Last February 2018, I visited Taal Volcano via Tabaro trail and the main jump-off point is via a boat ride from the town of San Nicolas, Batangas which is one of the towns that surrounds Taal Lake. I was quite impressed with the baywalk that the local government has built making it worthy for this article.
Just a brief background, Taal Lake is located in the province of Batangas which is the country's third largest lake after Laguna de Bay and Lake Lanao. It was formerly known as Bombón Lake that surrounds the Taal Caldera which is a volcanic caldera and was declared as a national park by Proclamation No. 235 on July 22, 1967.
According to Philvocs, Taal Lake was once an inlet of the nearby Balayan Bay, and can be accessed through it. But when Taal Volcano erupted during 1754 which was also the volcano's largest eruption, it blocked the Pansipit River with tephra that blocked the lake's sole outlet to the sea. This caused the waters to rise which eventually submerged the several lakeside towns. According to the locals, some remnants are still visible underwater to this day.
I'll write my blog post for Taal Volcano via Tabaro trail in the following months. (I have so many pending posts).
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- Sawyer, Frederic H. (1900-01-01). The Inhabitants of the Philippines. Library of Alexandria.
- Crossley, Professor John Newsome (2013-07-28). Hernando de los Ríos Coronel and the Spanish Philippines in the Golden Age. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
***I joined an event organized by John Sarco.