Albay is a province in the Philippines situated in Region V (Bicol) and is full of fantastic tourist spots. From backpackers to luxury travelers, there’s something for everyone! So if you’re planning to visit the province, here are the best Albay tourist spots you need to explore.
1. Mayon Volcano
Mount Mayon Volcano is the most popular tourist spot in Albay. It’s a perfect cone-shaped volcano, standing at 2,463 meters (8080 feet) above sea level.
This active volcano was once part of the seven wonders of the world. But due to natural circumstances, the volcano began to lose its perfect conical shape. Thus, losing its title of being one of the seven wonders. Regardless, it’s still one of the most breathtaking sites you’ll ever see!
In Albay, this is the most prominent landmark you’ll see. And you can see this natural wonder across several cities and towns within Albay.
Moreover, you can get up close to the volcano via mountain climbing activities. Many local tour guides and organizers offer packages for this. Some even let you reach the crater of Mount Mayon.
However, I highly recommend going on of the local ATV tours.
It’s one of the best ways to explore this volcano’s surroundings, and you get to ride the ATV all by yourself! And it’s perfectly safe for children as well. Just make sure they have a good guide with them.
When I was a teenager, I went on an ATV tour to Mount Mayon with my family, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. And I was awe-struck by the beauty of Mayon, even if I literally see it every day!
Overall, when visiting Albay, always see Mount Mayon first to get the most out of your trip.
Location: Albay, Bicol Region, Philippines
2. Cagsawa Ruins
Cagsawa Ruins is one of the most popular Albay tourist spots and resides within Legazpi City. The church opened its doors in 1587, where pirates then destroyed it in 1636. Fortunately, it got reconstructed after the destruction.
However, the historic eruption of Mount Mayon Volcano in 1814 once again destroyed it. And that includes the small town of Cagsawa. Hence, its name.
Today, the crumbling church proudly stands near Mount Mayon and now has vines growing all over it. This gives the structure more personality, and one can think of it as Legazpi’s own Leaning Tower of Pisa.
This structure is still able to stand to this day because the local government takes care of it. They give it a renovation or two every couple of years without disrupting its original structure.
Moreover, the remnants of the Cagsawa Ruins after the eruption of Mount Mayon are now at a local museum. However, the municipal government of Daraga also has some of these remnants.
Despite the Ruin’s tragic history, it remains one of the best tourist spots in Albay. It gives you an up-close view of Mayon Volcano, and it’s the perfect spot for picnics!
From Legazpi City, you can either take a jeepney or rent out a tricycle to go here. And there’s an entrance fee of around PHP 75 to PHP 100 per person.
Location: 5P82+9FR, Daraga, 4501 Albay
Contact info: 0907 589 6521
3. Sumlang Lake
One of the newer attractions in Albay is Sumlang Lake. Located in Camalig, Albay, this quaint tourist spot gives you a gorgeous up-close view of Mount Mayon.
It’s a massive 14-hectare lake where you can get some of the most romantic views of Mayon Volcano. Locals first discovered the area around the early 2010s and converted it into an eco-park.
Now, hundreds of tourists worldwide go out of their way to visit this lake. I say that because it’s situated inside a small barangay in Camalig, Albay.
Not only do you get a view of Mayon, but you can also rent a floating cottage or bamboo raft at the center of the lake. Through this, you can get a better view of the volcano.
Moreover, the place has several photo-op spots that the locals made for visitors. So you can enjoy the view and snap some awesome pics at the same time! The best part is, Sumlang Lake is perfect for all kinds of travelers.
Whether you’re going with family, friends, or your lover, Sumlang Lake is here to give you a good time – and good views! I recommend going here in the afternoon when it’s not too hot nor cloudy, giving you a perfect view of Mayon.
There’s an entrance fee here that’ll cost you around PHP 75 to PHP 100 per person.
Location: Camalig, Albay, Philippines
4. Misibis Bay
If you’re looking to splurge your cash, then visit Misibis Bay at Bacacay, Albay. It’s a world-renowned luxury destination comprising a 5-hectare island beach resort.
From the gorgeous architectural designs to top-of-the-line amenities, this place just oozes luxury! It’s so fancy that the owners purposely built the resort along a long stretch of golden sand beach.
Besides the gorgeous beach, visitors can enjoy the resort’s in-house facilities. These include pools, spas, activity centers, and gymnasiums! But if you’re feeling a little adventurous, the resort also offers inland activities.
You can go ATV riding around the nearby Cagraray Eco-Park or explore the rolling hills. Either way, you get to enjoy the views of Nag Aso Lake, the Pacific Ocean, and Mount Mayon!
