Taal Volcano in Batangas is known to be the smallest volcano in the world. Currently, it is still active but is generally safe for volcano trekking adventure in the Philippines. It is surrounded by Taal Lake (a.k.a Lake Bonbon) thus, many believed that it lies within another volcano and some call it “a volcano inside a volcano”. Interesting as it may seem, Taal Volcano continuously draws a lot of adventurers to its crater as well as sightseers and day travelers.
A scenic view of Taal Volcano can be obtained from Tagaytay Ridge in Cavite if you just want to have the pleasure of looking at it from afar. It is situated 686 meters above the surface of the Taal Lake giving it a 360˚ sight of the volcano. There are picnic spots there which is a popular weekend getaway for families and barkadas because of its cool atmosphere and proximity to the metro.
Taal volcano is about 60 km from Manila. A day trip from Manila to see the volcano from Tagaytay Ridge involves a 90- minute bus journey . There are three main roads that link Tagaytay City to the lake and the Taal Volcano. One is the Diokno Highway near the border to Nasugbu, Batangas other one 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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