BICOL

BICOL is brimming with both natural wonders and man-made masterpieces that are sure to amaze both seasoned tourists and first time travelers. To say that there are plenty to see in Bicol is such an understatement.

The best way to start your trip is to take in a view of the Mayon Volcano in Albay. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go trekking up the volcano and witness just how majestic Bicol looks. Or you can choose to take a dip in the finest beaches of the country. If big, surf waves are your kind of rush, Puraran Beach is perfect for surf dudes like you. If you’re into wildlife and other beach adventures, Caramoan Island is the place you should not miss. But if you want the beach all to yourself, go camping in Calaguas Island. Whichever adventure you choose, these beaches will never disappoint.

This region is for adventurers – full of volcanoes, beaches, caverns, coves, lakes, parks and other natural wonders.

“Bicolandia” is made up the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate. You can find it at the southern tip of the island of Luzon. Bicol is one of the Philippines’ best-known tourist destinations. Some of its more famous treasures are the gentle butanding whale sharks of Donsol, the fierce and fiery Mayon Volcano and Bulusan Volcano, and the popular Cam Sur Watersports Complex (CWC).

It’s best to get into shape before visiting. You never know what adventures are in store. Wind-and-kitesurfers will enjoy Bagasbas Beach in Daet. Beach lovers might enjoy visiting the surrounding islets, not missing out on the Calaguas Islands of Camarines Norte.

While the Survivor and Amazing Race television series have put places like Caramoan and Albay on the world adventure map, the less known islands of Calintaan (in Sorsogon), Sombrero (in Masbate), San Miguel (also in Masbate), and Misibis (in Albay) are just as enchanting. And the people make it even better. Bicol locals are an interesting mix of laid back and outspoken. They enjoy holding colorful water parades, are proud of their centuries-old stone churches, and will fire up your palate with their delicious spicy specialties.

This is also a land of hemp, locally known as abaca. Coal, limestone and sulfur also abound. As Bicol is by the water, fishing is a big source of income. Watersports isn’t recommended during the rainy season (November to January), but summer (February to June) is a great time to sure to hit the beach.

With its strategic location in the Philippine archipelago, the region is easily accessible by land, air and sea transportation facilities.

The region maintains and operates eight functional airports, Legazpi Airport, the only trunkline airport in the region has landing facilities that can accommodate aircrafts like Boeing 737 jets.

By sea, the region can be accessed via the Legazpi City Port, which is the base port, the Tabaco City Port, which is classified as an international port and through numerous other ports that have Roll-on-Roll-off ramp facilities for traveling convenience.

Traveling by land is most convenient as bus services can be availed of either during day or nighttime travel.

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