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5 Things You Should Do When in Bicol
The Bicol Region, also known as Bicolandia, is one of the most-visited travel destinations in the Philippines. Bicolandia offers you natural wonders, captivating attractions, and delicious cuisines.
The region is divided into six provinces: Albay with its famous Mayon Volcano, Camarines Sur that houses Misibis Bay, Camarines Norte with Calaguas Island, Sorsogon where whale sharks are protected, as well as the surfing capital island of Catanduanes and Buntod Sandbar and Reef Marine Sanctuary of Masbate which are the island-provinces of Bicol.
With that, here are five things you should do in your jam-packed tour around Bicolandia.
Appreciate The Razed Beauty Of Cagsawa Ruins
BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. The Cagsawa Ruins present in the shadows of Mayon Volcano. (Screenshot photo via Philippine Cities official website)
The Cagsawa Ruins is what’s left of a Franciscan church in Cagsawa. It was built in 1587 but was burned in 1636 and was rebuilt in 1724 by Franciscan friars. It was in February 1814 that Mayon Volcano erupted, buried the town of Cagsawa, and killed almost 1,200 people. The ruins that we see today is the living proof of the unfortunate incident that happened.
Located in, Daraga, Albay, the ruins was turned into the current Cagsawa Park and is now one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bicol. Entrance fee is PHP 20.00 per head.
Get Closer With Mayon Volcano
DAREDEVILS. Tourists conquer the streams with their ATV at the Donsol EcoTours. (Screenshot Photo via Donsol Ecotours Official Website)
Get a closer look at the Mayon Volcano by an ATV up to the Lava Wall of Mayon Volcano. This activity will give you the best adrenaline rush by driving into mud packs, rivers, and fallen rocks. The ATV is a three- to four-hour activity marked around Php 600 to Php 6,500, including all transfers, ATV rental, tour guide, and environmental fees.
Revel In Water Adventures In Misibis Bay Resort
ESCAPE TO PARADISE. The Amphitheater in Misibis Bay is a silent sanctuary for its visitors. (Screenshot Photo via Poor Traveler Official Website)
Misibis Bay Resort offers various water activities for those adventure seekers. They offer wakeboarding, kneeboarding, windsurfing, water skiing, mono skiing, stand-up paddling, jet skiing, kayaking and banana boat ride.
They also have the Hobie cat sailing. Hobie Cat is a small catamaran with a sail and resembles a tiny sailboat. Harnessing and controlling it can be hard at first but it can enjoyable once you’ve mastered it.
Misibis Bay is just near Cagraray Eco-Park. A van tour will take you to the famous Amphitheater (where The Amazing Race Asia shot one of its episodes), the hanging bridge, a zip line zone, and chapel area. But for most of your time, you will get to see the beach view. You can enjoy these activities for as low as Php 350 up to Php 3,000. Stay overnight in rooms ranging from Php 13,000.00 to Php 26,500.00.
Trek the Holy Kawa-Kawa Hill
PIOUS STATUES. Contemplate in front of the Last Supper monument at Kawa-Kawa Hills. (Screenshot Photo via Take The Travel Official Website)
Kawa-Kawa Hill is one of the most famous religious sites for devotees and tourists in Ligao City. “Kawa” is from a local for “cauldron” which is how the Kawa-Kawa hill looks like. The hill offers 14 life-size statues that depict the Stations of the Cross. Once you get to the top, you will get to see an overlooking view of Ligao City and a distant view of the Mayon Volcano.
People flock this place especially on Lenten season as part of their family tradition and penitence. There is no entrance fee when you visit this place.
Feast at Waway’s Restaurant Buffet
HUNGER BUSTER. There is nothing better than home-cooked meals at Waway’s. (Screenshot Photo of Christian Lucas Sangoyo via Lakad Pilipinas Official Website)
No visit in Bicol can be complete without trying the province’s famous cuisines. For this, head on to Waway’s Restaurant where you can find Bicol’s best dishes. The restaurant was built around 1987 and has earned a lot of patrons and customers because of their wide selection of dishes.
Various Filipino dishes are available for only PHP 250.00 - from Bicol Express, Laing, Bopis, Beef Kare-Kare, Pinangat and many more. Plus, an additional fee of Php 30.00 if you want bottomless drinks like orange juice, iced tea, and coffee. It's a feast!
What are you waiting for? Get a taste of Bicol now! From Manila to Bicol, you can ride the bus from Cubao, Pasay, Alabang, and Laguna bound to Legazpi, Albay. Buses bound to Legazpi can cost between Php 700 to Php 1,200. It is also possible to take a plane to Legazpi, which only takes 45 minutes from NAIA Terminal 3.