Bicol: Places to Visit & Things to do

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Bicol Region is also known as Region V. The region is composed of six provinces: AlbayCamarines NorteCamarines SurSorsogon and the island-provinces of Catanduanes andMasbate. — excerpts from wikepedia

With so many places to see and check in Bicol, I have compiled all the places I was able to visit here and the places I look forward to see on my next trip here. I’ve learned to love this place since childhood since this is my mom and dad’s hometown. It was only recently when I realised how wonderful this province is boasting with beautiful beaches, active volcanoes, soaring mountains and great food.

This is in no particular order. ☺

  • Calaguas Islands

Also known as Mahabang Buhangin in Tinaga Island is the famous for many campers and backpackers. Powdery White Sands and Crystal Blue Waters. To know more, click here.

Mahabang Buhangin

  • Mayon Volcano

Also known as Mount Mayon, is an active volcano in the province of Albay.  Renowned as the “perfect cone” because of its almost symmetric conical shape. Mayon Volcano is the main landmark of Albay Province, rising 2,462 meters or 8,077 feet. Direct flights from Manila offered by PAL Express and Cebu Pacific are available daily as well as bus rides coming from Pasay and Cubao offered by Peñafrancia Tours, Cagsawa Bus Tours, Philtranco, DLTB, Antonina and RSL. With so many to choose from getting a ticket at low price is easy. Soon, one can visit Bicol again via PNR as they are still undergoing repairs. One can also hike Mt Mayon as long as proper permit has been secured. See suggested Itinerary here.

Mt Mayon taken from Legaspi Bus Terminal

  • Caramoan Peninsula

Caramoan  is one of the famous destinations in Camarines Sur because of its majestic and breath-taking island beaches and rock formations. 5 Survivor TV Series started it all few years ago. FranceTurkeyIsraelBulgaria and Serbia had their Survivor editions here in Caramoan. This used to be a quiet town but after its big exposure the town started to flourish. Check out the story and My Three Day Itinerary and Expenses here.

Caramoan Islands

  • Mt Isarog

Soaring at 1966 MASL, Mt Isarog is a paradise at the heart of Camarines Sur. It has rich biodiversity with its very own mossy forests and verdant crater, an overview of Bicol Peninsula, and a glimpse of majestic Mt. Mayon. Mt Isarog is the second highest mountain in Bicol. See the story of my Hike and for the suggested Itinerary and Expenses here.

View From The Top

View From The Top

  • Mt Bulusan

Mt. Bulusan, or Bulusan Volcano, in Sorsogon, rises to 1565 MASL and is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines. Recent eruptions in 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011 intermittently closed the mountain for several years, until it reopened in June 2012. – excerpts from Pinoy Mountaineer

Major jumpoff: Lake Bulusan, Brgy. San Roque, Bulusan
LLA: 1565 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 6-9 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 1-4
Features: Three lakes, volcanic crater, tropical rainforest

Mt Bulusan hiding beyond the clouds

  • Mt Labo

The tallest mountain in Camarines Norte. Mount Labo, is a potentially active stratovolcano in the province of Camarines Norte, in Region V, on Luzon Island, in the Philippines. Labo has an elevation of 1544 masl and is thermally activity with both warm and hot springs. – source: wikimapia

  • Black Beach

You’ll find Albay’s black sand beaches along the coasts of Bacacay, Sto. Domingo and Tiwi. The distinct black sand is a result of the natural erosion of volcanic rock that evolved from ground lava.  A little grainy and warm to the touch, the sand is comfortable to walk on.  Locals likewise believe that the black sands have therapeutic benefits

Black Sand

 

  • Ligñon Hill

Ligñon Hill provides a breathtaking view of the Albay Gulf especially at night. It stands at 500-ft. above sea level and overlooking Legazpi City. A favorite of joggers and lovers, it is also easily accessible to tourists as it is a 3-minute drive from the city proper. One can also get a tricycle to get here. ATV ride is also available for those who want to get to the top without having to walk. At the top, different activities are offered such as Zip Line, Repelling.

Operating Hours:

8AM to 11PM Daily
5AM to 9AM Regular Joggers (free of charge)

Park Environmental fee rates:

Php 10 Educational Tour rates
Php 20 Non-Albay residents
Php 20 Foreign Visitors

Zipline off Season Rates (with hard copy picture):

Php 250 Basic
Php 350 Advance – superman

Rapelling (150 feet):

Php 200 off season
Php 250 peak season

ATV c/o Your Brother Travel and Tours 

Php 1800/hour 150cc
Php 2500/hour 500cc
Php 2500/hour Buggy

Quotations are subject to change without prior notice

Ligñon Hill Shop

Overlooking View

  • Kawa Kawa Hill

The Kawa-Kawa Hill is a 236 meter land form in Ligao resembling a ‘kawa’ or cauldron. It is now one of Albay’s tourist and religious destinations a stunning 360 degree view of Ligao City and neighboring towns, as well as sprawling green fields and nearby Mts. Masaraga and Mt. Mayon and a life-size Stations of the Cross. This a favorite among joggers and devotees.

Kawa Kawa Hill

Kawa Kawa Hill Trail

  • ATV to the Lava Wall

This is one of the things I will definitely on my next return to this province. If you are interested you can refer to Bicol Adventure ATV.

  • Embarcadero de Legaspi

Embarcadero de Legazpi is a premier waterfront development in the Legazpi City harbor that is emerging as a world-class lifestyle hub both for tourists and the locals. Being the only mall that is open even until past midnight, Embarcadero de Legazpi revitalized the city’s nightlife. With a beaming searchlight on top of its signature shimmering lighthouse and colorful lights reflecting on sea waters, nocturnal party-goers are drawn to this new-found haven where serene nature meets stylish urban living.

Embarcadero Shopping Lane

Embarcadero Sea View

Embarcadero Mayon View

Any recommendations or suggestions? Let me know.🙂

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