Bicol is the largest island in the Philippine archipelago. It is the home of the iconic “perfect cone” volcano – Bulkang Mayon. It also offers seemingly endless beaches, lush greeneries, fascinating historical attractions, diverse cultures and popular dishes. It is known before as “Ibalong” before the Spanish colonization.
Our Bicol trip was a ‘not-so-much’ planned trip, I just asked our mom and sisters that we will spend our Holy Week in Bicol. So, 3 days prior the trip, we discussed on whether to have it Do-It-Yourself or just avail a tour which are readily offered on the internet. And since we will be touring around with our mom, we decided to find the best deal for the Bicol Trip for convenience.
We found a 3D2N ALL-IN joiner trip with 3,999 PHP each person. (Click here: Bicol Travel and Tours)
WHERE TO GO?
This historical landmark gives you a perfect view of how majestic the Mayon Volcano is. Seeing the Mayon Volcano, although a shy one, is definitely astounding.
After taking some photos in the ruins, we headed to the ATV Adventure experience. Honestly, trying the ATV Adventure scared me a little, but you know, if it scares you, it might be worth a try.
Here are the rates for the ATV Adventure:
- Level 1 is an hour experience at PHP699.
- Level 2 is about 2-3 hours ATV ride going to the Lava trail. It is PHP1,800.
- Level 3 is available at PHP3,000. It is the most difficult trail.
During our visit, Mt. Mayon recently had a quiet eruption, level 2 and 3 is not available.
Found in Sumlang, Camalig, this lake is a top tourist attraction in Albay, it is where you will see the majestic Mayon Volcano on a clear day.
Sumlang Lake fees:
- Balsa Tour – Php 25.00 per head
- Kayaking – Php50.00 per head for 30 minutes
- Aqua Biking – Php 50.00 per head for 30 minutes
- Floating Cottage – Php300 for 1 hour
- Entrance fee – Php10.00 per head
- Parking Lot fees – Php20.00 for vehicles / Php10.00 for motorcycle
Lignon Hills Nature Park
Another place that offers sights of the Mayon Volcano and activities for all types of visitors. This is a 156-meter high and one of Legazpi’s most famous landmarks. Unfortunately, when we arrived there, the volcano is still shy.
Lignon Hills activities:
- Zipline off Season Rates (with hard copy picture): Php 250 Basic; Php 350 Advance – superman
- Rapelling (150 feet): Php 200 off season; Php 250 peak season
Quick Albay stops: Quituinday Hills View, Solong Eco Park, Daraga Church, Legazpi City Boulevard and Solong Cave
Lola Sayong Eco Surf Camp
Found in Gubat, Sorsogon is a community-based-eco-tourism beach. The breeze here is so refreshing and view so reinvigorating. You can try surfing here and a perfect place to recharge your soul.
They have a coffee shop and a restaurant which serves great food.
Bayugin Falls and Barcelona Church and Ruins
Other places in Sorsogon to visit:
- Paguriran Falls
- Lake Bulusan
- Irosin Hot Springs
- Subic Beach
- Tiklig Island, Matnog
Camarines Sur Water and Sports Complex
A 6-hectare complex found in Pili, Camarines Sur. The CamSur Watersports Complex is the first world-class water sports complex in the Philippines and in Asia. CWC aims to bring cable skiing to a whole new level and attract watersports enthusiasts from all over the world with its top of the line facilities and relaxing environment.
There are a lots of activities to do here like inflatables, wake boarding and wake skating. Me and my sisters tried wake boarding, it was fun and exciting, especially we tried it all for the first time, it is a great place to learn how to wake board.
Naga Metropolitan Cathedral also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist.
Other places in CamSur to visit:
- Pebble Beach, Bagolatao
- Mt Isarog National Park (Malabsay Falls)
Although a short time to visit 3 provinces for 3 days, I’m happy to have an opportunity to travel in a low budget with family and actually witness the things I only see in books. It is a little bit off the beaten track, but I can assure you there is no way you will regret visiting the Bicol province.