Bicol

3Days 2Nights Bicol itinerary (Albay – Sorsogon)

Bicol is found in the Southern tip of the island of Luzon. The region comprises of 6 provinces namely Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Bicol region has a lot to offer. There’s Mayon Volcano, unspoiled beaches, lakes and old churches. Even the delicacies, and the spicy dishes of Bicolanos are something to look forward to when visiting.

Source: wikipedia

We only planned for Albay and Sorsogon as we only have a limited time, and here’s how we did both provinces in just 3 days 2 nights.
We took the trip by land since when we were checking for cheap flights we noticed that most are scheduled to depart at 1-2PM, which I think is not worth it since 1st. we still have work on Friday and 2nd. half of the day will be wasted if we fly by Saturday noon.

Our first choice was DLTB (Buendia) since we’ll be coming from Makati and that’s the nearest bus line. But when we got there, the lazy boy seats were already fully booked, even the regular buses are not available anymore. We regret not booking in advance and probably that is a lesson learned. We transferred to Philtranco instead, and got seats on a deluxe bus. (yehey!!!)

DAY 1
We departed 9PM in Manila and arrived in Legazpi City at 7AM, it took us only 10-hours since the bus doesn’t have any stop. But (again) we don’t have a hotel booking yet which we still need to figure out. A friend suggested Mayon Backpackers but it was too far from down town.
We rented a tricycle to help us find a hotel. We went to 3 other hotels, which are all fully booked before we find a place to stay.  Imagine that? From bus to hotel. HAHA!

HOTEL OPTIONS:

  • Traveler’s Inn – (052)742-5155

> Room rates are from 200-500 pesos (per head)

  • Dreams Inn & Cafe – (052)480-0885

> Room rates are from 200-500 pesos (per head)

  • Legazpi Garden Hotel -(052)480-2897

> Room rates are from 1000-2000 pesos (per room)

*all of the hotels mentioned are found in the city which are accessible to most of the establishments in the city.

We stayed at Tanchuling hotel. The room is huge, clean and affordable. It is walking distance from Ayala mall, and from the main road. Very accessible! 

Contact number: (052)480-6003

Our room cost 1,150 pesos good for 4 pax. We paid 287.50 pesos each, which is not bad for a big room like this.

Room for 4. With A/C and TV. 

We took our lunch first before going around Albay. We decided to eat at 1st colonial to try the Bicolano dishes and their famous sili (chili) ice cream. 1st Colonial in Ayala Mall. 

We had Bicol Express, Laing, Baked mussels and tinapa rice. Yum!!!

For dessert, we had sili ice cream level 1. I suggest to try the other flavors like tinutong ice cream and pili ice cream. 🙂 

After having lunch, we immediately went to Cagsawa to try the ATV adventure.

The ATV has trail difficulties too.


Level 1 – 1hr ATV ride. Muddy and rocky trail, but the easiest. Price is at 699 pesos.

Level 2 – about 2 to 3 hrs ATV ride to the Lava trail. This is where you’ll drive to the foot of the Mayon. There’s about 15-30 minutes trek to the helipad and the trail is until the lava wall. Price is  at 1,800 pesos.

Level 3 – this is the most difficult level where you’ll get a closer look of the Mayon. This is until the extreme ATV summit. Few meters from crater. Price is at 3,000 pesos.
Unfortunately, Mayon was covered with clouds during our ATV ride. It was partly cloudy during that day. The trail was challenging because of the big rocks, flowing water and the muddy trail. I had so much fun!

You may contact the Mayon ATV adventure at +639157880524.

We went to the Cagsawa ruins on that day but since the volcano was still covered with clouds, we just planned to go back early in the morning to make sure that the Mayon will be visible.

 

We took another jeep to Daraga from Cagsawa to visit Daraga church. I always make sure to visit a church in each place that I’ll be.

Daraga church is one of the most visited churches in the Philippines, which also has the Mayon’s view. It is known as the our Lady of the gate.

One local said that people opt to get married there because it was believed that Mayon will bless the couples with a bountiful life.  Daraga Church

We went back to the hotel since it started to rain.
When the rain stopped, we went to Legazpi blvd, which is a line of restaurants in the seaside. Just ride a tricycle from the centro and tell the driver to take you to Legazpi blvd. You’ll have tons of options to where you can eat depending on your cravings.

We ate at Zoe’s Kitchen since I kinda want fish and oysters. The food was great! I loved their baked tuna 🙂

We had baby back ribs, mango salad, baked tuna, chicharong bulaklak and baked oysters (which is not on the photo). 

