Mount Makaturing is located in Butig in Lanao del Sur Province. Mount Makaturing is a stratovolcano; it has a conical shape built from overlapping layers of volcanic ash, lava and pumice. Mount Makaturing is part of the Central Mindanao arc of volcanoes. With an elevation of 1,940 meters, it might not be one the highest peaks in the Philippines but it’s still worth exploring, especially if you’re interested in volcanoes or just want to take a refreshing and invigorating hike. Experts can’t really confirm exactly how many times Makaturing has erupted, but it’s worth noting that it’s considered to be a dormant but still highly active volcano. Continue reading
The Libtong Volcanic Crater is located in Naval in Biliran Province. There are numerous bubbling and steaming sulfuric hot springs and sulfuric deposits in the area. You can see steam rising from the ground. The central Biliran-Libtong Thermal Areas have 12 hot springs and one bubbling pool. There are 3 other thermal active areas: North Biliran-Panamao Thermal Area, Anas Thermal Area, South Biliran-Kalambis Thermal Area. To get to the Libtong Volcanic Creater requires a rough, bumpy ride and short downhill hike while inhaling the strong odor of sulfur.
Mount Clitoris, formerly known as Mount Mogao or Mount Mugaw, is located in Tadian, Mountain Province. Mount Clitoris is a canonical shaped mountain and stands proudly over three villages and its surrounding rice terraces. It is believed to be a dormant volcano. It is considered as sacred and appears serene and solemn at dusk or dawn.
Mount Isarog National Park was declared a national park since 1938, and harbors rainforest, endemic wildlife, waterfalls and is home to nomadic Negrito (Agta) tribes people. Mount Isarog is a large, isolated peak in Camarines Sur Province, on the Camarines Peninsula in southeastern Luzon. It is the highest forested peak in Southern Luzon, and is part of the Bicol volcanic chain, and could still be active although no historic eruptions are known. The volcano has active fumaroles, steam vents and hot springs. The mountain is a dormant volcano that rises to 1,976 meters (6,483 feet) tall. The vegetation there includes parang grasslands mixed with patches of secondary forest from the lowlands to 900 meters, lowland forest below about 1,000 meters, and montane forest above about 900 meters, including mossy forest above 1,500 meters. However, most of the remaining forest is Continue reading
Mount Iriga, also known as Mount Asog, is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines in the province of Camarines Sur. It is known for its phreatic (water) explosions. It is also a stratovolcano of about a kilometer from Lake Buhi. It rises 1,196 m (3,924 ft) with a base diameter of 10 kilometers. The volcano is dominantly andesitic in composition, but has several basaltic flank cones. It has a large crater breached to the SE, which formed during a massive flank failure that produced a large debris avalanche which buried several villages and formed a hilly, irregular deposit on the plain south of Lake Buhi 4 km from the summit. Continue reading
Experience a scenic trek to the “mountain of faith”, Mount Banahaw. Rising some 2,225 meters (7,300 feet) above the Quezon landscape, it has, for centuries, been an object of worship among the local folk. Situated along its slope are numerous waterfalls, caves and other natural formations, most of them believed to be sources of psychic power. The mountain is, in fact, home to dozens of peaceful religious sects, all of who profess their faith in Banahaw’s mystical quality. Mount Banahaw has a two-kilometer wide, 600-m-deep summit crater open to the SSW and contained a crater lake until 1730, when it drained to form mudflows. Continue reading
Taal Lake is a freshwater lake in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The lake is located 37 miles south of Manila, has two claims to fame: It is the deepest lake in the country, at 564 feet deep, and it is home to one of the world’s smallest, but most active, volcanoes.
Taal Lake has a volcanic crater with a maximum width of 15 miles (24 km) and rises less than 10 feet (3 meters above sea level. It has an area of 94 square miles (244 square km) and is the country’s third largest lake. Within the lake rises Volcano Island (984 feet [300 m]), which itself contains another small crater (Yellow Lake). Volcano Island, called Taal Volcano, Continue reading
Mount Mayon, also known as the Mayon Volcano, is an active stratovolcano on the island of Luzon. This volcano is located about 15 kilometers northwest of Legazpi City, the largest city in the Bicol Region. Its current elevation is 8,113 feet (2,463 meters).
Located in Albay Province, Mount Mayon is located on a convergent boundary between the Eurasian and Philippine Plate. The lighter continental plate floats over top of the oceanic plate, forcing it down, and allowing magma to well up from the Earth’s interior. This makes Mayon a very active volcano. It is currently the most active volcano in the Philippines, having erupted Continue reading
The Mount Bulusan Natural Park, one of the parks in the country declared by the national government as such in order to protect its ecosystem and maintain its natural beauty, covers a complex of primary and secondary forests, mystical lakes, rivers and natural springs, and the still active Mt. Bulusan which has an elevation of 5,077 feet above sea level. Continue reading
Jolo volcano is a group of young cinder cones and explosion craters on the 60-km-wide Jolo Island located off the Zamboanga Peninsula on SW Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines 190 km NE of Sabah, Malaysia.
Jolo Volcano is part of the Sulu arc and contains several young volcanic vents, including Mt. Dakula near Lake Panamo, the probably youngest cone of the island, Tumatangus volcano, at 811 m the highest point of the island, Bud Dajo (or Buddajo), a young basaltic cinder cone (620 m), and the cones of Matanding, Guimba, and Sungal. Continue reading