Be cool in Bicol: Venture out to one of the Philippines’ underrated destinations

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Be cool in Bicol: Explore Philippines’ underrated destination

Boracay? Palawan? We’ve all heard and seen the glory of these destinations. If you’re looking into a cool and adventurous vacation, you will find it all in Bicol!

Bicol is recognized as the adventure capital of the Philippines due to its many exciting attractions, including its active volcanoes, whale sharks, hidden beaches, and spicy cuisine.

The Bicol region is located in the southern portion of Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippine archipelago.

Bicol consists of six provinces and has its dialect, Bikol, which is heavily influenced by Spanish and spoken in Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and the island provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate.

Get to know the stunning Bicol region and plan an adventurous itinerary for your next vacation in the Philippines.

Sumlang Lake

Sumlang Lake is the best place to witness a 360-degree view of Mayon Volcano without having to deal with a ton of other tourists.

This charming site is a tranquil place to explore, and it offers a breathtaking view of the world-famous conical-shaped volcano.

This atmospheric beauty wasn’t always the stunning landmark tourists visit today. The lake was once pervaded by water lilies, volcanic debris, and filthy waters for years until the residents held a Bayanihan (communal work) initiative to rehabilitate the 14-hectare body of water. The work paid off, and the area is now a popular spot for solo travelers and small groups.

This hidden lake is located on the Albay Agri Ethno Eco Village in Camalig town and is accessible via jeep from the city center. Don’t forget to try riding on a traditional bamboo raft while enjoying the beautiful scenery Albay has to offer.


Caramoan is a series of small islands in the Philippines with many secluded beaches that most visitors have never heard of, making it feel like an utterly off-the-grid paradise.

With its powdery white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, mystic lagoons, and stalactite-rich caves, this should be a top priority in your itinerary.

Among the islands of the Philippines, Caramoan is the least explored. With its pristine reefs and towering cliffs, this remote region has become the new gold standard for tropical vacation spots.

Caramoan Island offers plenty of opportunities for kayaking, diving, snorkeling, rock climbing, and exploring lagoons and caves.

You can experience these via island hopping and visit a few or all attractions in the main islands: Bag-ing, Cagbanilad, Catanhawan, Cotivas, Lahos, Matukad, Minalahos, Pitogo, and Sabitang-Laya.

Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC)

Learn the fundamentals of watersports including cable skiing, wakeboarding, and other towing activities from qualified instructors at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC), and prepare for a fantastic day on the water!

At the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC), you may take lessons in the fundamentals of watersports like cable skiing, wakeboarding, and other towing activities, and have a blast on the water without ever having to leave!

Have fun on the water while being pulled behind a motorboat at planing speeds on a buoyant, convex-shaped board or a set of waterskis. Get your instructor to show you some tricks to overcome the challenges as a first-time rider.

With its state-of-the-art facilities and pleasant atmosphere, this 6-hectare water park is the pinnacle of water sports in Bicol.

Pili, Camarines Sur’s capital, makes CWC a natural stop for vacationing families and groups of friends in search of a great place to unwind.

The picturesque on-site villas, clubhouse, and exciting obstacle courses at CWC make an excellent blend of vacation and adventure all in one.

Donsol Whale Shark Interaction Center

Meet the adorable gentle giants at the Donsol Whale Shark Interaction Center tour!

Donsol, in the province of Sorsogon, is a bustling tourist destination because of the Whale Shark Interaction Eco-Tourism Project, an organization founded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The municipality is paving the path for ecotourism by encouraging visitors to learn about and interact with the Philippines’ gentle giants of the sea.

Fondly called Butanding in Tagalog, whale sharks come to Donsol Bay for 6-7 months to feed on the small fishing villages around the Donsol River.

Tourists flock to Donsol for a chance to interact with these adorable sea creatures while in the coastal town.

Donsol is one of the few sites in the world where you are guaranteed a thrilling encounter with whale sharks.

Binurong Point

If you’re looking for a unique place to go hiking in the area, Binurong Point is a great option. This hiking track, found amid the undulating landscapes along the coast of the Baras municipality, is a favorite among explorers and eco-tourists.

A view from the top of the pastoral cliff is worth a thousand pictures, with its expansive ocean and beautiful landscapes.

While it shares striking similarities with the rural scenery in Batanes, this route is known as a beginner hike that only takes less than an hour.

Tourists may get their hearts pumping before the day begins with a quick morning hike while watching the sunrise.

You can visit Binurong Point via the East Catanduanes sightseeing tour to witness its picturesque landscapes and admire a different side of Luzon’s southernmost area. BKM/ Expat Media

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