Albay is one of the six provinces in the Bicol Region located about 460 kilometers south of Manila. The province takes pride in its diverse natural attractions, delightable cuisine, and fine handicrafts. Aside from Mayon Volcano, its crown jewel, Albay has many great sights and activities to offer.
From Mayon Volcano with its near-perfect cone to white, golden and black sand beaches, waterfalls and caves, Spanish period churches and ancestral houses, Albay is home to scenic spots and majestic structures. The province is a perfect destination for travelers who are after leisure, adventure, and new experiences. As your local travel guide in the Philippines here are five must visit places in Albay.
1. Mayon Volcano
No other volcano in the world has a cone as perfectly shaped as Mayon. Towering at almost 8,000 feet above sea level, it lies at the center of the three cities and 15 municipalities of Albay. Mayon’s name was acquired from the local word “Magayon,” which means beautiful.The volcano is one of the most active in the Philippines. There have been 49 eruptions since the first documented activity in 1616, with the worst explosion occurring on February 1, 1814, and killing some 1,200 people in Cagsawa and Budiao.
2. Ligñon Hill Nature Park
A long and winding road leads up to a circular looking deck constructed on top of a hill in Legazpi City. Ligñon Hill provides a vantage sight of scenic Legazpi City, Albay Gulf, and Mayon Volcano.
3. Vera Falls
A little over an hour away from Legazpi City is a delightful curtain of falling water called Vera Falls. It is set amidst a backdrop of diverse flora and fauna within the richly forested Mt. Malinao. The cascades of water located at the bottom of a ravine in Barangay Bulang drop 25 meters into a crystal clear blue lagoon.
4. Kawa-Kawa Hill
Kawa-Kawa has a concave or cratered top as an alternative of a convex or rounded one. It acquired its name from this curious shape that resembles a “kawa” or cauldron. Its matchless crater summit, which spans six hectares, has been likened to an amphitheater. This is why Kawa-Kawa is similarly often stated to as “the hill without a hilltop.”
5. Embarcadero de Legazpi
A 105-square meter event center known as the Celebration Plaza serves as a perfect venue for conventions, fashion shows, beauty pageants, competitions, and other gatherings.
Further exciting offerings of Embarcadero: 90-feet high skywalk with a view of Albay Gulf, cityscape, and popular Mayon Volcano; 59-feet Climbing Wall and a Bungee Trampoline; 350-meter zipline from a lighthouse; water activities like parasailing, jetski, paddle boat, kart race and Segway rides.