For an outdoor activity outside Manila, drive about 1 hour southeast of the city to Tagaytay. Get your camera ready at Tagaytay Ridge, because you will find spectacular views of Taal Volcano. The volcano is the island of Luzon and the body of water surrounding it is Taal Lake. The landscape is a photographer's dream. I did a little research on the internet and found that the lake used to be called Lake Bonbon and happens to be one of the great volcano-tectonic depressions of the world. Another extraordinary fact is that you can hike up to the volcano’s crater!
The only way to the island of Luzon is by boat. These boats are not fast, but they are quaint. It will take about 20 to 30 minutes to get there. The boat ride is part of the fun; the views are great, so enjoy every minute of it.
Once on the island you have the choice to either hike to the top, or hire another guide for a horseback journey. Not to be a downer, but like many island towns in the Philippines you will see some poverty and the horses look famished. For the horse’s sake, it might be the best bet to hike on foot. During the ascent there will be many areas to soak in the scenery. As you get closer to the top, the views get better, but nothing beats the panoramic view from the ridge of the water-filled crater. Take plenty of pictures and a good break, because eventually you need to head back down.
Hike up Taal Volcano; it’s a remote and scenic activity without going too far outside of the city.