If you find yourself in the southeastern part of Luzon, one region you should definitely consider visiting is Bicol. Rife with rich cultural elements dating back from the Spanish period, there is still so much left to explore in this beautiful archipelago. The region is geographically composed of six provinces, namely Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon. Not knowing where to go in Bicol Philippines is fairly common with the dozens of places you can think about visiting.
It is for this exact reason that you’ll find you’ll never run out of things to do in Bicol. Continue reading to learn more about just some of the most amazing getaway spots in this part of the country.
The best time of the year to visit Calaguas Islands is definitely during the summer. Boasting numerous white-sand beaches and rich greenery, this is where you can truly enjoy moments of relaxation and downtime.
Located in the town of Vinzons in the Province of Camarines Norte, the tranquil coastlines of Calaguas are now home to backpackers from all over the country as well as tourists from abroad, which makes it the ideal summer getaway for you and your group of friends.
The inviting cool, blue waters of the beaches will inspire nothing but happiness and excitement among your friends. Explore the rich marine life by diving in these clear waters. You may also choose to go on an island-hopping adventure to explore the islands’ hidden treasures.
Finding a place to stay isn’t difficult with the different resorts located in the area. Those who prefer camping may also rent several tents, for a fee.
Similar to Calaguas, Caramoan is home to a group of islands that tops the list of tourist spots in Camarines Sur. The area’s most distinct feature is its highly-rugged terrain, featuring white-sand beaches and limestone formations.
Surrounding the islands is the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, in all its glory. Those looking for fun and adventure won’t run out of things to do in this area. You can choose to explore the limestone-lined cave walls of Omang Cave. Or, you can engage in a treasure hunt in Manipis Cave, where the treasure of World-War II Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita is rumored to be hidden.
For those who want to go on a leisurely stroll, they can tour the island’s beautiful countryside surrounded by lush greenery and friendly locals. You can tour the local town center or take in the picturesque scenery of the mangrove area.
The Mayon Volcano is perhaps the most popular Bicol tourist attraction on this list. You’ve probably heard the peak’s most famous legend, involving star-crossed lovers. Luckily, the volcano itself is as enchanting as its urban tales.
The perfectly shaped cone volcano also happens to be one of the best places to visit in Albay. The strategic area to situate yourself in order to get up close and personal with this peak is by heading to Cagsawa Park, the Boulevard, or Lignon Hill.
You can take a relaxing tour up and around Mayon Volcano (of the Mayon Volcano Natural Park). The natural park’s rich flora and fauna is definitely not something you’d want to miss. With the numerous indigenous plants and animals, you definitely won’t run out of opportunities for a picture-perfect finish.
St. John The Baptist Church
One way by which you can spot vestiges of Spanish colonial life in Bicol is by visiting St John The Baptist Church. Located in the heart of Tabaco City, the church was declared as a cultural treasure by the National Museum and is truly an architectural wonder, towering over the other structures in its vicinity.
Outside, you can easily notice how heavily the church has been influenced by Baroque-style architecture featuring oval shapes, arched windows, and doors, as well as concave and convex formations. The church was constructed using materials from adobe blocks supported by lime, as well as molasses.
Albay Park and Wildlife
Whether you’re traveling with family, or your friends, Albay Park and Wildlife is the perfect place for you to enjoy a lovely picnic. Located at Tagas, Daraga, Albay, the park presents you with a perfect blend of everything nature has to offer you.
As you end a day of touring the city and suburb, you can rest in the park’s picnic grove which is located in two sites in the area.
If you’re not too tired after all this, there are still several activities you can engage in, depending on their availability. You can participate in the parks’ Baranwitan sa Wildlife. You may also choose to tour the surrounding locations by renting a boat or a kalesa.
Finally, a must-visit place in Bicol is Tikling Island, situated in Matnog, Sorsogon. Its beautiful coastline is lined with pristine beaches — a welcome break from popular beaches in the country like Boracay.
This hidden gem can easily be reached by taking a boat from the shores of Matnog. Unlike the first two beaches on this list, the beaches’ sands are not totally white in color. You will easily notice its pink hue due to tiny pink corals sprawling across the shore.
Teeming with, and surrounded by beautiful trees, Tikling Island is definitely a relaxing destination to cap off your Bicol travels.
Choose Bicol, Philippines for Your Next Getaway!
Still unsure about where to go in Bicol, Philippines? Then fret not, because there are tons of places to visit and tons of activities to do.
Bicol has definitely something for everyone — from diverse natural parks, calm beaches, and cultural wonders. You definitely won’t run out of things to do!
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