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From Manila: Taal Volcano Island and Pagsanjan Falls Tour

1. From Manila: Taal Volcano Island and Pagsanjan Falls Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Manila, head straight to the Taal Volcano ridge in Tagaytay City for the Taal Volcano eruption sightseeing tour. Taal Volcano suddenly erupted at 2:36 PM on Sunday, January 12, 2020, forcing all to flee from the island. For the next 24 hours, ashes coming from the crater traveled all the way to Metro Manila and nearby areas as 150,000 people fled from their homes. Taal Volcano is now considered the most active volcano complex after this eruption. See the devastation firsthand and take in dramatic views of Taal Lake and the steaming Volcano Island from the ridges of Tagaytay City. Visit the front view at the ridge, in the center where the Taal Volcano steams. Enjoy an optional boat ride around the island volcano. Set off on another drive over to the Pagsanjan Falls. From there, your driver will assist you in getting to the paddle raft, which will be manned by two local guides. Experience a multiple-rapid adventure as you continue toward the falls. Swim to the cave that lies within the magnificent Pagsanjan Falls, feeling refreshed by the cold water. Pagsanjan Falls Rapids is weather dependent and if not passable during heavy rains, an alternative of Vertical Trekking to the Main Falls is provided. Enjoy lunch at your own expense at the oldest restaurant in town.

From Manila: 4-Day Sagada and Banaue Rice Terraces Tour

2. From Manila: 4-Day Sagada and Banaue Rice Terraces Tour

Time to go on an adventure and explore the aesthetic creations in Sagada & Banaue Rice Terraces! Sagada, a fifth-class municipality in the Mountain Province, as of 2015 had only 11,000 inhabitants. The life of this small community is pretty calm and simple but it features an all-year-round cool climate that is far colder than Baguio, which draws domestic travelers. Aside from that, it has a lot to offer travelers, history fans, and adventurers alike. Travel using public transportation from Manila to Cordillera Region located approximately 400km North of Manila. The journey begins in Sagada, a town in the Mountain Province known for its stunning scenery, delicious cuisine, imposing caves, and intriguing hanging coffins. Feel the ambiance of Sagada at night with its simplicity and peace, fantastic selection of restaurants, local craft brews, and you shouldn’t miss the renowned Sagada Coffee. Sagada claims itself to be a walking town as a result of the residents’ desire to stay away from many vehicles. Visit Sumaguing Cave, also referred to as the “Big Cave” due to its huge cave chambers, and get a taste of the renowned Igorot tribes’ culture and traditions. From the Mountain Province, we’ll take a private vehicle to Ifugao Province, home to the famous rice terraces – part of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, that are still being preserved and used by the locals for farming. Today, the province draws thousands of tourists because of its rich culture and traditions. You will get to experience the best of the Ifugao rice terraces over the course of the following two days, as well as the chance to witness a sunset and awaken to a vista of the Batad Rice Terraces. Our first day in Ifugao included a four-hour journey to the Tappiya Falls and the Batad Rice Terraces, as well as a few stops to visit both traditional and modern Ifugao homes in Batad Village. On our second day, we make a three-hour climb to Bangaan Terraces, where there was an adorable tiny community with preserved Ifugao homes. According to legend, if the terraces were put end to end, they would encompass half of the world. The Ifugaos’ dedication to working hard to make a living is evident in the rice terraces. After lunch at Bangaan Village, we will drive 45 minutes on a privately hired jeepney to the town of Banaue, where we will have the option to shower and rest, before we get on the public bus back to Manila and voilà, it’s the tour of your life that you don’t want to miss out!

Full-Day Manila City, Tagaytay Taal Volcano and Lake Tour

3. Full-Day Manila City, Tagaytay Taal Volcano and Lake Tour

The tour starts with a drive up to the picturesque City of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,250 feet above sea level, the city offers panoramic views of Taal Lake and Volcano, the "lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano". This view is best savored from atop the Palace in the Sky, rest house of late President Ferdinand Marcos. Enjoy a brief lunch stop at a local restaurant to enjoy some local cuisine and delicacies in an atmosphere designed for panoramic views. Then we start our drive back down to Metro Manila. First stop is the American War Memorial & Cemetery, the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental U.S. Have a glimpse of Makati’s hustle and bustle as you drive through on your way to the capital city - Manila via scenic Roxas Boulevard (also known as Dewey Boulevard in the recent past) passing through Rizal Park (named in memory of the country’s national hero) on your way to the "Walled City" of Intramuros. Here you will see ancient walls, church ruins and other relics of the Spanish Conquistadors. Travel through old cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country. The tours wraps up at Fort Santiago, a Spanish fortress that once watched over the entrance to Pasig River. It was here that our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his last days and where he wrote his famous "My Last Farewell."

From Manila: Majestic Pagsanjan Falls Adventure

4. From Manila: Majestic Pagsanjan Falls Adventure

"Shoot the Rapids" in dugout canoes and experience nature’s wonder. Drive two and a half hours south of Metro Manila through the countryside to beautiful town of Pagsanjan, Laguna. Be prepared to board a native banca (canoe) skillfully driven by two boatmen and maneuvered upstream through rocks and boulders amidst steep gorges and lush tropical vegetation. Your destination - Majestic Pagsanjan Falls. Take a swim or board a bamboo raft through the falls into a cave behind the veil of water. This is an exhilarating, spine-tingling, adrenaline-pumping, two hour boat ride from the Bumbungan River to Pagsanjan Falls whose booming water cascades down from high atop a cliff to the river 300 feet below. Your ride downstream is an exciting rush through the same rocks and boulders you passed on your way upriver.

