Post and photos by Philippa Langrish
A Day Trip to Tagaytay Highlands
The best time to visit the Tagaytay Highlands is mid-week as travelling on the weekend is traffic chaos. It’s a wonderful break from the city and the smog and a great day trip. Tagaytay is best known for the spectacular Taal Volcano which is situated in the middle of a lake.
If you’re travelling with children aged 8 years and over you can hike and take a boat to the volcano to get a little closer to its mystical allure. Be careful though, it is the second most active volcano in The Philippines with 33 historical eruptions!
When we visited we had a three-year-old with us, so we decided to enjoy the spectacular views of the Volcano from one of the excellent eateries perched on the hill instead. We were travelling with a group of locals who ordered a veritable feast of delicacies. Choose an open air restaurant so the kids can wander around, take in the view and leave you to a little highland tranquillity.
After lunch we took a trip to Sky Ranch, which is a little amusement park nearby. Our daughter, Maya, was able to burn off some steam playing in the ball pits and on the carousel while the adults took turns on the zip line which runs parallel to the lake.
There is also a ferris wheel and several other rides to choose from which will amuse kids from 3-18. The Ferris Wheel, officially known as the Sky Eye, is the tallest ferris wheel in the country at 63 meters (207 ft) with 32 gondolas.
Entry Fees: Entry fees to Sky Ranch is P100. You will also need to par for the individual rides (rides cost approximately P50-150 each). Children under 3ft are free.
Opening Hours: Open 10am – 10pm Monday – Friday, 8am – 10pm Saturday, Sundays and Holidays.
Getting to Tagaytay:
By Car or Taxi: Via SLEX Sta. Rosa Exit, the most popular and easiest, is a straight drive all the way to Tagaytay Public Market (and right smack into Tagaytay Econo Inn) where you turn right going to Tagaytay city proper and Nasugbu/Balayan/Lemery Batangas or left going to People’s Park in the Sky. Usual travel time from Makati CBD is 1.5 hours.
By Bus: Take one of the following buses from the Cubao bus terminus (in order of priority and frequency):
- San Agustin
- Erjohn & Almark
- Golden dragon
The buses go to Nusugbu (final destination), but have “via Tagaytay” written on the signboard next to the driver. The journey takes approximately 3 hours by bus.
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