View of Mayon Volcano's smoking peak in Bicol

Top 12 Bicol Region Tourist Spots: Mayon Volcano, Caramoan Islands, Donsol Whale Sharks

Ella Larena

12. Bulusan Lake

11. subic beach, 10. binurong point.

  • 9. Daraga Church

8. Sumlang Lake

  • 7. Ligñon Hill Nature Park
  • 6. Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

5. CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC)

4. calaguas, 3. caramoan, 2. donsol whale shark interaction center, 1. mayon volcano view at cagsawa ruins park.

Top 12 Bicol Region Tourist Spots: Mayon Volcano, Caramoan Islands, Donsol Whale Sharks

Discover the countryside charms of the Bicol region, one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the southeast peninsula of Luzon, the largest island in the northern portion of the Philippine archipelago. Find out some of the best Bicol tourist spots and why it remains a popular travel destination for adventure seekers and even the less daring.

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Known for the almost perfectly conical Mount Mayon Volcano and its panoramic views from Legazpi, Albay , Bicol comprises of church-laden historic routes, coconut-rich regional cuisine (with copious amounts of native chilies), spectacular fiestas and festivals, prime diving spots, virgin beaches of Catanduanes , and vibrant marine biodiversity ideal for spotting and snorkeling with the whale sharks of Donsol. That's why it's the perfect destination for countless itineraries – there's always something to do and places to explore!

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Bicol opens many doors to memorable activities and experiences in its off-the-beaten tracks that draw thousands of visitors yearly. This guide counts down the top 12 tourist attractions in Bicol with things to do that are guaranteed to get you a good dose of rewarding adventures.

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Boats and a floating hut on Bulusan Lake, Bicol

Situated in the sheltered tropical lushness of Sorsogon, the small town of Bulusan serves as home to Mount Bulusan, the fourth most active volcano in the Philippines. The volcanic mountain rises at 5,135ft above sea level on the large expanse of Bulusan National Park in the southernmost portion of Luzon. You can explore the park through a tour of Sorsogon's top tourist spots .

Like Mount Bulusan, the lake is also elevated. Its deep green emerald waters sit at the foot of the towering mountain, rich with flora and fauna inhabited by rare specimens from colorful kingfishers to golden-crowned flying foxes. No wonder it's sometimes considered as the 'Switzerland of the Orient'. 

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One of the highlights covered in many Sorsogon tours , Bulusan Lake provides scenic tranquility best experienced paddling around on a kayak boat. You can enjoy a pleasant nature sightseeing of different plants and birds amidst the soaring mountains. It's worth driving away from Sorsogon City via Irosin if you're coming from a day trip in Legazpi.

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Aerial view of Subic Beach in Bicol

Kickstart your island getaway on Subic Beach, Matnog, one of the Philippines' hidden beach attractions solely for its blushing, pinkish-white sands against the clear turquoise waters. 

Subic Beach is an idyllic beach spot in Calintaan and one of the pink sand islands in Matnog (others being Tikling and the Juan Lagoon Fish Sanctuary). Offering more than just its stunning waves and finely crushed red corals decorating its beds of sand, Subic Beach is also the gateway to a series of sea caves and rock formations that you can explore from a short sailing distance away.

Whether you're up for a swim near the shore, a boat ride to a small underwater cave, or a quick tan under the sun, this aquamarine paradise promises you a fun time. Experience its beauty in a Sorsogon Matnog Subic Beach day tour from Legazpi with hotel transfers from Legazpi, private boat rentals with fish-feeding activities, and tour guide services, among others.

The cliffside at Binurong Point, Bicol

Ready your trekking shoes for a scenic hiking activity in one of the off-beat destinations in the region: Binurong Point. Located in the meandering terrains along the coast of Baras municipality, this hiking trail is a popular tourist spot among adventure and nature enthusiasts alike.

Reaching the pastoral cliff offers endless views of the wide-open sea and lush, lyrical terrains enveloping the region that's worth a thousand pictures. While it shares striking similarities with the rural scenery in Batanes, this route is known as a beginner hike that only takes less than an hour. 

Casual visitors can enjoy a quick morning exercise with a glimpse of the beautiful sunrise before starting the day. You can visit Binurong Point via the East Catanduanes sightseeing tour  to witness its picturesque landscapes and admire a different side of Luzon's southernmost area.

9. Daraga Church 

Facade of Daraga Church in Albay, Bicol

Daraga Church sits on top of a hill overlooking Mount Mayon Volcano and is considered a religious landmark in Legazpi, Albay. A must-visit for first-time visitors in Bicol's regional center, walking down its halls feels like a short journey through history, religion, and design. 

The church was originally named Nuestra Señora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate) Parish Church and first established as a settlement by people relocating from Cagsawa after a major eruption of the Mayon Volcano. In 1772, the Spanish government granted permission to build the religious structure with the intention of fostering a new community in the south of Cagsawa.

The present church was built in Barangay Santa Maria under the orchestration of Franciscan priests in 1773 as a replacement for the old Cagsawa Church after it was devastated by a series of volcanic eruptions.

Today, this historic icon is a part of many Legazpi City tours for those who wish to get to know more about the Albay province capital during their visit.

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Tourists float on rafts on Sumlang Lake near Mayon Volcano

If you're looking to witness 360-degree views of Mayon Volcano without the hassle of tourist crowds, Sumlang Lake is your safest bet. A calm and relaxing destination to travel around, this enchanting attraction boasts an unobstructed panorama of the world-renowned conically shaped volcano.

However, this atmospheric beauty wasn't always the stunning landmark tourists visit today. The lake was once pervaded by water lilies, volcanic debris, and filthy waters for years until the residents held a bayanihan (communal work) initiative to rehabilitate the 14-hectare body of water. The effort has paid off; it is now a famous rendezvous for couples and small group tours. 

Hidden in the outskirts of Legazpi, the lake sits on the Albay Agri Ethno Eco Village in Camalig town and is accessible via jeep from the city center. Don’t forget to try riding on a traditional bamboo raft while enjoying the beautiful scenery Albay has to offer. It's also home to Socorro's Lakeside Restaurant and Grill, one of the best restaurants in Albay . 

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Ligñon Hill draws the line between Legazpi and Mount Mayon, a famous tourist spot during your stop in the Albay top tourist spots tour . Known as the 'Protector of Legazpi City', the national park is responsible for keeping the regional center safe from catastrophes. 

Towering at 156m with a 360-degree panoramic view of the Mayon Volcano, this scenic landscape also hosts many extreme sports activities like a 320m zip line, hiking, biking, and paintball that even the less adventurous would dare to try. What else does a nature park offer aside from its most sought out viewpoint? It also has a 10-minute hiking trail to the summit and a World War II-like experience at the historic Japanese Tunnel.

This prime destination is another sightseeing spectacle, especially during a relaxing sunrise viewing in the early morning. Witness the golden sun rays stretching towards Legazpi, Daraga, and the Albay Gulf; no filter needed.

6. Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Exterior of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Photo by Archdiocese of Caceres

Locals and tourists visit 'Ina' to pray and seek her intercession in the quest for living a better life. 'Ina' here is the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary kept inside the church for devotees and road travelers to pay homage to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, enshrined in the only minor basilica in the whole Bicol Region and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres.

Known for its intricate and elaborate glass mosaic windows depicting stories in the Holy Bible to demonstrate Christian beliefs to the people, this religious sanctuary is also named one of the largest Marian Pilgrimage Sites in Asia. Whether you’re a believer or not, this church is a work of art that's worth the time to explore and learn its intriguing history.

With the hand-painted ceiling, the beautiful shrine at the altar, even the rustic souvenir shop, the basilica offers a peaceful respite for everyone enjoying a quiet Sunday before visiting the hot springs. You can drop by this magnificent church through the Bicol Naga City pilgrimage private tour during your stop in Camarines Sur.

An athlete wakeboarding in CamSur Waterpark during sunset

Photo by CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC)

Get ready for an awesome non-stop water fun at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) and learn the basics of watersports ranging from cable skiing, wakeboarding, and other towing activities guided by expert instructors! 

Enjoy the clear waters in a series of thrilling sports towed on a buoyant, convex-shaped board or a pair of waterskis at planing speeds behind a motorboat. Get your instructor to show you some tricks to overcome the challenges as a first-time rider. Aside from ramps and obstacles, the park also features a beach volleyball area and a pool for those who want to spend more time basking under the sun.

This 6-hectare world-class water park takes watersports on a whole other level with its top-of-the-line facilities amid the cozy, relaxing environment. Owing to its location in the capital of Pili, Camarines Sur, CWC is a popular spot for traveling families and friends on the lookout for places to chill and have fun. From its Instagram-worthy on-site villas, well-stocked Clubhouse, to the obstacle courses, CWC makes for a worthwhile escape from the bustling city.

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Aerial view of Calaguas Island's shoreline

Settle down in the picturesque paradise of Calaguas. Best explored on a full-day Calaguas island-hopping tour , this majestic series of islands in Camarines Norte is home to white-sand beaches and rough seas that serve as a nice little getaway from the busy city.

Otherwise known as 'The Concealed White Beach of Bohol', Calaguas is a small group of islands located in the municipality of Vinzons. The island is famous for having unspoiled natural resources that help preserve its pristine beauty. This serene coastline is now a marvel filled with untouched natural wonders, cottages, and DIY tents that city dwellers seek as a temporary refuge.

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Tinaga Island

Calaguas houses three main islands: Tinaga, Guintinua, and Maculabo, plus a few other islets nearby. People recount their Calaguas experience during their time in Mahabang Buhangin Beach – a long stretch of white sand beach in Tinaga Island.

A must-visit solely for its unspoiled beauty and immersive nature, visitors are greeted with the sunny weather and calming sound of the waves, all of which are enjoyable even when you’re just camping in your tent. 

Guintinua Island and Maculabo Island

While there are no commercial offers of island hopping tours in Calaguas, you can always hire a private boat that will take you around the area for the day. But you can always negotiate with the locals depending on your budget.

Aside from Tinaga, the deserted islands of Guintinua and Maculabo are also worth the visit to truly experience the serenity of Calaguas. You can also do some fun activities like snorkeling, diving, or even hiking to kill time. Buy a coconut from the locals to take with you and keep you refreshed on your day out.

Whitesand coast of Caramoan Island

If you want to go off-the-grid and escape the crowds, Caramoan’s host of secret beaches remain unknown to most tourists, making this isolated group of small islands a distinct castaway paradise.

