Background information

Interested to read some info about the place you will be visiting soon? Here are below interesting facts and background information about Taal volcano.

For sure you may want to read more about the eruptions of Taal volcano
You may also be interested to know more about the history of the Taal lake area. We have included an old Spanish map of the place that is worth checking.

Since you will be visiting an active volcano you may want to understand what is an active volcano and how Taal volcano is monitored

taal volcano lake
Once one the most massive volcano in the world, the old Taal volcano collapsed several thousand years ago. The result was the Taal caldera. Tagaytay lies on the rim of this old cadera, 630 meters above Taal lake. Taal lake is a 25 x 30 kilometer-wide lake located within the Taal caldera. The Taal lake is about 150 meters deep.
Once part of the sea (Balayan Bay), Taal lake became a freshwater lake after the eruptions on the 18th century when the volcanic deposits separated the bay from the Taal lake. Because of this phenomenon, Taal lake has kept some unique species who adapted from sea water to freshwater, like Tawilis (the world's only freshwater sardine) or Hydrophis semperi, a sea snake.


taal volcano
Volcano island is a 23 square-kilometer island on Taal lake where Taal volcano stands.
Taal Volcano has 47 craters, cones and maars. It's often named as the smallest volcano in the world.
Its elevation is at around 311 meters above sea level.
The largest crater is the main crater lake - 2 kilometers wide and 80 meters deep. Most of the volcanic activities can be seen around the main crater lake with various fumaroles, pond of boiling mud, or even sometimes geysers. On the main crater lake , an islet called the Vulcan Point can be found, frequently cited as an island within a lake whitin an island within a lake within an island or to name them, the Vulcan Point within the main crater lake within volcano island within Taal lake within Luzon.

Tabaro is another impressive cone where marks of the 1968/69 lava flow are still visible
Binintiang Munti is a smaller cone found at the south west of the island.
Binintiang Malaki is the cone that can bee seen from Tagaytay or Talisay and it's often mistaken as the main crater.
taal volcano crater