Attractions

Cave in Legazpi

Hyop-Hoyopan Cave

Pottery dating from 200 BC to AD 900 has been found in this easily accessible limestone cave, set on a quiet hillside above a pretty rural valley. Guides are available at the entrance; experienced Marife Nieva (0915…
Beach in Masbate Town

Bituon Beach

Fourteen kilomtres south of Matsbate Town, and down a rough dirt road is the attractive crescent Bituon Beach, hugely popular with local families on weekends. If you're not staying at the rather odd-looking Bituon B…
Church in Daraga

Cagsawa Church

A couple of kilometres beyond Daraga, you find the most classic of Bicol's panoramas: the stand-alone greenery-topped belfry of the sunken Cagsawa Church against the backdrop of Mt Mayon. Twelve hundred people took …
Cave in Legazpi

Calabidongan Cave

Located around 3km from Hyop-Hyopan Cave, the more challenging Calabidongan Cave (literally, Cave of the Bats) is for more adventurous, confident spelunkers as its partially flooded interior requires you to swim a s…
National Park in Bulusan Volcano National Park & Around

Bulusan Volcano National Park

About 16km southwest of Barcelona is Bulusan Volcano National Park. Just inside the park, Bulusan Lake is a popular picnic spot, and there’s a 1.8km walking trail around the crater lake. When the mist is lying low o…
Nature Reserve in Masbate Town

Pawa Mangrove Nature Park

Pawa Mangrove Nature Park consists of some 300 hectares of mangroves threaded through with a 1.3-kilometre boardwalk. It’s a lovely, quiet place for a stroll, and there’s a good chance you’ll spot flocks of wading b…
Hill in Legazpi

Ligñon Hill

To get a really good glimpse of fiery Mt Mayon (and the city), head up Ligñon Hill (or drive, or take a trike; expect to pay around P300 for a round trip). It’s a steep, but paved, 20-minute walk up the hill; we’d r…
Hill in Legazpi

Sleeping Lion Hill

The view that holds everyone’s attention in Legazpi is of Mt Mayon, but there’s another beautiful panorama many visitors miss: the pretty port of Legazpi itself. Legazpi Blvd leads directly to Sleeping Lion Hill, lo…
Nature Reserve in Mt Isarog National Park

Mt Isarog National Park

From Panicuason (pan-ee-kwa-sone), a steep, half-hour walk along a rough road (passable by some vehicles if it’s very dry) leads to the entrance of Mt Isarog National Park. To the right, a short walk leads down some…
Church in Boac

Cathedral

The focal point of the town, this stone cathedral dates back to the 17th century and its fortified ramparts testify to its role of local refuge during the Moro pirate raids. Above the main doors is a niche containin…