When I started backpacking before moving to Singapore, the hardest part of the trip preparation was “informing” my dad that I’m off to somewhere. After graduating university, he totally changed his rule- “do whatever you want without asking for my permission but inform me. After all, I’ve walked that road before and… I’m your dad.”
I knew he likes traveling and adventures but he was too tied up with responsibilities and stereotypes. I wish I had loads of money when he was still alive, I could’ve brought him to Russia or someplace that he’d fancy. Haha. Anyway, he used to tell me that places will be different depending who you’ll be seeing it with and I tell you, a trek to Taal Volcano might not be as exciting as swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob for most Filipinos, but to me, it was one tough memorable adventure.
Our wedding’s after party last year didn’t need the tenacity to drink and dance till 6am but to be ready to trek Taal Volcano at 8am.
We were with these special bunch who survived thousands of horse poops, heavy rain and a couple of hours trek for a killer view.
Together with JMX Travel and Tours, a very friendly and reliable travel agency owned by one of favourite cousins Kuya Jodel, we’ve put together a short and sweet day trip for our friends and families!
We boarded the boat at Talisay, Batangas early in the morning.
… where our dear Singaporean friend, Wei Yi, enjoyed boating. Haha.
Weather in the Philippines is unpredictable but definitely still rainy in October. Yea, we started our trip sunny.
There’s a small sari-sari store on top in case you need some refreshments (and slippers like us). But try to come prepared and just carry loads of drinks and tidbits cause as expected, goods there are expensive.
The package that we’ve put together for the group was inclusive of the following:
- van rental min of 12pax (Whole day tour then from Tagaytay to Manila, SM Mall of Asia)
- boat rental + tour guide to Taal Volcano
- Tagaytay side trip: Puzzle Mansion, Palace in the Sky, Bag of Beans
Note: Entrance Fees to side trips are not yet included (Puzzle Mansion and Palace in the Sky) estimated around 200Php each.
Here’s the itinerary for the Tagaytay Day Trip that we planned:
0830 ETA Talisay, Batangas; BRIEFING & Board boat
0915 Start of trek (45-minute walk)
1000 ETA at the main crater’s ridge view deck; photo taking
1030 ETD from the crater’s ridge view deck; trek back (45 minute walk)
1115 Board boat back to Talisay, Batangas.
1145 ETA Talisay, Batangas
1400 Go to Puzzle Mansion, maybe Coffee in Bag of Beans, grab some fresh fruits and Palace in the Sky
1700 End of tour; Travel back to Manila (SM Mall of Asia)
Some things that we thought you should bring and wear:
- Comfortable hiking shoes and clothing
- Sun cream/ Sun block
- Sun glasses
- Swim suits (if swimming in Taal Lake)
- Drinking Water
- Towel & extra clothes
- Small back pack
- Waterproof casing or bag for your cameras
If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can also check out Alfonso Hotel Farm (Alfonso Hotel’s sister company). It is a resort for large groups, but guests of the hotel are free to enjoy the farm for the day. There is a minimal charge of P100/head (price was last year) for use of the pool at the farm.
On a sunny day, it is a beautiful place to just because its athletic course is enjoyable for both grown-ups and kids and you’ll witness a variety of birds soaring around the fruit trees native to Alfonso. There is also a creek on the property. If you don’t mind the steep stairs, it is absolutely rewarding to cool your feet off in this clean stream called Lilitan River (named after the plant that thrives there).
If you want to experience Tagaytay Eye, you can definitely try to check out Sky Ranch Fun Park.
For the foodies, go for the Tagaytay Food Journey by following this infographic done by ourawesomeplanet.com!
As for me, my usual Tagaytay day trip consists of a good coffee at Bag of Beans, a good meal at Alfonso’s, Il Gallenero Inn or Sonya’s Garden, a great massage at Nurture Spa and a long shopping for some daing, tawilis and much more at Mahogany Market.
For your personalised travel itinerary, please feel free to contact JMX Travel and Tours.