Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Legazpi, Albay Itinerary - My First Solo Adventure!

Day 1

I arrived at Legazpi Airport at 8:45am, its raining a lot, Kuya Noel the tour guide i contacted prior to my flight was waiting at the airport with his motorcycle, we let the rain slow a bit and we went to the hostel im going to stay. Since its too early for check in, i just drop off some of my things, put it on a locker and we drove to Cagsawa for an ATV as Kuya Noel said its perfect to do ATV while raining. I avail the package of 1850.00php for three (3) hours. OMG its worth it, I enjoy a lot, at first i was hesitant, afraid, nervous, etc looking at the trail, big rocks, muddy and slippery, but after the training i was like ohh yeah i can do this ☺☺☺. Its the best three hours adventure so far. It was 1:00pm when i get back to the starting point of the ATV and its raining still, so Kuya Noel suggested me to rest the rest of the day as he was worried that i will get sick because of the rain during the ATV, he borrowed a car from a friend in Cagsawa and drove me to the Hostel but before that he let me had a lunch in a Carenderia, i told him that I am in a tight budget and he understand it.

2PM- I checked-in in Mayon Backpackers Hostel, took a bath and rest, i was planning that if the rain will stop, i will roamed around but i fell asleep and when i woke up its already 5pm and still the rain keeps pouring, so thats it the rest of the day was in  the hostel only. At 7:00 pm the rain gone and Kuya Noel texted me where im going to have a dinner and i told him i want to taste the Sili Ice Cream in First Colonial and in 15 mins he was there outside the hostel, he drove me to First Colonial and had the famous Sili Ice Cream, since foods are expensive in there, Kuya Noel told me that he knows a place a street foods, an affordable foods so i only ordered ice cream. Trust me even if it was cold i enjoy the ice cream i love that anghang after taste. After First Colonial we drove to a place to street foods but sad to say it starts raining again so i end up buying foods at 7/11 and back to the hostel. Kuya Noel told me he's going to pick me up early in the morning for the tour.


Woke up early to see Mayon Volcano at the Hostel's rooftop, as they said 7-8am is the best time to see mayon without clouds but, Mayon was hiding with the clouds. I was waiting for Kuya Noel but he woke up late as he is not feeling well that night,  so in order not to waste my time i went out and roamed until i reached to a Church and since it was Sunday, it was open and mass was on going, so i enter and said a prayer, i did not finish the mass, i went out and look for something to eat and i saw this Palamigan, and had a breakfast there.

9:00am im back to the Hostel and Kuya Noel arrived. Drove to Cagsawa Ruins took pictures and stayed for a while. Then Drove to Kawa-kawa Hill , the best exercise, walk from the 1st station in the foot of the hill to the 14th station at the top of the Hill. Took pictures every station. It was so refreshing at the top of the hill the view was just so amazing i can stay there for a day or forever haha  but since we had our next destination, after a good rest we went  down and were starving so we drove to an affordable place to eat lunch, we had Pinangat and Bicol Express its a must when there. After lunch we drove to Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave. Since i am Solo i payed 150php for a tour guide inside the cave, it was supposed 300 for 6 person on i a group. After the tour we drove to Sumlang Lake its a perfect view of Mayon Volcano. On our way to Sumlang Lake Mayon just showed up no clouds around and i told Kuya Noel to stop and i took a lot of pictures, OMG Mayon is just so beautiful ♥♥♥ a Beautiful Disaster hehehe. In Sumlang Lake u can do paddling for only 50php or a bamboo rafting with Mayon Volcano in the background! After Sumlang we drove to Daraga Church our last destination.

4:00pm Back to Hostel and rest, its been a long productive day. Kuya Noel told me he's going to pick me up around 7pm for dinner to street foods and strolling to Legazpi Boulevard.
7:00-8:00pm - Dinner and Strolling to Legazpi Boulevard.
8:30pm - Back to Hostel and rest!!!

Cagsawa Ruins

Kawa-kawa Hill

Mayon Volcano

Hoyop-hoyopan Cave

Sumlang Lake

Daraga Church

Legazpi Boulevard at night, I suggest go there during sunset!!

Day 3- Half day as my flight back to manila was at 2pm.

8:00am-1:00pm -Brgy.Padang, Busay Falls, Puerto Del Mar, Sto.Domingo Church, Ligñon Hill. 
This trips made so quick as i dont have enough time just like 10-15 mins stop over. This destination supposed done on the first day but since its raining i did not make it. I wanted to jump in the falls, i wanted to swim in the sea, said a prayer in the church but there's no more time as my flight back to Manila was at 2pm. I stayed longer in Lignon Hill as is just close to the airport.!
Brgy. Padang

Busay Falls

Puerto Del Mar

Sto. Domingo Church

 Lignon Hill

All of this trip made possible by my tour guide  Kuya Noel Bongadillo with his single motorcycle. Kuya Noel is great tour guide, he have a certificate of DOT and he knows all the places in Legazpi, and he take good care of me. It's my first time to travel solo, and im glad that he's my tour guide. He is really dedicated to his guest and want to make his guest stay memorable in Legazpi. Thank You Kuya Noel. If you wanted to go there here's Kuya Noel's contact number +639063716374 ☺☺☺!

