The Real Taal Volcano: Where is the actual volcano lake?

Binintiang Malake is not the Taal Volcano
We've might have been deceived by this all of our life!

Whenever we visit Tagaytay City in Cavite, we commonly spot this picturesque view from afar - what we thought is the "real" Taal Volcano. However, what we knew is wrong all this time.

What we see from prime spots and vantage points is NOT the actual volcano. It is merely one of the 47 cones and craters of Taal Volcano. By Ms Cagigas words the Binintiang Malaki is “..undoubtedly the prettiest, most photographed, most painted and most volcano-looking part of Taal Volcano Island & many think it is the Taal Volcano. This mound or cone is just part of the volcano, a very small part of it.
Taal Volcano versus Binintiang Malaki
Have you pointed out this Philippine famous landmark to your visiting friends, locals and foreign, as the volcano? We’ll you are not alone. It is not hard to make this mistake as even the postcards available on our bookstores and malls focuses on the Binintiang Malaki and tagged this as Taal Volcano. It’s beautiful and postcard perfect!

Taal Volcano is on Volcano Island, over & behind the hill Binintiang Malaki. Many visitors goes boating across the lake to get to the volcano island. Then take a leisurely horseback ride to get near the crater. Though lingering long near the crater is dangerous especially if its spewing sulfur.


On the respected geologic website Smithsonian Institution there is a picture of Binintiang Malaki and a short description of this cone and it goes:

“Binintiang Malaki is a pyroclastic cone at the NW tip of Volcano Island, was formed during an eruption in 1707. The 263-m-high cone, seen here from the SW, is the largest of the flank cones on Volcano Island, to which it is connected by a broad isthmus.”


Now that you know the truth about Taal Volcano, you can share and boast it by sharing this to your friends! :)

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