Hiking Tabaro Trail

This area is the less explored part of the island. This is because it's more difficult to access and the hike is not suitable for social climbers or complete beginners (i.e. no hiking background, whatsoever).

Tabaro is the name of a twin crater located on the south west of Taal Volcano Island. It is where the last eruption of the volcano happened in 1978. This is also the only crater that spitted lava.
To reach this crater and see the dry lava field you will need to hike four to five hours - a traverse - following the path where the lava flowed on 1968 and 1969. As the trail is not well established you need to be a good hiker for this adventure and a guide is a must. Be ready to sometimes create your own path. It is common to find yourself alone on the trail, with nobody else in sight.
You will first walk to the ridge of the main crater then hike down until you reach shore of the Crater Lake.
View of the caldera from Tabaro trail
The view over the Crater Lake is quite scenic and you can even notice the view deck of the regular trail on the other side of the lake as well as the fumaroles. (steam vents). Swimming in the lake is prohibited - be responsible and be guided by the advisory of PHIVOLCS
main crater lake shore
Then you will make your way through the cogon grass to reach the twin craters of Mount Tabaro and its dry lava field. You can experience walking on top of the dry lava. The view from the top of Tabaro is just mind blowing and you will for sure feel the power of Mother Nature. From there you will walk to the lake and board the boat going back to Talisay. The outrigger will pass very close to the extinct cone of Binintiang Malaki for more photo opportunities
the twin craters of Mt. Tabaro

Should you go for Tabaro?
If you believe you are a strong hiker, do not hesitate. Discover one of the wildest and most scenic trails of the country. Reserve well in advance!