A Lake Within a Volcano Within a Lake Within an Island
Pack a picnic lunch and head south out of traffic-jammed Manila to Taal Volcano, one of Asia’s most beautiful panoramas.
Among the world’s lowest and smallest volcanoes, Taal is filled with water, creating a lake, yet the volcano itself is located within a larger lake. (As the tour guides are wont to chant, “a lake within a volcano, within a lake, within the island of Luzon.”) The blues and greens of the vista from forested Tagaytay Ridge have for generations made this a favorite getaway from the heat and chaos of downtown Manila.
Boat trips across the crater lake and to Volcano Island are easily arranged, and there’s horseback riding and a lovely hotel and casino too.