With its powdery white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, mystic lagoons, and stalactite-rich caves, this should be a top priority in your itinerary. In fact, you can go on a Caramoan Island hopping tour with a private transfer from Virac, Catanduanes, if you're already in Bicol.

Caramoan is considered the Philippines’ last frontier in terms of uncharted islands. This secluded area sets the new standard for ideal tropical destinations with its well-preserved marine life and incredible rock formations.

Caramoan Island offers plenty of opportunities for kayaking, diving, snorkeling, rock climbing, and exploring lagoons and caves. You can experience all of these via island hopping and visit a few or all attractions in the main islands: Bag-ing, Cagbanilad, Catanhawan, Cotivas, Lahos, Matukad, Minalahos, Pitogo, and Sabitang-Laya. So explore as much as you can!

A whale shark swimming near the surface

Experience swimming with whale sharks when you go on a Donsol whale shark  tour! 

Situated in the province of Sorsogon, Donsol is now a popular hub of tourism that houses the Whale Shark Interaction Eco-Tourism Project initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Like many other touristy locations in the Bicol Region, the municipality is leading the way for sustainable tourism by involving the general public to discover and meet the gentle giants of the Philippine Sea. 

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Fondly called butanding in Tagalog, whale sharks come to Donsol Bay for 6-7 months to feed on the small fishing villages around the Donsol River. Around this time, tourists flock to Donsol for a chance to interact with these adorable sea creatures while in the coastal town.

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Donsol is one of the few places in the world that guarantees a fun (and responsible) whale shark sighting in the country. To compare this experience to the same wildlife activity in Oslob , Donsol whale sharks are in their natural environment where boats do not overcrowd nor force-feed them. They are also closely monitored by the local government and only allow seasonal sightings and interactions from November to July to ensure its long-term sustainability.

View of Mayon Volcano from the Cagsawa Ruins park

In 1814, Mayon Volcano recorded its most violent eruption, completely burying the entire town of Cagsawa by fast-flowing volcanic matter, except for the belfry. But unlike any other beautiful place in the Philippines, this once lively town had to go through such tragedy for it to be one of the most popular Albay tourist spots in Daraga..

Set against the magnificent backdrop of its creator, Cagsawa Ruins Park is declared a national cultural treasure that brings visitors closer to the volcano. The site is just a short drive away from Daraga proper, and once you’ve arrived, several exhilarating Mayon Volcano tours await you, including the Mayon ATV tour around the foothills of Mount Mayon as well as awe-inspiring landscapes in the area. 

Treat yourself afterward to a delectable feast of Bicolano cuisine at Albay restaurants before cooling down with a pleasant stroll inside the Cagsawa National Museum. 

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View of Mayon Volcano's smoking peak in Bicol

Experience the Beauty of the Bicol Region

Backpackers, campers, and even the average tourist will never run out of things to do in Bicol. This region is more than just its spicy food, whale sharks, and active volcanoes. Bicol is beautiful and beyond basic, with a host of less-traveled islands, deserted beaches, and many natural wonders waiting to be discovered. If you’re up for a real adventure with a dash of culture and history on the side, Bicol is the place to be. 

So start crafting your itinerary for your Bicol tours and activities for an unforgettable stay in this underrated paradise! Surely, this almost uncharted territory will be one of your favorite travel destinations in no time. To ease your travel planning and budgeting, make sure to read our  travel guides and check out our collection of Philippine tours and activities  and Philippine hotels and resorts  for your next trip.

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Discover the Top 30 Tourist Spots in Bicol Region - A Place of Natural Wonders and Rich Cultural Heritage

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Welcome to Bicol Region, a paradise nestled in the Philippines that boasts a harmonious blend of natural wonders and rich cultural heritage. Situated in the southern part of Luzon, this region offers a plethora (literally!) of tourist spots that will leave you in awe. Join us on a journey as we unveil the top 30 must-visit attractions in Bicol Region, ensuring an unforgettable travel experience.

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Mayon Volcano

Marvel at the perfect cone shape of Mayon Volcano, one of the most iconic landmarks in the Philippines. Visit Legazpi City in Albay to witness its majestic beauty up close.

Caramoan Islands

Explore the captivating islands of Caramoan, known for their pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and limestone cliffs. Embark on island-hopping tours to discover its hidden gems.

Dive into the waters of Donsol in Sorsogon, the "Whale Shark Capital of the World." Swim alongside these gentle giants, the largest fish in the world, for an awe-inspiring experience. II’m actually proud to flex that I was a part of the team that helped formulate the whale shark interaction program as a way to provide the locals with a sustainable alternative livelihood.

Quitinday Hills

Hike up the scenic Quitinday Hills in Camalig, Albay, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the picturesque Mayon Volcano.

Cagsawa Ruins

Visit the ruins of Cagsawa Church in Daraga, Albay, which stand as a haunting reminder of the destructive eruption of Mayon Volcano in the 18th century. Capture stunning photos of the volcano framed by the ruins.

Calaguas Islands

Escape to the pristine beaches of Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte. Relax on its powdery white sand, swim in turquoise waters, and camp under the starry night sky.

Mount Isarog

Embark on a thrilling adventure by hiking Mount Isarog in Camarines Sur. Explore its lush forests, encounter unique wildlife, and enjoy panoramic views from the summit. There are waterfalls in the mountain that are easy walks from the parking station. Bring extra clothing!

Matnog Pink Beach

Discover the enchanting pink sand beach in Matnog, Sorsogon. Enjoy the stunning coastline, go snorkeling to see vibrant marine life, and witness the unique pink hues created by crushed red corals.

Trek through the rainforest in Malinao, Albay, to reach Vera Falls. Take a refreshing dip in its cool waters, surrounded by lush greenery and cascading falls.

Atulayan Island

Visit the picturesque Atulayan Island in Bacacay, Albay. Take a boat ride to the island and bask in the beauty of its pristine beaches, coral reefs, and serene atmosphere.

Ligñon Hill Nature Park

Enjoy panoramic views of Legazpi City and Mayon Volcano from Ligñon Hill Nature Park. Take a leisurely hike, zipline through the lush landscapes, or simply relax in the park's serene ambiance.

CamSur Watersports Complex

Experience thrilling water sports at CamSur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur. Try wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and waterskiing in this world-class facility.

Malabsay Falls

Explore the natural beauty of Malabsay Falls in Naga City, Camarines Sur. Take a refreshing swim in its clear waters and immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings.

Mount Iriga

Conquer the challenging trails of Mount Iriga in Camarines Sur. Trek through lush forests, witness stunning views, and enjoy the exhilaration of reaching the summit.

Bagasbas Beach

Surfing enthusiasts will love Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte. Ride the waves or take surf lessons in this popular surfing destination.

Paniman Beach

Discover the pristine beauty of Paniman Beach in Caramoan, Camarines Sur. Enjoy its white sand, turquoise waters, and tranquil atmosphere away from the crowds.

Mount Mayon ATV Adventure

Experience an adrenaline rush with an ATV adventure around the foothills of Mayon Volcano. Explore the rugged terrain and marvel at the volcano's grandeur. There would be times when Mt. Mayon would be erupting and a danger zone where no one can enter will be established. Ask first your ATV operator if the activity can be done in a safe zone.

Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave

Journey into the captivating underground world of Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave in Camalig, Albay. Admire its stunning rock formations and learn about the cave's cultural and historical significance.

Calabidongan Cave

Explore the natural wonders of Calabidongan Cave in Jovellar, Albay. Traverse its chambers, navigate through narrow passages, and marvel at the unique rock formations.

Malinao Volcano Natural Park

Discover the pristine wilderness of Malinao Volcano Natural Park in Albay. Trek through its lush forests, soak in hot springs, and revel in the serenity of nature.

Panicuason Hot Springs Resort

Indulge in relaxation at Panicuason Hot Springs Resort in Naga City, Camarines Sur. Soak in natural hot springs, enjoy therapeutic spa treatments, and rejuvenate your mind and body.

Lignon Hill ATV Adventure

Embark on an exhilarating ATV adventure through the scenic trails of Lignon Hill in Legazpi City. Enjoy breathtaking views of Mayon Volcano and the surrounding landscapes.

Quitinday Underground River

Explore the underground river system of Quitinday in Albay. Traverse the dark caves, witness unique rock formations, and marvel at the beauty of this hidden gem.

Malilipot Clay Pottery

Experience the art of pottery-making in Malilipot, Albay. Visit local pottery workshops, learn about the traditional techniques, and create your own clay masterpiece.

Bagumbayan Beach

Unwind on the serene shores of Bagumbayan Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon. Relax on its golden sand, swim in its inviting waters, and savor the tranquility of this hidden gem.

Visit Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur, famous for its picturesque landscapes and abundant harvest of delicious freshwater fish. Explore the lake by boat and enjoy the scenic beauty of its surroundings.

Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia

Pay homage to the patroness of Bicol, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, at the Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia in Naga City. Admire the grandeur of the church and witness religious processions and festivals.

Itbog Twin Falls

Journey to Tinambac, Camarines Sur, and witness the majestic Itbog Twin Falls. Marvel at the two-tiered waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery and tranquil pools.

Mercedes Islands

Embark on a picturesque island-hopping adventure to the Mercedes Islands in Camarines Norte. Discover a cluster of stunning islands with white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and beachcombing in this hidden gem of Bicol Region.

Sumlang Lake

Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Sumlang Lake in Camalig, Albay. Take a bamboo raft ride, enjoy the panoramic views, and witness the stunning sunset over the lake.

With these top 30 tourist spots in Bicol Region, the Philippines, your journey through this captivating region will be nothing short of extraordinary. From majestic volcanoes to pristine beaches, Bicol Region offers a diverse range of attractions that showcase the region's natural wonders and rich cultural heritage.

Remember to plan your itinerary carefully and immerse yourself in the unique experiences each destination has to offer. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural exploration, Bicol Region will exceed your expectations. Get ready to create unforgettable memories as you explore the breathtaking beauty of this remarkable part of the Philippines.

15 Best Bicol Tourist Spots And Things to do in Bicol (Travel Guide)

By: Author Ruben

Categories Asia , Philippines , Travel Advice

Last updated on August 7th, 2022 at 05:37 am

We will write about the best Bicol tourist spots and things to do in Bicol. There are beautiful beaches in Camarines Norte and Catanduanes . If you like adventure Mt Mayon in Bicol Region and the whale sharks in Donsol are the best plans for you in this region in the Philippines .

