A Lake Within A Volcano Within a Lake Within a Volcano
Where is the volcano? Which one is it? I'd often ask when referring to this view on the photo above. You'll see why later.
Taal Volcano and Lake presents one of the most picturesque and attractive views (sorry, my photo doesn't do it justice) in the Philippines and is located in Tagaytay, just 1-1/2 hours drive away from Metro Manila.
So back to answering my questions above. When you look at the photo above, you'll see a small cone towards the middle right of the photo, which looks like a mini volcano. That's called Volcano Island(b) and that's the tip of the volcano. Around Volcano Island, you'll see a big pool of water which is a freshwater lake(c) that fills Taal Volcano's caldera(d), a large collapsed area formed when the volcano erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago. Inside Volcano Island, there is another lake, the crater lake(a), and within that lake is a tiny island called Vulcan's Point. Confused? :-)
Here's the reference to the title: A Lake(a) Within A Volcano(b) Within a Lake(c) Within a Volcano(d)
Today, the volcano remains active with some minimal signs of unrest but has remained quiet since 1977. A visit to Taal's crater lake is a great day trip option for visitors. You take a boat across Taal Lake to Volcano Island where you can hike up or horseback up to see the crater lake. Or you can just simply enjoy the great views from the main island in Tagaytay where you can enjoy the cool weather and explore the many places to eat.
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Volcano and Vista
The view from the Vista's of Tagaytay Ridge are some of the most breathtaking in the Batangas Region of the Philippines. Taal may be one of the smallest volcanoes however it is one of the most active in the country. Posh resorts can be found at lake level, juxtaposed by impoverished communities.
This is a great day trip from Manila, about a 2-hour drive on little bit of highway and lots of winding local roads. There is a lake in the middle of the volcano which is in the middle of a larger lake. Take a half-hour boat trip to the volcano island and then you can hike in about 45 minutes (or be led quicker on a horse for a nominal fee) to the top for a beautiful view into the inner lake and of the surrounding area. (Do this in the morning before it gets really hot.) There are some VERY basic concessions available at the summit, but no place to have a real meal there. You can have lunch of freshly caught fish plus traditional Filipino dishes in private lakeside huts when you take a boat back from the volcano. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It's actually a volcano on an island within a volcano on an island. Tricky I know, but it's quite true. The island you can access by boat and surrounding the giant lake is a looping road filled with food markets and local shops.