Moreover, for kids with families, the place also offers an in-house babysitting service. So you can get the most of your buck when visiting Misibis Bay.
If you book from the resort’s website, you can opt to include airport transfer. If not, you can rent a taxi or private vehicle to go Bacacay – and ride a boat from there. However, only go here if you have money to spare. The cheapest rooms here go for PHP 12,000 a night!
Overall, if you want to spoil yourself a little while in Albay, pay a trip to this luxury beach resort.
Location: Misibis Bay Resort, Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay
Contact info: (02) 8661 8888
5. Vera Falls
Are you looking to cool off while in Albay? Then don’t miss Vera Falls! This is a hidden gem tucked away in Mount Malinao, Albay.
It’s a gorgeous and refreshing destination. This has a 25-foot cascading waterfall flowing on different rock surface levels. You can go on picnics or take a swim here.
Many people consider Vera Falls as the outdoor enthusiast’s paradise thanks to its lush forests and foliage. And not to mention the inviting deep and turquoise-hued natural pool and mini-falls.
Going here can be a challenging drive, so make sure to rent out a sturdy truck before going here. Fortunately, in recent years, the locals have made a trail leading to the falls. So you don’t need to worry about getting lost in the forests of Mount Malinao.
However, besides the destination, the trip to the falls is also as scenic. Upon entering Malinao, you’ll notice the gorgeous views of fields, greenery, and mountains.
Location: Mount Malinao, Municipality of Malinao, Albay, Philippines
6. Mayon Volcano Natural Park
Get up close to Mount Mayon and its surroundings by going to the Mayon Volcano Natural Park. This park is over 5,800 hectares, located between 3 cities in Albay.
Not only is it home to the best views in the province, but it also houses over 150 floral and 83 tree species. Aside from this, the park is also full of rivers, creeks, and rice fields that you can trek on by foot or through an ATV.
Moreover, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike along the Mayon Volcano’s base. And here, you can see the active volcano up close, to the point you can even see smoke coming out of its peak.
So even if you can see Mayon Volcano anywhere in Albay, there’s nothing better than getting up close to it! You can visit the park by joining local day tours offered by residents or driving it to yourself.
However, I recommend going to the park with a local to help you traverse the area safely. After all, you are going near an active volcano, so it pays to be cautious!
Location: Tabaco City, Albay
7. Daraga Church
One of the oldest and breathtaking structures you need to visit in Albay is the Daraga Church. Although there are several churches in the province, this should be on top of your list!
It’s a baroque church built in the 18th-century consisting of volcanic stone walls. And Franciscan missionaries opened their doors in 1773. Now, it’s one of the most surreal manmade structures in Albay.
This church has seen many historic events, such as the Mayon Volcano eruption in 1814. In addition, the Japanese army used the church as its headquarters during WWII. Years later, the country considered it as a National Cultural Treasure in 2007.
It has become a sought-after attraction and is usually on provincial tours in Albay. And today, it’s still proudly standing as a true testament of faith.
You can go to Daraga Church by taking a jeepney from Legazpi City to Daraga, which will only cost you PHP 9! Then you’ll need to go down near the Daraga Municipal Hall. From here, go up the stairs till you reach the church on top of the hill.
Location: Sta. Maria Street, Daraga, Albay
8. Ligñon Hill Nature Park
If you want to do something more adventurous in Albay, visit the Ligñon Hill Nature Park in Legazpi City. This nature park resides on top of a steep hill, boasting a gorgeous view of the Mayon Volcano.
So, I recommend walking the whole thing. Doing so lets you fully experience the place like how locals would, including me! Also, the walk only takes around 10 to 15 minutes when going at full pace, with no breaks.
If you want to take a more non-traditional route, going on the Kapit Tuko Trail or Lizard Grip Trail is ideal. This is a shortcut that will only take you less than 10 minutes to reach the summit.
However, trekking this pathway can be challenging. Many describe the experience similar to when you’re hiking up Mayon Volcano. But, regardless of the way you want to go, once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with fresh air and gorgeous views!
At the summit, you’ll get a 360-degree view of the valleys below and the Mayon Volcano. And if you’re feeling a little daring, there’s a 320-meter zip line and a hanging bridge you can go on for an extra fee.
As for me, whenever my family and I go to Ligñon Hill, we like having a picnic at the top. So if you want to stay longer, set up your picnic area at the summit and munch away!
I recommend going here early in the morning, around 7 am, as it’s the best time to see Mayon Volcano and all its beauty.