Read here  how to get to Calaguas ,  Manila to Naga and Albay tourist spots .

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BEST TIME TO VISIT BICOL

Like any other place in the Philippines there are two kinds of seasons-  the dry season from November to April  and the  wet season from May to October.  

The best time to visit Bicol tourist spots is during dry season, especially from  December  to  February  when temperatures are much cooler and touring will most likely not be interrupted by rains and will not be really hot going around.

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Bicol Tourist Spots And Things to do in Bicol

We will start our list with our favorite one in the list of Bicol tourist spots Calaguas Island in North of Bicol Province. We will continue with Naga, Caramoan and going to the South of Bicol.

1. CALAGUAS ISLAND, CAMARINES DEL NORTE

Calaguas Island is called the little Boracay. You just get to Calaguas Beach and you feel in paradise. Those colors in the water a long beach with white sand.

Avoiding high season and weekends you will be calm and quiet in Calaguas Beach. Enjoying Calaguas Beach was our favorite in the list of things to do in Calaguas Island.

Read here Calaguas itinerary and  things to do in Calaguas Island !

2. Naga City

Naga City is located in  Camarines Sur  and it’s usually a stopover before going to Caramoan since there are daily flights coming from Manila to  Naga Airport .

We passed by coming from Calaguas Island and after visiting Burias Island. We will discover our favorite Naga tourist spots . We really loved the place and it reminded us to Angeles City in Pampanga where we are based.

3. CARAMOAN

Caramoan has an amazing island hopping. You can choose whole day trip visiting 4 islands for  2500 PHP . Or short trip  1500 PHP  enjoying beaches with huge rock cliffs similar to  El Nido , in Palawan.

Read here  Caramoan tourist spots and where to stay in Caramoan !

We just stayed swimming, taking pictures for long time since we loved it. And we only saw 2-3 boats doing island hopping in Caramoan that day. Beautiful beaches, sand bar and the amazing limestones.

4. SUBIC BEACH IN SORSOGON

Subic Beach is popular because of the Pink colors in the sand with blue waters. You can get there in the island hopping in Matnog . And we totally recommend to spend the day in this beach for us is one of the best beaches in Sorsogon .

Read here  Sorsogon tourist spots and how to get from Manila to Sorsogon !

5. DONSOL, SORSOGON

Donsol is one of the most popular Bicol tourist spots because of the Whale Sharks. In South Luzon in Bicol Province and close to Legazpi you can do this activity.

When you visit Donsol, you shouldn’t miss diving and swimming with the whale sharks. Don’t worry because they are friendly creatures. Just don’t do anything that will stress or scare them.

Read here beach resorts in Sorsogon !

6. MAYON VOLCANO, LEGAZPI

Mayon volcano is one of the best things to do in Bicol. It is an active, perfect-cone volcano that is famous to tourists. Aside from the Mayon Volcano, don’t forget to taste the delicacy of the Bicolanos- spicy foods. You can go around with an ATV for adventure.

7. CAGSAWA RUINS PARK, LEGAZPI

Cagsawa Ruins Park are remnants of a 16th-century Franciscan church, Cagsawa church. It was built in 1587 but was burned down by Dutch pirates in 1636 and rebuilt in 1724 by Fr. Francisco Blanco. But it destroyed in 1814 with the eruption of the Mayon Volcano.

8. GUINANAYAN ISLAND

Guinanayan Island is a white sand surrounding the island. A perfect place for practicing snorkeling, scuba-diving and relax swimming. There is a beach resort and you can even camping. To get to Guinanayan Island there is one daily boat going from Tabaco to Guinanayan.

9. LAKE BULUSAN

Bulusan Lake is a natural beauty located in Sorsogon. The vibrant lake back grounded by the lush forest is a great scenery to bask in. The lake is part of the 4th most active Volcano in the Philippines, Bulusan Volcano. No wonder it’s one of the famous Bicol tourist spots!

10. Surfing in Gubat

Try surfing in Buenavista Beach in Gubat Sorsogon one of the best things to do in Bicol. The place isn’t fully developed yet that’s why the place is a charm. The accomodation around the are well ventilated nipa huts. If you want to learn about surfing, you can learn it here for only  350 PHP . 

11. TINALISAYAN ISLAND, BURIAS ISLAND

Tinalisayan Island is 30 minutes boat ride from San Pascual Port. One of the most beautiful islands with a small sand bar, clear water and white sand. There is an entrance fee of  50 PHP  per adult and Tinalisayan Island was very clean.

You can get an open cottage for  300 PHP  to have lunch. There are no cottages for sleeping in Tinalisayan Island. You can pitch your tent if you are bringing and you talk to the owner in the island.

We enjoyed a few hours taking pictures, flying the drone, swimming, snorkeling, taking under watershots before coming back to San Pascual. There are no cottages in this island but there are tables if you are planning to have your lunch there. It was our favorite one in our Burias Island Tour .

Read here how to go to Burias Island !

12. SOMBRERO ISLAND, BURIAS ISLAND

Sombrero Island takes an hour to reach there from San Pascual Port. There are cottages in Sombrero Island to stay overnight and you can also rent or pitch a tent if you like it. It’s called Sombrero Island because of the shape of the island next to it as you can see in the picture.

There is an entrance  30 PHP  per adult. And  700 PHP  if you want to rent a cottage during the day. Expect to pay around  1500-3000 PHP  to stay overnight in the cottages.

13. Ticlao Island, Masbate

Ticlao Island is located in Masbate is a perfect pacae for island hopping in the Philippines. You can rent a boat for 2500 PHP good enough for 6-8 people in Monreal North part of the island. From Ticlao Island you can continue in Masbate or going to Bulan in Sorsogon or you can also visit Burias Island.

14. Catanduanes, Virac

Catanduanes is one of the beaten path destinations in the Philippines located in Bicol. You can go by plane from Manila to Virac. The popular activities to do in Catanduanes are surfing and island hopping.

After Catanduanes you can go to Legazpi City to visit Mayon Volcano or you can head to Caramoan by ferry.

15. TRY BICOL EXPRESS

Bicol Express is the most popular dish in Bicol Province and for sere it’s one of the best things to do in Bicol trying this traditional dish. Bicol Express is made of tofu with green beans and it’s creamy and spicy.

It can be cooked with coconut milk. You can have a Vegetarian version or you can eat with pork belly and fish sauce.

Hotels in Bicol

There are a few rooms and B&Bs,  Airbnb  available all over Bicol that cost around  1000 PHP  per night. That’s just  $19 USD ! Most of the places are close to city center and Bus Terminal.

For more luxury accommodation rates are starting at 2500 PHP for hotels in Bicol.

HOTEL VENEZIA

Hotel Venezia is located just two minutes far from the airport and provides easy access to the downtown attractions. Hotel Venezia includes a room service, a coffee shop, a family room, and meeting rooms. One of the best options for hotels in Bicol.

Prices are starting at  3500 PHP  and it’s one of the best Legazpi hotels in the list.

Address: Renaissance Gardens, Washington Drive, Cruzada, Legazpi, Philippines, 4500

Click here to check prices and availability !

THE MARISON HOTEL

The Marison Hotel is located in the heart of Legazpi City just a quick five-minute drive from the Legazpi Airport. The Marison Hotel has 118 huge and elegantly-furnished rooms one of the biggest hotels in Bicol and the biggest in Legazpi City. All guest rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a desk, free WiFi, and a private bathroom.

There are three dining options inside The Marison Hotel: IL Morso Italian Restaurant, The Sans Cafe & Bar and Chilo Bar for cocktails, wines, beers and non-alcoholic beverages. Prices are starting from  3800 PHP .

Address: Corner Imelda Roces Avenue, Barangay 38- Gogon, Legazpi City, Cruzada, Legazpi, Philippines, 4500

ZEN ROOMS YOUR BROTHERS HOUSE LEGAZPI

ZEN Rooms Your Brothers House Legazpi is located in the Rawis area in Mayon Tribal Village only 5 kilometers away from city center. Your Brother House with 18 rooms offers impeccable service and all the essential top-class facilities like 24-hour security, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out and luggage storage.

Prices for the room starts at  1300 PHP . It’s one of the most beautiful hotels in Bicol.

Address: Brgy. Pawa Legazpi City Albay Philippines, Rawis, Legazpi, Philippines, 4500

MAYON LODGING HOUSE

Mayon Lodging House is located 10 kilometers far from the city center. Mayon Lodging House has 20 rooms and provides kitchen, 24-hour front desk towels, fan, air conditioning, balcony/terrace, satellite/cable TV. Prices are starting at  800 PHP  for a room for two people.

Address: Pan-Philippine Highway (AH26) Purok 6 Brgy. Busay Daraga, Albay, Daraga, Legazpi, Philippines, 4105 

Trip Inn is located in Oro Site area and ideal point of departure for your excursions in Legazpi. Trip Inn offers 24-hour front desk, Wi-Fi in public areas, airport transfer and safety deposit boxes. Prices are starting from  1200 PHP .

Address: F Imperial St., Oro Site, Legazpi, Philippines, 4500

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Exploring the Best of Bicol: A Guide to the Most Spectacular Tourist Spots in the Philippines

Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Bicol, Philippines! Discover breathtaking tourist spots, from majestic volcanoes to pristine beaches.

If you're looking for an adventurous getaway, Bicol is the place to be! With many fascinating places to explore, a trip to any Bicol tourist spotpromises to be an exhilarating adventure that will leave you spellbound.

Be captivated by majestic volcanoes and unspoiled beaches brimming with diverse marine life. Swim with friendly butanding or uncover the mysteries of mountains, caves, and cliffs.

Are you ready to explore the breathtaking beauty of Bicol? Keep reading to unveil its best-kept secrets.

What Makes Bicol a Must-Visit Destination?

Amazing Climate

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It is pleasant year-round in Bicol, with no dry or wet season in the western and southern areas and minimal rainfall from March to May. The weather is also warm, from 27°C to 30°C, so you can enjoy Bicol tourist attractions to their fullest.

Rich Culture and Food

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Bicol Philippines tourismis booming thanks to its tasty dishes and vibrant heritage. In fact, it's a cultural melting pot, blending Chinese, Arab, and Spanish influences. It's also known for its spicy cuisine with chili and coconut milk.

Natural Wonders

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The best Bicol tourist spots allow you to marvel at Mount Mayon, check out dazzling diving sites, and lounge along pristine beaches. Don't forget to snorkel with whale sharks for the ultimate experience!

