Ferris wheel take you 63 meters above the ground. There is also a roller coaster, carousel, drop tower, and other rides in the park.
Useful Information: Entrance fee is P80 during weekdays and P80 during weekends. A separate fee is charged per ride.
Contributed By : Karen ChuaTourHQ Experiences
This itinerary is contributed by Karen, an experienced traveler. If you request this tour, different guides will give you their versions of this itinerary. Be sure to confirm with them on what's included before booking.