Filipino Friday: Taal Volcano

October 14, 2011

Every Friday, I’m going to showcase something unique about my home country , the Philippines. It can be a place, food, experience, custom or tradition that highlights what we our 7,107 islands can offer. I remember that on my travels, there are some people who are still unaware of where the Philippines  is or what the country has to offer. So I hope that through these posts – I can help bring awareness about the Philippines,  it’s beauty, hidden sites, quirkiness and diversity.

For my first post, I’m writing about Taal Volcano.

The Mouth of Taal Volcano

Philippines is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and home to a number of active volcanoes (official count was 50).  Taal Volcano is one of the more famous  volcanoes and also one of the most active in the country. Don’t worry though as its last major eruption was in the 1970s.

So what is so special about this volcano?

Taal Volcano is most known for having the world’s largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island (phew!).

To better explain:  the center most island is called Vulcan Point which sits on the Crater lake, Crater lake is inside Taal Island, which then is inside Taal Lake on the Luzon Island.  Don’t believe me? See the photo below (hard to see Vulcan point from here).

Taal Volcano from a satellite – Wikimedia Photo

I recently spent a weekend with my family in Talisay, Batangas – on a resort along the lake with a great view of the volcano. And I must say that it’s nice to wake up and have this view on your window.  😉

taal volcano

Considering that it’s only a two hour bus ride from Manila, it’s a great day trip to include on itinerary if ever you’re coming from Manila.  You can go to the city of Tagaytay for a view from atop overlooking the lake. You can also go to the town of Talisay and arrange a hike to the top of the volcano island. It’s a 45 minute hike to the top and can be done on foot or on horse. View of the crater island is worth the climb!

*Photos from deckchua & therealbrute under creative commons license

Have you been to Taal? What were your experiences? SHARE them below!

Are you a travel blogger? I’m inviting you to take part of Filipino Friday with me. All you need to do is post something about the Philippines every Friday. Contact me if you’re interested.

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  • Reply Ariana July 31, 2013 at 05:10

    This is a unique spot. I fell in love at the first photo. How wonderful and beautiful is your country. This is a great place for adventure.
    I understand why this is a famous volcano. Truly lovely pictures.
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  • Reply Jenni Oh June 19, 2013 at 10:13

    Thanks for the post and really enjoying your blog.

    We’re going to be in Manila in the next few days. Is it fairly easy to do this day trip without having to go on an organised tour? As we prefer to do it on our own, or at least with some friends but not on a package trip.

    Thanks again for doing such a great job on the blog.

  • Reply Melo Villareal of April 22, 2013 at 19:43

    The first time i went there was during my college days, i dont blog and i dont own a camera back then… I wish i can go back there soon and experience it again:)

  • Reply Aussie on the Road October 21, 2011 at 13:28

    Hehe, I’ve heard of that place! I’d love to visit someday.
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  • Reply Bama October 18, 2011 at 21:45

    It looks really interesting. As a fellow ring-of-fire dwellers, volcanoes are no strange thing for Indonesians. However I don’t think there’s any volcano here in Indonesia like Taal volcano. Island in a lake on an island in a lake on an! The most appealing part is that it’s only 2-hour away from Manila (that is so close, man).
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  • Reply Derek October 15, 2011 at 06:43

    Awesome post. My ex is a born-and-raised Filipina but since we split I have not yet returned… my buddy and I are planning our next trip there now tho, can’t wait! Once I have some fresh material I’ll join you for Filipino Fridays. In the meantime, keep up the good work!
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  • Reply Bethany ~ twoOregonians October 15, 2011 at 06:03

    Wow. I’ve grown up visiting Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, but I hadn’t heard about this amazing spot. Maybe we’ll get there on our travels. Thanks for the introduction.
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    • Reply Jerick October 21, 2011 at 17:32

      No worries, I haven’t been to Crater Lake too – so my appreciation goes the other way too. Travel blogging definitely helps in introducing new places that you never thought existed. 🙂
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  • Reply Aline October 14, 2011 at 18:35

    It’s worth the hike/view at the summit of Taal. Easy walk, don’t let the horse (er ponies?) owners talk you into hiring one.

    • Reply Jerick October 14, 2011 at 19:15

      haha, I know! the only downside though is that you hike on the same path as the horses, so there are occassional shit on the road. 😛

  • Reply Neil October 14, 2011 at 18:00

    That first photo is epic!
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