Outdoor Activities

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Experience top Bicol destinations by swimming in turquoise waters, surfing iconic waves, and hiking through lush forests. Whether you take a walking tour or zip line, Bicol promises adventure to the fullest.

Read more : Exploring the Best Beach Resorts in Quezon, Philippines

Top 5 Must-See Tourist Spots in Bicol

1. Mayon Volcano

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The Mayon Volcano in Albay is known as the "world's most perfect volcano" because of its beautiful cone shape. It is also one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. And because of its magnificent view, getting a Mayon Volcano tour package with ATV rides has become one of the most popular tourist activities in the area.

2. Caramoan Islands

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The Caramoan Islands Philippines is a first-class municipality known for its 4,000-hectare limestone forest, pristine azure waters, tantalizing caves, hidden coves, and a wide variety of marine life. The beaches are also known for their alluring white and pink sands, making them the Emerging Paradise of the Pacific.

3. Naga City

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From the beautiful old churches built during the Spanish colonial era to pristine Mt. Isarog Natural Park, Naga City Camsur tourist spotsnever fail to amaze its visitors. The city also offers mountain trekking, wakeboarding, and access to Bicol's natural attractions, such as Caramoan's white sand beaches, Donsol's whale sharks, and Calaguas' picturesque islands.

4. Catanduanes

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Catanduanes Island has it all - Spanish Colonial churches, waterfalls perfect for hiking or camping, waves ideal for surfing, and beaches still untouched even by most locals. It's also known as "Isla de Cobos" by Spanish conquistadors who visited here long ago; "Land of Howling Winds" because typhoons are frequent visitors every year; and "Happy Island" because of all the beautiful places it has to offer!. For your safety, while exploring the island, hire aCatanduanes travel guide .

The Top Activities to Do in Bicol for an Unforgettable Experience

Snorkel with the whale sharks

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Have you ever wanted to snorkel with whale sharks? You can! In Donsol, Sorsogon! It's a wild experience. You can see these gentle giants up close as they swim around you—and maybe even have one give you a little bump!

Surf in Catanduanes

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If you like the ocean and palm trees, you'll love Catanduanes Island. This island is a paradise for surfing and swimming, with white sand beaches and right offshore waves. The water is also crystal clear, so you'll feel like floating on air while you're in the waves.

Take an ATV ride to Mayon Volcano

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Explore Legazpi, Albay's iconic Mount Mayon, and challenge yourself with an exhilarating ATV ride on private tours. Get close to the perfectly cone-shaped volcano and feel the rush of excitement along the lava wall.

Visit Cagsawa Ruins

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Discover the rich history and culture of the Philippines by visiting the Cagsawa Ruins, a symbol of the strength and perseverance of the Filipino people amidst natural disasters. With the magnificent Mayon Volcano as its backdrop, this attraction in Albay offers a breathtaking view and a unique experience you'll love.

Zip-line at Lignon Hill Nature Park

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Zip-lining at Lignon Hill Nature Park is a must-try activity for thrill-seekers visiting downtown Legazpi. Not only will you experience the adrenaline rush of soaring through the air, but you'll also enjoy the upscale view deck, well-manicured lawns, and strategically placed benches that offer the best view of the glorious Mayon Volcano.

Read more : Exploring the Beauty and Wonders of Luzon, Philippines

Alright, adventurous souls, it's time to pack your bags and get ready for the ultimate escapade in captivating Bicol!. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, a nature enthusiast, or a foodie craving bold flavors, Bicol has something special in store for you.

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With Traveloka, your adventure awaits! Book now and let the magic of Bicol sweep you off your feet. Embrace the thrill, soak in the beauty, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Your epic Bicol adventure starts here! Happy travels!

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The 16 Best Bicol Tourist Spots – A Tourist’s Guide to Breathtaking Spots

Bicol tourist spots located in the southeastern part of the Philippines, boasts a wealth of natural wonders, historical landmarks, and cultural treasures that make it a must-visit destination for tourists. From the iconic Mayon Volcano to the pristine beaches of Calaguas Island, Bicol offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, and cultural enrichment. In this article, we will explore 16 enchanting Bicol tourist spots, providing a comprehensive guide to each destination.

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1. Mayon Volcano – Bicol Tourist Spot

Mayon Volcano - Bicol Tourist Spot

Bicol’s crowning jewel, Mayon Volcano, is an active stratovolcano renowned for its near-perfect cone shape. Standing majestically in Albay, this iconic landmark offers a stunning backdrop for any adventure seeker. Visitors can enjoy activities like trekking, ATV rides, and ziplining while marveling at the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. No visit to Bicol tourist spots are complete if you didn’t get the chance to witness this majestic volcano.

2. Caramoan Islands

Caramoan Islands - Bicol Tourist Spot

For those in search of pristine beaches and unspoiled natural beauty, the Caramoan Islands are a tropical paradise. Located in the province of Camarines Sur, these islands are renowned for their crystal-clear waters, powdery white sand beaches, and diverse marine life. Caramoan is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, offering opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and island hopping. Don’t forget to add this Bicol tourist spot on your travel list!

3. Donsol Whale Sharks

Donsol Whale Shark

The town of Donsol in Sorsogon is a haven for nature enthusiasts, particularly those eager to encounter the majestic whale sharks. This Bicol tourist spot is worth a visit for divers. Donsol with these gentle giants as you embark on a thrilling but eco-friendly whale shark interaction. Donsol is committed to responsible tourism, ensuring that these magnificent creatures are protected and their natural habitat preserved.

4.Bulusan Lake

Bulusan Lake

Nestled at the foot of Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon, Bulusan Lake is a serene freshwater lake surrounded by lush greenery. Visitors can enjoy a tranquil boat ride, bird watching, or a leisurely picnic along its banks. The volcano as a backdrop adds to the picturesque setting, making Bulusan Lake a perfect retreat for nature lovers. An instagrammable Bicol tourist spot for everyone.

5. Subic Beach

Subic Beach - Matnog, Sorsogon

Situated in Matnog, Sorsogon, Subic Beach captivates visitors with its pinkish-white sand and crystal-clear waters. The vibrant coral reefs provide excellent snorkeling opportunities, allowing you to explore the underwater wonders of Bicol. Subic Beach is an idyllic Bicol tourist spot for those seeking a peaceful escape and a touch of paradise.

6. Binurong Point

Binurong Point - Bicol Tourist Spot

Found in Catanduanes, Binurong Point is a hidden Bicol tourist spot offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. A relatively undiscovered destination, it is perfect for hiking enthusiasts who can explore the picturesque trail leading to the cliffside viewpoint. The landscape is dotted with rock formations and lush vegetation, creating a surreal and captivating atmosphere.

7. Cagsawa Ruins

Cagsawa Ruins - Bicol Tourist Spots

A testament to the region’s volcanic activity, the Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay, stand as a haunting reminder of the destructive power of Mayon Volcano. The skeletal remains of the Cagsawa Church provide a poignant backdrop for photography enthusiasts and history buffs alike, offering a glimpse into the region’s rich past.

8. Daraga Church

Daraga Church - Bicol Tourist Spots

Also known as the Nuestra Señora de la Porteria Parish Church, Daraga Church is an architectural marvel located atop a hill in Daraga, Albay. This centuries-old church features intricate designs and a commanding view of Mayon Volcano. Visitors can explore its historic charm and religious significance while enjoying the panoramic vistas.

9. Sumlang Lake

Sumlang Lake ft. Mayon Volcano

Nestled in the town of Camalig, Albay, Sumlang Lake is a serene and picturesque Bicol tourist spot surrounded by lush landscapes. Visitors can experience a relaxing boat ride on the lake while enjoying the tranquility and spotting migratory birds. The area is also known for its floating cottages, providing a unique dining experience amid nature’s beauty.

10. Ligñon Hill Nature Park

Ligñon Hill Nature Park

For panoramic views of Legazpi City and Mayon Volcano, head to Ligñon Hill Nature Park. This eco-park offers various activities such as ziplining, hiking, and even rappelling for adventure enthusiasts. The lush greenery and well-maintained trails make it a perfect Bicol tourist spot for nature lovers and those seeking an adrenaline rush.

11. Basilica of Our Lady Of Peñafrancia

Basilica of Our Lady Of Peñafrancia

Located in Naga City, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is a revered pilgrimage site dedicated to the Virgin of Peñafrancia, the patroness of the Bicol Region. The basilica’s stunning architecture and religious significance attract both devotees and tourists alike, making it a must-visit cultural landmark.

12. CamSur Watersports Complex

CamSur Watersports Complex

Known as CWC, the CamSur Watersports Complex in Pili, Camarines Sur, is a world-renowned destination for wakeboarding and water sports enthusiasts. With state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant atmosphere, CWC offers a thrilling experience for beginners and professionals alike, making it a hub for adrenaline-pumping activities.

13. Calaguas Island

Calaguas Island

For those seeking an untouched paradise, Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte is an ideal destination. Known for its powdery white sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, Calaguas offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Camping on the beach under the starry sky is a popular activity for nature enthusiasts.

14. Matnog Pink Beach

Matnog Pink Beach

Matnog in Sorsogon is home to another natural wonder – the Pink Beach. The unique pinkish hue of the sand, attributed to crushed red corals mixed with the white sand, sets this beach apart. Visitors can relax, swim, and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery, making Matnog Pink Beach a picturesque stop on any Bicol tourist spots adventure.

15. Hayop-Hayopan Cave

Hayop-Hayopan Cave

Explore the intriguing underground world of Bicol by visiting Hayop-Hayopan Cave in Jovellar, Albay. This cave system features stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations, creating a mystical atmosphere. Guided tours ensure a safe and informative exploration of this natural wonder, providing an unforgettable experience for spelunking enthusiasts.

16. Quitinday Hills

Quitinday Hills

For a panoramic view of Mayon Volcano and the surrounding landscapes, visit Quitinday Hills in Camalig, Albay. The rolling hills and vibrant greenery make it a perfect spot for hiking and photography. The iconic “Hapay na Buntag” viewpoint provides an unobstructed view of the majestic Mayon Volcano, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and photographers.

In conclusion, Bicol tourist spots offer a diverse range of experiences, from the awe-inspiring Mayon Volcano to the tranquil beaches of Calaguas Island. Whether you seek adventure, cultural immersion, or relaxation, Bicol has something for everyone. Embrace the natural beauty, historical significance, and warm hospitality of this captivating region, and let Bicol be your next unforgettable travel destination.

