Taal Volcano, in the Philippines, was originally a huge volcano, that towered 18,000 feet up into the sky. It has been called the smallest active volcano, because it seems small now, but many people don't realize that it is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It is located about 70-km south of Manila on "volcano island" inside a lake called Taal Lake, or Lake Taal. The picture of Taal volcano above, was taken from Tagaytay ridge. Actually, Tagaytay Ridge is the rim of the volcano! When the volcano was 18,000 feet high, Tagaytay ridge would have been only about a sixth of the way to the top of the vilcano!! In the distance, across the lake, is Mt. Makulot.
Inside the main caldera,on volcano island, there is yet another lake, called the "Crater Lake." The highly sulfuric lake may have medicinal properties. People do swim in it, Some have even SCUBA dived in it, but I wouldn't.
Taal Lake itself, has a sulfur content that is higher than normal, and it is good for swimming. I believe the low sulfur content is good for the skin, especially if you swim in it regularly. The fish are certainly healthy!
Taal Volcano Island Cruise and a short Crater trek
Singel : PHP 4,500 / Person
Twin : PHP2,900 net / Person
Package Inclusions & Features:
- Roundtrip transportation by air-conditioned vehicle (Manila-Talisay-Manila)
- Boat Ride
- Services of an English-speaking tour guide
Taal Volcano Tour Itenerary:
Depart Manila at 0600.
Drive through the scenic countryside to the town of Talisay in Batangas. Upon arrival, board motorized outriggers to Taal Volcano Island for 30 minutes.
Assisted by an island coordinator, trek up to a wide expanse of hardened black lava to the rim of the crater and view the awesome moon-like landscape.
Visitors will have a close up view of the caldera from the rim. Return to shoreline resort for a sumptuous lunch and possible swim.
Expected arrival in Manila: 4 pm.
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