Bicol has too many attractions for them to be discussed in a single article so here is a second listing of the amazing destination places in this region of the Philippines.
Aside from the mountains in the region, the area is also blessed with bodies of water which travelers should see. The region abounds with waterfalls and lakes worthy of notice. The Busay Falls, for example, is one of the tallest falls in the Philippines. Its waters cascade down seven tiers from 800 feet into two catch-basins below. It can be accessed only by foot trail though so it is best to find a guide who can take you to the area. Mataginting Falls, located in the town of Jovellar is a perfect access point to the Naglaus Underground River which has yet to be discovered by travelers. The Palale Falls in Malinao is also undiscovered but worth a visit.
A tour of Bicol cannot be complete without visiting its beaches and there are more than just a few in the area. Sogod Beach in Bacaycay town is famous for its white sand enclaves. Buhatan Beach is a popular dive site in Santo Domingo because of the remains of a Spanish Galleon buried five fathoms in its waters. Divers love to explore the wreck but its relics are now kept at the National Museum. Cagraray Island just off the coast of Albay is also famous for its pristine white sandy beaches. Batan Island, also off Albay, is a sanctuary for many types of wildlife including monkeys, hornbills, mallards and huge pigeons. San Lorenzo Beach offers a panoramic view of Tabaco Bay and the bucolic island of San Miguel. It is also found off the coast of Albay. Putsan Beach is popular to the locals because of its volcanic, black sands. The locals produce beautiful pottery using traditional methods from these volcanic sands. The Kilayukay Beach is reminiscent of islands in the South Pacific where life is laid back and over-easy. Ilologan Beach, on the other hand, is perfect for skin-diving and fishing with its long stretch of coral sands. The pristine white sands of Rizal Beach in Sorsogon also beckon to the beach-lovers.
Speaking of Sorsogon, one cannot visit this town without taking to the waters of Donsol. The area has been dubbed “the whale-shark capital of the world” because tourists from all over the world come to Donsol to swim and interact with these giant but gentle creatures of the waters. This is an activity which will give you your thrill of a lifetime. If that is now enough, you can wait for evening where you might be fortunate enough to see the mangroves along Donsol River completely covered in fireflies. To see these trees illuminated by fireflies is an experience that can only happen once in a lifetime. Other must-see places in Sorsogon are the Philippine Bee Farm, the Sorsogon Dairy Farm, Lake Bulusan which is called “The Switzerland of the Orient,” and the Mateo Hot Springs.
Diving enthusiasts should not visit Sorsogon and miss out on one of the best diving sites in the Philippines – Ticao Pass. Its shallow waters are home to an amazing assemblage of manta rays, perhaps due in part to its waters having the thickest concentration of planktons in the Philippines. The abundance of plankton in the area is due to the strong currents of the San Bernardino Strait which push plankton and other organisms to the area. Ticao Pass has an underwater beauty that can compare to other famous dive sites in the country.
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