Bicol, also known as Bicolandia, is a region of the Philippines (specifically region V). It is composed of six provinces with a combined population of six million. So what does region V have to offer for adventure-seeking tourists? Read on.
Hiking The Majestic Mount Mayon
Mount Mayon, an active volcano in Albay, is world-famous for its perfect conical shape. Anyone can marvel at the majestic beauty of the volcano when in Albay, but only the brave hearts can dare to hike the slopes of the 8,077-foot volcano. If you are one of the adventure-seeking tourists who would like to experience what it is like to be on Mount Mayon, do not forget to secure a permit from the local government first!
Go caving at Calintaan Cave
Although this activity is all about caving, you have to prepare to get wet for this. Reaching Calintaan Cave involves hopping on a boat (in fact, it’s usually part of an island hopping package) from the the equally picturesque Subic Beach. Getting inside the cave chambers requires the tourists to swim (you can use the life vest provided by the boatmen if you don’t know how to swim). The best part is when you get inside the cave and reach different open and closed chambers where trees tower you. Tip: this activity is only possible when the tide is low so arrange this ahead with your tour guide or ask a local to help you.
If Mount Mayon is too much for you, you can try hiking the hills of Quitinday. This involves a short hike from the ground and the slopes are not that steep, too. Reaching the peak will give you an amazing panorama of what seems to be a never-ending hilly terrain.
Trek Mount Isarog
Located at the heart of Camarines Sur, this paradise is perfect for mountaineers and non-mountaineers. Along your way, you will meet various flora and fauna, natural pools, waterfalls, and clouds. Yes, clouds! This mountain is the second highest mountain in the region. That means at some point, you will even be higher than the clouds!
Jump into Malabsay Falls
You can reach Malabsay Falls by trekking Mt. Isarog first. Bathing in its ice cold water is a perfect way to cool yourselves down after an exhausting trek!
Stay at Caramoan like a ‘survivor’
There is no question why Caramoan was chosen by the producers of Survivor for their show. The Caramoan Peninsula is a world-class destination that offers tourists the peace and quiet that they need, aside from the unbelievably marvelous (still an understatement) island beaches and rock formations around the place.
Or stay at Calaguas Island
The Calaguas Group of Islands should be on your list if you like to live a simple island life. You can sleep in tents with no electricity (and sometimes no water), cook your own food (and start your own fire), and connect with the beauty of nature (and not with social media). The beauty of this paradise is just jaw dropping! No crowd… just peace and serenity.
Try wakeboarding in Camarines Sur
Head over to Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC), a park made for wakeboarding, waterskiing, and wakeskating to get your dose of adrenaline rush. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you don’t need to worry as the operators and trained instructors provide instructions to ensure your safety. Ramps, obstacles, beach volleyball area, and a pool are available for the guests.
For the adventurers at heart, let us help you to plan all the necessities while you prep your own gear. For more information, just firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.