Inner Lake of Taal Volcano for less than Php1K Budget

Nope, I’m not selling anything. 🙂 Just bragging about the experience I had when I decided to push my adventurous mode on and join a bunch of Couchsurfers hike the mysterious Taal Volcano and reach its inner lake. This has been in my bucket list for a long time but finding equally adventurous friends to join me and share with the expenses has delayed me from checking it off. From looking at other blogposts, especially pertaining to the secret trail, the one that leads to the inner lake, it would take around Php 1500-2000 damage to your pocket. Being a resigned employee, I don’t have that much to spare but I had an intuition that the event organizer will manage to lower it down because he himself is a backpacker. 🙂
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Credits to Georgian-Daniel Nedelcu, a Romanian traveling in the Philippines for 2 weeks who created the event in Couchsurfing for being diligent yet adventurous in organizing the hike and leading the team of multicultural people representing Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA, and France. Of course the group was dominated by Filipinos. 🙂 Our actual date was April 17, 2016.
Here are some pictures.
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The dreadful hike to Taal Volcano. Extreme heat and powdery soil.
View of the inner lake from the viewing deck along Calauit trail.
View of the inner lake from the viewing deck along Calauit trail.
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The warm inner lake.
Dipping the warm sulfuric lake is not actually refreshing. :) But it's such an experience to swim in an lake inside a volcanic crater :)
Dipping the warm sulfuric lake is not actually refreshing. 🙂 But it’s such an experience to swim in an lake inside a volcanic crater 🙂
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An amazing sight of steaming opening in the surface of the crater.
This is where you can cook hard boiled eggs. Just make sure you bring some :)
This is where you can cook hard boiled eggs. Just make sure you bring some 🙂
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More traces of sulfur
Boat ride back to Talisay.
Boat ride back to Talisay.
Budget:
House in PQ to DLTB Buendia – Php 30
DLTB Buendia to Olivarez Tagaytay – Php 83
Tagaytay to Talisay – P27 (We actually carpooled and this amount covers the the fare of those who had to take the tricycle)
2-way boat ride – 6500 for 3 boats / 15 pax = Php450
Ice cold softdrink upon reaching the volcano summit viewing deck = P50
Bottled water while in the crater  = P50
Dinner with the gang = Php 340
Tagaytay to Dasma = Free (Thanks to Rasher for letting me and Hannah hitch!)
Dasma to Alabang = Php30
Alabang to house in PQ = 23
Total = Php 1083 but had I brought enough water, I would’ve reduced it to Php 983 only. 🙂
All other fees such as environmental fee, tour guide and horse ride were eliminated because of Daniel’s skills! Haha.
Now of course this is not a redoable budget unless you will have someone like Daniel in your group. 🙂

 

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