From Manila: Panoramic Tagaytay Ridge Tour

5. From Manila: Panoramic Tagaytay Ridge Tour

About an hour and a half drive south of Metro Manila lies the picturesque City of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,200 feet above sea level, it offers a panoramic view of Taal Lake and Volcano - a lake within a volcano. This awe-inspiring vista is best savored atop the Palace in the Sky - resthouse of former President Ferdinand Marcos. Explore Tagaytay’s freshest produce with a farm tour. See how vegetables, herbs, and coffee beans are grown and harvested. Savor this awe-inspiring vista from atop the Palace in the Sky, the abandoned “rest house” of the former President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, where you can find breathtaking views of the lake and volcano. Enter the Museo Orlina Art Museum and take the chance to view an extensive collection of glass sculptures by renowned glass sculptor, Ramon Orlina. The tour includes lunch in one of the local restaurants where you can enjoy sumptuous Philippine cuisine and delicacies popular to the region. Time permitting, you will have a short visit of Talisay at the Pasalubong Center, showcasing the process of preparing Freshly Baked Buco Pie.

From Manila: Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

6. From Manila: Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour

Join an adventure from Manila to Pagsanjan Falls and travel like a local. Meet a community living between the old train tracks, reminiscent of the colonial era. Have a taste of their famous coconut pie. Go on a thrilling canoe ride with skilled boatmen, that will paddle upstream to Pagsanjan Falls. Witness the beauty of nature as the waterfalls unveil, the reason why multiple filmmakers chose this location. Upon arrival, a bamboo raft can take you "behind the scenes" of the cascading waterfalls. Itinerary: 07:30 - Pick up from Abraham Manila - https://goo.gl/maps/uZtkBrw3DszHgvBU7 09:00 - Trolley ride experience in Los Banos, Laguna 09:45 - Head from Los Banos to Pagsanjan 10:40 - Arrive at Pagsanjan 11:00 - Start of canoe ride to Pagsanjan Falls 13:00 - End of canoe ride, lunch 14:30 - Depart to Abraham Manila 16:00 - Arrive at Abraham Manila

Manila: Mount Pinatubo 14-Km Hiking Trip

7. Manila: Mount Pinatubo 14-Km Hiking Trip

See the so-called Beautiful Disaster as popularized by a local Filipino film on a guided hiking trip from Manila to Mount Pinatubo. Experience the area’s natural scenery and wildlife on a 4x4 ride and 14-km trek. Admire the Pinatubo Crater and visit an Aeta tribe village. Located in the north of Metro Manila, the active volcano of Mt. Pinatubo is famous for two reasons: its hypnotizing beauty and its disastrous eruption in 1991 that was felt worldwide as the mudflow wiped out the locals’ livelihood. Start your thrilling 14-km trail with a scenic 4x4 ride to the hike’s starting point. Be prepared to cross tiny rivers under the warmth of the sun on a challenging but beautiful trek to the mountain. On the way back from the Pinatubo Crater, stop by an Aeta tribe village on the way back from the Pinatubo Crater. Since the Aetas were established as one of the first indigenous communities to travel to the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo has served as their haven for thousands of years. This is the perfect opportunity to immerse in their culture and way of life.

From Manila: Taal Volcano and Lake Boat Sightseeing Tour

8. From Manila: Taal Volcano and Lake Boat Sightseeing Tour

Take a tour of the famous Taal Volcano on a boat ride around Taal Lake. Enjoy pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Manila, learn about the history of the volcano, including the devastating 2020 eruption, and admire the impressive natural beauty of the area. Start with a pickup from your hotel before driving to the Taal Volcano ridge in Tagaytay City. Hear about the 2020 eruption which emitted ashes reaching all the way to Manila, and during which 150,000 people had to flee. Since this event, Taal is considered the country's most active complex volcano. See the steaming volcano up close from your boat, and take in dramatic views of Taal Lake and Volcano Island from the ridges of Tagaytay City before going back to your hotel.

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based on 107 reviews

Daniel our driver was absolutely wonderful Picking us up in a very comfortable vehicle We enjoyed an unforgettable day visiting the volcano and falls only a few hours from Makati City in Manila. Daniel made it so special by sharing his knowledge and recommendations throughout the day. My husband and two kids ages 7 & 9 would highly recommend this tour. Request Daniel as your driver you will surely feel safe, comfortable & relaxed as well as having a lot of fun. We were very spoilt Hopefully come back again one day ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Our guide and driver was Richard. He is a very knowledgeable guide and professional driver. The sightseeing part was really spectacular and I recommend it highly. Be expected the river rapids excursion would make you completely wet and the traffic in Manila really sucks!

An amazing experience with stunning nature and a beautiful river gorge. Worth every penny. Downturn is much longer travel back to Manila than traveling from Manila.

Richard our tourist guide was very knowledgeable, professional and attentive. While our driver was kind, a gentleman and professional. We had a great time!

Our guide Richard was fantastic and extremely professional. He took care of us all day, in every aspect of the trip!