Top 10 Things to do in Bicol
1. Wakeboarding at the CamSur Watersports Complex
Much has been said about this new sports facility that has seen wakeboard enthusiasts and adventurers flocking in the Provincial Capitol Compound. CWC is now the place to be seen for local celebrities as the complex hosts crowd-drawing events. However, more than a party venue, it still remains as THE place for serious wakeboarding with international wakeboarders raving about its facilities.
2. Whale shark watching at Donsol
Donsol in Sorsogon is now more popularly known as the “Whale shark Capital of the Philippines.” The whale shark, locally known as the “butanding” is neither whale nor shark but is actually a fish. These gentle giants can measure up to 45 feet and are the largest fish in the world. They come to Donsol from different parts of the world to feed on fish and plankton.
3. Dolphin Watching at Camarines Sur
Not many know that you can go dolphin watching in Camarines Sur. Marine enthusiasts are now raving about Ragay Gulf where Spotted dolphins, Indo Pacific Bottlenose dolphins and the bottlenose dolphins are regularly seen performing their playful exhibitions.
4. Ogle at the Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone
Living up to its name as “magayon” or beautiful, Mayon Volcano never ceases to enchant visitors as it stands majestically at 7,946 feet from the broad base and about 10 km in radius. Located in Legaspi, Albay, Mayon is still one of the country’s most active volcanoes.
5. Sun, Sand and Surf at Bicol’s beaches
Bicol’s beaches can rival that of the best in the world. Among the must-see beaches are Sabang Beach in San Jose with its sandy white sands and clear bathing water; Caramoan Beach which is said to be Bicol’s version of Miami Beach; and Nato Beach with its long stretch of white sand and gradual sea-depthness.
6. Food-trip along Naga’s Magsaysay Blvd.
While Bicol will always be identified with spicy, creamy dishes such as Bicol express, laing and pinangat, there are more food choices in the region than ever before. If you want to beyond laing, go to Naga City’s Magsaysay Blvd. and have a gastronomic adventure with Gasthoff’s famous ribs, Gelato’s Italian dishes and Peaberry’s gourmet selections.
7. Birdwatching in Bicol
Bicol is fast becoming known as an ideal place for watching endemic and migratory birds. Birdwatching enthusiasts lists Pili’s Eco-Village, the brackish area in Magarao, the Barceloneta wetlands in Cabusao and Mt. Isarog as outstanding bird-watching areas.
8. Surfing in Catanduanes
Surfers regularly hang-out in Puraran, Baras, Catanduanes. This is home to the world-famous “Majestic” waves with its breath-taking long-barrel-type surf. Non-surfers can enjoy the magnificent view of mountains and coves.
9. Visit famed cultural sites
Get a glimpse of Bicol’s past by visiting centuries-old churches and schools. The Daraga Catholic Church, built in 1773 by Franciscan missionaries, is renowned for its rich baroque architecture. The Camalig Church is built out of volcanic rocks and has relics from Hoyop-hoyopan Caves carefully displayed for viewing. In Naga, drop by the Colegio Sta. Isabel which is the first known Normal School for girls in the Orient when it opened in 1868.
10. Shop for pili delicacies
What is a Bicol trip without a taste of pili confectionaries? There are mazapan bars, pili bonbons, tarts, candies and other tasty delicacies to satisfy your sweet tooth. Don’t forget to bring pasalubong for folks back home!