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TRAVEL GUIDE: DISCOVER THE TOP 10 TOURIST SPOTS IN BICOL 2023

  • February 26, 2023

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If you’re planning to explore Bicol, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 tourist spots that you should visit. From the majestic Mayon Volcano to the breathtaking Calaguas Islands, we’ve got you covered. In this travel guide, we’ll give you all the information you need to plan your trip, including transportation options, accommodation recommendations, and tips on what to do and see in each destination. So pack your bags and get ready to discover the beauty of Bicol!

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Bicol Region, also known as Region V, is a peninsula located in the southeastern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. It is comprised of six provinces: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon. The region is known for its stunning natural beauty, including lush mountains, verdant forests, pristine beaches, and active volcanoes. It boasts a vast array of tourist spots that attract visitors from all over the world. 

HOW TO GET TO BICOL 2023 FROM NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (NAIA)

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  • By Air : The most convenient way to get to Bicol Region from NAIA is by air. There are several airlines that offer daily flights to Legazpi City, the capital of Albay province, which is a gateway to Bicol Region. The flight time is about an hour. Some airlines that fly to Legazpi City include Philippine Airlines , Cebu Pacific , and AirAsia .
  • By Land : If you prefer to travel by land, you can take a bus from Manila to Bicol Region. Several bus companies offer daily trips to Bicol from various terminals in Metro Manila, such as Cubao and Pasay. The travel time is about 10-12 hours, depending on traffic and the destination in Bicol. Popular bus companies that serve Bicol include Philtranco, DLTB, and Isarog Lines.
  • By Car : Another option is to rent a car and drive to Bicol Region from Manila. The travel time is about 10-12 hours, depending on traffic and the destination in Bicol. You can take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and continue on the Pan-Philippine Highway until you reach Bicol.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS IN BICOL 2023

Travel requirements for Bicol depend on your point of origin and the purpose of the visit. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Domestic Travel : If you are traveling from within the Philippines, you do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test result or undergo mandatory quarantine. However, it is recommended that you check with your local government unit for any specific requirements or restrictions.
  • International Travel : If you are traveling from abroad, you must follow the guidelines set by the Philippine government. This includes presenting a negative COVID-19 test result, undergoing mandatory quarantine, and completing the necessary health declaration forms. You are required to register individually to the eTravel platform and show proof of eTravel registration upon check-in/boarding and on arrival in the Philippines. It is important to check the latest guidelines before booking your trip. 
  • Health Protocols : Regardless of your point of origin, it is important to follow health protocols during your visit to Bicol. This includes wearing a face mask and face shield in public areas, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands regularly.
  • Tourism-related Requirements : Some tourist attractions in Bicol may require reservations, advanced booking, or other requirements. Check with the specific attraction or tour provider for any specific requirements before visiting.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and hassle-free trip to Bicol.

BEST TIME TO VISIT BICOL

The best time to visit Bicol Region in the Philippines is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. This is when you can expect sunny and warm weather with low chances of rain, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

In contrast, the rainy season in Bicol Region occurs from May to October, which can bring heavy rain and typhoons. This can lead to flooding and landslides, making it difficult to travel and explore the region.

TOP 10 MUST-VISIT TOURIST SPOTS IN BICOL

1 | mayon volcano – travel guide.

mayon volcano - bicol travel guide

Mayon Volcano, located in the province of Albay, is one of the most iconic landmarks of the Philippines. It is renowned for its perfectly conical shape and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the country. Here is a travel guide to help you plan your visit to Mayon Volcano:

How to Get There: The nearest airport to Mayon Volcano is the Legazpi City Domestic Airport, around 10 km away. You can take a taxi or a tricycle from the airport to reach Mayon Volcano. Alternatively, you can also hire a private car or join a tour.

Where to Stay : There are several accommodations available near Mayon Volcano, ranging from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses. Some of the popular ones are Oriental Hotel Legazpi , Emerald Boutique Hotel, and Balay de la Rama Bed and Breakfast .

  • Hiking : Mayon Volcano is famous for its perfect cone shape and is a favorite destination among hikers and mountaineers. You can hike to the summit of the volcano, which takes about 4-5 hours, depending on your fitness level. The view from the top is spectacular, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
  • ATV Ride : If you’re looking for a more adventurous way to explore Mayon Volcano, you can take an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) ride around the base of the volcano. This is a thrilling way to experience the rugged terrain and get up close to the volcano.
  • Zipline : For an adrenaline rush, you can try the zipline that runs across the lush greenery around Mayon Volcano. This is a fun and exciting way to take in the breathtaking views of the volcano and the surrounding landscape.
  • Hot Spring Soaking : After a long day of exploring the Mayon Volcano, you can relax and unwind in nearby hot springs. There are several hot spring resorts located in the area, where you can soak in the warm waters and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • Visit Cagsawa Ruins : The Cagsawa Ruins is a popular tourist spot located at the foot of Mayon Volcano. It is a historical site that showcases the remains of an 18th-century church destroyed by the volcano’s eruption. You can stroll around the ruins and learn about the area’s history.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Remember to check the weather forecast before visiting Mayon Volcano and always follow the instructions of local authorities to ensure your safety.

2 | CARAMOAN ISLANDS – TRAVEL GUIDE

caramoan islands - bicol travel guide

Caramoan Islands is a group of islands located in the province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region, Philippines. It is known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking limestone cliffs, making it a popular destination for beach lovers, adventurers, and nature enthusiasts.

How to Get There : The nearest airport to Caramoan Islands is Naga Airport, which is approximately 80 km away. From the airport, you can hire a private car or van to reach Caramoan. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Naga City to Sabang Port and then take a boat to Caramoan.

Where to Stay : There are many accommodations in Caramoan, ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury resorts. Some of the popular ones are Gota Village Resort , Caramoan Haven , and Rex Tourist Inn .

  • Island Hopping : Caramoan Islands boasts more than 10 stunning islands, each with its unique beauty and charm. You can hire a boat and explore the different islands, including Matukad Island, Lahos Island, and Sabitang Laya Island. You can swim, snorkel, and take in the stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
  • Rock Climbing : Caramoan Islands is also known for its towering limestone cliffs, which offer a challenging and thrilling rock climbing experience. The limestone formations are ideal for beginners and experienced climbers alike, with several routes available for different levels of difficulty.
  • Beach Activities : With its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, Caramoan Islands is a perfect destination for beach activities such as swimming, sunbathing, and beach volleyball. You can also try kayaking or paddleboarding to explore the surrounding waters.
  • Camping : If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, you can camp on one of the many islands in Caramoan. You can rent a tent and enjoy a night under the stars, listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore.
  • Visit Gota Village : Gota Village is a popular destination in Caramoan Islands, known for its traditional thatched huts and crystal-clear waters. You can take a stroll around the village, interact with the friendly locals, and learn about their way of life.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Remember to bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and appropriate beachwear. Always follow the instructions of your tour guide and respect the local culture and traditions of the area.

3 | CAMSUR WATERSPORTS COMPLEX – TRAVEL GUIDE

camsur watersports complex - bicol travel guide

Camsur Watersports Complex, also known as CWC, is a world-class water sports park located in the province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region, Philippines. It is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts, offering a variety of activities and facilities for both beginners and experienced athletes.

How to Get There : The nearest airport to Camsur Watersports Complex is Naga Airport, which is approximately 20 km away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a van to reach CWC. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Manila or other major cities to Naga City and then take a taxi to CWC.

Where to Stay : Camsur Watersports Complex has its own accommodations, including villas, cabanas, and dormitories. You can also find other nearby hotels and resorts in the city of Naga.

  • Wakeboarding : Camsur Watersports Complex is known for its world-class wakeboarding facilities, featuring a 6-point cable system and several ramps, sliders, and kickers. You can rent equipment and take lessons from experienced instructors to learn or improve your wakeboarding skills.
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding : If you’re looking for more laid-back water activity, you can try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) at Camsur Watersports Complex. You can rent a paddleboard and explore the tranquil waters of the complex, taking in the beautiful scenery and wildlife.
  • Kayaking : Camsur Watersports Complex also offers kayaking activities, allowing you to explore the surrounding mangrove forests and lagoons. You can rent a kayak and paddle your way through the lush greenery, spotting different species of birds and marine life.
  • Swimming and Relaxing : Camsur Watersports Complex features several swimming pools and a man-made beach, where you can swim, sunbathe, and relax. You can also enjoy the facilities’ restaurants and bars, serving local and international cuisine and refreshing drinks.
  • Events and Competitions : Camsur Watersports Complex is also known for hosting local and international events and competitions, such as the Wakeboarding World Championships and the Camsur Marathon. You can watch these events and competitions and support your favorite athletes.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Remember to bring appropriate water sports gear, sunscreen, and appropriate beachwear. Always follow the instructions of your instructors and respect the local culture and traditions of the area.

4 | DONSOL WHALE SHARK INTERACTION – TRAVEL GUIDE

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Donsol Whale Shark Interaction is a unique and unforgettable experience located in the province of Sorsogon in the Bicol Region, Philippines. It is a popular destination for tourists looking to witness the gentle giants of the ocean, the whale sharks, in their natural habitat.

How to Get There : The nearest airport to Donsol is Legazpi Airport, approximately 70 km away. From the airport, you can take a taxi or van to Donsol. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Manila or other major cities to Legazpi City and then take a taxi or van to Donsol.

Where to Stay : Donsol, Sorsogon is known for its whale shark interaction tours, so many visitors prefer to stay in accommodations near the beach. Some popular options include: Dancalan Beach Resort , Elysia Beach Resort , and Vitton Beach Resort .

  • Whale Shark Season : The best time to visit Donsol for whale shark interaction is from December to May when the gentle giants migrate to the area. However, the peak season is from February to May, when the water is clearer and the whale sharks are more abundant.
  • Whale Shark Interaction : During your tour, you will board a boat with a trained guide who will take you to the whale shark hotspot. Once a whale shark is spotted, you will have the opportunity to snorkel and swim alongside the majestic creature, while maintaining a safe distance.
  • Other Activities : Apart from whale-shark interaction, Donsol offers other activities such as firefly watching, river cruising, and exploring the mangrove forest. You can also visit the local market to experience the local culture and try out the local delicacies.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Remember to follow the rules and regulations set by the Donsol Ecotourism Office to protect the whale sharks and their natural habitat. Enjoy your whale shark interaction tour and have a memorable experience in Donsol!

