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.
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).
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. 😉
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!
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.