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Mt Pinatubo Crater Tours

Mt Pinatubo Crater
Towering 4,757 feet (1,450 meters) above Luzon, the Mt. Pinatubo stratovolcano blew its top quite spectacularly in 1991. Today, the crater lake that’s left behind and the surreal mudflow landscapes around it make one of the Philippines’ most fun adventures—and one that’s well worth the early start. The volcano is carefully monitored for safety.

The Basics
In order to visit the volcano, you must be with a guide in a 4x4. Mt. Pinatubo tours typically set out from the small town of Santa Juliana, around 80 miles (129 kilometers) north of Manila. If you want to explore from Santa Juliana independently, arrive the day before and spend the night. Most travelers choose to visit Mt. Pinatubo as a day trip from Manila; these tours generally set out around 4am and start the 4WD adventure not long after 6am. It’s also possible to visit from the city of Angeles, around 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Santa Juliana. 

A typical Mt. Pinatubo tour includes a 4WD adventure on the dusty mud plains that cover the volcano slopes followed by a fairly easy guided hike to Lake Pinatubo, the crater lake. Tours generally include lunch at a nearby town, and some operators might add activities like hot springs and white-water rafting.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mt. Pinatubo is a fun, not too difficult adventure that’s perfect for anyone with an interest in volcanoes. Kids who can face the early start will find it fascinating.
  • Mt. Pinatubo is an easy hike, but, as always with a volcano hike, sneakers will make it more comfortable.
  • There are stalls selling packaged snacks and drinks along the route. It’s still worth bringing water or booking a tour that includes water.
  • Although Lake Pinatubo is no longer toxic, swimming remains prohibited.
  • Mt. Pinatubo crater tours are not suitable for travelers with mobility issues.

How to Get There
Around 80 miles (129 kilometers) north of Manila, not far from the city of Angeles, is Santa Juliana, the jump-off point for Pinatubo tours. Reaching it independently involves an exciting array of jeepneys, tricycles, and more followed by a night in town. Since the volcano can only be visited with a guide and 4WD, most travelers opt to join a tour from Manila (or occasionally Angeles), which includes door-to-door transfers to mitigate the early start.

When to Get There
Philippines regulations state that trips to the Mt. Pinatubo crater must start between 6am and 8am. That means most tours from Manila leave as early as 4am and even those from Angeles start long before 6am. The mountain can be closed for reasons as varied as heavy rain (Pinatubo is prone to both landslides and flash floods), volcanic activity, and military exercises. Visit during the week to beat the weekend crowds.

The 1991 Mt. Pinatubo Eruption
Achieving a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6 and causing more than 700 deaths, Mt. Pinatubo saw the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century and the largest in a populated area. The eruption reduced the summit of the mountain from 5,725 feet (1,745 meters) to 4,872 feet (1,485 meters) and produced ash clouds that caused temperatures to drop around the world.
Address: Luzon Island, Philippines
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Mt Pinatubo Crater

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Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike

Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike

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Start your Mt Pinatubo tour in the predawn hours for an early start on this full-day action-packed adventure. Combine a 4WD off-road experience with a hike to Pinatubo Crater where you’re treated to supreme views of the emerald-colored lake. You’ll drive your 4x4 over terrain made of lahar—the mudflow remains of Mt Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption—then follow the same routes back to base camp. You’re rewarded with a Filipino-style lunch (and a shower) before hotel drop-off in Manila.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Absolutely Stunning Mount Pinatubo Trek to the Crater (With Transfers**)

Absolutely Stunning Mount Pinatubo Trek to the Crater (With Transfers**)

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Start your Mt Pinatubo tour in the predawn hours for an early start on this full-day action-packed adventure. Combine a 4WD off-road experience with a hike to Pinatubo Crater where you’re treated to supreme views of the emerald-colored lake. You’ll drive your 4x4 over terrain made of lahar—the mudflow remains of Mt Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption—then follow the same routes back to base camp. You’re rewarded with a Filipino-style lunch (and a shower) before hotel drop-off in Manila. Full-day Mt Pinatubo adventure from Manila Drive a 4x4 vehicle off road into a volcanic landscape Hike with an experienced guide past valley streams to Mt Pinatubo Crater Take in the breathtaking sights above the colorful crater lake Relax with a Filipino-style lunch. Round-trip hotel transport included
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$200.00
Price varies by group size
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$200.00
Price varies by group size

Mt Pinatubo Day Trip PRIVATE TOUR MAX 6 Travelers

Mt Pinatubo Day Trip PRIVATE TOUR MAX 6 Travelers

Go on an off-road 4x4 adventure to Mt. Pinatubo, the volcano with the second largest eruption of the 20th century. The adventure starts on a sturdy 4x4, passing through the rough terrain of Crow Valley Canyon. Next is a trek over rivers and through lahar formations as you arrive to the beautiful Pinatubo Lake. Relax with the walls of the caldera around you, gazing out at the ever-changing waters of the volcanic lake.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$230.77
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8 Days North Luzon PRIVATE TOUR Mt.Pinatubo,Banaue,Batad, Sagada,Vigan,Pagudpud

8 Days North Luzon PRIVATE TOUR Mt.Pinatubo,Banaue,Batad, Sagada,Vigan,Pagudpud

This is a Complete Experience of Northern part in the Philippines. From our Famous Mt.Pinatubo Volcano to Mountain Rice Villages, Experience Walking to Unesco world Heritage Batad Rice Terraces, Meeting the Local People of the Mountain Region, Discovering Our Culture in Sagada, Discovering the Colonial Unesco Heritage Site of Vigan and ending your Adventure at the Tropical Paradise in Pagudpud. This Tour will Definitely Give you the Best Memories of the Country.
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,466.67
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$1,466.67
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Private Tour Guide

Private Tour Guide

If you want to travel like a local and experience unique tradition I'm the one for you. I can organize everything, I can rent a car for you and book ticket. For your local experience we can also commute.
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  • 4 to 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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Mount Pinatubo + Banaue-Batad-Cambulo-Bangaan-Hapao Rice Terraces from Manila

Mount Pinatubo + Banaue-Batad-Cambulo-Bangaan-Hapao Rice Terraces from Manila

An Adventure like no other! This 4 days/3 nights Highlights a volcano, Rice terraces, a water fall, and a hotspring. This tour is ideal if you only have a short time frame but don’t want to miss the famous Mount Pinatubo and the Banaue Rice Terraces – stunning 2,000-year-old terraces carved into the mountains of Ifugao in The Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. We will also visit waterfalls and a hotspring to complete this magnificent Adventure Important Note*** – This tour requires above average fitness level! Must be able to trek mountains for at-least 6-8 hours a day.
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  • 4 days
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$700.00
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$700.00
Price varies by group size

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