Planning for your next vacation in Albay? Never forget Region 5 on your Round’ the Philippines trip list. Bicol is not simply all about hot dishes, pili nut candies, or the majestic Mayon Volcano. The region is also filled with fun adventures you can enjoy with your family and friends. Talking about Mount Mayon, let us take a particular look at Albay Province, the official home address of the perfect-cone volcano.
Beautiful Mayon Volcano
Besides the historical Cagsawa Ruins, we suggest that you explore these cool places too. Check this out!
Misibis Bay Resort Cagraray Island Lagoon Pool (photo by Misibisbay.com)
1. Misibis Bay Resort, Bacacay, Albay.
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At the southern tip of Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay, the luxurious Misibis Bay Resort awaits you (check rates). If you think Bora is the only place to experience an enchanting beach getaway, well, think again. Misibis Bay Resort offers 37 grand, comfy villas, exciting watersports, relaxing spas, lovely swimming pools, delightful restaurants and many more! Why not book for a reservation on this one of a kind beach experience?
2. Embarcadero de Legazpi, Legazpi City.
This waterfront mall has everything you need: A classy hotel (Ellis Ecotel), awesome restaurants, adventure sports (zipline, skywalk, and wall climbing), amusement arcade, and affordable stores. Plus, at a walking distance, get an up-close view of the Sleeping Lion, another icon that makes Legazpi City remarkable and witness the beauty of sunrise and sunset while you jog at Legazpi City Boulevard. The mall opens until past midnight so it’s a perfect place for partygoers. And actually, there’s more. Embarcadero de Legazpi offers a free ride back and forth Legazpi City proper through their cute e-jeeps!
3. Vera Falls, Malinao, Albay.
If Laguna has Pagsanjan Falls, Albay won’t allow you to ingnore its very own Vera Falls at Malinao, Albay. The scenic waterfalls has no entrance fee. Yes, it’s totally free to appreciate and love nature’s gifts. What you need to bring is a fully-charged energy as you might need to walk steep and bumpy roads, food and water to refuel your energy, extra clothes and towels. Then you’re all up to plunge in the cool refreshing water all day long.
Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave in Camalig
4. Hoyop-hoyopan Cave, Camalig, Albay.
Its name was dervived from a Bicol term “hoyop” which means to blow wind. Literally, one may enjoy free air-conditioner inside the cave without even worrying about the electric bill like we do when summer’s scorching heat strikes. The cave used to be a guerilla and refugee camp, hospital and orphanage during the Japanese occupation.
View from Ligñon Hill (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
5. Ligñon Hill, Daraga, Albay.
Love to be on top of the world? Let’s go race to the top of Ligñon Hill and get a panoramic view of Legazpi City. At the top of the hill, you may also meet Mayon Volcano’s breathtaking view face to face. So if you’re a landscape photographer looking for Mayon’s perfect angle, Ligñon Hill is one of the best places to go. You might also want to try the adventurous Kapit Tuko trail, a tricky shortcut that could make you scream your lungs out if you lack enough courage. Another remarkable thing about this place is the Potpot cave, a hidden tunnel which used to be a food and ammunitions storage area of the Japanese soldiers dating back in 1940s. Inside the tiny tunnel (well you have to pretend a hunchback while touring inside the tunnel) you’ll actually see a Japanese flag and creepy Japanese soldier statues.
Excited? Book a plane ticket bound to Legazpi now and experience Albay’s great getaways!