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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 1.5-hour 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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What You Can Expect

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

Mt. Pinatubo Day Trip From Manila Including 4x4 Rental

During this 15-hour 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 2.5-hour 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, located another 45 minutes away.

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. For about 1.5 hours 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 approximate 1.5-hour 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 have an hour to explore the region before starting your 1.5-hour 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, with drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

Paul B

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 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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