Taal Volcano Secret Trail

In June 2015, I decided to take the Taal Secret Trail Tour through Taal Lake Yacht Club with family and friends for my birthday.  We were told it would be an easy hike for all of us beginners so even if we were given the option to ride a horse, we unanimously and confidently said, "Nope".

Boy were we in for a challenge. 

 From Taal Lake Yacht Club, we rode a boat to the Secret Trail. 

From Taal Lake Yacht Club, we rode a boat to the Secret Trail. 

 It was extremely hot that day! HOT! 

It was extremely hot that day! HOT! 

Hike as early as you can so you don’t die of the heat. We started hiking at about 9:30 or 10am. We should have started at 6am! I hope they stop cutting the trees. One reason we died of heat is that there were no trees or bushes we could hide under at the relatively steep beginning of the hike. 

 YAY RARE SHADE!

YAY RARE SHADE!

Bring a mask or a bandana especially for those asthmatics out there as the path is pretty dry and dusty. They sell masks for Php30 at the sari-sari store at the foot of the mountain.

 Reached the peak (halfway through the hike)!  They sell water and sodas here.

Reached the peak (halfway through the hike)!  They sell water and sodas here.

 Great panoramic view at the peak.

Great panoramic view at the peak.

 11 horses came to the rescue. 11.

11 horses came to the rescue. 11.

Yeah, you guessed it. Due to the extreme heat, we tapped out and got us some horses. We then discovered that there were a lot more shade going down toward the crater. It's still not a bad idea at all to ride a horse. On a volcano!

 We made it! There's the Taal crater. She's a beaut!

We made it! There's the Taal crater. She's a beaut!

Other than the hike/heat challenge, the tour was great and Taal is beautiful! 

Contact Person: Ronnie Pablo / Makati Office Landline: +63 2 811 3283

Photos courtesy of Miko Olfindo, Miguel Olfindo, Kaye Olfindo, and Yam Enriquez.