Location: Ligñon Hill, Natures Park, 4500 Daraga – Legazpi City – Tiwi Rd, Barangay 41 Bogtong, Legazpi City, Albay
Contact info: (052) 821 2023
9. Albay Park & Wildlife
After visiting Ligñon Hill Nature Park, I recommend going to Albay Park & Wildlife.
It’s situated below Ligñon Hill and is perfect for families with kids! In addition, the zoo is home to several exotic animals, including the Philippine hawk-eagle.
Spending the afternoon here guarantees fun and memorable times. You’ll get to witness different animals and can go biking and boating here!
Recently, the park underwent renovation and now has a unique dinosaur animatronic exhibit! Moreover, the zoo also has a museum showcasing an embalmed two-headed baby carabao.
So besides the 300 animals living in this zoo, it also has other attractions for kids to enjoy. If you’re planning on staying here longer, you can rent a cottage.
Location: Daraga-Legazpi Diversion Rd, Legazpi City, 4500 Albay
10. Quitinday Underground River
Albay has its very own version of Palawan’s Underground River: Quitinday Underground River. It’s a popular attraction amongst locals, but only a few outsiders know about it.
After all, when talking about Albay, most people would think of Mayon Volcano. However, the province has a breathtaking underground river as well. Although it’s not as grand and massive as Palawan’s, it’s as gorgeous and majestic.
This 150-meter underground cave was formed through water erosion. It consists of natural rock formations, stalactites, and columns. You can explore this hidden gem via a bamboo raft, which locals offer for an extra fee.
Quitinday Underground River’s end features a gorge, perfect for cliff diving! And the water here drops downstream to Sigpit Falls. You can find this hidden attraction in Jovellar, Albay, which is near Guinobatan.
I recommend hiring a guide when going here as Jovellar is a pretty remote area, so getting lost is possible. Hiring a guide can help you navigate the site well and get the most out of your trip!
Location: Brgy, Jovellar, Albay
Contact info: 0975 356 3211
11. Quitinday Green Hills Formation
Another spot to visit when in Albay is the Quitinday Green Hills Formation. This quaint area has several small green hills scattered across vast fields. Hence, its name, ‘Green Hills.
It resembles Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, but on a less grand scale. Regardless, this place is still one of the most breathtaking places you can visit in Albay.
Although there are over 200 hills in this place, you must visit the three most-visited peaks. These serve as the viewing sites of the unusual land formation.
The hike here is safe and easy since locals have established trails connecting the peaks. Moreover, these peaks have several nipa huts for you to rest in.
But even if the trek here is accessible, going through the ascends and descends still requires some fitness. However, it’s definitely worth it for the lush green environment, views, and fresh air!
Overall, the Quitinday Green Hills Formation is a must-visit when in Albay. Just make sure to rent a private vehicle since out of the main highway in Camalig, Albay.
Location: Baligang – Caguiba Rd, Camalig, Albay
12. Tambac Beach
Although Albay isn’t famous for its beaches, it still has some of the best in the Bicol region. And the newest contender is Tambac Beach.
It’s a kilometer-long beach lying on the west coast of Albay and is a recently booming tourist spot. The beach has white sand, crystal clear waters, lush surroundings, and mangroves! Therefore, expect to see lots of marine life and birds in the area.
Aside from the gorgeous beach, another attraction nearby is the Batong Langoyon. It’s a rock formation situated in the middle of the surrounding sea. And through here, you can find the best sites for diving and snorkeling as marine life is lively here!
To go to Batong Langoyon from Tambac Beach, you can ride a floating cottage towed by motorboats. I recommend going here with a guide since it’s a relatively new attraction in Ligao.
Location: Sitio Tambac, Ligao
13. Pinamuntugan Island
A private island that recently opened its door to the public is Pinamuntugan Island. And it’s one of the best Albay tourist spots to date.
It’s an unspoiled paradise island covered in lush trees and long stretches of white sand. Aside from this, you can also find unique rock formations in the area.
The best part is since it’s new, the surrounding seawater is still in its pristine condition. Its undisturbed sea waters are rich in corals and marine life, perfect for snorkeling! As of now, Pinamuntugan Island is open for day visits and overnight camping.
Moreover, you can expand your stay here by going island hopping on nearby islands in Bacacay. These include the Guinanayan Island and Kagbulacao Cave.
Location: Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay
14. Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave
One of the most popular tourist spots in the province in Albay is the Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave. It covers over 31 square meters of land and has an abundance of entry and exit points.
