Lake and volcano Taal is a must to visit in this part of Luzon. The best way to reach the volcano in the middle of the crater lake is by boat from Talisay. The most convenient budget accommodation is Villa Manolo (20 USD), simple bungalows just at the volcano boats piar. The owner is very informative and can arrange you everything for a fair price! There is an visitor fee of 50 php to visit the volcano island, which should be payed upon the landing. There is really no need to take a horse and a guide as there is only one path leading to the volcano sumit (45 min). There are always some vendors selling food and drinks at the sumit. Swimming in the lake is not allowed at the moment due to some volcanic activity.