23 June 2020

Top 5 Must-Visit Destinations in Bicol

What are the top must-visit destinations in Bicol?

 

  1. Legazpi City
  2. Donsol
  3. Caramoan
  4. Naga
  5. Ticao Island

 

Looking for a place to eye on for your next getaway? If you want to step up your travel game, the Bicol Region is the perfect place for you! Situated in the southern area of Luzon, it’s one of the many spectacular places in the Philippines that anyone should add to their bucket list. Why? It’s the perfect balance of everything! Here, you’ll find unspoiled beaches, educational historic landmarks, adventurous activities, and picturesque views. It is a place that has everything you need for a fun-filled vacation. Today, we’ve listed down the top must-visit destinations in Bicol that you shouldn’t miss out on. These spots will surely make you want to pack your bags, book the next flight, and start your adventure!

 

Legazpi City

Legazpi City

Mayon ATV

mayon volcano and Legazpi Boulevard by ariel Abaleta

Mayon Volcano Legazpi 1

Mayon Volcano Legazpi

Mayon Volcano Legazpi

Bridge

Legazpi Marker - Legazpi Boulevard

Mashed

There’s no better way to experience the beauty of Mount Mayon than at Legazpi City! Hundreds of tourists and visitors have declared their love for this spot. It’s one of the most booming destinations in Bicol today. Everywhere you go, you’ll always see a glimpse of Mount Mayon. So make sure to bring your camera and take pictures along the way!

Tour some of the must-visit points such as Cagasawa Ruins, where you’ll see the iconic remnants of a 16th-century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa Church. Here, you can also take pictures with fun poses and enjoy the scenic view of Mount Mayon. If you want to get up-close and personal, you can also opt to hike along the base of Mayon Volcano or ride an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)! These are only some of the best things you can do at “The City Of Fun and Adventure”. Visit now to experience them yourself!

 

Donsol

Donsol

Butanding

Donsol Firefly River Watching

Bicol, specifically, Donsol, is one of the few places in the world that can offer the best whale shark (also known as the butanding) sightings. In fact, it is known as the “Whale Shark Capital Of The World”. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience that you shouldn’t miss out on. Aside from this, it provides a diving event like no other! Here you can see the underwater world at its best. Donsol has done an amazing job of preserving underwater life and keeping it healthy. When you drive in the waters, you’ll see different fishes, unique and colorful corals, and sometimes even Manta Rays!

Apart from diving, there are also top sights in Donsol that you can visit such as the Jovellar Underground River, Sigpit Falls, and partake in a Firefly River Tour!

 

Caramoan

Camarines sur Caramoan

Camarines sur - Gota Village, Caramoan

Caramoan Island Hopping (1)

Caramoan Island Hopping (2)

Caramoan Island Hopping (3)

Caramoan Island Hopping (4)

Caramoan Island Photos

Legazpi Donsol Caramoan (1)

Legazpi Donsol Caramoan (2)

Legazpi Donsol Caramoan (3)
Credits to Mr. Jackson Groves

You’ve probably already seen the beautiful pictures of Caramoan everywhere on the internet. But nothing can compare to seeing it up close! It is loved by tourists, adventurers, and locals because of its popular attractions and different water activities such as diving, swimming, snorkeling, and spelunking. So if you love the beach, Caramoan is the place to be. It consists of a plethora of islands with clear white sand, crystal blue waters, and beautiful rock formations that will sweep you off your feet!

 

Naga

Naga

Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Penafrancia, Naga City, Philippines

Church exterior

Church Interior

Peñafrancia Festival 2014 Traslacion Naga City

If you’re a traveler that loves indulging in a city’s culture, visit Naga City. It consists of plenty of churches that you can visit to immerse yourself in culture, religion, and architecture. Here you’ll find the famous San Francisco Church, where you can find the bell tower of the old building remains. You can also visit the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, built in 1785. The church has since undergone renovations but has retained its distinct, colonial facade.

Other than that, Naga City also offers a handful of fun adventures to do. In fact, it is famous for its nightlife. At Avenue Square, you are surrounded by local restaurants, dining places, music bars, and lounges. At Magsaysay Avenue, sophisticated eats and cool bars are there to cap off your day.

 

Ticao Island

Ticao Island

Boro bancaso

Catandayagan Falls

Masbate -Ticao Island, credit Gov Salceda
Credits to Gov Salceda

Monreal Masbat

Monreal

Ticao Island, Masbate

ticao manta bowl

Ticao

Ticao Island is one of the best wonders you can visit in the Masbate area. It is one of the three major islands that offer some of the best beaches in Bicol. Make sure to book an island hopping tour so you can make the most out of your visit. You’ll be drawn to its pristine beaches. This is the perfect place to take the family to get away from all the hustle and bustle. To make your stay more enjoyable, aside from swimming and sunbathing, you can also partake in activities such as scuba diving, horseback riding, boating, and fishing!

 

Key Takeaway

Bicol should definitely be on anyone’s bucket list. It has everything and everything that will sum up a fun-filled getaway! So what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip and add these must-visit destinations in Bicol to give you the most memorable vacation in the Philippines!

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