5 | CALAGUAS ISLANDS – TRAVEL GUIDE

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Calaguas Islands is a hidden gem located in the province of Camarines Norte in the Bicol Region, Philippines. It is a group of stunning, secluded islands that offer a pristine and peaceful beach getaway. The crystal-clear waters and powdery white sand make it a perfect destination for beach lovers. Some of the popular beaches in Calaguas are Mahabang Buhangin, Tinaga Beach, and Balagbag Beach.

How to Get There : The easiest way to get to Calaguas Islands is to take a bus from Manila to Daet, Camarines Norte, which takes around 8-10 hours. From Daet, you can take a van or a tricycle to Vinzons port, where you can catch a boat to the islands. The boat ride takes around 2-3 hours, depending on the weather conditions.

Where to Stay : Camping is the most common accommodation option. Some locals also offer homestay accommodations.mThere are a few options for accommodations on the islands, including: Calaguas White Sand Resort , Calaguas Paradise Resort , and I Love Calaguas Island Resort .

  • Camping : Camping is the best way to experience the beauty and tranquility of Calaguas Islands. You can rent tents and other camping equipment on the islands, or you can bring your own gear. Camping is allowed on Mahabang Buhangin Beach, which has basic facilities such as restrooms and showers.
  • Island Hopping : Calaguas Islands also offer island hopping tours, where you can visit nearby islands and explore their beauty. Some of the popular islands to visit are Maculabo Island, Guintinua Island, and Pulang Daga Beach.
  • Local Culture : Calaguas Islands are also home to a small fishing village where you can experience the local culture and interact with the locals. You can try out the local delicacies, such as fresh seafood and coconut-based dishes, and learn about the local way of life.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Remember to bring enough cash, as there are no ATMs or banks on the island. Also, make sure to bring enough food and water, as there are limited stores and restaurants on the island. Lastly, practice responsible tourism by leaving no trace and respecting the environment and the local community.

6 | LIGÑON HILL NATURE PARK – TRAVEL GUIDE

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Ligñon Hill Nature Park is a popular attraction located in Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol Region, Philippines. It is a 156-meter-high hill that offers a stunning view of Mayon Volcano, Legazpi City, and the surrounding areas.

How to Get There : Ligñon Hill is easily accessible by private car or public transportation. From Legazpi City, you can take a tricycle or jeepney to the base of the hill, and then hike or take a zipline up to the summit.

Where to Stay : There are no accommodations within Ligñon Hill Nature Park, but there are plenty of hotels and guesthouses in Legazpi City. Some popular options include The Oriental Legazpi , Hotel Venezia , and Casablanca Suites .

  • Hiking : The park has a hiking trail that leads to the summit, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Legazpi City, Albay Gulf, and Mayon Volcano.
  • Zipline : Experience an exhilarating ride on the zipline, which offers a breathtaking view of Mayon Volcano and the surrounding area.
  • ATV Adventure : Explore the park and nearby areas on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) tour.
  • Sightseeing : Take a leisurely walk around the park and enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water as it can get hot during the day. Also, be mindful of your belongings, as there have been reports of theft in the area.

7 | DARAGA CHURCH – TRAVEL GUIDE

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Daraga Church, also known as Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church, is a popular landmark and tourist attraction located in Daraga, Albay, Philippines. The church is situated on a hill overlooking the Mayon Volcano, making it a popular spot for tourists and photographers.

How to Get There : Daraga Church is located in the town proper of Daraga, just a few minutes away from Legazpi City. You can take a tricycle or jeepney from Legazpi City to Daraga town proper, where the church is located. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or rent a car to get to the church.

Where to Stay : There are several hotels and guesthouses in Legazpi City, which is just a few minutes away from Daraga Church. Some popular options include The Oriental Legazpi, Hotel Venezia , and Casablanca Suites .

  • Explore the Church : Daraga Church is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture, and it has been declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. Explore the church’s interior and admire its intricate details and artwork.
  • Climb the Bell Tower : Climb the church’s bell tower for a stunning view of Mayon Volcano and the surrounding area. The tower is accessible via a narrow spiral staircase, and the climb can be challenging for some visitors.
  • Attend Mass : If you’re Catholic, attend a mass at Daraga Church and experience the local community’s religious traditions.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Daraga Church is a sacred place, so be respectful of the local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, and refrain from taking photos during mass or other religious ceremonies.

8 | VERA FALLS – TRAVEL GUIDE

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Vera Falls is a breathtaking waterfall located in the municipality of Malinao, in the province of Albay, Philippines. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, offering visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

How to Get There : Vera Falls is located in Barangay Bulang, Malinao, Albay. From Legazpi City, you can take a jeepney or van to Malinao town proper. From there, you can hire a tricycle to take you to Vera Falls. The road leading to the falls is rough and bumpy, so it’s recommended to hire a local guide or driver who knows the area well.

Where to Stay : There are several hotels and guesthouses in Legazpi City, which is just a few hours away from Vera Falls. Some popular options include The Oriental Legazpi , Hotel Venezia , and Casablanca Suites . You can also stay in Malinao town proper if you prefer a more rural setting.

  • Swim : The falls have natural pools where you can swim and cool off from the heat. The water is cold and refreshing, perfect for a hot day.
  • Hike : There’s a short hiking trail that leads to the falls. The trail is relatively easy, but it can be slippery when wet, so wear proper shoes and be careful.
  • Picnic : There are picnic tables and cottages available for rent near the falls. You can bring your own food or buy snacks and drinks from the local vendors.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Bring swimwear, towels, and extra sets of clothes. Wear comfortable shoes and bring insect repellent, as there may be mosquitoes and other insects in the area. Follow the instructions of your guide or driver, especially when crossing the river or hiking to the falls.

8 | QUITINDAY HILLS – TRAVEL GUIDE

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Quitinday Hills is a natural attraction located in the town of Camalig, in the province of Albay, Philippines. It is known for its unique formation of chocolate hills-like hills, limestone formations, and picturesque views. 

How to Get There : Quitinday Hills is located in Camalig, Albay, which is approximately a one-hour drive from Legazpi City. You can take a jeepney or van from Legazpi City to Camalig, then hire a tricycle to take you to Quitinday Hills. The tricycle ride takes around 20 minutes and can be bumpy, so be prepared.

Where to Stay : If you plan to stay overnight, there are several accommodations available in Camalig and nearby towns. Some popular options include the Mayon Backpackers Hostel , Balay de la Rama Bed and Breakfast , and Balay Cena Una .

  • Trekking : There is a trekking trail that leads to the top of the hills, which takes around 30 minutes to an hour. The trail can be steep and challenging, so wear proper shoes and bring water.
  • Zipline : There is a zipline available that offers an exciting ride over the hills and the nearby rice fields.
  • Photography : The hills offer stunning views, making them a great spot for taking photos and capturing the beauty of the surroundings.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for trekking. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat or umbrella, as there is little shade on the hills. Follow the instructions of your guide or tricycle driver, especially when trekking or using the zipline.

10 | SUMLANG LAKE – TRAVEL GUIDE

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Sumlang Lake is a picturesque crater lake located in the town of Camalig in the province of Albay, Philippines. It is a hidden gem that is worth visiting for those who want to relax and enjoy the tranquility of nature. Here is a travel guide to help you plan your visit to Sumlang Lake:

How to Get There : Sumlang Lake is located in Camalig, Albay, which is approximately a one-hour drive from Legazpi City. You can take a jeepney or van from Legazpi City to Camalig, then hire a tricycle to take you to Sumlang Lake. The tricycle ride takes around 10 minutes and can be bumpy, so be prepared.

Where to Stay : If you plan to stay overnight, there are several accommodations available in Camalig and nearby towns. Some popular options include the Mayon Backpackers Hostel , Balay de la Rama Bed and Breakfas t, and Balay Cena Una .

  • Boating : You can rent a bamboo raft or paddle boat to explore the lake and enjoy the serene surroundings.
  • Fishing : Sumlang Lake is known for its tilapia and catfish, making it a great spot for fishing. You can rent a fishing rod and bait from the locals or bring your own.
  • Picnicking : There are several picnic tables and huts available for visitors to use, making it a great spot for a relaxing picnic with family and friends.

TRAVEL GUIDE – TIPS! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suited for walking around the lake. Bring insect repellent and sunscreen, as the area can be quite hot and humid. Respect the natural surroundings and do not litter.

MUST-EAT IN BICOL

Bicol is not just known for its natural beauty and tourist destinations, but also for its delicious food. The region has a distinct cuisine that is characterized by the use of spicy and coconut-based ingredients. Here are some of the must-try Bicol food delicacies:

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  • Bicol Express – This dish is named after the train that travels from Manila to Bicol, and it is a spicy stew made with pork, coconut milk, shrimp paste, and chili peppers.
  • Pinangat – This dish is made of taro leaves and gabi (taro) cooked in coconut milk, vinegar, and spices. It can be stuffed with meat, seafood, or vegetables.
  • Laing – Another dish made with taro leaves cooked in coconut milk, chili, and spices. It can be given as a side dish or as a main course.
  • Pili Nuts – These nuts are native to Bicol and are often used in desserts, candies, and pastries. They have a distinctly rich, buttery flavor and are a good source of protein and healthy fats.
  • Sili Ice Cream – A unique dessert made with chili peppers and coconut milk. It has a spicy kick that is balanced by the sweetness of the coconut milk.
  • Toasted Siopao – A popular street food in Bicol, toasted siopao is a steamed bun filled with pork or chicken and toasted until crispy. It is usually served with spicy vinegar dipping sauce.

Overall, Bicol food delicacies are a must-try for any food lover visiting the region. The combination of spicy and coconut-based flavors creates a unique taste that is truly unforgettable.

FESTIVALS IN BICOL

Bicol region is home to several colorful and vibrant festivals that showcase the rich culture and traditions of the people. Here are some of the most popular festivals in Bicol:

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  • Penafrancia Festival – held every September in Naga City, this festival honors the patroness of Bicol, Our Lady of Penafrancia. The highlight of the festival is the fluvial procession where the image of the Virgin Mary is carried along the Bicol River.
  • Magayon Festival – celebrated every May in Legazpi City, this festival honors the Mayon Volcano, which is considered a symbol of beauty and strength. The festival features street dancing, cultural shows, and various competitions.
  • Ibalong Festival – held every August in Legazpi City, this festival is inspired by the ancient Bicolano epic “Ibalong”. It showcases the different heroes and mythical creatures featured in the epic through various activities such as street dancing, cultural presentations, and food fairs.
  • Kaogma Festival – celebrated every May in Camarines Sur, this festival is a showcase of the province’s culture and tourism offerings. It features a variety of events such as concerts, beauty pageants, and sports competitions.
  • Daragang Magayon Festival – held every April in Albay, this festival celebrates the beauty and charm of Albayanas or the women of Albay. It features street dancing, beauty pageants, and various cultural shows.

