Taal Volcano

Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
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Trip End Feb 20, 2012


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Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Friday, January 27, 2012

We flew out of the Tagbilaran airport near Panglao and it was this tiny airport with some not so smart people in charge of scheduling flights. There were three flights, all different airlines scheduled to leave within 20-30 minutes of each other from an airport with one runway and a secure waiting area good for less than one plane load of passengers. Good thing we got there the recommended two hours early for a domestic flight! We had a seat and then when it seemed at maximum capacity, a blind band came in to entertain us with some live music while we waited. Waiting we did, all flights were delayed and we were 1.5 hours late into Manila where we waited a long time on the tarmac due to 'ground traffic'.
We had to stay one more night in Manila and the whole ordeal was better than the other day we were here 3 weeks ago. Bianca dragged me around for some shopping and then we compared some prices to do a day trip to the Taal Volcano, 60 KMs away. The cheapest were taxis and we booked one guy for the next day. Of course, after reading Lonely Planet a little closer it seems that the price for getting a boat to the volcano will bring our total price close to that of the organized tour. But still slightly cheaper!
The trip was good and the volcano was pretty neat. We took a boat to the island and horse backed up to the edge of the crater. The rocks in some places were warm and I found a few holes with steam coming out of them near the path. There was a large lake in the center and of course people selling stuff at the top. One original idea (I think) was they were selling golf balls to hit into the lake from way up on top of the ridge. I watched a guy hit a few balls and it looked like it was going far but I think still landed on or really close to the shore. One guy selling it says they go and find the balls at the end of the day and re use them.
We had a good lunch on shore with a fresh fish called 'milk fish' from the fish farms nearby. Then we took the cab ride back but had so much time to kill before our flight that we went to the Mall of Asia near the airport. I am pretty sure it is bigger than WEM back at home but it is way nicer and everything costs pretty much the same here as in Canada.
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