Lake Taal volcano

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Lake Taal volcano

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Mark (New Zealand), Sam (France)

After a couple of days in Manila, Julia, Mark and I decided to escape the city and go to visit Taal Volcano situated on Lake Taal. The volcano sits in the centre of the Lake with one huge crater surrounded by smaller craters appearing above the suface, created from previous blasts. Its still active and has caused thousands of deaths, with the worst catastrophe in 1911. Its centre is filled with a sulphuric lake, so not really ideal for an afternoon paddle!

We arrived in Leynes after a 3 and a half hour bus and tricycle ride and had some freshly grilled fish by the lake side before hiring a boat to take us across to the volcano.

Lake Taal volcano
It took around 30 minutes and the water was surprisingly choppy. Once we landed, we walked up the crater, which took around 50 minutes. Some people opted to ride horses, one of which ran into the back of Julia, thankfully only clipping her or she could have been pretty badly injured.

At the top we walked around the passable top section for some breathtaking views into the sulphuric pond at the bottom and for sweeping views across the lake. After half an hour we began our descent and jumped back onto the boat to go back to Leynes. When we boarded the small catamaran, the guy gave us a plastic sheet to cover ourselves from the water. The waves on the lake had grown with the wind in the time we had spent at the volcano, and we got a thorough soaking. We chose to use the sheet to cover our bag and valuables, instead of our replaceable bodies :)

We caught a tricycle, jeepney, tricycle and finally bus back to Manila, arriving around 8pm, still a little bit wet and cold. We spent the evening in a pizzaria with a French guy called Sam, before heading back to the hostel, where we settled in for a night filled with conversation and San Miguels! With the sun slowly ascending above the Manila skyline, we decided it may be best to go to call it a night.

abubu says:
i will definitely. i was training as an airforce pilot back then and i only got to view the taal volcano from the top. it was really an amazing experience but yeah definitely a different experience if i can also reach the crater. when i go back to manila and have plenty of time to travel, trip to taal crater will definitely be on top of my list. cheers!
Posted on: Oct 22, 2007
Deats says:
:) Its a really beautiful spot, if not a little dangerous at times. Its a shame you never got to check it out, maybe next time you are back in the area!
Posted on: Oct 21, 2007
abubu says:
i so envy u guys! i was living in a town near taal lake for more than a year and i never had the chance to visit the crater!
Posted on: Oct 20, 2007
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Lake Taal volcano
Lake Taal volcano
Lake Taal volcano
Lake Taal volcano
Lake Taal volcano
Lake Taal volcano
Julia and I at Lake Taal volcano
Julia and I at Lake Taal volcano
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photo by: Deats