This is Kuya Noel my Tour Guide, Driver and Photographer during this trip!

Mayon Backpackers Hostel- This is the New Building but i stayed in the old one, but the rooftop below is from the old building!

Recap of Itinerary:
Day 1:
- Cagsawa ATV
- First Colonial Sili Ice Cream

Day 2:
- Cagsawa Ruins
- Kawa-kawa Hill
- Hoyop-hoyopan Cave
- Sumlang Lake
- Daraga Church
- Street Foods
- Legazpi Boulevard

Day 3: Half Day
- Brgy. Padang
- Busay Falls
- Puerto del Mar
- Sto. Domingo Church
- Lignon Hill

PS: I will suggest to have a GoPro Camera for a beautiful capture on your ATV adventure and everything. Check the GoPro's below.


  1. Hola Gene M, que buen viaje me gustan todas las postales, muy bien, felicidades.

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you :) :) :) its a beautiful volcano!

  3. Mam nakamagkano kayo? pwede pa share ng breakdown ng expenses niyo? TIA :)

    1. Hi James,
      Sa naalala ko nagdala lg ako ng 8k, may sobra pa ako mga 1500 pag uwi q. D q na masyado maalala kung anu mga nagastos ko eh, Nagbayad lg kasi ako ng 3k para sa tour ng whole stay ko don, so mga nabayaran ko lg was mga entrance, pagkain, ang tips sa every tourist spot na pinuntahan ko!

  4. hi Gene, okay ba si Kuya Noel as tourguide? Plan ko din kasi mag solo travel tulad ng sayo. :)

    1. Hi Giselle, yes okay si Kuya Noel, mabait at may license xa as a tour guide!

  5. hi Gene, okay ba si kuya noel as tourguide? plan ko din kasi mag solo travel tulad ng sayo. :)

  6. Hi Mam, how much did u pay kuya Noel?

    1. Hello sorry for the late reply..cguro tapos na trip mo pero 3k po ung binayad q sa whole stay q po!

    2. Yan pa din ba yung number ni kuya noel? Until now? Thanks po :)

    3. Hi po Ms. Gene! Yan pa din kaya ang number ni Kuya Noel until now? :)

    4. @Janel Akim,
      Hello po, hindi po ako sure kung yan pa po number nya pero ung Facebook nya yon pa din po. E message nyo na lg po xa sa FB nya :)

  7. Hi! Magkano po ibinyad nio kay kuya noel?? Salamat :)

    1. Hello sorry for the late reply..cguro tapos na trip mo pero 3k po ung binayad q sa whole stay q po!

  8. Hello Gene,
    May I ask kung kailan ka pumunta sa Legazpi City? Ok ba si Kuya Noel na tour guide? Naghahanap kasi kami ng tour guide pero yung hindi sana masyado mahal.. Please email me po equalless@yahoo.com. Thanks for your help Gene.

    1. Hello po maybe tapos na trip not but in case d pa..feb 2016 po ako pumunta. 3k po ung may kuya Noel..pwde pa ata tawaran hihi ..i mean 3k the whole stay q don!

  9. Hi Gene!
    Plano naming pumnta ng Albay very soon..
    I just wanna know, magkano yung actual na binayad mo kay Kuya Noel para dun sa Tour Guide service nya?..
    Per day ba yung singil nya, or para sa buong Tour na yung singil ni Kuya Noel?..

    1. 3k po for the whole stay q don. Sa kanya po ung motor at gasolina po!

  10. Hello! If weather permits, what would be the best itinerary (farthest to closest to the airport) Day 3 - 2 - 1? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello, I stayed only in one hostel during my whole trip. But the farthest place i went to was the Busay Falls and the rest was just near. The closest was Lignon Hill just so near to the airport! :)

  11. Hello. Plano ko din mag solo travel sa legazpi. Ask ko lang po kung kayo po ang gumawa ng iterinary nyo or si Kuya Noel po ang nag manage ng mga pupuntahan? Thank you po.

    1. helo po, may itinerary po ako na sa akin, sinabi ko po sa kanya. pero since alam nya na mga places dun sinabi ko na lg sa kanya na sya na po bahala basta mapuntahan po namin lahat, at sabi ko bka may mga alam pa xa na place na d nasali sa itinerary ko kung pde isali nya. kaya ung iba jan na napuntahan ko wala yan sa inilista kong mga places na puntahan :)

  12. nice place with nice clicks...:)


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