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Philippines – Taal Volcano

Fun Facts and Exciting Places To Explore At Taal Volcano

In the middle of a lake lies a volcano, jutting out from the water is a seemingly small crater. The surroundings of the volcano is a lovely expanse of green, and colorful flowers are abloom everywhere.

Tourists are amazed by this natural wonder dubbed as the “World’s Smallest Volcano”, and they are even more magnetized by the delightful places around it. But more than just being a small volcano, there are a number of other fun facts that make Taal even more interesting. Here are some really intriguing trivia about Taal Volcano, and the points of interest you’d want to explore.

It wasn’t always the ‘World Smallest  Volcano’

Taal Volcano used to tower above the lake, standing as high as 18,000 feet.  In fact, Tagaytay ridge, which now offers a panoramic view of the famous Taal Volcano is said to not even be a sixth top the top of its height!

Taal Lake from the Northwest
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Tagaytay ridge, which is a few minutes away from Taal Volcano, is in itself is a tourists’ haven. It has a number of first-class restaurants, parks, and hotels. Popular tourist attractions include People’s Park and Palace in the Sky. It also has a host of decent accommodation options like Days Hotel and Crosswind Resort Suites among others.

Luxurious Tagaytay Highlands is also a destination filled with many activities, and they have an arresting view of Taal Volcano too! Ride a cable car, go golfing, or just enjoy a leisurely walk along nature trails.

The lake around the volcano (called Taal Lake) was formed due to volcanic eruptions

The body of water surrounding Taal is actually part of a 25–30 kilometer-wide caldera, and according to historical data, may have been formed due to four major explosions between 100,000 to 500,000 years ago.

Taal Volcano had erupted 33 times since 1572

It is an active volcano which had really violent eruptions in the past. Its first most devastating explosion was recorded back in 1754, a phenomenon described by a priest who witnessed it all as the ‘200-day explosion’. Another memorable eruption happened in 1911, where manifestations of the explosion were witnessed as far as Manila, about 50 kilometers from Taal Volcano.

The volcano has a rather unique ‘address’ in Talisay Batangas

Taal Volcano is located in a place called Volcano Island, which is about 23 square kilometres wide. This island is situated within Taal Lake, a freshwater lake. Taal Lake on the other hand is situated within the Taal Caldera (a cauldron-like formation caused by a volcanic eruption).

The beautiful body of water surrounding the enchanting Taal Volcano contains sulphur from the eruptions it may have endured. In fact, it was one huge explosion that blocked its way to the sea. Its only outlet is Pansipit River.

The lake however, is still safe for swimming.

A half-hour ride in a small boat (fee is about 1500 pesos or around $36) from Talisay Batangas, and a bit of trekking up the volcano, and you will see for yourself the mesmerizing Crater Lake. The Crater Lake is another highly sulphuric river within Volcano Island, and its blue green color, with the sloping greens surrounding it, is indeed a sight to behold.

Taal Lake
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The ‘crater’ that you see jutting out of the lake is just one of many

Taal Volcano’s constant eruptions in the past had formed the ‘mysterious’ formations in and around it. It actually has about 47 cones and craters, some of which overlap each other.

The view is best enjoyed with a picnic lunch by the lake or at a resort like Abby’s Garden Resort

Many guided tours can be availed of in visiting Taal Volcano. Aside from the visit to the Crater Lake, a hearty picnic lunch by the lake’s shore gives one the serenity and calm offered only by such a beguiling view.

If you have the time to spare, spend a day or two at one of the many resorts around the lake like Royal Taal Inn, Abby’s Garden Resort, or just a few minutes’ drive away is White Cove Resort in Nasugbu Batangas.

Fancy doing some fishing?

One can find the only sardine that survives in fresh water in Taal Lake. It’s called tawilis in Tagalog, and its evolution into a freshwater specie was allegedly caused by a violent explosion back in the 18th century.

Another freshwater creature found exclusively in the lake around Taal Volcano is the Garman Sea Snake.