These festivals are a great way to experience the vibrant and colorful culture of Bicol and should not be missed by anyone visiting the region.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BICOL

The Bicol region in the Philippines is known for its natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. From the majestic Mayon Volcano to the idyllic islands of Calaguas, there are many reasons to visit Bicol. If you’re planning a trip to this region, here are some of the best places to stay:

  • Hotel St. Ellis – Located in the heart of Legazpi City, Hotel St. Ellis offers modern amenities and comfortable rooms with views of Mayon Volcano.
  • Misibis Bay Resort – This luxury resort is situated on the picturesque Cagraray Island and offers stunning views of the surrounding waters and landscapes.
  • Casa Blanca Hotel – A budget-friendly option in Legazpi City, Casa Blanca Hotel offers clean and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant on-site.
  • Villa Caceres Hotel – This hotel in Naga City offers spacious rooms and suites with modern amenities and a rooftop bar with panoramic views.
  • Tugawe Cove Resort – Located on Caramoan Island, this resort offers stunning views of the beach and surrounding cliffs, as well as access to nearby islands and lagoons.
  • The Oriental Legazpi – Situated along Legazpi Boulevard, The Oriental Legazpi offers stylish accommodations with stunning views of Mayon Volcano and Albay Gulf.
  • Avenue Plaza Hotel – A luxury hotel in Naga City, Avenue Plaza Hotel offers elegant rooms and suites with access to an outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurants.
  • Balay de la Rama Bed and Breakfast – A charming and cozy bed and breakfast in Daraga, Balay de la Rama offers comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi and a garden for relaxing.

These are just a few of the best places to stay in Bicol. Depending on your budget and preferred location, there are many other options available, including budget-friendly guesthouses, homestays, and hostels.

Thank you for choosing our travel guide website as your go-to source for information on the beautiful region of Bicol. We hope that our comprehensive guides have helped you plan your trip and make the most out of your visit to this stunning destination. Whether you’re here to see the magnificent Mayon Volcano, experience the thrill of watersports, or indulge in Bicol’s delectable cuisine, we are honored to be part of your journey. May you travel safely and we hope to see you return to Bicol soon!

“DISCOVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF BICOL – WHERE ADVENTURE AND BEAUTY COLLIDE!”

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Explore the Best of Bicol: A 5-Day Itinerary for Adventure Seekers (Pics)

Looking to embark on an unforgettable adventure in the beautiful Bicol region? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with a perfect 5-day itinerary that showcases the essence of Bicol.

From majestic volcanoes and pristine beaches to mouthwatering delicacies and vibrant cultural experiences, get ready for an incredible journey through one of the Philippines’ most captivating destinations.

  • Begin your exploration in Legazpi City, home to the iconic Mayon Volcano. Embark on a thrilling ATV ride or hike up to its scenic viewpoint for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Indulge in some authentic Bicolano cuisine like spicy laing (taro leaves cooked in coconut milk) or pinangat (fish simmered in coconut cream).
  • Visit Cagsawa Ruins, where remnants of an old church stand as a reminder of Mayon’s destructive eruption centuries ago.
  • Make your way to Donsol and experience swimming with gentle giants – whale sharks! This awe-inspiring encounter is sure to leave you speechless.
  • Explore Subic Beach on Matnog Island, known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and pinkish-white sand. Don’t forget your snorkeling gear!
  • Head towards Naga City and immerse yourself in its rich history by visiting landmarks such as Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia and Naga Metropolitan Cathedral.
  • Take a relaxing stroll along Magsaysay Avenue, lined with various dining options offering local delicacies such as kinalas (noodle soup) or toasted siopao (steamed bun).
  • Journey to Caramoan Peninsula, renowned for its stunning limestone cliffs and hidden lagoons. Go island hopping and discover breathtaking beaches like Matukad Island or Lahos Island.
  • Engage in thrilling water activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, or even cliff diving.
  • Conclude your Bicol adventure by exploring the charming town of Legazpi. Visit Embarcadero de Legazpi and indulge in some shopping or dine at one of the waterfront restaurants.
  • If time permits, take a side trip to Quitinday Green Hills in Camalig for an unforgettable panoramic view of rolling hills amidst lush greenery.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Bicol as we guide you through this 5-day itinerary packed with incredible sights, exhilarating experiences, and mouthwatering flavors. Join us on this journey to discover why Bicol is truly a must-visit destination for every traveler seeking a taste of paradise.

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Day 1: Exploring Legazpi City

Legazpi City, located in the province of Albay in the Bicol Region of the Philippines, is a vibrant city with a rich history and stunning natural beauty. On your first day in Legazpi City, here are some exciting activities to kickstart your Bicol adventure:

  • Climb Mayon Volcano : Start your day early by hiking up the iconic Mayon Volcano. This majestic volcano is known for its perfect cone shape and breathtaking views. Enjoy a challenging yet rewarding trek to its summit while taking in the awe-inspiring scenery along the way.
  • Visit Cagsawa Ruins : After descending from Mayon Volcano, make sure to stop by Cagsawa Ruins. These ruins are remnants of an old church that was buried during Mayon’s eruption in 1814. Take memorable photos with this historical site as your backdrop.
  • Explore Lignon Hill Nature Park : Head over to Lignon Hill Nature Park for a panoramic view of Legazpi City and its surrounding landscapes. You can either hike or take a zipline ride up to the viewpoint where you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas.
  • Try Spicy Bicolano Cuisine : Indulge in authentic Bicolano dishes known for their spiciness and unique flavors influenced by chili peppers or “sili.” Don’t miss out on trying popular local delicacies like laing (taro leaves cooked in coconut milk) and Bicol Express (pork stewed in coconut milk and chilies).
  • Relax at Embarcadero de Legazpi : End your day by unwinding at Embarcadero de Legazpi, a waterfront leisure complex offering various dining options, shops, and entertainment facilities such as arcades or KTV bars.

In just one day exploring Legazpi City, you’ll get a taste of Bicol’s natural wonders, historical sites, and spicy cuisine. Make the most out of your Bicol adventure by immersing yourself in the beauty and culture this city has to offer.

Day 2: Adventure in Mayon Volcano

On the second day of your Bicol adventure, get ready for an adrenaline-pumping experience as you explore the majestic Mayon Volcano. With its perfect cone shape and breathtaking views, this active volcano promises an unforgettable adventure.

Here’s a suggested itinerary for your day at Mayon Volcano:

  • Start early to make the most of your time at Mayon Volcano.
  • Take a scenic drive to Cagsawa Ruins, where you can witness the stunning view of Mayon Volcano framed by the remnants of a centuries-old church destroyed during the eruption in 1814.
  • Explore Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave located in Camalig town, just near Cagsawa Ruins. Marvel at its unique rock formations and underground wonders while being guided by local experts.
  • Continue your journey to Ligñon Hill Nature Park, which offers panoramic views of Albay Gulf and Legazpi City skyline with Mount Mayon as its centerpiece.
  • If you’re up for some action-packed fun, try ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) riding on volcanic trails that will take you closer to Mount Mayon’s slopes. It’s an exhilarating way to soak in the beauty and majesty of this natural wonder.
  • After all the adventuring, treat yourself to some sumptuous Bicolano dishes like laing (taro leaves cooked in coconut milk) or pinangat (fish or shrimp wrapped in taro leaves). These local delicacies will surely satisfy your cravings.
  • Wear comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor activities, including sturdy shoes and sun protection.
  • Bring extra water and snacks to keep yourself energized throughout the day.
  • Respect nature and follow safety guidelines provided by tour operators or guides.

With Day 2 dedicated to exploring Mayon Volcano’s wonders, be prepared for thrilling encounters and breathtaking views that will leave you in awe of nature’s beauty.

Day 3: Relaxing at Caramoan Islands

If you’re looking for a day of relaxation and natural beauty, look no further than the stunning Caramoan Islands. Known for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and lush greenery, this island paradise is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. Here’s what you can do on your third day in Bicol:

  • Island hopping: Start your day early by joining an island-hopping tour around Caramoan. This will allow you to visit multiple islands in one day and experience their unique charms. From Lahos Island’s powdery sand to Matukad Island’s breathtaking lagoon, each stop offers something different that will leave you in awe.
  • Swimming and snorkeling: Dive into the turquoise waters surrounding the islands and discover a vibrant underwater world teeming with colorful marine life. Grab your snorkeling gear or rent one from local vendors to get up close with schools of fish, coral reefs, and other fascinating creatures.
  • Beach bumming: After exploring the underwater wonders, take some time to simply relax on one of Caramoan’s pristine beaches. Lay out your beach towel or rent a cottage where you can lounge under the shade of coconut trees while savoring the refreshing sea breeze.
  • Picnic lunch: Pack a delicious picnic lunch before heading out to spend quality time with family or friends amidst nature’s splendor. Choose a secluded spot on any of the picturesque beaches or ask your tour guide for recommendations where you can enjoy scrumptious food surrounded by breathtaking views.
  • Hiking trekking at Mt.Caglago (optional): If you’re up for adventure and want to explore more than just the shorelines, consider hiking Mount Caglago located near Paniman Beach area—a moderate trek that rewards climbers with panoramic views of Caramoan and its neighboring islands.

Remember to bring your sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Also, don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera or underwater phone case to capture those unforgettable moments!

With its pristine beaches and tranquil atmosphere, Day 3 at Caramoan Islands promises a day of pure bliss. So sit back, relax, and let the beauty of this tropical paradise wash away all your worries.

Day 4: Discovering Naga’s Cultural Heritage

On the fourth day of your Bicol adventure, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Naga City. This vibrant city is known for its historical sites, religious landmarks, and traditional festivals that reflect both its Spanish colonial past and local traditions.

