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

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Makati, Philippines

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icon15 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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 at V.E.S. Food Resort and Villas
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off on selected hotels only
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Use of 4x4 with DOT accredited guide
Hiking including local guide
Lunch and bottled water
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Municipal Fee of PHP 700.00 per person

Departure Point

Fairmont, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Traveler pickup is offered
However, if the hotel is not listed in the pickup location, you must select the nearest hotel in your area.

Departure Time

4:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
During this full-day Mt Pinatubo tour, you’ll ride an enclosed 4WD vehicle over a rugged lahar trail made of volcanic mudflow and rock debris—geological remnants of the world's second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.

First, settle in for the drive from your Manila hotel, departing before the sun rises. Catch up on sleep or eat the breakfast you brought along before arriving at Capas Tarlac, where you’ll depart for Sta. Juliana Base Camp.

After a safety briefing, hop behind the wheel or into the passenger seat of your 4x4 and follow your guide along a bumpy route, referred to as the Sky Way. You’ll make your way over the volcanic terrain until arriving at the base of the volcano.

Disembark your vehicle for a leisurely, but moderate, guided trek to Mt Pinatubo Crater, starting down a lahar slope and then climbing into the forest. During the hike, your guide points out valley streams, volcanic rocks and other natural features in the landscape. Finally, climb a stairway to the viewing deck to peer at the shimmering, gemstone-like green waters of the crater lake from afar—swimming is prohibited.

You'll have free time to explore the region before starting your trek back. When you reach the area where your 4x4 is parked, climb aboard for the rugged ride back to base camp.

Replenish with authentic Filipino cuisine for lunch at V.E.S. Food Resort and Villas. Enjoy seafood fried noodles or barbecued chicken at the on-site restaurant and garden. You’re free to take a shower here before your return drive to Manila. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel in Manila.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Manila
You’re picked up in the predawn hours from your Manila hotel for the approximate 2.5-hour drive to Capas Tarlac, where you’ll depart for Sta. Juliana Base Camp, located another 45 minutes away. Relax (or catch up on some sleep!) aboard your comfortable vehicle and enjoy any breakfast you brought along to fuel up before your Mt Pinatubo adventure begins.
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mount Pinatubo
After a safety briefing and orientation at base camp, hop in your enclosed 4x4 vehicle and follow your guide for 1.5 hours along a rugged lahar trail made of volcanic mudflow and rock debris. Drive (or ride in the passenger seat) along the bumpy route, referred to as the Sky Way, as you make your ascent over the volcanic landscape until arriving at the starting point for your trek.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mount Pinatubo
Disembark your 4x4 at the base of Mt Pinatubo, and begin your guided hike on foot, starting down a lahar slope and then climbing into the forest toward Mt Pinatubo Crater. Along the way, your guide points out natural features such as valley streams and volcanic rocks The geological remnants are reminders of Mt Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991, the world's second largest eruption of the 20th century! It’s a leisurely, but moderate, 1.5-hour hike to the crater, with cairns (piles of stones) marking the path. Upon arrival, climb the stairway to the viewing deck, where you're rewarded with a phenomenal vista of the crater-filled lake. Admire the sparkling blue-green waters from afar — swimming is prohibited — shimmering like a gemstone in the surrounding landscape. Stop to enjoy a snack that you brought along and spend an hour exploring the region before starting your 1.5-hour trek back. When you reach the area where your 4x4 is parked, hop in for the 1.5-hour rugged ride back to base camp.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ves Restaurant
You’ll be rewarded with a late-afternoon lunch at V.ES. Food Resort and Villas. Enjoy authentic Filipino cuisine, such as seafood fried noodles or barbecued chicken, at the onsite restaurant amid a garden landscape. You’re free to take a shower here before your return 2-hour drive to Manila, with drop-off at your hotel in the evening.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Maximum age is 69 years
  • Lunch is scheduled at around 3:30pm on this tour; please be prepared to bring your own breakfast and snacks or bring money to purchase some along the way
  • Swimming in the crater is prohibited
  • Travelers are recommended to bring the following: Breakfast and snacks, sunblock, hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, extra drinking water
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • This tour is subject to weather condition
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Baron Travel - Gray Line Philippines

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila Including 4x4 Adventure and Hike.

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This was an awesome hike. I'm being...
Jacob
, Feb 2018
This was an awesome hike. I'm being a bit picky when I say that I recommend going early so as to only get the sun bearing down on you for half of the hike. The tour itself was amazing from the jeep ride to the hike starting point and then the hike to Mt. Pinatubo crater. Wear good hiking shoes and bring a hat and water. I definitely recommend doing this tour.
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Excellent trip except the van was...
pgitman
, Nov 2015
Excellent trip except the van was not waiting for me when I returned from the climb. They had to be called and I waited for about 30 minutes. The trip itself was excellent. I was picked up from the hotel at the designated time and the driver was excellent. The climb to the crater was not difficult but it was long. The local guide was very helpful fording the stream and the jeep ride from the drop off point to the trail was an experience. Of note, you need to attest that you are no older than 59 to be able to climb and your blood pressure is taken before being allowed to proceed. They do not check the age just accept what you document.
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Firstly, this tour is not worth...
Paul B
, Feb 2015
Firstly, this tour is not worth doing from Manila, its a very early pickup 4am, NOT 7am like in the voucher and you spend most of your day in a minibus 2-3 hrs each way. The guide we had barely spoke a word to us all day, and the expert guide for the hike didnt speak English at all. The guide asked us what time we wanted lunch, and we said noon, but he didnt inform us that you dont reach the summit until around 1pm and they dont bring lunch or any snacks for you even though every other guide we saw brought food up for his customers ours didnt. Its then 2 hours back to the minibus, and other 30 mins to lunch so we didnt eat until 3:30pm. They ordered the food in advance, and must have cooked it at that time because it was stone cold. But luckily we were starving by then and would eat anything. The 4x4 adventure was us crammed in the back of a jeep with 4 other people trying not to hit our heads on the roof while the driver went a breakneck speeds over rocks and streams. Fun for the driver, not for you. And the description is a complete lie, because its a local guy who drives the 4x4, NOT you. For the very high price of this tour we paid 250 CAD/pp this is a huge disappointment and rip-off. You can pay WAAYY less to go to Lake Taal for the day and its probably just as good. I feel cheated and would not recommended this tour to anyone.
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