Lignon Hill is that hill that obstructs the perfect view of Mt. mayon when you get off your plane at the Legaspi Airport. A visit to Lignon Hill is often part of Legaspi City Tour package. But for those who are DIYers, there are two ways to get to the view deck on top of Lignon Hill. After visiting the Japanese Tunnel, you can either decide to hoof it, a good 20min walk uphill or take the habal-habal waiting at the foothill. As of last March 2011, the quoted price for habal-habal rental is P200/RT. Each habal-habal can accommodate 2 persons.
There is actually a shorter way up, this will save you a lot of time and it's a cooler way to get to the view deck. BUT it's a little riskier and trickier. :) As you walk up the hill you will see a set of wooden stairs (looks rickety) on the right side of the road. You can take this up and you will find a well trodden path leading through a little wooded area and up to a little patch of vegetable which in turn will lead you to the top of the hill. All you need to do is hop over the fence and you are there!!!!
BTW, there is a little zipline set up atop the hill which you can take and have pictures of you zipping with Mayon Volcano as the backdrop.
There are organized tours that offer a visit to the Japanese Tunnel at the foot of Lignon Hill. It is worth visiting especially if you haven't seen any of the remnants of the Japanese occupation. According to locals the Japanese hid their arsenal in the tunnels during the later part of the WWII. Best of all there is a designated guide on site that will explain to visitors what the significance of the site is.
There is a minimal fee that you have to pay to get past the gate to Lignon Hill and the Japanese Tunnel.
The Philippines Belong to the Pacific Ring of Fire (Pacific areas of Active Volcanoes) and has 22 active volcanoes at present. Among the Most popular Besided Tagaytay Volcano is the Mayon Volcano which is located in Albay Province. It is an almost Perfect Cone and stands at 8077 feet. It is a Stratovolcano. It is now in the race in for the new 7 wonders of the World (pls vote for it! (www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/nominees/asia/c/MayonVolcano/ ). Due to it's almost Perfect Cone, It is a tourist attraction and it rivals the beauty of other Cone Volcanoes like Mount Aetna in Italy and Mount Fuji in Japan.
Mayon Volcano National Park is popular with climbers, campers, day trippers and foreign tourist. The Mayon Volcano National Parks stands at 21 square miles (55 square km.) with Mayon Vocano at it's center. The park has large tracts of abaca plantations, Pili Nuts, Vegetables and has a number of Mini Hot Springs. Off Course the Center of the Park and it's Main Attraction is Mayon Volcano. There is a viewing area in the national park situated about 2,000 feet above sea level in a with a winding road going there. Entrance is free.
the most famous catastrophy of Several Mayon Volcano Eruptions is the Cagsawa Ruins, Located in the Present town of Daraga. Cagsawa was a town then but in 1814, Mayon Volcano Suddenly erupted and Many people in the Town of Cagsawa tried to hide in the Roman Catholic Church but alas, like what happened in Pompeii Italy when Mount Vesuvius Erupted, Cagsawa town and the Church Were buried in Lahar and 1,200 people died. Today it is a poignant reminder of the Power of Mayon Volcano and the Ruins are the Most Photographed Site of Mayon Volcano. Entrance here is 10 pesos and there are lots of people selling souvenir stuff and trinkets.
The Mayon Rest House Obervatory is the Nearest Observatory of the Volcano, it is located about 3.8 kilometers northwest of the summit and is the popular area for viewing the vlcano. It is located 2,000 feet above sea level and is connected by a winding road to Tabaco Town in Albay. The entrance is free and this is located in the middle of Mayon Volcano National Park.
Whalesharks are the largest Mammal earth and despite their name, they are gentle and non violent plus they are not carnivores but just eat planktons (sea algaes). Before 1997, the world’s most popular whale shark tour was in Ningaloo Reef, West Australia, where hopefuls enlisted the aid of a light spotter plane. Aside from being rather pricey ($350 to $500 or P16,650 to P23,790 per person), whale shark interactions were not guaranteed but little did the world know that for years, fishermen from an unknown town in Sorsogon were shooing away dozens of friendly, lumbering sharks bumping into their nets. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), a global conservation group, has played a crucial role in establishing community-based ecotourism here in Donsol Town. Donsol, situated 540 km southeast of Manila, has quite possibly, the world’s highest aggregation of whale sharks. Though found in other places such as Australia and the coast of Zanzibar in Tanzania, Donsol’s giant residents are unique because they stay within a kilometer from shore.
Boats for Whaleshark watching can be rented daily for 700 pesos a day (for 6 people a boat) but whaleshark watching is seasonal since whalesharks only appera during the months of february to june and they surface only from 7:00 am to 11:00 am so this is a seasonal endeavor but well worth it. Just bring your own gear like scuba, snorkel, fins, etc since renting here is pricy.
