The Bicol region is situated at the southern tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines and is made up of the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, and Masbate. The region is ideal for adventurers and nature lovers, with its opportunities for whale-watching, two volcanoes, lush natural landscapes, and a new watersports complex.
Caramoan, a peninsula in the east of the region, is populated with limestone cliffs, caves, and white-sand beaches. Catanduanes Island nearby features mountains and waterfalls, and is surrounded by coral reefs. Donsol, in the west, is home to whale sharks, with ample opportunities to go out and spot them.
Bicol’s active volcanoes include Bulusan Volcano and Mayon Volcano, with the latter by far the most famous and most visited. Naga City has its ancient stone churches and pilgrimages to Our Lady of Penafrancia, while windsurfers will enjoy Bagasbas Beach in Daet and beach bums will find what they’re looking for on the sands of the Calaguas Islands of Camarines Norte.
Traveling from Manila to the Bicol region takes around 12 hours by bus, or it’s an hour’s flight. Watersports aren’t recommended during the rainy season (November to January).