We will write about the best Bicol tourist spots and things to do in Bicol. There are beautiful beaches in Camarines Norte and Catanduanes. If you like adventure Mt Mayon in Bicol Region and the whale sharks in Donsol are the best plans for you in this region in the Philippines.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BICOL
Like any other place in the Philippines there are two kinds of seasons- the dry season from November to April and the wet season from May to October.
The best time to visit Bicol tourist spots is during dry season, especially from December to February when temperatures are much cooler and touring will most likely not be interrupted by rains and will not be really hot going around.
Bicol Tourist Spots And Things to do in Bicol
We will start our list with our favorite one in the list of Bicol tourist spots Calaguas Island in North of Bicol Province. We will continue with Naga, Caramoan and going to the South of Bicol.
1. CALAGUAS ISLAND, CAMARINES DEL NORTE
Calaguas Island is called the little Boracay. You just get to Calaguas Beach and you feel in paradise. Those colors in the water a long beach with white sand.
Avoiding high season and weekends you will be calm and quiet in Calaguas Beach. Enjoying Calaguas Beach was our favorite in the list of things to do in Calaguas Island.
2. Naga City
We passed by coming from Calaguas Island and after visiting Burias Island. We will discover our favorite Naga tourist spots. We really loved the place and it reminded us to Angeles City in Pampanga where we are based.
Caramoan has an amazing island hopping. You can choose whole day trip visiting 4 islands for 2500 PHP. Or short trip 1500 PHP enjoying beaches with huge rock cliffs similar to El Nido, in Palawan.
We just stayed swimming, taking pictures for long time since we loved it. And we only saw 2-3 boats doing island hopping in Caramoan that day. Beautiful beaches, sand bar and the amazing limestones.
4. SUBIC BEACH IN SORSOGON
Subic Beach is popular because of the Pink colors in the sand with blue waters. You can get there in the island hopping in Matnog. And we totally recommend to spend the day in this beach for us is one of the best beaches in Sorsogon.
5. DONSOL, SORSOGON
Donsol is one of the most popular Bicol tourist spots because of the Whale Sharks. In South Luzon in Bicol Province and close to Legazpi you can do this activity.
When you visit Donsol, you shouldn’t miss diving and swimming with the whale sharks. Don’t worry because they are friendly creatures. Just don’t do anything that will stress or scare them.
Read here beach resorts in Sorsogon!
6. MAYON VOLCANO, LEGAZPI
Mayon volcano is one of the best things to do in Bicol. It is an active, perfect-cone volcano that is famous to tourists. Aside from the Mayon Volcano, don’t forget to taste the delicacy of the Bicolanos- spicy foods. You can go around with an ATV for adventure.
7. CAGSAWA RUINS PARK, LEGAZPI
Cagsawa Ruins Park are remnants of a 16th-century Franciscan church, Cagsawa church. It was built in 1587 but was burned down by Dutch pirates in 1636 and rebuilt in 1724 by Fr. Francisco Blanco. But it destroyed in 1814 with the eruption of the Mayon Volcano.
8. GUINANAYAN ISLAND
Guinanayan Island is a white sand surrounding the island. A perfect place for practicing snorkeling, scuba-diving and relax swimming. There is a beach resort and you can even camping. To get to Guinanayan Island there is one daily boat going from Tabaco to Guinanayan.
9. LAKE BULUSAN
Bulusan Lake is a natural beauty located in Sorsogon. The vibrant lake back grounded by the lush forest is a great scenery to bask in. The lake is part of the 4th most active Volcano in the Philippines, Bulusan Volcano. No wonder it’s one of the famous Bicol tourist spots!
10. Surfing in Gubat
Try surfing in Buenavista Beach in Gubat Sorsogon one of the best things to do in Bicol. The place isn’t fully developed yet that’s why the place is a charm. The accomodation around the are well ventilated nipa huts. If you want to learn about surfing, you can learn it here for only 350 PHP.
11. TINALISAYAN ISLAND, BURIAS ISLAND
Tinalisayan Island is 30 minutes boat ride from San Pascual Port. One of the most beautiful islands with a small sand bar, clear water and white sand. There is an entrance fee of 50 PHP per adult and Tinalisayan Island was very clean.
You can get an open cottage for 300 PHP to have lunch. There are no cottages for sleeping in Tinalisayan Island. You can pitch your tent if you are bringing and you talk to the owner in the island.
