In my previous post, I mentioned that Naga is a great city to start your Bicol adventures. During my stay there, I also went to two other places in the Bicol province- Albay and Sorsogon.
Many tourists visit Bicol for one main reason : To see the World’s Most Perfectly Coned Volcano, Mount Mayon.
Some Interesting facts about Mount Mayon:
- Mayon Volcano is located in Legazpi City, Albay, about two hours away from Naga city.
- It is the most active volcano in the Philippines that erupted 48 times in 400 years
- It is the world’s most perfectly coned volcano
Mount Mayon is the most beautiful volcano I’ve seen. Though it’s so difficult to capture its tip as it’s so elusive and always hidden under the clouds. Still, it’s so beautiful to look at and anywhere you go within the driving vicinity, the triangle’s view doesn’t change. I’ve seen many volcanoes in the Philippines and Indonesia in my trip, but Mount Mayon simply is the best. It’s such a natural wonder that even I was really amazed to see.
After going to Albay, my cousins and I traveled to Sorsogon. Sorsogon is in the tip of the Bicol peninsula and is in the southernmost part of Luzon island in the Philippines. This place is very well known for its whale sharks (Butanding in local term) in Donsol and is considered the “Whale Shark Capital of the World”. These whale sharks are harmless and actually allow humans to swim with them. Unfortunately, when I went here it wasn’t their season and didn’t see any of them. However, I did manage to see some interesting places in Sorsogon.
1. Mount Bulusan
Mount Bulusan is one of the many active volcanoes in the Philippines.
2. Bulusan Lake
The Bulusan lake lies in the heart of Mount Bulusan. The road to get here is quite rocky and difficult but the lake is worth the trip. It was simply peaceful, calm and almost deserted when we got here. The lake is best experienced by kayaking.
3. Masacrot Spring
When there’s a volcano, there definitely is a spring somewhere. Masacrot hot spring is probably the most beautiful spring I’ve ever been to. It’s a great place for a picnic or to unwind after hiking in Mount Bulusan or kayaking in Bulusan Lake. The water here is also said to be medicinal.
4. Palogtok Falls
Palogtok falls is the smallest falls I’ve ever seen. It’s very close to Masacrot spring but a bit of a hike to get to. I did enjoy the hike though as the scenery with all the tall coconut trees is just amazing.
5. Sorsogon Bee Farm
Among all the activities I did in Sorsogon, the trip to the Bee Farm is my favorite! This place has an amazing garden and lots and lots of bee hives showcased beautifully! I also got the chance to taste their organic honey and I have to say it was the best tasting honey I’ve tasted in the Philippines. I simply love it!
Where I Stayed
My cousins and I stayed at an inn close to Gubat, Sorsogon beach. If you have not heard of Gubat, Sorsogon, you’re not missing out on anything spectacular. It’s never heard for a reason. I found the beach to be boring and is in my list of most boring beaches I’ve been to. It’s quite a sleepy fisherman’s village.**
My Advice for Solo Travelers
Since I didn’t do solo travel here, I want to stress that you can definitely do solo travel in Bicol. The Bicolanos are kind and hospitable people who are always willing to help tourists. They are proud not only because of Mount Mayon, but because of a lot of natural wonders in their region. The bus and train system from Manila or around Bicol is quite efficient. Comfort level will depend on what class you’re going to take. I took the first class bus from Manila to get to Naga and it was a very comfortable ride. However, if you’re traveling around the areas of Sorsogon where I went to (except Donsol- which is a major tourist attraction), expect that it might not be too comfortable and you will encounter difficulties in communicating with the locals as a lot of them speak only their dialect.
**As always, each traveler is different with various tastes and sense of adventure. My recommendations here are purely my own opinion and based on my real travel experiences.