Taal Lake is a freshwater lake in the province of Batangas. Near its center is Volcano Island, which houses Taal Volcano, whose historical eruptions are responsible for the lake’s relatively high sulfuric content. Volcano Island in turn has a crater lake known as Yellow Lake. And Yellow Lake contains its own small island, Vulcan Point.
Taal Lake is located in southwestern Luzon in the Philippines, occupying a volcanic crater with a maximum width of 24 kilometers (15 miles), at less than 3 meters (10 feet) above sea level. It has an area of 244 square km (94 square miles) and is the country’s third largest lake (after Lake Lanao and Laguna de Bay).
Within the lake rises Taal Volcano (300 meters, or just under 990 feet), which itself contains another small crater (Yellow Lake). Taal Volcano has erupted 25 times since 1572, most recently in 1970. The outer flanks of the old caldera rise gently to cliffs that reach a high point in the southeast at Mount Maculot (947 meters, or just over 3,100 feet).
Taal Lake lies within a national park and is a major tourist attraction; it is most commonly viewed from Tagaytay Ridge in the north. The Pansipit River drains the lake into Balayan Bay of the South China Sea through a breach in the cliffs to the southwest.
Taal Lake Today
Regular tours of the lake are available to tourists. After crossing the lake, visitors travel to the top of Volcano Island on horseback. During their trip up and down the mountain, visitors are treated to a stunning view of the lake and its surroundings.
In 2015, Taal Lake is an ideal and up and coming spot for kiteboarders, as it provides large space with few obstacles, also being close to Manila. It is the home of Taal Kiteboard Association.
Featured Instagram Photos
Here’s our live feed of photos from Instagram users sharing their experiences during their visit to Taal Lake while in the neighborhood of Metro Tagaytay or other towns around the lake. Click or tap one of the thumbnails below to view photos in full size.
If you’d like to see your photo on this feed, all you have to do is use the hashtag #taallake on your Instagram photos.
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