Travel Tips for Tagaytay, Philippines
It’s taken me nearly a year to blog about my experience in the Philippines. Maybe it’s because it was such a shocking reminder of how many blessings I have, and how much I take for granted as a middle-class American.
Before getting too deep on you all (I’ll do that later on the blog), I’ll start with the fun stuff…you know, in case you’re here for suggestions on travel tips for the Philippines.
My BFF, Tiffany, and I flew into Manila and stayed in a cute Airbnb apartment. We had two main goals for the Philippines–see the water-filled crater inside a mountain that is an island within an island. Yeah, it’s as cool as it sounds. The other, obviously, was to swim with whale sharks in Oslob.
Uber is awesome in the Philippines. We hired one uber driver to take us everywhere in one day, and he was awesome enough to wait for us to complete our activities, and take us to the next destination.
Tagaytay is a little city about 2 hours outside of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. What’s particularly special about this area is there is a little island that has a mountain on it that has a crater in the top with an emerald green lake inside of it. Obviously, we had to see that.
(Sneaky insert: we are babes)
When we got to Tagaytay, we commissioned a boat to take us to the island. Thankfully, they played 80s rock (like basically all the songs from Rock Band) for the entire ride. We got our fair share of headbanging in before reaching the island. Woot, woot.
When we got to the island, they asked us if we wanted to see the crater. Doi. What we didn’t know is they would take us up on the world’s skinniest horses. Let me tell you, I would have felt much better about carrying that horse up on my back than it carrying me on its back. I seriously thought I was going to snap that poor horse in half. Here is a picture of Tiffany on the horse, since she is skinny. I don’t want any animal rights activists coming after me, so I refuse to post a picture of me sitting on that poor (albeit strong) horse.
What was even worse is the guides ran up the whole entire mountain while we were on starving horses. Talk about feeling bad about physical fitness goals. Thankfully, they encouraged us to buy them drinks and give them tips, which was the least we could do after that.
K, check out what we saw when we got to the top of the mountain…the emerald green lake inside a crater.
There it is. A lake inside a crater on a mountain on an island on an island. Whatever, it makes sense and it’s cool, so go see it. Just make sure you have enough time to hike because you’ll feel like a super big jerk if you ride one of the starving horses.
BIGGEST TIP: Plan enough time to get back to Manila, because there will be a ton of traffic.
We got stuck in traffic and ended up missing our flight. This is where I tell you that Cebu Pacific Air is the worst airline and instead of putting us on the next flight, they charged us for a completely new ticket. Pretty lame.
Whatever. We made it to Cebu eventually, and that’s all that matters. More on Cebu in the next post.