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Top Ten Places to Visit in Camarines Sur

Popular Tourist Attractions in Camarines Sur

Lahuy Island

Top 10 Tourist Spots in Camarines Sur

As the largest province in the Bicol Region of Luzon, Camarines Sur does not disappoint. The province has several beaches, waterfalls, mountains, and a generally relaxing and laid-back atmosphere compared to seaside destinations like Siargao or La Union. It also has lesser-known historical churches and landmarks, but just like other provinces in the Philippines, Camarines Sur has its own charm.

Top Ten Places to Visit in Camarines Sur
Caramoan Island photo via Caramoan. ph – Top Ten Places to Visit in Camarines Sur

The climate here is very tropical. The peak seasons are summertime, and the influx of tourists decreases during the rainy season (usually from July to September) and gradually increases again from October onwards. However, regardless of the season, there is plenty to see in this unexploited and quaint province of Camarines Sur. Here are some of the tourist spots you can visit in Camarines Sur:

1. Lake Buhi

Lake Buhi
Lake Buhi Photo credit: ~MVI~ (warped) via / CC BY

Lake Buhi is recognized as the source of the smallest commercially harvested fish in the world, the Sinarapan. A huge portion of the province’s local industry is agricultural and fishing. Although most towns have their own fisheries or plantations, Lake Buhi spotlights the entire province. If you can’t go fishing here, you can always go on a short boat ride and appreciate the fresh air and the view of the not-so-distant mountain of Iriga.

2. Mt. Iriga

Mt. Iriga
Mt. Iriga Photo credit: chotda via / CC BY-NC-ND

Also known as Mt. Asog, Mt. Iriga is an active volcano about a kilometer away from Lake Buhi. It’s already a wonderful sight to behold from afar, and up close, Mt. Iriga proves to be more than just for the eyes. Although it is labeled as an active volcano, the last time it erupted was in 1642, and it has not had any visible volcanic activity since then. This is why its crater is covered with thick layers of trees and vegetation, and hiking along the trail will give you a fantastic view of it.

3. Mt. Isarog National Park

ATV Adventure in Mount Isarog National Park
ATV Adventure in Mount Isarog National Park

This inactive volcano was declared a national park in 1938 by the national government and is the highest rainforest mountain in Southern Luzon. The way up the summit is not your ordinary ten to twenty-minute afternoon hike. The way up can take hours, and all hikers are prohibited from hiking up and down within the same day to avoid accidents on the way down. On the way, you will see various types of birds, insects, a few faunas, and lots and lots of grass. Previous hikers do leave trails because it is a protected area, so you will have to make your own!

4. Malabsay Falls

Malabsay Falls by Red Envolope Photos
Malabsay Falls by Red Envolope Photos

If you’re intimidated by the trek that Mt. Isarog poses, Malabsay Falls, a relatively short hike from Mt. Isarog National Park’s entrance, is a great alternate route. The waters of Malabsay can get very cold because the water comes directly from the inactive volcano’s peak, so be sure to be prepared for the temperature. Before entering, you must pay a small fee (Php 20 to 50). This also applies to Mt. Isarog.

Also Read: Choose ATV To Malabsay Falls If You Love Adventure

5. Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia
Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia By Totle12 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The City of Naga is often called the Pilgrim City of Bicol. This Basilica is the only one of its kind in the whole region, so it attracts hundreds of local and foreign tourists. The church’s construction started in 1976 but was only completed in 1981. Though relatively small compared to other churches in Luzon, it has high ceilings and stained glass windows that have been well-preserved. Inside is the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

6. Lahuy Island

Lahuy Island
Lahuy Island Photo credit: ydcheow87 via / CC BY-NC-ND

If you’re a fan of nature, beaches, and tranquility, you’ll be pleased to know that Lahuy Island has all those three combined. Lahuy Island is about 10 kilometers long and 3 km wide, with crystal clear waters and cream-white sands. Bordering the beach are thick forests. Getting here requires a long boat ride from the neighboring island or central Caramoan town.

7. Matukad Island

Matukad Island in Caramoan
Matukad Island in Caramoan

Aside from being the perfect beach island getaway, Matukad also has rock formations that you can marvel at and climb on. This one of the most famous islands in Caramoan and Camarines Sur’s entirety can get crowded during peak seasons, usually from April to June. The island also owes some of its fame because it is where the local reality TV show “Survivor” was filmed. In 2016, the entire island was temporarily closed for this.

8. Our Lady of Peace Grotto Shrine Park

The Lady of Peace Grotto enshrines a 26-foot tall statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is considered the biggest and tallest one in the Philippines. The statue is pure white and stands in the middle of a piece of a platform with no roof, making it look like it is glowing under the sun. At night, the statue is lighted to guide the fishermen. Getting to the statue requires climbing almost 530 steps, so be prepared. It is said that the monument can grant three wishes.

9. Lahos Island

Lahos Island via Tripadvisor
Lahos Island via Tripadvisor

Hop on a 10-minute boat ride from Paniman Beach in Caramoan and prepare to take a picture of the massive limestone formations on the way. You will probably wonder how the heavy limestone rocks leading to Lahos Island float delicately on the blue waters. While Lahos is not as large as Matuklad, it boasts very shallow and clear waters, and you can swim under some of the protruding karst formations! Snorkeling, swimming, or simply sitting on the sand will make you enjoy this secluded island like your own.

10. Nalalata Falls

Nalalata Falls by Jovial Wanderer
Nalalata Falls by Jovial Wanderer

What’s an excellent way to chill after a long hike? Swim in Nalalata Falls’ cool waters, and get a natural massage from the pressured falling water. What’s a better way to chill after a long hike? Rappelling! The rock behind the waterfalls has been smoothened out due to the continuous flow of water, and the flat, 50-foot-high surface serves as an excellent spot for rappelling while at the same time getting to bathe. Some guides can assist you, and rentable equipment is at the entrance. Compared to Malabsay Falls, Nalalata is a relatively easy hike once you drop off at the starting point.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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