Riding an ATV itself is a wonderful experience but with the backdrop of Mayon Volcano, adds a whole lot to the experience. It takes about 3-4hrs for the whole ride. There is also a stop over where you could view the Mayon Volcano on a helipad on top of lava rocks. the view is just breath-taking. Downside? Price is a little steep, it cost 1800php for each person/atv but we we're able to haggle it to 1500php per atv since we're a big group.
Often taken for granted because it is so near and more accessible than Lignon Hill, Kapuntukan Hill is a nice place which we missed. We always postponed going to Kapuntukan Hill, thinking it was very easy to go there because it was very near our hotel... Alas, the time and weather beat us to it. By the time we were free and wanted to go there, it was showering. We would have wanted to proceed to Kapuntunan Hill from Embarcador. We had planned to hike uphill to see the touted panoramic view of the Albay Gulf and the surrounding towns and islands, and take a shot of the breathtaking view of the entire city of Legaspi, with the majestic Mayon Volcano as background. But... Bicol's unpredictable weather wasn't so kind on us; we thought the shower was only going to be brief, but it took longer than we expected so we weren't able to go.
So if you happen to stay in Legaspi City before you go to Daraga and other places, visit Kapuntukan Hill first which is only approximately a kilometer away from Legaspi Port. It is only about 1.5 kilometers away from the city center, with the new Legazpi Boulevard leading directly to the Hill’s foot.
Trivia: Standing like a sentinel guarding the city’s port, it is also fondly and more popularly called by locals as the Sleeping Lion Hill because of its shape. Of course, it is in the eye of the beholder, but locals (like our roomboy) insist that the higher peak supposedly resembles a lion’s hunched shoulders and mane, while the lower peak supposedly looks like its rump.
We passed by the St. Raphael Parish Church many times as we shuttled to and from the Legazpi Port District/central business district. We didn't give it much attention because it looked like a modern church structure (we prefer to visit ancient church structures). I learned only later that tourists pass by St. Raphael Church to see its unique attraction: an altar table made of solid hardened lava carved from a single block. It is not clear whether the original church built in 1834 used the same altar, or if the renovated church structure after the World War II used it.
If you happen to be in Legaspi, don't miss the chance to pass by St. Raphael Parish Church to see its unique altar table.
Walking distance from Legaspi Tourist Inn is The Embarcadero, a waterfront development located at the harbour area of Legaspi City, adjacent to the Kapuntukan Hill. It is Legaspi’s newest commercial and entertainment center with boutiques, retail stalls, restaurants and cafes, bars, and arcade. Althoug the entire complex is not yet fully completed, the Embarcadero has already become a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists. The Celebration Plaza (for live band performances & other events), promenade (where people can enjoy a magnificent view of the majestic Mayon Volcano,the cityscape to the north and the Albay Gulf to the east), and the lighthouse (with theatrical lighting at night) are the favorite places of shoppers, diners and tourists.
Like the SM Mall of Asia, The Embarcadero aims to provide a family-friendly place from morning till night though its wholesome and fun-filled events/promos.
There's no better place to marvel at majestic Mayon volcano but on Lignon observatory hill, located at the outskirts of Legaspi City near the airport.
This is the usual site where scientists and media congregate to observe the volcano's active state and during times of active eruptions.
On a very clear day, one will see the recent lava flow in 2001 which devastated new towns and shaped the landscape anew.
Introduce yourself to Pili, the regional tree, unique to the Bikol region and grew in isolated parts in the Visayas as well. It's an unassuming tree, not immediately observable to an untrained eye, but they abound the region.
What's ultimately different about this tree is its pili fruit or nut (Canarium ovatum). Green in color and symmetrical 4-7 cms fruit when young, it turns blue-black as it grew ripe. The nut-fruit's pulp is edible, boiled to softness and tastes close to sweet potato. Pili is generally known for the hard-encrusted nut which houses a delicious kernel, even superior to almond. The pili kernel is processed dry-roasted, slightly sweetened, or candied and can be bought widely in Bikol and other parts of the Philippines.
about 10minutes from the base of the hill, you'll see this tunnel on the left side. there are light bulbs inside the tunnel, it's actually a bit cool inside because the ceiling and walls (stones) are damp.
it's about a 30-minute walk to the view deck on top of the hill. you can either have a morning jog or an evening walk to the top. on the way up, you'll see the albay park & wildlife and the legazpi city airport below. there are also food stalls and a new al fresco dining area being constructed on the deck. when on the top, you'll feel like you're standing so close to the volcano. it's such a wonderful experience!
Rizal St., cor Gov Forbes St., Legaspi, 4500, Philippines
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Corner of Quezon Avenue & Lapu-Lapu Street, 3rd Floor, V&O Building, Legaspi, Philippines
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