Tagaytay City is indeed one of the famed destinations of people from all nations. For one, most people love the weather in the area. Additionally, there are a number of places and things that everyone should visit if they are in that area. However, one of the factors as to why people go there is to the majestic Taal Volcano.
With its breathtaking scenery, Taal Volcano along with Taal Lake is definitely one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. This also makes it as one of the top choices of people to spend their weekends or holidays in this area.
Ready to know more about the famous Taal Volcano? Continue reading below!
Basic information about the Taal Volcano that you should know
The Taal Volcano is labeled as a complex volcano that is located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is known to be as the second most active volcano that is existing here in the country with a total of 33 historical eruptions. All of its eruptions are concentrated on the Volcano Island which is located on an island near the middle of the Taal Lake.
This beauty can be viewed from the Tagaytay Ridge. The combination of the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake is famously known as one of the most picturesque and magnificent views in the whole country. It is just a 2 ½ hour drive from Manila.
Though the Taal Volcano is popularly known as the world’s smallest volcano. However, don’t underestimate its size as this is volcano is also one of the most deadliest volcanoes here in the Philippines.
Back in 1754, its numerous eruptions has killed thousands of lives. The eruption lasted from May 15 to December 1. As devastating it may be, one of the good things that its eruption has given was enough nutrients for the region’s fertile soil that is very much ideal in raising sugar cane, cattle, and coffee.
In 1821, Taal Volcano is also known as Bombou.
There was a time in the past wherein the water in Taal Lake rose and several towns were submerged. This has resulted in the water becoming less and less salty as the years passed by. At present, the lake is now categorized as a fresh water lake that contains salt water species such as sardines and highly venomous snakes. In addition, it was said that there were even freshwater sharks in the lake in the past.
Though the volcano is quiet since 1977, Taal Volcano has shown signs of activities since 1991 — from seismic activities, ground fracturing events to the formation of small mud pots and mud geysers. With this in mind, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has been on the lookout for the volcano’s activities. Additionally, regular issue notices and warnings are given to the locals about this ongoing seismic unrest activities of Taal Volcano.
Did you know that you can trek the Taal Volcano’s crater lake? There is an available boat ride from Talisay, Batangas that will take you to Taal Lake in 25 minutes. From there, you have the option to get a horse to ride your way up or you can also opt to go up by foot. Though the journey all the way up is exhausting, every fatigue that you will experience will be worth it once you reach the top and see the stunning, serene view of the clear blue skies and lush green mountains.
Here are some of the fun facts and useful information that you should know about Taal Volcano. Are you interested in exploring the volcano one of these days and want to stay in a comfortable place that is close to that area? Contact Tagaytay Highlands today and learn more about their room rates and services!