We enjoyed a few hours taking pictures, flying the drone, swimming, snorkeling, taking under watershots before coming back to San Pascual. There are no cottages in this island but there are tables if you are planning to have your lunch there. It was our favorite one in our Burias Island Tour.
Read here how to go to Burias Island!
12. SOMBRERO ISLAND, BURIAS ISLAND
Sombrero Island takes an hour to reach there from San Pascual Port. There are cottages in Sombrero Island to stay overnight and you can also rent or pitch a tent if you like it. It’s called Sombrero Island because of the shape of the island next to it as you can see in the picture.
There is an entrance 30 PHP per adult. And 700 PHP if you want to rent a cottage during the day. Expect to pay around 1500-3000 PHP to stay overnight in the cottages.
13. Ticlao Island, Masbate
Ticlao Island is located in Masbate is a perfect pacae for island hopping in the Philippines. You can rent a boat for 2500 PHP good enough for 6-8 people in Monreal North part of the island. From Ticlao Island you can continue in Masbate or going to Bulan in Sorsogon or you can also visit Burias Island.
14. Catanduanes, Virac
Catanduanes is one of the beaten path destinations in the Philippines located in Bicol. You can go by plane from Manila to Virac. The popular activities to do in Catanduanes are surfing and island hopping.
After Catanduanes you can go to Legazpi City to visit Mayon Volcano or you can head to Caramoan by ferry.
15. TRY BICOL EXPRESS
Bicol Express is the most popular dish in Bicol Province and for sere it’s one of the best things to do in Bicol trying this traditional dish. Bicol Express is made of tofu with green beans and it’s creamy and spicy.
It can be cooked with coconut milk. You can have a Vegetarian version or you can eat with pork belly and fish sauce.
Hotels in Bicol
There are a few rooms and B&Bs, Airbnb available all over Bicol that cost around 1000 PHP per night. That’s just $19 USD! Most of the places are close to city center and Bus Terminal.
For more luxury accommodation rates are starting at 2500 PHP for hotels in Bicol.
Hotel Venezia is located just two minutes far from the airport and provides easy access to the downtown attractions. Hotel Venezia includes a room service, a coffee shop, a family room, and meeting rooms. One of the best options for hotels in Bicol.
Prices are starting at 3500 PHP and it’s one of the best Legazpi hotels in the list.
Address: Renaissance Gardens, Washington Drive, Cruzada, Legazpi, Philippines, 4500
THE MARISON HOTEL
The Marison Hotel is located in the heart of Legazpi City just a quick five-minute drive from the Legazpi Airport. The Marison Hotel has 118 huge and elegantly-furnished rooms one of the biggest hotels in Bicol and the biggest in Legazpi City. All guest rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a desk, free WiFi, and a private bathroom.
There are three dining options inside The Marison Hotel: IL Morso Italian Restaurant, The Sans Cafe & Bar and Chilo Bar for cocktails, wines, beers and non-alcoholic beverages. Prices are starting from 3800 PHP.
Address: Corner Imelda Roces Avenue, Barangay 38- Gogon, Legazpi City, Cruzada, Legazpi, Philippines, 4500
ZEN ROOMS YOUR BROTHERS HOUSE LEGAZPI
ZEN Rooms Your Brothers House Legazpi is located in the Rawis area in Mayon Tribal Village only 5 kilometers away from city center. Your Brother House with 18 rooms offers impeccable service and all the essential top-class facilities like 24-hour security, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out and luggage storage.
Prices for the room starts at 1300 PHP. It’s one of the most beautiful hotels in Bicol.
Address: Brgy. Pawa Legazpi City Albay Philippines, Rawis, Legazpi, Philippines, 4500
MAYON LODGING HOUSE
Mayon Lodging House is located 10 kilometers far from the city center. Mayon Lodging House has 20 rooms and provides kitchen, 24-hour front desk towels, fan, air conditioning, balcony/terrace, satellite/cable TV. Prices are starting at 800 PHP for a room for two people.
Address: Pan-Philippine Highway (AH26) Purok 6 Brgy. Busay Daraga, Albay, Daraga, Legazpi, Philippines, 4105
Trip Inn is located in Oro Site area and ideal point of departure for your excursions in Legazpi. Trip Inn offers 24-hour front desk, Wi-Fi in public areas, airport transfer and safety deposit boxes. Prices are starting from 1200 PHP.
Address: F Imperial St., Oro Site, Legazpi, Philippines, 4500
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