Bicol’s Best of 10: The Southern Path to Summer Fun

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There’s no reason to get yourself stuck in the house when the sun is out, inviting you to drive your way to summer fun. The secret to awesome summer? Early planning. Yes, that’s right. Months before the hot season officially starts you have to carefully think about your itinerary so you can check out the coolest place you really want to explore, instead of settling for less.

Mayon ATV Adventure
Mayon ATV Adventure

Determining your destination for summer this early will also enable you to allocate enough budget and avoid unnecessary expenses. Perhaps you’ve heard about region 5’s white sand beaches, nature trail, stunning islands, mysterious caves, and other picturesque tourist spots. Well, these stories deserve some exciting pieces of evidence you should unravel yourself!

Here are some of the summer destinations Bicol offers you.

#1 Caramoan Peninsula

Caramoan Beach by Allan Ascaño via Flickr
Caramoan by Allan Ascaño via Flickr

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Bora might be the best beach you’ll find in the Philippines, but the Caramoan Peninsula will give you a different experience. Think about this: Why do you go for an out of town every summer? Isn’t it because you want to escape the noise of the crowded city and enjoy the cool breeze of the countryside? At Caramoan Peninsula, you have the luxury to enjoy paradise without too much noise or crowd you usually find in Bora. The place is packed with wonderful diving spots, white-sand beaches, subterranean river and bird-watching spots. Gota beach is the most popular spot in Caramoan and you may as well choose it as your main destination.

#2 Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC)

Camarines Sur Watersports Complex by Ninjakeg via Wikipedia
Camsur Watersports Complex by Ninjakeg via Wikipedia

If you’re game for an extreme challenge that will make your world turn upside down, CWC is the right place to go. A lot of tourists visit CWC which is located in Pili, Camarines Sur to try wakeboarding, knee boarding, waterskiing, and wakeskating. There’s no need to worry if you haven’t tried any of these before. CWC offers a beginner’s lesson with an actual application! What to do: Get rid of shyness, get more courage and opt for a challenge. Watersports is a must-try for adventure-seekers. If you are planning for an overnight stay, it is better to book for a reservation.

#3 Bagasbas Beach

Bagasbas Beach by Bagasbas Beach FB Page
Bagasbas Beach by Bagasbas Beach FB Page

Wave riders, you are certainly obliged to include Daet’s best attraction, Bagasbas Beach on your getaway list. On the other hand, first-time surfers may seek help from local surfing instructors who readily share the basics of the extreme watersports. A bit nervous? Don’t worry, there are lifeguards out there too. Actually, surfers are not adults alone. Some kids have fun with the activity too. So, riding the waves of Bagasbas Beach will be a fun leisure for the whole family.

#4 Puraran Beach

Surfing in Puraran Beach by Puraran Surf Beach Resort FB
Surfing in Puraran Surf Beach Resort by Puraran Surf Beach Resort FB

If you think, you had enough of Bagasbas Beach, here’s another haven for wave riders: Puraran Beach, Catanduanes. You may think of Catanduanes as a frequent hangout place of typhoons. But hold on. There’s a lot of fun waiting for you! Surfer or not, one can enjoy the simple vacation at either Puraran Surf Beach Resort or the Majestic Puraran Beach Resort. Huge, awesome waves are ready to give you a challenge you just can’t ignore. Cottages for an overnight stay are super affordable, comfortable enough, and have that countryside feels you’ve been looking for. Indulge your appetite with the fresh and delicious sea foods too.

#5 Ticao Island Resort

Ticao Island Resort
Ticao Island (check rates)

The province of Masbate is the home of some loveliest islands you’ll find in Bicol Region. One of the best places to explore this coming summer is Ticao Island Resort (resort info). Bring a bunch of friends or your whole family so you can altogether enjoy a lot of activities the resort offers, such as scuba diving, island hopping, kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, and many more! And with that horseback riding part, you may actually adopt your own horse throughout your stay there. Another thing, you may be fortunate enough to be able to meet the whale sharks during your vacation. What more to ask for?

#6 Calaguas Islands

Calaguas Island
Birds eyeview of Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Island (photo courtesy of Oliver Bautista)

A quiet beach setting, picture-perfect sunset, turquoise water for swimming… all found in Vinzons, Camarines Norte. Perhaps you’re the bohemian-type who enjoys getaways like this. Beach camping is the best activity to do in the place. Who says you can’t have fun while working? If you’re a freelance writer or artist working on a creative project, take your work to Calaguas Island and get inspiration from the beauty of nature.

#7 Cagraray Island

Misibis Bay Beach Resort
Misibis Bay Resort Cagraray Island

Another excellent summer treat is brought to you by Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay. It is the home of Misibis Bay Resort, a famous tourist destination in the province.

#8 Pototan Cave

Pototan Cave photo by Genio.Tumbler.com
Pototan Cave in Batan Island photo by Genio.Tumbler.com

If you have a keen interest in anything historical or archeological, caves would be a smart choice for a summer adventure. Among the many mysterious caves of Bicol Region, Pototan Cave in Batan Island, Rapu-rapu, Albay is the best spot to explore. It has stunning rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites and an underground river that gives a familiar Puerto Princesa, Palawan feels.

#9 Busay Falls

Busay Falls photo by LakwatseradePrimera.com
Busay Falls in Malilipot Albay photo by LakwatseradePrimera.com

Busay Falls is located at Malilipot, Albay. Malilipot is just about a 45-minute drive from Legazpi City. Aside from the main falls, there other falls cascading from the mountain where it is situated. Tour guides are readily available if you want to maximize your Busay Falls adventure.

#10 Kawa-kawa Hill

Kawa-Kawa Hill photo by WowLegazpi.com
Kawa Kawa Hill photo by WowLegazpi.com

Meet the sister of Ligñon Hill, Ligao City’s Kawa-kawa. Of course summer is not all about the beaches, islands, and cool waters. There’s also an ideal place for hikers to enjoy. At the foot of Kawa-kawa hill, a sunflower farm is cultivated- a nice spot for nature photographers to check out. The huge hollow at the center of the hill is ideal for picnics, and other group activities. It is also where the ATV ride is located. Kawa-kawa trek is a must-try for those who love the heights rather than the depths of the sea.

So, you finally added a handful of ideas to make your summer more memorable. Give it a try to explore the Bicol region and for sure one summer ain’t enough.

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