Stay local for dinner, as Tagaytay, the town overlooking Lake Taal, has some wonderful restaurants. Sonya’s Garden is a romantic restaurant surrounded by lush herb and floral gardens, and Antonio’s serves eclectic fine dining cuisine in a multi-level house with terraces and verandas on a hillside.
Helicopter from Manila to Taal Lake and the spectacular Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest volcano. Situated within the lake, Taal Volcano is an active caldera covering 14 square miles of craters and cones, the heart of which is another lake, called Crater Lake, which contains another small volcanic island.
One of the best vantage points of Taal Volcano is atop a horse as it follows a breezy trail on Tagaytay's open fields. Horseback riding in Tagaytay is a popular pastime, especially for locals escaping the city for a picnic on the fields overlooking the volcano.
Explore the region's stunning geology up close, as you travel across the lake in a small wooden boat before ascending the crater on foot or on horseback.