The ample openings lead the winds inside the cave to make a whistling sound. Hoyop in the local Bicol dialect means “blowing of air.” Hence its name, ‘Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave.’
Although it isn’t as big as other caves in the country, it’s one of the most picturesque. It boasts unique stalactite and stalagmite formations. Moreover, this has made it easier and more convenient for visitors to explore the cave!
Besides being a gorgeous attraction, it also has a rich history. Most notably, many believe that this cave once served as a refugee camp by the Japanese.
Overall, if you’re looking for something unique, pay a visit to Camalig Albay!
Location: Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave, Camalig, Albay
15. Mayon Planetarium & Science Park
Do you want to know more about how Mayon Volcano came to be? Or wish to learn more about volcanoes in general? Then look no further than the Mayon Planetarium & Science Park.
A unique thing about this museum is that it’s in the ‘waistline’ of Mayon Volcano. That means you can find it halfway to the summit! So if you want to get up-close and learn more about volcanoes, there’s no better place to visit than the Mayon Planetarium & Science Park.
However, despite its name, this museum doesn’t revolve around the solar system. Instead, you’ll find exhibits about the life and behavior of volcanoes!
The trek here can be tiring, but it’s definitely worth it. It’s best to bring your older kids here to help them learn more about volcanoes while hiking on one.
Location: 7MMC+MQJ, Tabaco City, Albay
16. Japanese Tunnels
Situated in Ligñon Hill Nature Park, the Japanese Tunnels is worth the quick visit. It’s a 40-meter long L-shaped tunnel that has been around since WWII.
The tunnel was built in 1941 when allied Filipino and American soldiers fought against the Japanese. In the past, these tunnels go all the way to the current Legazpi City Hall. Today, it’s been cut off.
However, you can still crawl inside the tunnels and see what was once the hiding place of the Japanese in WWII. And there are life-size statues inside, showcasing what was life for them back then.
Although 40 meters doesn’t sound so impressive, you’re in for a surprise! That’s because these tunnels are pretty spacious since the Japanese used them as their sleeping quarters back in the day.
Overall, when in Albay, don’t miss out on this historical site!
Location: 5MC7+4M5, Legazpi City, Albay
17. Embarcadero de Legazpi
One of the most recent Albay tourist spots to rise in popularity is Embarcadero de Legazpi. It’s a lifestyle hub situated in Legazpi City Port.
There are plenty of activities to try at this place, ranging from ziplining to rock climbing. And the best part is this place is close to another must-visit site in Albay, the Legazpi Boulevard.
Legazpi Boulevard is a 10 to 15-minute walk from Embarcadero, and it’s one of the most relaxing places in town! You can go and jog here or take a nice walk beside the sea.
I recommend going here during the evening since it isn’t too hot and lets you enjoy the atmosphere better.
Location: Legazpi Blvd, Legazpi Port District, Legazpi City, Albay
Contact info: 0917 302 5035
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do many tourists go to Albay?
A: Albay is every traveler’s haven. That’s because the province has always been synonymous with the famous Mayon Volcano, shortlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. And it was once a wonder of the world. Now, Albay is brimming with tourists thanks to its innumerable activities for leisure and relaxation!
Q: What is Albay famous for?
A: This province is mainly known for Mount Mayon Volcano, which became famous thanks to its perfect conical shape. However, aside from this, Albay is also nationally renowned for its delicious cuisine and rich ecosystem. There are over 3 cities for you to explore in this province alone, so you’ll never run out of things to explore!
Q: What’s the best souvenir to get in Albay?
A: When in Albay, the one thing that you should get is all-natural premium pili nuts. There are several variations of this local delicacy. But the most popular one is the one coated with honey. You can also get this as plain, covered in marzipan, caramel, and pastillas. Other souvenirs you should get are local items made from abaca, etc.
Q: What’s the best thing to do in Albay during the summer?
A: Aside from marveling at Mayon Volcano, there are plenty of things to do to make the most out of summer in Albay. These include going on a nature trip to one of the many nature parks in the province or swimming and diving at its beaches.
Q: When’s the best time to visit Albay?
A: The best time to go to the province is during the yearly celebration of the Magayon Festival. It usually starts between the summer months of April and May. During this time, Albay will be filled with stalls, parades, concerts, and more!
Albay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines, thanks to its natural wonders and the Mayon Volcano. Explore the many Albay tourist spots mentioned to get the most of your trip! From driving ATVs to exploring underground caves, there’s plenty to do in Albay.
What do you think of these places? Have you ever been to Albay before? Share your fun experiences in Albay in the comments below!