The Philippines, sitting on the infamous “Ring of Fire”, is a hotbed for earthquake activity and volcanism. For years, we’ve been rattled by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. But, since we, Pinoys, are optimistic, we see the volcanoes in the Philippine as stunning natural wonders and tangible phenomena showing that our planet is alive. And, while volcanic eruptions are extremely scary, volcanoes in the Philippines are totally awe-inspiring, featuring jaw-dropping backdrops and unique profiles. In fact, some inactive volcanoes in the Philippines are now bona fide tourist attractions with a smorgasbord of diversions, from hiking to ATV rides.
Want to see the most beautiful volcanoes in the Philippines? Yearning to see nature’s majestic masterpieces? Then, you’ll surely love our picks for the most gorgeous and fascinating volcanoes in the Philippines!
1. Mayon Volcano, Legazpi, Albay
There’s no Philippine volcano or mountain quite like Mayon. Praised for its symmetry and outstanding conical shape, it’s by far the one of the most beautiful and photographed volcanoes on earth. Nominated as a World Heritage Site, this classic stratovolcano is the symbol of the province and has inspired a ton of art works and stories. Even though it’s the most active volcano in the archipelago, it still draws tons of travelers to Albay, thanks to its unrivaled beauty and grandeur.
How to get there:
Of course, you can’t climb to the top the Mayon Volcano. Still, there are plenty of places in Albay where you can get a splendid view of one of the most iconic mountains and volcanoes in the Philippines. For one, you can enjoy a postcard-worthy view of Mayon from the Casagawa Ruins. Likewise, you may head to Ligñon Hill, and see the volcano from a different perspective. And, while there, you might to try their zipline and other activities.
And speaking of outdoorsy things to do in Albay, did you know that there are ATV rides from Cagsawa Ruins up to Mayon’s shoulder? Quite a fun and exciting way to see Mayon, right? Like most of the country’s top destinations, there are a few other interesting sites to visit in Albay as well.
2. Taal Volcano, Batangas City
You don’t exactly have to travel far to see one of the most picture-perfect volcanoes in the Philippines. Actually, all you have to do is take a weekend break in Tagaytay. With its gorgeous views and rugged scenery, it’s a place that will surely unleash your inner shutterbug, meaning it’s one of the most photogenic volcanoes in the Philippines. And, by the way, don’t let its beauty and size deceive you. Sure, it might be the world’s smallest active volcano, but it’s also one of the deadliest.
How to get there:
From Manila, take a bus ride to Tagaytay (fare is PHP 120). Once there, charter a tricycle that will take you to Talisay Bay. Then, hop on a boat bound for Taal Volcano Island (fee is PHP 1,000 to 3,000 for the entire boat roundtrip). Once there, go to Taal Volcano Tourism Office, to register and pay the environmental fee (PHP 100). Guide fee is PHP 500 (good for 7 people).
There’s no shortage of awesome things to do in Tagaytay. Here, you can check out other interesting sites, like Sky Ranch, People’s Park and a whole lot more.
3. Mount Pinatubo, Zambales
Mount Pinatubo isn’t billed as a “beautiful disaster” for nothing. In 1991, this dormant volcano erupted, destroying thousands of homes and causing a billion worth of damaged crops. Today, it has become a sought-after attraction drawings tons of adventurers ever year. With its gray-brown crater and blue-green lake, it’s indeed a sight to behold.
How to get there:
Hiking to Mount Pinatubo’s crater can be done in one day. For the most part, it includes a 4×4 jeep ride on lahar fields beautifully surrounded with sand walls. Plus, it requires at least a total of 3 hours of walking (back and forth). To experience this adventure, take a bus to Capas, Tarlac from Manila. Afterwards, take a tricycle ride to Santa Juliana Tourism center where the tours will be arranged. This Mount Pinatubo adventure costs from PHP 2,000 to 3,000.
Up for a more challenging adventure in Mount Pinatubo? Why not take the Mount Pinatubo Delta V Trail via Sapang Uwak? With an 8/9 difficult level, it’s indeed an exciting hike for seasoned hikers. Additionally, there are other attractions worth stopping by along the way, including the Capas Shrine, Museo de Tarlac and Telatau.
4. Mount Apo, Davao
No list of the most beautiful volcanoes in the Philippines is complete without the inclusion of Mount Apo. With an impressive elevation of 2,954 meters, it is, after all, the highest mountain in the whole Philippine archipelago. Nicknamed as the “Grand Father of all Philippine Mountains”, Mount Apo is truly a can’t-miss and a dream mountain for all Pinoy mountaineers. For years, Mount Apo has been drawing countless of outdoor connoisseurs from all over the world, thanks to its steep height and magnificent scenery.
How to get there:
From the Davao Airport, hail a taxi cab, and head to Gaisano Mall. Once there, looking for a van that will take you to Kidapawan. Fare is PHP 150 per way, and travel time is about 3 hours. A day before your climb, swing by the Kidapawan Tourism Office, and secure a climbing permit. Normally, it takes 3 days to reach the summit via the Kidapawan Trail. As for the price, it will cost you PHP 4,000 or more to climb one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the Philippines.
Not an adventurous hiker? Well, you don’t have to be a certified trekker to experience a memorable vacation in Davao. As you explore the city, you’ll see a wide array of sights and attractions, such as the Eden Nature Park, People’s Park and Chinatown.
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