One of my childhood dreams is to witness the perfect-coned shape of Mayon Volcano. This dream was realized with my visit to the home of the famous Philippine volcano last February 8-11, 2013. A 4-day travel to Albay and Sorsogon is not enough to visit all attractions the provinces offer. Here is my do-it-yourself Albay and Sorsogon itinerary for my 4 days and 3 nights Bicol Travel series.
10 THINGS TO DO IN ALBAY AND SORSOGON
- Chase Mayon Volcano.
- Hike and experience the adventure activities in Ligñon Hill.
- City tour in Legaspi.
- ATV Adventure to the Mayon Lava Flow.
- Try the Unique Bicol Ice Cream Flavors of 1st Colonial Grill.
- Food tripping at Bigg’s Diner.
- Visit the ruins of Cagsawa.
- Check Busay falls and Bacacay black sand beaches.
- Dipping in the Hot Springs of Irosin, Sorsogon.
- Visit the southern most municipality of mainland Luzon.
ALBAY AND SORSOGON ITINERARY
Note: Roundtrip Airfare from Manila to Legaspi not included.
Book your stay in Albay on the search box below.
CASA BLANCA HOTEL Penaranda St., Legaspi City
Tel No. (052) 480-8334 to 38
HOTEL ST. ELLIS
Rizal St., Legaspi City
Tel No. (052) 480-8088
JENNIFER’S KABAYAN HOTEL INC.
J. Esteves St., Legaspi City
Tel No. (052) 4801086
HOTEL VENECIA AND SPA
Renaissance Subd., F. Aquende St., Legaspi City
Tel No. (052) 481-0888
Peñaranda St., Legazpi City
Tel No. (052) 480-7770
GREAT PACIFIC INN
Rizal St., Legaspi City
Tel No. (052) 820-6348
HCG RESIDENTIAL MANSION
HCG Building Ziga Ave, Guinobatan, Albay
Tel No. (052) 487-7156
LEGAZPI AIRPORT HOTEL
Brgy. 40 Airport Site, Cruzada, Legaspi City
Tel No. (052) 481-0232
LEGAZPI TOURIST INN
3rd floor V/O Bldg., Co. Quezon Ave., Legaspi City
Tel No. (052) 480-6147
DHIO ENDHEKA SPRING RESORT
Crossing Mayon, Brgy Buang, Tabaco City
Mobile No. 0917-853-5514
Sitio Mosboron Misibis, Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Legaspi City
Tel No. (052) 487-1540
HOW TO GET THERE
Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express and Zest Airways have daily flights to and from Legazpi Domestic Airport. Travel time is about 55 minutes from Manila. Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express also connect Legazpi to Cebu, which is only an hour away.
Manila to Legaspi – Distance is around 400km. Travel time ranges from 9 to 12 hours. Visitors can choose from day trips (passing by the scenic Maharlika and Andaya Highways) or faster overnight trips. Bus companies in Cubao, Buendia and Pasay have regular daily trips from Manila to Legaspi and vice versa. Fare on regular air-conditioned bus ranges from 600 to 800.
Legaspi to Sorsogon – You can get to any point in Bicol from Legaspi Grand Central Terminal. Non aircon bus from Legaspi to Bulas, Sorsogon has trips as early as 6AM, fare is around 150 and travel time is around 3 hours.
Irosin to Matnog – Matnog, Sorsogon can be reached via jeepneys coming from Sorsogon City. Fare is 25 and travel time is around an hour.
Matnog to Sorsogon City – Going back to Sorsogon City, you can ride the jeepneys located on the side of Matnog municipal hall. Travel time to Sorsogon City is 2 hours and fare is 90 pesos.
For getting around Legaspi City, check my post about surviving the jeepney routes of the city here.
PROVINCIAL TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS OFFICE
Albay Tourism Bldg., Albay Astrodome Complex, Capt. F. Aquende Drive, Legaspi City, 500 Albay
Tel. No. (052) 481-0250; 742-0241
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM Regional Office V
DOT BLDG., Regional Office Site, Rawis, Legaspi City
Tel. No. (052) 482-0715; 481-5593; 435-0085