Day 107/365: Weekend Escape, Destination Talisay, Batangas

Day 107/365: Weekend Escape, Destination Talisay, Batangas

April 17, 2011

Day 2 at Club Balai Isabel (Talisay Batangas)

About Talisay, Batangas:

Talisay is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 39,120 inhabitants in 6,246 households.

Talisay is located in the north-central area of Batangas, which is located southwest of the island of Luzon, approximately 84 kilometers south from Metro Manila. It is bordered by Tagaytay City in the north, the municipality of Laurel to the west, Tanauan City to the east, and a vast volcanic lake called Taal Lake to the south. (Thanks to Wiki!)

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Day 107/365: Weekend Escape to Talisay Batangas

Talisay Resorts and Accommodations:

Club Balai Isabel
Talisay, Batangas
Contact #63 (917) 504 4157 63(917) 872 1512

Talisay Green Lake Resort
Address : Barangay Sta. Maria, Talisay, Batangas
Contact No. : 63.43.773.0247

Al Frontera de Taal
Address: Lakeshore Activity Point, Barangay Banga
Tel. No: +63.43.631.1291
Fax: 63.43.631.1294

Taal Lake Yacht Club
Tel. No: +63.43.773.0192
Tel. No: +63.2.811.3183; +63.2.811.3283

How to get to Talisay, Batangas:

Commute via Tanauan, Batangas:

Board a Batangas City-bound bus on Taft Avenue, Pasay City near Buendia LRT station (choose Batangas City via Tanauan and not Batangas City via Calabarzon) and alight in front of Tanauan public market (Fare: P89.00). Transfer to a Talisay-bound jeep to get to your resort/hotel.

Commute via Tagaytay:

Board a Nasugbu-bound bus and drop off in Tagaytay (request the driver to drop you off to the terminal of Talisay-bound jeepneys). Transfer to the jeep with Talisay signboard. This passes through the zigzag route down Tagaytay ridge (not for the faint of heart) (a climb down the ridge)

Driving Directions to Talisay via STAR TOLL.

From Makati, take SLEX and exit the second to the last toll gate (Silangan, Batangas City, Lucena). You’ll pass by Turbina (Shell), Carmelray and turn right to enter STAR TOLLWAY. Exit at SAMBAT (Tanauan) then turn right going to Talisay (a left will take you to Tanauan town proper). Just follow the road to your destination resort or Talisay public market.

Directions to Talisay via Tagaytay (not for newbie drivers):

From Makati, take SLEX and exit at GREENFIELD CITY (Eton City) where you’ll pass by Pramana, and Nuvali. Follow directions where you’ll see Paseo de Santa Rosa, Silang then up to Tagaytay Market. Turn left at the end of the road (Tagaytay Econo Inn) then turn right at Ligaya Drive (the left side of the highway is Tagaytay Elementary School) where you’ll see the Talisay jeepney terminal, pass by Balai Taal. This is a winding 6 kilometer road down the ridge with at least 2 sharp curves (you’ll be greeted by the excellent views from the Laeuna de Taal viewdeck). At the end of the road is Talisay’s main road where many resorts dot the lakeside.

Directions to Talisay via Coastal Road, Aguinaldo Highway, Cavite

Head to Roxas Blvd and Coastal Road going to Aguinaldo Highway up to Tagaytay rotonda. At the rotonda, turn left towards Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). Continue driving until you reach Ligaya Drive where ou turn left (right side is Tagaytay Elementary School). Follow the winding road to Talisay to get to your resort.

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The Pride of Cagayan Valley! Callao Cave Eco Tourism Park

The Pride of Cagayan Valley! Callao Cave Eco Tourism Park

April 1, 2010
Callao Cave, Peñablanca, Cagayan

After 12 hours of driving, we finally reached Tuguegarao! checked in to our hotel, eat lunch, and refresh ourselves and immediately drive again to Penablanca for the Callao Cave Adventure. The Callo Cave was huge and truly amazing! It is one of the most popular caves in the Philippines and mostly seen on the Philippines must to see tourism showcase. The park is located in Barangays Parabba and Quibal, in the town of Peñablanca, a thirty minute drive from the provincial capitol Tuguegarao.

When you reach the park, you need to trek and climb the 187 stairs before witnessing the massive limstone and rock formations inside. The Callao Cave consists of Seven (7) Chambers and various natural formations: Column, Chapel, Skeleton, Elephant’s Head, Praying Angel, Rocket, Lion’s Head and Dog’s Head Formations. The most famous is the chamber turned into a cathedral and the most common shots seen in postcards and Philippines tourism videos. The Chapel with Sun Rays shot should depends on the time of the day when you get there, we arrived at around 3pm and we were not able to shot a good ray of lights from its ceiling lighting the entire chapel.

The temperature inside the chambers is quite cool and relaxing. I actually fell asleep 🙂 probably got too tired driving for almost 12 hours but it sure worth it!

Callao Caves

While in the area, one must also try a wooden boat ride in Mororan (Minoran) River passing through small rainforest, a bat cave, scenic rocky cliffs and picturesque river banks with crystal clear water ideal for swimming. Boat Rental is around P1500

Today the town still makes a living from the caves in the form of entrance fees:

Visiting Hours: 8:00AM – 6:00PM

P20 – 12 years old and above
P15 – Senior Citizens with Valid IDs
P10 – For students and kids below 12 years of age

Other fees
P20 – Parking
P200 – Kayak (per hour)
P20 – Life vest
P10 – Hardhat
P25 – Headlamp

For more details on the 7 chamber check out my travelmate Kaloy’s blog at