DAY 2 

We woke up early to make sure we’ll be able to see the Mayon volcano without the clouds, and we didn’t fail! There’s only 1 group aside from us who were there. Early bird catches the worm, indeed! Haha! 

Cagsawa ruins and Mayon Volcano

There’s a belief that if you see Mayon clearly without the clouds, you can make a wish and it will come true. There’s no harm in trying, right? 😉 

We still have time to see Sumlang lake which is just about an hour from Cagsawa. Just take a jeep going to Camalig, and ask the driver to drop you at Sumlang lake. From the main road there’s still about 15mins to walk or you can just ride another tricycle, like what we did.


Probably the most fancy lake that I have ever been to. With Mayon volcano as its view, sumlang lake has been one of the must visit tourist spots when visiting Albay.


They allow food inside with no additional charge or any corkage. The cottages are also free, you just need to pay the 10 pesos entrance.

Isn’t this looks so chill? 

What I liked about the place is that they have used recycled containers for their cottage chairs and tables. Adding the cute sofas on a bamboo boat facing the volcano. What more could you ask for?

Time is very challenging for this trip since the tourist spots are found in different towns, but since I love challenges I am still enjoying it. The weather is not good so we went straight to Sorsogon after eating lunch.

 

Sorsogon is 2hrs away from Legazpi. The province is known for nice beaches, and I wouldn’t want to miss a chance to enjoy the beach during this trip.

We checked in at Novotel which is located in Sorsogon City. We thought we have no other place to stay if we go straight ahead to the beaches so we stayed in the city. Instead. The hotel is nice, clean and new!


10/10 for Novotel 🙂

It was gloomy when we got to the city, but since we want to maximize our time we left our things at the hotel and went to Paguriran Island, which is about an hour and a half from the city.


I was so amazed with how beautiful the beach is. It looks untouched and not crowded unlike the other known beaches.


There’s no entrance fee or any environmental fee in Paguriran Island. You can enjoy it for free! The locals even let us stay on the nipa huts without any charge.

The Lagoon.

The water is so clear, I can even see the fishes swimming. Beauty is an understatement for this island. I hope they will preserve it and not let anyone destroy its beauty.

DAY 3

It’s our last day and we planned to do surfing since the sun is already shining. No more gloomy weather! Hooray!!!!

The surfing Capital in Sorsogon is found in Gubat. Nope, not the forest but Gubat is the actual name of the town. The locals are promoting surfing in the province and are also improving the town so visitors can enjoy their stay.

Surfing is the next big thing in Sorsogon. We went to Lola Sayong’s Surf Camp, wihich is one of the suggested surf camps in Gubat. We passed by soon to open resorts that also offers surfing too.

We ate lunch first when we got there cos we are starving to death. Haha!

I had deviled fish. Fried Tuna sautéed in tausi sauce. It was sooo yummy! This meal is 100 pesos.




It will only cost you 350 pesos to enjoy 1 hour of surfing with instructor.

Jay, our surf instructor.

We need to get back to Albay before 8pm. Fortunately, there’s a bus in Gubat that can drop us to Daraga, then Daraga we took a jeep to Legazpi. We just bought pasalubong then we rode the last trip going to Manila.

 ITINERARY


EXPENSES:

DAY 1

Bus to Bicol – 900 pesos

Jeep from Legazpi to Cagsawa – 10 pesos each

Jeep from Cagsawa to Daraga – 10 pesos each

Jeep from Daraga to Legazpi – 10 pesos each

Tricycle from Ayala Mall to Legazpi Blvd – 50 pesos which is shared to 4 pax 12.50 each ( 25 pesos RT)

ATV adventure – 699 pesos each

Tanchuling hotel – 1,125 pesos (287.50 pesos each)

 

DAY 2

Jeep from Legazpi to Cagsawa – 10 pesos each

Jeep from Cagsawa to Camalig – 10 pesos each

Tricycle to Sumlang lake – 40 pesos shared to 4 pax. 10 pesos each.

Sumlang lake entrance fee – 10 pesos

Camalig to Legazpi – 10 pesos each

Bus from Legazpi to Sorsogon City – 70 pesos each

Novotel – 1,350 pesos shared to 4 (337.50 each)

Sorsogon City – Bacon – 40 pesos per way

 

DAY 3

Sorsogon city to Gubat – 25 pesos per way

Entrance fee – 10 pesos

Surfing with instructor – 350 pesos (1hr)

Bus from Gubat to Daraga – 80 pesos

Jeep from Daraga to Gubat – 10 pesos

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Happy travels!

Love,

J

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