Lignon Hill gives you a 360degree view of Legaspi City, which includes, of course Mayon Volcano . The tricycle we rented was only allowed up to the gate at the bottom of the hill. So it was a 45-minute trek for us, which includes a few minutes of rest in between. Going up, we felt that the road never ended. We huffed and puffed all the way, and...more
Good food, good view. It's modern Legaspi. This commercial center located at the Legaspi Harbor. We weren't able to enjoy all that it could offer since we only passed there to eat, but they have a variety of activities to keep you busy. There's a 350-meter zipline from a lighthouse, kart race, segway.more
The Cagsawa Church, built around 1724, was buried when Mayon Volcano erupted in 1814. The bell tower is the most preserved part of the church. The remaining walls of the church can give you an idea on how big it was, and its basic structure. Looking around the vicinity, there were big boulders scattered, which were testament of how strong the...more
The Church was built in 1773 by Franciscan missionaries at the time when Daraga was still part of Cagsawa. Technically, the style is Baroque but there's also a bit of renaissance Gothic in there too and it's famous because it's the only one of its kind in the world built from black volcanic rock.Unfortunately, in an effort to protect the crumbling...more
A must do if staying in Legaspi, Ligñon Hill is well worth the visit. It is one of the best places to see Mt Mayon in all its glory along with beautiful 360degree views of the entire region. The 143m high cinder-cone hill is located 11km southeast of the volcano and is the highest location in Legaspi, towering over Legaspi Airport. The Philippine...more
This cute little waterfall is tucked away in the forested foothills of Mt Mayon near the little town of Malilipot. We had just finished a trek through the Mayon foothills so we were shattered already and just needed to rest somewhere cool and refreshing! The entry fee was minimal.These Falls are quite high - initially descending from a height of...more
We found out about these caves through local knowledge. Located in the village of Cotmon in Camalig (not far from Daraga), it is about 30mins drive from Legaspi. On the drive we stopped numerous times to ask for directions as sign-posting around here isn't great!The Caves are a multi-level cavernous system of natural limestone featuring the usual...more
These ruins are the remnants of a Franciscan church built in 1724 during the Hispanic occupation, which was later destroyed by a violent volcanic eruption in Feb 1814. They are considered a symbol reflecting the dangers of living near an enormous, active volcano and are one of the biggest tourist attractions in this region.The eruption is said to...more
Thanks to the suggestion made by our friends who live here, we were able to hire a local fishing boat to take us to the coral reefs in the Albay Gulf for a spot of snorkelling.The boat resembled a catamaran and must have been about 35 foot long. This was a working boat weighing in at few tonnes so although it wasn't fitted with any luxuries (such...more
Rizal St., cor Gov Forbes St., Legaspi, 4500, Philippines
Good for: Solo
I can't remember where this hotel is located because once we arrived Legazpi, we were provided...more
Corner of Quezon Avenue & Lapu-Lapu Street, 3rd Floor, V&O Building, Legaspi, Philippines
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Conveniently located at the Legaspi Airport Compound, the restaurant is a food haven for travellers who fly in and out of the city. Their Breakfast Buffet cost P149.00 while Lunch Buffet cost P199.00. We were only able to try the Lunch Buffet which had mostly Filipino food such as Adobo, Ginataang Langka, Tinolang Manok, Pork Steak, Fried Porkchop,...more
We initially thought that the diner was an American franchise. On the contrary, it was a Bicol homegrown restaurant which started decades ago. The meals are, however, world class (as a diner, of course). Their menu is typical American fastfood, with burgers, chicken and baby back ribs, with surprisingly Filipino dishes like goto and tokwa't baboy....more
Food that reminds you of typical Bicolano home cooked meals! A local hang out after work or after a tennis match at the RES. Week-end place for a get-together! Has pleasing waitresses, great service and great value for money! Sizzling sisig, spicy cheese sticks, sizzling garlic mushroom, adobong kambing!more
Hi, we just got back from Legazpi. Try to call Leo Mirabel 0917 3491725 and he will give you a good rate. I also searched from sulit and ayosdito.com but some are charging from 3K-3.5K. Leo's nice and accommodating. I even called him to pick us up from our hotel as early as 7am.more
Tricycles are perfect for getting around town or even slightly out of town and they are pretty cheap. Three of us managed to get on one - one behind the driver and 2 crammed into the seat! Be warned - the seats are designed for slim Filipino people...! Therefore, it can be a tight fit if you are bigger than the average person!!If you want to go...more
The aircon on the bus going back to Manila from Legazpi was very strong. I was wearing shorts and did not have a jacket. Wearing only a shirt. I used my backpack to shield myself from the AC. But it was not that helpful, I think I was numb after the ten hour trip. Thank goodness for the stop over, or else I would probably be dead from hypothermia....more
When you get to Legaspi their arrival area is a small section of the airport half of which is where the checked in luggages are dropped. They cordon the area and don't allow passengers to pick up their own luggages, no matter how small. If you're not in a hurry, just wait. By the time only a handful of bags are left, airport security will let you in to claim your own bag.
Enlisting the help of a local guide, which is very important for your own safety, we embarked on a trek of the lower foothills of Mt Mayon. Taking a round trip of around 3.5hrs, we walked along narrow paths cut into thick forest before coming out in clearings where we'd take a break before plunging back in again. Unfortunately, due to low cloud cover on this day, we couldn't see the summit in the clearings, so it was all about lookingaround us at the vegetation, trees and listening to the birds.
The trek was cut short when one of our party had some issues with asthma and we had to turn back. Had we continued, we'd have arrived at the lowest base camp used by seasoned hikers who aim for the top. Since that would take a couple of days that we didn't have, this trek served us fine and even though cut short, we still really enjoyed it.
An incredible experience albeit tough going through the thick, humid forest. The paths were well cleared but watching our footing (and using walking sticks) was very important along with keeping an eye out for centipedes and snakes (of which we did encounter one particularly poisonous type). The walk was a gradual ascent making the experience quite manageable and the the return trip was always downhill and so we tended to move that little bit quicker.
It was extraordinarily humid which took a lot of getting used to if you are not from a humid place. It sapped out our energy quite rapidly and we had to go easy on our water supply!
At least an intermediate level of fitness is required for this activity and if you are keen to get to the very top, then it is very important to be physically prepared. Mayon is over 2,200m high - it is a real mountain, not a hill!
This is serious country and is not to be trifled with. It is essential to take a competent and qualified guide - so that authorities know where you are for your own safety and also so you know where you are going. It is easy to get very lost, the volcano park is huge and people have been known to die up there. Register your interest with Department of Tourism- Region V, get sound advice and find competent and registered tour guides.
Please see my travelogues for photos of the Mayon trek.