Introduction

Taal Volcano is a highly active volcano at the heart of a larger protected area established in 1996. The Taal Volcano Protected Landscape is composed of over 65,000 hectares in 13 towns and 3 cities, including Lipa City, Tanauan City and Tagaytay.

The entire area is a land of mystery and shrouded in myths. Most of the tourism is concentrated on Tagaytay Ridge and the shoreline of Talisay town. There are, however, other entry points to the crater as well as other attractions that a visitor would find interesting.

Pusod offers a glimpse of the ancient past of the region, debunking myths told about this mysterious caldera, exploring the archeological and biological mysteries from the viewpoint of scientists themselves all from the gentler side of the lake where the Tagalog culture is still most evident.

Pusod is primarily an environmental education NGO. We start with a short briefing on a 3D map and a timeline of Taal’s eruption history. No other tour can offer the wealth of information on the lake basin that Pusod can, as we were instrumental in all the 16 consultations undertaken for the management plan of the lake basin. Our tours also ensure as little economic leakage as possible, ensuring that local businesses are patronized and accredited guides regale you with the lake’s legends and the culture in the heartland of the Batangueños. Experts on Taal: a biologist, a geophysicist and an archeologist/journalist will also be guiding you by audio (on an MP3 we will loan you). https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=155365971156003

ITINERARY
6:30/7: departure for an 8 am arrival in Pusod Taal Lake Conservation Center, short video presentation, don lifevest & get on the boat.
9:30 Arrive on Volcano Island Calauit side (cleaner, less crowded), get on horses or trek, take in the views
Crater Magic – view and photograph Vulcan Point – an island within a lake within an island within a lake within an island. Meditation and quiet time.
10:00 am Start riding down the volcano
11:30 Back at TLCC, Enjoy a sumptuous lunch of native and Batangas fusion cuisine.

After lunch, optional activities, including swimming, kayaking, biking (great trails but BYOBike), community time

Back in Manila whatever time you like.

Rates per person

group of

6: 2,040/pax or $50 each
5: 2,168 $55 each
4: 2,380 $60 each
3: 2,680 $65 each
2: 3,320 $80 each

Solo: 4,200 $125

More than 6 requires 2 boats so 7th person counts as solo, 7th and 8th count as two, etc.

Please inquire about discounts for students, seniors or those helping with TVPL Conservation.

Inclusions

Briefing before a 3d map of the region with eruption timeline showing geologic changes
Round Trip Boat Ride to and from Taal Volcano Island (Calauit side)
Round Trip horse with local guide (if you prefer to trek, half the fee for the horse is still payable to the guide/steward)
Recorded visitor interpretation (geophysicist, biologist, archeologist) may also be bluetoothed to your own device or played on supplied MP3Players
Batangas-style Lunch at TLCC of Batangas specialties.
Protected Area fees and Entrance to TLCC
Conservation contribution
Access to materials (e.g. scientific journals on TVPL, 1912 issue of NatGeo featuring a 50page article of the 1911 eruption)
Use of kayak for the afternoon

NOTE transfers from Manila to the Center and back are excluded.

For reservations, click here (to fill up form)
Please deposit full paymnent to the following account at least four (4) days before tour & fax deposit slip to 043 757 3192 or email to info@pusod.org

Pusod, Inc.
BDO-Lipa Rotonda Branch
SA# 4200016217

Thank you for supporting the conservation of Taal Lake.

Optional Van with Driver from Manila: daytrip 6,500 per group of 8 inclusive of gas, driver, driver meals and stopovers as needed. Overnight van : 10,000.

Site Map: TLCC is 9.2km from the Malvar exit. You can get to TLCC in one hour and 15 min from Magallanes.
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Four routes to TLCC. From Manila, take Malvar exit at Startoll and keep left following signs to ESL Resort. Pass ESL resort by 200 meters and you’re there!
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3D map discussion on the story of how the lake was formed and how people experienced its eruptions. Eruption timeline.
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NOTE transfers from Manila to the Center and back are excluded.
Optional Van with Driver from Manila: daytrip 6,500 per group of 8 inclusive of gas, driver, driver meals and stopovers as needed. Overnight van : 10,000.

For questions, please email info@pusod.org

For reservations, please deposit full payment to the following account at least four (4) days before tour & fax deposit slip to 043 757 3192 and email scanned deposit slip to arvel@pusod.org

Pusod, Inc.
BDO-Lipa Rotonda Branch
SA# 4200016217

Thank you for supporting the conservation of Taal Lake.