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“Volcanic lake on an island in a lake on an island in the sea, still following it?”
Review of Lake Taal

Lake Taal
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Owner description: This lake is the deepest in the Philippines.
Kampala, Uganda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Volcanic lake on an island in a lake on an island in the sea, still following it?”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

The lake on an island in a lake on an island in the sea. Cool vistas once you get to the top of the volcano, which is a pretty touristic affair, but still quite a nice experience to ride up there on horse-back. Stunning surroundings, and spent the rest of the day at a country club on the shores of the main lake which made for a very relaxing afternoon in the pool.

Visited December 2011
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Don't try to get too close”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

We were hoping to take a boat across the lake to hike on the volcano but as soon as we pulled into town were assaulted by vendors/commisioners. They were on foot, chasing the car and running next to it like we were handing out food to refugees. Next there were motorcycles following us and pulling up on both sides as we drove down the windy road. Not only was it offensive, it was scary and unsafe. Our driver was freaked out.
It was such a turn off we did not even want to be there. As a tourist destination I would say the government needs to fix the situation and make it safe for visitors. I will not go there again.

Visited November 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Islands Within Islands”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

I spent a few days in October, 2012, at the volcanic Lake Taal area. It is about 2 or 3 hours south of Manila; the bus ride is long, but even travel by private car is not quick. Its elevation gave a welcome and cooling respite from Manila and other coastal areas heat and humidity; several small nurseries offer a beautiful array of plants. It is well known for its "island within a lake within an island within a lake within an island." It suffered major volcanic destruction in the past couple centuries; the primary caldera is huge.
Tourism and construction are increasing; several hotels and restaurants offer a variety of options. Much of the natural beauty, like in many places in our over-populated planet, is being destroyed by too much unplanned or unrestricted construction and development and the consequential polllution. The sunset one night was spectacular.
The main attraction is taking a small boat to the "island within the lake" , seeing the visitors' lodge, and then either riding an unsaddled horse or hiking up to the volcanic rim along the one steep dusty trail. Plenty of touts offer deals, so investigate which is best offer for the ride (in a typical motor trike down from town to the lakeside) and the boatride. We paid 700 pesos for the two of us. Make sure to take bottled water with you before you begin the trip. As to the small island, I'm glad we chose the horses; I cannot remember the cost, but my recollection is that it seemed rather expensive. There are also some small hotels and restaurants inside the caldera along the lakeside road; of course, the prices there are higher than up in town. People everywhere there were quite friendly and helpful.
Another nice attraction is the large park, which offers plenty of room for picnics and has a zip line (short but exciting for newbies). The park has a minimal entrance fee; the zip line fee is reasonable and offers a photo of you as you end the line. It also has a gambling casino but little other nightlife. Within town, motorized trikes and buses are the primary modes of travel.

Visited October 2012
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“Great views, terrible people exploiting tourists with crap services”
Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

We went down to the lake ignoring the sales people.
Boats are available at 1000.
Pay 50 pesos entrance fee on the island, god knows for what...
Theres only one path going up the volcano you dont need a guide at all. If you wanna ride overprised ponies looking like goats than go ahead but its more comfortable to hike in our opinion. Drinks are expensive but thats normal in a location like that.
Just count out the annoying people and enjoy Gods creation.

1 Thank Marc4mix
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Quezon City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Great fresh water lake but poor management”
Reviewed May 26, 2012

Taal lake will be one of the best lake in the philippines if properly manage,but with abuse by the people living near the lake,aside from pollution from the garbage,overfishing is also a big problem.The Lake is Dying slowly.

Visited May 2012
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