Our Albay travel guide with all the amazing Albay tourist spots and best things to do in Albay. From places to visit in the nature to historical sites around Bicol Region in the Philippines.
Most of the travelers choose Legazpi City for accommodation and it’s a great start point to do these activities and visiting these tourist spots.
HOW TO GET TO ALBAY
HOW TO GET FROM MANILA TO ALBAY BY FLIGHT
If you want to get from Manila to Albay by flight. It will be the most comfortable way. You have to ride a plane from Manila to Legazpi airport.
There are daily flights with Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines going from Manila to Bicol. The travel time Manila to Legazpi by flight is 1 hour and 30 minutes. And prices are around 1500-2500 PHP for one way.
MANILA TO ALBAY BY BUS
If you want to get from Manila to Albay by bus. There are daily buses leaving Manila from Edsa Cubao, Araneta Cubao, Alabang, Buendia and Pasay.
BUS SCHEDULE MANILA TO ALBAY
Most of the buses are from 5 pm to 10 pm leaving from Manila to Albay Province. Just go for the closest Bus Terminal for you In Manila. But all bus companies are offering buses during the day from Edsa Cubao, Araneta Cubao, Alabang, Buendia and Pasay between 6-8 am.
Manila to Albay travel time will be around 12-14 hours. And prices go from 800-1300 PHP depending on the comfort of the bus. Regular buses can go as cheap as 800 PHP. ALl of them will get to Legazpi Central Station but they will do stops on the way.
The most popular companies going to Albay Province are DLTB Co. from Cubao and Buendia. And Penafrancia Tours and Bicol Isarog leaving from EDSA Road in Cubao.
Read here how to get from Manila to Albay!
BEST TIME TO VISIT ALBAY
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 Albay 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.
DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN ALBAY
For the daily budget travel in accommodation in Albay. There are a few rooms and B&Bs, Airbnb available all over Albay that cost around 1000 PHP per night. That’s just $19 USD! Most of the places are close to city center and Bus Terminal.
On the other hand, meals in local joints only cost $2-3 USD so eating here won’t burn a hole in your wallet, for sure. You might actually $25 USD per day if you’re traveling as a couple, like we were splitting costs in tours and the room. Finally, you can rent a motorbike for around $8-10 USD. A cheaper option to get around is riding the local bus with rates depending on the distance.
ALBAY TOURIST SPOTS AND THINGS TO DO IN ALBAY
1. MAYON VOLCANO
This volcano is one of the things the Philippines boasts. 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 even find chili ice cream here! Would you dare to try it?
2. CAGSAWA RUINS PARK
Cagsawa Ruins Park The are the 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.
3. QUITINDAY UNDERGROUND RIVER
Quitinday Underground River and Quitinday Falls is located in Camalig. Quitinday Falls offers a cliff jumping. Jovellar is an awesome place for adventure. Quitinday Underground River entrance fee is 20 PHP and also a guide is required. You can rent a bamboo raft for the Underground River for 200 PHP.
4. VERA FALLS
Vera Falls is located in the based of Mt. Malinao and it will take more than one hour to get there if you are coming from Legazpi. You will have to hike up and down so make sure you bring appropriate shoes for this. Vera Falls entrance fee is 10 PHP and you can rent cottages for 120 PHP.
5. HOYOP-HOYOPAN CAVE
Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave is one of the best things to do in Albay if you like adventure. Make sure you are bringing proper shoes since it can be sleepery. You will have to head to Camalig for this activity. Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave entrance fee is 150 PHP per personand includes a guide.
6. LIGNON HILL NATURE PARK
Lignon Hill Nature Park is close to the airport. You will be able to get amazing views of Mayon Volcano and it’s perfect to go avoiding the heat first thing in the morning or at sunset time. Lignon Hill Nature Park has no entrance fee and you can do activities like ATV and zip line.
7. 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.
8. TAMBAC BEACH
Tambac Beach is located two hours far from Legazpi City. It will be an amazing day and it’s a must in the list of things to do in Albay if you like swimming and snorkeling.
9. PINAMUNTUGAN ISLAND
Pinamuntugan Island is a private island located in Cagraray Island in Albay. You will enjoy the paradise with empty beaches. To get to Pinamuntugan Island you will have to get a boat at Bacacay Port. The trip is around 45 minutes. Pinamuntugan Island entrance fee is 200 PHP and 300 PHP if you stay overnight.
10. CAGRARAY ECO-ENERGY PARK
Cagraray Eco-Energy Park has an amazing view with the amphitheatre. You can do activities like zip line and ATV. You can walk around the Eco Park and it’s really close from Misibis Resort.
11. JAPANESE TUNNELS
Japanese Tunnels are located in Ligñon Hill Nature Park. The Japanese Tunnels are 40 meters long and they were built during The Japanese Invasion of Legazpi on 12 December 1941 when Filipino and American soldiers were fighting again the Japanese. You will see how they were living and their hidden places inside the tunnels.
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CULTURAL SITES IN ALBAY
12. DARAGA CHURCH
Daraga Church is located in Daraga, Albay just 4 kilometers far from Legazpi City. Daraga Church also called Nuestra Señora de la Porteria Parish Church is a Roman Catholic Church . Daraga Church was built by the Franciscans in 1772.
13. JOROAN CHURCH
Joroan Church is also called Our Lady of Salvation is a Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The image was of the Virgin Mary canonically crowned by the Catholic Church on 25 August 1976 as the patroness of the province of Albay.
14. ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
St John the Baptist Church also called as Tabaco Church is a Roman Catholic Church in the city of Tabaco in Albay. The church of Tabaco Church was founded by the Franciscans in 1616 and it was declared a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines.
15. CATHEDRAL OF ST GREGORY THE GREAT
Cathedral of St Gregory the Great is also called Albay Cathedral. It’s located in Peñaranda Park and it was built in 1834 by Pedro Romero.
16. ALBAY CAPITOL ATRIUM ART GALLERY
Albay Capitol Atrium Art Gallery if you like art it can be one of the best things to do in Albay. It’s opened everyday from 8 am to 5 pm. Sometimes there are exhibitions from local painters and you can even have a chat with them.
17. SOLONG ECO PARK
Solong Eco Park is a great place to walk around in the mountains and enjoy the views and taking pictures. It’s good place if you like the nature to stay 2-3 hours. Solong Eco Park entrance fee is 40 PHP.
18. LIGAO CITY’S SUNFLOWER FARM
Ligao City’s Sunflower Farm is one of the best Albay tourist spots if you like to take pictures. Ligao Sunflower Farm is part of the Kawa-kawa Hill Natural Park in Ligao City in Albay.
19. EMBARCADERO DE LEGAZPI
Embarcadero de Legazpi apart from enjoying the views at night. There are a few activities like zip line, kart racing and jet ski. You can also climb the Lighthouse.
20. TRY BICOL EXPRESS
Bicol Express is the most popular dish in Albay. 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.
21. STAYING IN A LUXURY RESORT MISIBIS BAY
Misibis Bay is a luxury resort a tropical getaway on Cagraray Island in Albay. Misibis Bay provides an outdoor pool, a spa and wellness facility, and a private beach area. Prices are starting for 5000 PHP for a room for two people.
WHERE TO STAY IN ALBAY
There are a few rooms and B&Bs, Airbnb available all over Albay that cost around 1000 PHP per night. That’s just $19 USD! Most of the places are close to city center and Bus Terminal.
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.
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 Legazpi city.
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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