The Philippines – Taal Lake

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Taal Lake, Philippines, December 2017

+ The place


+ My feelings and historical part

A trip that I do not regret to discover this volcano lake. It’s really grandiose. The crossing to the island was a little hectic, with a rather violent wind, a little wet on arrival. The climb to the lake was on horseback because on foot, it is quite steep.
Once up, some steps to climb and you discover this beautiful lake. You have an extraordinary panoramic view. If you look good, you can see some smoke on the sides and a little bubbling in the crater lake because the volcano is still active.
Historical part
Taal Lake (Tagalog: Lawa ng Taal), formerly known as Bombón Lake, is a freshwater caldera lake in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The lake fills Taal Volcano, a large volcanic caldera formed by very large eruptions between 500,000 and 100,000 years ago.
Taal Lake was once an inlet of nearby Balayan Bay, and was easily navigable from it. A series of major eruptions in the early 18th century battered the lakeside towns with earthquakes and volcanic debris. The activity culminated in 1754 with Taal Volcano’s largest eruption that blocked Pansipit River with tephra, blocking the lake’s sole outlet to the sea. This caused the waters to rise, eventually submerging several lakeside towns – the remnants of which are reportedly visible underwater to this day. Since the 1754 eruption, the surface elevation had risen from sea level to 5m (16ft) above sea level, with the lake’s once saline waters becoming freshwater after centuries of precipitation.