Fast Facts

  • Location: Between the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas in Batangas. It is located about 50 km from the capital, Manila.
  • Attraction Type: Volcano
  • Best Time to Visit: From December to May
  • How to Reach: Approximately 45 minutes in a boat and another 15- 20 minutes to reach the top.
  • Nearest Airport: Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila

Although the Taal volcano has been quiet since 1977, its strong seismic activity and ground fracturing events, as well as the formation of small mud pots and mud geysers on parts of the island has shown signs of unrest since 1991.

It may sound weird to visit a volcano but exploring the Taal Volcano in the Philippines will prove to be a unique and fascinating experience. It was once a huge volcano reaching a height of 18,000 feet up into the sky but now it is called the smallest active volcano. Though it seems small, many of you do not realize that it is one of the largest volcanos in the world. Located about 50-km south of Manila on “volcano island” inside a lake called Taal Lake.

It is one of the most visited tourist spots in the Philippines. This geological phenomenon is a volcano within a lake within a volcano. A 45-minute ride on a banca (wooden boat) will take you to the volcano and a 15-minute trek will take you to the top of the crater. In fact, strong trekkers can hike down to the crater for a close-up view of the caldera and enjoy a relaxing swim in the Crater Lake.

Drive through the scenic countryside to the town of Talisay in Batangas. Upon arrival, board motorized outriggers to Taal Volcano Island for 30 minutes.

Things to Do Near Taal Volcano
Apart from discovering the Volcano, you can visit the town of Taal, there you will see Spanish-style houses that shows the Spanish influence.

Visit the Taal Cathedral, it is considered as the largest in Asia. It took a century to build the cathedral.

You can walk through the streets of Taal. Enjoy the ambiance of the old Spanish style environment. Accommodation near Taal Volcano There are many hotels in nearby areas of Taal Volcano. One can find a number of hotels in Alabang/ Filinvest, Malate, Pasay and Manila Bay area, some of which can be named as Parque Espana Residence Hotel, Vivere Suite Hotel, Bellevue Hotel, Eurotel Las Pinas Hotel, Eurotel Las Pinas Hotel, Century Park Hotel, The Mabuhay Manor Hotel, and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel etc.

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