Here are some must-visit places to explore on Day 4:

  • Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia : Start your day by visiting this iconic church dedicated to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, the patroness of Bicolandia. Marvel at the grandeur of its architecture and pay homage at the shrine where devotees gather during the annual Peñafrancia Festival.
  • Penafrancia Museum : Adjacent to the Basilica, this museum offers a glimpse into the history and devotion surrounding Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Discover artifacts, religious relics, and interactive exhibits that showcase Naga’s strong Catholic identity.
  • Ateneo de Naga University : Take a stroll through this prestigious academic institution known for promoting excellence in education and community development. Admire its beautiful campus grounds adorned with sculptures and art installations.
  • Naga Metropolitan Cathedral : Explore another significant religious landmark in Naga City – an impressive cathedral built during Spanish colonization. Step inside to witness stunning stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes.
  • Elias Angeles Street (Magsaysay Avenue) : Enjoy a leisurely walk along this bustling street lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, and other commercial establishments offering various dining options or souvenirs to take home as mementos.
  • Plaza Quince Martires: Rest for a while at this public square named after fifteen martyrs who fought against Spanish rule in Bicol region during Philippine revolution time period around late 19th century before moving on to your next destination.
  • Bicol Museum : Conclude your cultural exploration at the Bicol Museum, where you can delve deeper into the region’s history and culture through its diverse exhibits. Learn about Bicolano arts, crafts, indigenous groups, and local traditions.

Remember to savor the local delicacies of Naga City during your stay. Indulge in spicy dishes like Bicol Express or sample sweet treats like Pili nuts – a regional specialty.

Day 4 of your Bicol itinerary promises an enriching experience as you discover Naga’s cultural heritage and embrace the vibrant spirit of this captivating city.

Day 5: Chasing Waterfalls in Albay

On the final day of your Bicol adventure, get ready to explore the breathtaking waterfalls of Albay. Here are some must-visit waterfalls that will surely leave you amazed:

  • Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave :
  • Located in Camalig, this unique destination offers a refreshing experience as you venture into its cool and enchanting cave system.
  • Marvel at stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations while learning about the rich history and folklore surrounding the cave.
  • Kawa-Kawa Hill & Nature Park :
  • Climb up Kawa-Kawa Hill and enjoy panoramic views of Ligao City’s picturesque landscapes.
  • Explore the nature park’s lush greenery, spot diverse wildlife, or take a leisurely stroll along its eco-trail.
  • Busay Falls :
  • Situated in Malinao, Busay Falls is a hidden gem that promises tranquility amidst nature’s beauty.
  • Take a dip in its crystal-clear waters or simply relax by the falls while enjoying the soothing sound of cascading water.
  • Malabsay Falls :
  • Nestled within Mount Isarog National Park near Naga City, Malabsay Falls is known for its pristine surroundings and captivating natural charm.
  • Immerse yourself in nature as you swim under the refreshing waterfall or have a picnic with loved ones nearby.
  • Discover Tumaguiti Falls nestled deep within Barangay San Ramon in Guinobatan town.
  • This secluded paradise offers an opportunity to unwind as you bask in its serene ambiance surrounded by lush vegetation.

Make sure to bring your swimsuit, towel, comfortable shoes for trekking, and don’t forget your camera to capture these unforgettable moments. Experience the wonders of Albay’s waterfalls and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Note: Always prioritize safety during your waterfall adventures. Observe caution, follow designated paths, and respect the environment to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Where to Stay in Bicol?

When planning your 5-day itinerary in Bicol, it’s essential to find the perfect accommodation that suits your needs and preferences. Whether you prefer luxury resorts or budget-friendly options, Bicol offers a range of accommodations for every type of traveler. Here are some popular choices:

  • Luxury Resorts: If you’re looking for a luxurious stay with stunning views and top-notch amenities, consider these high-end resorts:
  • Caramoan Highlands Resort: Located in Camarines Sur, this resort offers spacious villas and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Misibis Bay Resort: Situated on Cagraray Island, this exclusive resort boasts private villas, an infinity pool, and access to pristine beaches.
  • Mid-Range Hotels: For travelers seeking comfort at a more affordable price point, there are several mid-range hotels available:
  • The Oriental Legazpi: This hotel provides modern rooms with panoramic views of Mayon Volcano and is conveniently located near tourist attractions.
  • Avenue Plaza Hotel: Found in Naga City, this hotel offers elegant rooms and easy access to shopping centers and restaurants.
  • Budget-Friendly Options: Traveling on a tight budget? Don’t worry! Bicol has numerous budget-friendly accommodations that still provide comfort:
  • Mayon Backpackers Hostel: Located in Legazpi City, this hostel offers dormitory-style rooms ideal for backpackers.
  • Sorsogon Homestays: Experience local hospitality by staying with friendly locals who rent out spare rooms or houses.
  • Bicol Express : This iconic dish is a staple in Bicolano cuisine. It consists of pork cooked in coconut milk with shrimp paste and plenty of chili peppers for that signature spicy kick. Laing : Laing is a popular vegetable dish made from taro leaves cooked in coconut milk, chili peppers, and spices. The creamy texture combined with the earthy flavor of taro leaves makes it an absolute delight. Pinangat : Pinangat is another traditional Bicolano dish made from shredded taro leaves stuffed with ground meat or seafood, then wrapped in layers of gabi (taro) leaves and simmered in coconut milk. Pili Nuts : Don’t forget to try the famous Pili nuts! These native nuts are grown abundantly in Bicol and come in various flavors such as roasted, candied, or coated with chocolate. Bibingka : A classic Filipino rice cake enjoyed all year round but especially during Christmas season celebrations is Bibingka—a fluffy cake made from rice flour topped with salted egg slices and melted cheese baked over banana leaf-lined clay pots. Sili Ice Cream : For those seeking a unique taste experience, try the sili ice cream – yes, it’s chili pepper ice cream! Despite its spiciness; this cold treat has become increasingly popular among curious foodies. Kinunot na Paginga : This savory dish features stingray meat cooked tenderly using fresh coconut cream mixed with malunggay (moringa) leaves; it’s a perfect choice for seafood lovers.
  • During your visit, make sure to indulge in the region’s culinary delights like the famous Bicol Express and laing. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture by attending local festivals such as Penafrancia Festival or Ibalong Festival. Bicol’s rich biodiversity also provides opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to go hiking, snorkeling, and island hopping. With its stunning landscapes and warm hospitality of its people, a trip to Bicol promises unforgettable memories that will leave you wanting more. So pack your bags and embark on an incredible journey through Bicol – where nature’s beauty meets authentic Filipino charm!

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What are the major crops in Bicol?

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What are the top five crops in the region?

Coconuts, abaca, banana, coffee, and jackfruit are the top five permanent crops in the Bicol region. Rice and corn are among the chief seasonal crops.

What are the top five crops in Bicol?

Coconut, rice, corn, cassava, sweet potato, and mango are the major agricultural crops grown in the province.

What is the dominant crop in Albay?

Coconut, rice, sugar, and abacá are the dominant crops in Albay.

What plants are grown in the Bicol region?

Plants found in the Bicol region include Aglaia bulusanensis, Aglaia sorsogonensis, Astronia bicolana, Astronia sorsogonensis, Buchanania sorsogonensis, and Calophyllum sorsogonensis.

What does Bicol produce?

Coconut, rice, pili nuts, and pineapple are the main produce of Bicol.

New Generation Farmers in Bicol Region

There is no specific information on new generation farmers in the Bicol region in the provided article.

What food is Bicol famous for?

Bicolano cuisine is famous for dishes such as Bicol Express, Laing, Pinangat, Kinunot, Kandingga, Sinantolan, Ginataang Labong and Ubod, and Picadillo or Sinanglay.

What are the natural resources of Bicol?

Bicol is rich in mineral resources including gold, copper, guano, rock phosphate, marble, silver, lead, and manganese.

What is the main industry of Bicol region?

The largest component of Bicol region’s economy is agriculture, with coconut, rice, abaca, banana, coffee, and jackfruit being the major agricultural products. Other industries include commercial fishing, mining, handicrafts, and jewelry manufacturing.

What is the largest flower in Bicol?

The Rafflesia baletei is considered one of the largest flowers in the world and it is endemic to Bicol.

What is the rare plant in Bicol?

Amorphophallus caudatus, also known as voodoo lily, is a rare and unknown plant that grows in the forests of Bicol.

What is the source of income in Albay?

Agriculture is the main source of income in Albay, with marine and coastal ecosystems being rich in resources such as mangroves, seaweed, sea grass, and marine turtles.

What is the best energy source in Albay?

In Albay, geothermal energy is a well-known resource with the Tiwi geothermal complex located in the province.

What is the main product of Camarines Norte?

Camarines Norte’s economy largely depends on agriculture, with grain crops, vegetables, coconuts, root crops, and fruits as its main products. The province is also known for its mining industry.

Why is Bicol the best tourist spot?

Bicol is a popular tourist spot due to its natural attractions, good infrastructure, and fine beaches suitable for surfing, diving, and relaxation. It offers a variety of historical sites, eco-tourism activities, and water sports.

What are the abundant resources in the Bicol region?

The Bicol region is abundant in mineral wealth, both metallic and non-metallic minerals such as gold, copper, silver, iron, lead, zinc, chromite, manganese, pyrite, magnetite sand, clay, perlite, pumice, bentonite, limestone, marble, diatomaceous earth, guano, and rock phosphate.

What region produces the most rice in the Philippines?

Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley are the largest rice-producing regions in the Philippines.

What is the largest SM in Bicol?

SM City Legazpi is the largest shopping mall in Bicol and is owned and operated by SM Prime Holdings.

What is the largest province in Bicol Region?

Camarines Sur is the largest province in the Bicol Region in terms of population and land area.

What are the trees in Bicol?

The Bicol region is home to various tree species including apitong, yakal, white lauan, bagtikan, guijo, dalingdingan, hagakhak, narig, and red lauan.

What is the poor province in Bicol Region?

Camarines Sur has the highest poverty incidence among Bicol Region provinces, with a poverty rate of 29.8 percent in 2021.

What is the most famous in Bicol?

The Bicol region is famous for its top attractions including Mayon Volcano, Cagsawa Ruins Park, Basilica of Our Lady of Penafrancia, Subic and Tikling Beach, Matukad Island, Daraga Church – Our Lady of the Gate, Lignon Hill, and Our Lady of Peace Grotto.

What city is Bicol known for?

Naga City is known as the “Queen City of Bicol”, “Heart of Bicol”, and “Pilgrim City” due to its historical significance, central location, and large Marian pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Penafrancia.

What is the source of electricity in the Bicol Region?

Bicol Region has abundant geothermal energy resources

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