The Taal Volcano is believed to be the smallest volcano in the world. Its also located in the Philippines.
The best way to go to the volcano island and personally see its crater is through Club Balai Isabel in Talisay Batangas.
Club Balai Isabel Batangas should be your next destination. It has all the great things needed for a complete summer getaway. Nestled along the coast of Lake Taal, this first-class resort offers a wide range of exciting activities for the family, for the barkada, for the team and for organizations big or small.
My daughter and I, together with fellow bloggers stayed in a villa a few steps near everything. From the restaurant to the pool, to the lake, it was perfect for a group of 10 or more.
We were warmly welcomed by the staff and crew. Gave us refreshing welcome drinks after we toured the club premises. Just looking at the pool beside the restaurant relaxes the senses and we stayed there until lunch time.
Club Balai Isabel served us a hearty lunch. A smoking hot soup, BULALO was one of the stars of the meal. Everyone partake the soup and asked for an extra serving. Sipping the soup makes us stronger to explore Balai and participating in the water sports in the afternoon.
Next we had perfectly fried “tawilis” a fish specie that only grows and breeds in the naturally sulfur-infused Taal Lake.
Because of the wet and wild lake adventure, its was time to go to the pools. We dipped like no one’s watching. And we participated in the pool Zumba with other guests. We had so much fun watching them.
We learned that aside from rest and relaxation, Club Balai Isabel also offers numerous activities and caters to various events mostly intimate and private.
Your company or team can enjoy team-building activities in the greeneries.
Dinner was made special because aside from the buffet set-up, a singer on keyboard whose voice is mesmerizing like Sitti, the Bossa Nova queen impressed us all. It made us chill on a Friday night by the lake.
A twenty minute or less boat ride to the island and an hour trek is needed to see the magnificent crater. Club Balai Isabel facilitates tours to the island. It is a good move since Balai also provides economic benefits to the locals by a) being tour guides b) utilizing horses as income- generating activities for the inhabitants and c) teaching the community to preserve the natural wonder by taking care of it and sustaining it for long-term benefits.
I like the idea. Its a win-win scenario. Even if I spend 3,000 for the tour (P2,500 for the boat + tour guide + 450 for the horse +50 for the buko juice atop the crater) its all damn worth it. It goes to good cause.
Yes, I took the horse. I suck at trekking, I felt my lungs almost burst. Horseback riding was 25-minute trip versus the climbing on foot consuming an hour or more depending on your stamina.
What did we see after all those body aches and the scorching heat of the sun?
Ohhhhh, drooling over the super amazing view of Mother Nature’s masterpiece– The Crater of the Taal Volcano and the Lake within a Lake. Its sparklingly clear, you can actually see the clouds and the sky reflection down its turquoise blue waters.
Now stop reading this and pack your bags. Book a room at Club Balai Isabel and #youmusttrythis!
Vanj Padilla is a blogger at www.vanjpadilla.com and public relations strategist based in the Philippines. She is also a storyteller at a community blog of adventure and experiential tourism www.youmusttrythis.net. When not producing content online, she organizes events and does training & consulting to business owners in Northern Luzon