Taal Volcano – Tagaytay, Luzon, Philippines

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.

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