The Magnificent Taal Lake in Batangas

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 Taal Volcano is located in the southern part of Luzon in the Philippines. It is about 50km from the capital, Manila. Right in the center of the island is the main crater that holds a sulfuric lake.

It is famous for having an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island in the Pacific Ocean.


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Crater Lake Resort offers adventurers the unique thrill of exploring nature and experiencing the attractions of the world’s smallest active volcano. There are a host of activities that can be enjoyed on the island. Among them are horseback riding going to the crater, trekking and camping.


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The resort is only one boat ride away from the shores of Talisay, Batangas. Complete day tour accomodations and amenities are available on-site.


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The resort offers a unique twist to the usual island experience. It is home to many species of birds and fish including the rare maliputo, which is a kind of fresh water mackerel that can be found in the waters around volcano island.


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The resort pavilion is the perfect place to hold gatherings for up to about 100 people. It has a wide floor area that is ideal for family gatherings, team-building workshops, or special celebrations. Here, you can enjoy the cool breeze of the fresh island air while spending time with friends and family.


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Within the island are four craters. The main crater is in the center of the island while the dormant volcano crater can be seen at the edge of the island. The third and fourth craters are called “Twin Craters” which were formed during the eruption of 1965.


Taal Lake Turning Into a Major Recreation Destination

It is quite ironic that if you ask yourself. “How many good places near Manila can I go to for recreation?” and you would probably remember less than 5 things. Well, there are the inland resorts in Laguna and Bulacan, or even the church in Antipolo, and the famous Pagsanjan rapids. But the one that usually tops them all is Tagaytay City. Less than two hours ftom Manila, the city offers cool, windy weather and the dramatic view of the Taal Lake and Volcano Island. These have made Tagaytay into a premier tourist destination. It bas also catalyzed the area into a major activity center with numerous mountain resorts, restaurants, and even world-class subdivisions. Yet, many would complain that aside from viewing the lake and the volcano, and eating out in any of the restaurant lining the city. there is actually little to do in the area.

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Some have gaped in awe at the sight of TaaI Volcano and wondered what the area below offers. Some took a step further and discovered that there are actually ways to view up close the island and even step on its volcanic soils. There are three main roads that link Tagaytay City to the lake and the volcano. One is Diokno Highway near the border to Nasugbu, Batangas; the other is just behind the Tagaytay Rotunda (but this is a very steep road); and the most preferred way is the Ligaya Drive near the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa road, which leads to the town of Talisay, Batangas. Talisay is the major jump-off point where boats are available to reach the volcano island.

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For a very long time, Taal Lake remained a typical body of freshwater that offered fishing opportunities to the locals and navigation area for the tourists. It is only now that the lake is being looked into as a recreation area for water-based activities. It does not matter that there are no white sand beaches nor colorful sea life. The vast expanse of the fresh water lake is already ideal for varied activities such as paraw sailing, kayaking, swimming, or even balsa (wooden raft) riding.

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One resort in TaIisay is punching a hole in the ”flat” destination and introducing a myriad of water activities designed to fulfill the recreation needs of the visitors to the area. Boats such as paraws and kayaks are brought into the area and so are banana boats.

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And if you really want to discover what the volcano offers, boats are available to bring you to the volcano island where a visitor pavilion offers relaxing facilities and horses are waiting to help you witness up close the gigantic, water-filled crater that erupted in 1911.

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Activities that you can enjoy at the resort

  • Horseback riding
  • Trekking/ hiking
  • Camping
  • Bird-watching
  • Sight-seeing
  • Fishing
  • R/C plane flying, boating
  • Kite flying
  • Photography
  • Picnic/ family outings
  • Company outings
  • Seminars/ team building
  • Cultural shows


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