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Tagatay [1] is part of the island of Luzon, Philippines.

Caldera lake


A popular destination, Tagaytay is has a mild climate and dramatic scenery.

The weather in Tagaytay is mild & average temperature is from 22 deg Celsius (71 F) to 25 deg Celsius (77 F). There are only two 'seasons', wet and dry.

Get in

By plane

By train

===By car===Nick Marcoulakis

By bus

You can take a bus from Pasay city straight to Tagaytay. It's about 55km and the journey lasts for 1-2 hours.

By boat

Get around


Picnic area
  • The Taal volcano is an active volcano with a large crater lake with a small cone rising in the middle. Tagatay is built on the rim of the larger crater.

There is a park at the overlook area above the Taal volcano. Worth the effort! About an hour from Manila, it is accessible by taxi, bus or privately owned vehicle.

The park is well kept and there are numerous picnic seats, tables or covered huts for daily hire.


You can take a 15 min outrigger boat ride to the volcano that is within the lake. As you head from Tagaytay city toward the lake, many touts may jump in front of your vehicle offering boat rides - they take a commission. If you know where to go, however, you can catch a boat directly from the boat owners. Once on the island you will be herded onto a donkey and driven up to the rim of the crater (around 30mins). It's a rather unpleasant, environmentally-damaging ride, but the view at the top is quite spectacular. The option of hiking to the top is not encouraged.

Philippine Adventures provides scenic city tours from Metro Manila to Tagatay with the option of catching a boat ride to Taal Volcano and hiking to the spectacular Taal Crater Lake. For further information email [email protected] or view


Small shops line the roadway as you come into the area, the vegetables and fruits available here are fresh and seemed to be very good quality.

Pasalubong (small gifts) gathered by the traveller in remembrance of, and for, friends is a strong Philippine tradition. No need to be extravagant, a small gift is considered to be most appropriate. Need help? Here's a hint... senorita bananas. About the size of a fat finger, they are sweet and have a rich texture. The area is also famous for its Buko Pie, which is a popular item.

There is also the Good Shepherd Convent (like the one in Baguio) and you can get your favorite Ube jam, pili, etc... In addition to that you can also get their buko pie which Laguna/Cavite is known for.










The Taal Vista Hotel offers a breathtaking view of Taal Lake with its volcanic island.*

Antonio's, From Manila, take the South Luzon Expressway. Exit at Santa Rosa. Follow the long road until you reach Tagaytay. At the rotonda, turn right. Take the road that will lead you to the Taal Vista Lodge. Antonio's is farther up the road. Turn right when you see the Antonio's sign. Follow the signs leading to Antonio's. At the intersection, take the road with the arch (Bo. Neogan, Purok 7). After a few hundred meters, turn left to find Antonio's., +63-917-899-2866. Antonio's is open from Tuesdays to Sundays. Lunch is served from 11:30am to 1:30 pm while dinner is from 5:30-7:30pm.. $20-$40 per person.


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