One of the regions in Luzon, Bicol is among the top destinations in the country during summer vacation. Boasting many scenic views, idyllic beaches and islands, deliciously spicy foods and beautiful friendly people, tourists are guaranteed to experience the best summer vacation ever. Here are some of Bicol’s tourist attractions that you should definitely see for yourself.
Dubbed as the “perfect cone” because of its perfect conical shape, Mt. Mayon in Albay is the most famous landmark in the region. Rising 8,077 ft, Mayon Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world; its last eruption was recorded in January 2010. A trip to the great land of Bicol will never be complete if you do not see Mt. Mayon, which locals say is named after the mythical heroine Daragang Magayon (Beautiful Lady). Consider yourself very lucky if you see the whole features of Mt. Mayon because it is usually covered with thick clouds.
In the province of Albay, you will find black sand beaches in the shores of Tiwi, Sto. Domingo and Bacacay. The powdery black sand is actually a result of Mt. Mayon’s eruption wherein volcanic rocks coming from the lava disintegrated and settled into the coasts of these barangays. According to locals, the black sand in the beaches of Albay has therapeutic benefits.
A beautiful and quiet paradise located in the north-east part of Camarines Sur, Caramoan draws tourists around the world. The hilly peninsula of Caramoan used to an unknown town but after being chosen as the location of the reality TV series Survivor not just once but eight times, it has become a major tourist attraction in the country boasting of breathtaking views, golden sand beaches, blue-green waters, and amazing rock formations. Countries that have held their Survivor edition in Caramoan Peninsula are Serbia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, USA, India, Sweden, and France.