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Friday, September 28, 2012

Taal Lake, Philippines

This beautiful, freshwater lake, previously known as Bombon Lake, is located on the island of Luzon, 37 miles to the south of Manila, in the Philippines and is actually a caldera which was formed by a large volcanic eruption several hundred of thousands of years ago which filled up with water.

Not only is it the world's largest lake ever found on an island, it is also the deepest lake in the Philippines and home to Taal Volcano; one of the smallest, most active volcanoes around the globe. The volcano is situated on a small island almost in the middle of Taal Lake and has a lake of its own.

Since the volcano is still extremely active, the area is declared a permanent zone of danger, but that hasn't withheld tourists and tour agencies from taking and offering trips to both Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. Some other activities include trekking, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, wind surfing, and scuba diving.

You will find one of the rarest sea snakes living in the lake which you may encounter when scuba-diving and don't be surprised coming across remnants of old towns which have been submerged by the rising waters of the lake.

In case you don't want to take the risk, but still would like to admire the scenery then there are other options for doing so which will follow soon!

See also:
Taal Lake, Philippines, Part 2

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