Albay province is the beautiful, rich and green piece of island I live in the Philippine archipelago. I always thought that I have already seen so much that I need not go any farther to know more of the place I live in. Alas, my mind was just confined to the places I was familiar with.
The usual view of the majestic Mayon when I go out of the house or going to the farm near us is nothing but ordinary for me. It’s like a routine, nothing really special!
Years ago, when the adventurous part of me was awakened and I started to wander around places. It struck me to know that I never cared discovering my place a lot of people dreamt of seeing. I have seen a lot of foreigners come and go whose reactions seeing Mount Mayon up close appeared overacting for me. That’s how unappreciative I was. Funny and ungrateful me, I know! (Hahaha)
Let me give you some brief and substantial tour on how to get closer to the perfect cone Mount Mayon in the province of Albay. To add up, Mayon volcano is one of the active volcanoes in the Bicol region. It definitely will be helpful that before going for a hike to see Mayon, we have a confirmation that it is safe to go. Nothing to lose if we secure safety first.
Traveling from Manila, there are two options of reaching Mount Mayon. Traveling by air is through Cebu Pacific & Philippine Airlines or traveling by bus through Alps, DLTB, Cagsawa Travel and Tours, Victory Liner and etc. The bus terminals are located in Araneta Cubao, Quezon City. Travel by plane is approximately 1 hour and by land is about 10-12 hours depending on the time you left Manila and the traffic along the way. Either way, the destination is Legazpi City, Albay.
Once landed or reached Legazpi, it’s time to look for a cozy place to stay. It is advisable to check for hostels or hotels first before leaving Manila so, you don’t have to fret looking for one when you arrive. There are a lot of budget friendly Inns, hostels and hotels around Legazpi.
Be ready to hike before the sun rises. Wear something comfortable for a long walk or trekking. Protect yourself from the scorching sun. From Legazpi, to reach Bonga (the place you start the hike) you can ride a jeepney or rent a tricycle. Best option is renting a tricycle. It would only cost about P100 and it is less hassle. While a jeepney ride would cost about P15 per pax, it will not get you to the destination on time because the drivers normally would wait for the seats to be filled in. The trek will start at the dike which is the border between Brgy. Bonga and Mabinit. A Barangay (brgy.) is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward.
It would take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Mount Mayon Black Lava Zipline Adventure stop. There are ATVs for rent as well. I haven’t tried it though but I think it would also be so much fun to ride on and explore a few more places around. I preferred hiking and a little running to reach the top. At the peak of the black lava which already turned to stones, there is a helipad. This was meant for those who did not want to go through hiking or riding ATVs or those who will only do surveys of Mayon’s activity. At the top, the view of the city below is breathtaking and stunning. It pretty much compensates all the sweats to reach the top.
Mount Mayon is just amazing from afar and up close!
Foods and places you must try when you’re in Legazpi.
- Chili Ice Cream at Colonial Grill in Pacific Mall
- Albay Park & Wildlife
- Lignon Hill Nature Park in Legazpi
- Cagsawa Ruins
- Authentic Bicol Express (Food)