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Taal Volcano is a large caldera in Batangas that was formed by prehistoric eruptions. In the wake of the eruptions, it was eventually filled by Taal Lake. Throughout history it has erupted about 38 times, making it the second most active volcano in the Philippines. While it is usually known to only have one crater, the volcano is actually a complex volcano system that consists of 47 volcanic craters. Its most popular crater is the Binintiang Malaki cone on the volcano's northwestern tip. This now dormant crater is also what you can see from nearby Tagaytay City and nearby towns. Meanwhile, its Main Crater Lake is the biggest crater in the system. This lake used to contain a small island called Vulcan Point, but it eventually disappeared after the main crater had a Phreatomagmatic eruption in 2020. A phreatomagmatic eruption is caused by the interaction of magma and water.
The best way to get to Taal Volcano is by driving to the municipality of Taal and chartering a boat from there that can take you to the volcano's shores.
Otherwise, you can take a bus from bus terminals in Buendia, Cubao, or Alabang, that are heading to Tanauan Bayan. From there, you can either take a tricycle or walk to the Talisay Terminal and ride a jeep to the Talisay Palengke. Walk for a while to reach the area where boats are docked and charter one to take you to Taal Volcano's shores.
The best time to visit the island is from late December to late May as there are fewer chances of rainfall during these months. However, make sure to double-check with the local government units and tourism office before your planned trip to confirm if the volcano is safe to visit as it is still considered active.