Have you ever been to the Province of Batangas? Tucked away along the resplendent coastline of Manila Bay, it is home to the Philippines City of Tagaytay and Taal Volcano Island. The 23-square kilometer island sits inside of a caldera and has its own sulphuric lake complete with a mini island. There are also mud geysers and pots spread out across the area. They’re all part of a national park, which is where we’ll be for a few hours in March 2016 while on our Philippines Golf and Sightseeing Tour.
The area’s volcano dates back millions of years and has been consistently active for many of them. It is that activity which helps explain the region’s unusual, beautiful geography. Tourists adventurous enough to visit the active volcano may enjoy landscape photography, hiking, sightseeing, swimming, horseback riding, boating and fishing. However, the panoramic views are widely considered the area’s most note-worthy attractions.
To get to the island, many people charter bancas. They are a traditional form of watercraft that has been used by the Filipino community for centuries. Many people refer to them as outriggers. In ancient times, they were hand-hewn from native vegetation. Today, there are commercially manufactured ones too. Some of them are powered using paddles and others rely on small motors. Either way, they are one of the safe ways to reach the area’s much-loved, geological wonders.
We can’t fail to mention that there are other sites to see nestled around the island too. For example, Tagaytay City is known for Carmela’s decadent cakes, a flower farm, Palace in the Sky, Sky Ranch, Ilog Maria Bee Farm and St. Anne’s Shrine. There’s also Picnic Grove, places to shop and restaurants that offer Filipino delights. The list of street foods to look for while we’re in the Philippines includes, but doesn’t end with deep-fried bananas, betamax, fish balls and kewk-kwek. To learn more about them, the Taal volcano and our Philippines tour, please contact us today.