Acclaimed for its “Ideal Cone”, the Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most dynamic well of lava and the most famous vacationer goal in the Bicol Region. With a tallness of 2,463 meters, it is the highlight of the Albay area, which is around 300 kilometers southeast of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
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Best Time to Go
Legazpi City, the main destination for those visiting Mayon Volcano, is best visited during the dry months between March through May. Considerable amount of rainfall is expected from July to September.
How to get there
The main jump-off point when going to Legazpi, Albay, or Bicol region is Metro Manila in Luzon. In Visayas, you can also get to Legazpi from Cebu and Leyte. Here are some of your options on how to get there:
Booking a flight is the fastest way to get to Albay from Manila. Travel time from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila to Legazpi Airport takes about 45 minutes via airlines like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.
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If you have the luxury of time and would rather experience the trip via land, you can take a bus from Manila to Legazpi. The journey lasts for 9 hours. Make sure to book in advance via the go-to bus lines like Cagsawa, DLTB, and Penafrancia.
For visitors traveling from Leyte or Cebu, you can take the 12-15 hour trip through WG&A and Trans Asia shipping lines – both departing from Masbate Port to Legazpi, Albay.
Best Mayon Volcano Tours and Activities
Seeing the magnificence of the Mayon Volcano from the roads of Legazpi, Albay is definitely the real deal. But there are certain tourist spots in Legazpi City where you can get the best view and experience of Mayon Volcano. Here are some tourist spots and exciting activities worth visiting and trying out:
Cagsawa Ruins tours offer the most iconic view of Mayon Volcano that’s why it’s one of the most-visited attractions in Legazpi. The church ruins are remnants of the interestingly heartbreaking stories of what was once an admired structure during the Spanish era.
Mayon 4x4 ATV Ride
There’s no better way to get closer to this magnificent creation than to put on your explorer hat (or helmet in this case) and drive your way up Mayon Volcano’s base.
On a 4x4 ATV, you will drive through rice fields, forests, and even volcanic rocks along a trail that will lead you to the mountain’s Lava Wall.
There are several trails you can choose from – all equally full of sights to behold as you enjoy the adrenaline-pumping ride to see Mayon Volcano up close and personal.
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Mayon Volcano Hike / Trek
Make your trip extra adventurous by trekking up Mayon Volcano. Hire a trusted guide and take the Farmer’s Trail where you will be welcomed by nature at its finest. The entire trail is believed to be formed after the volcano’s eruptions over the years.
Due to the volcano’s activity, climbing to the summit has been prohibited but tourists are now allowed until Camp 2 and beyond to “Rabbit’s Ear”. The hike normally takes about 2-3 hours as you traverse through wide grasslands, farms, rivers, and gullies.
It is advisable for beginners to hike until Camp 1 while more experienced visitors may be able to endure reaching Camp 2. Nevertheless, both offer an adventure worth remembering.
Before planning your trip to Mayon Volcano, it’s best to read up on the following important information for a hassle-free vacation:
Mayon Volcano is active and can be a destructive force of nature. Before planning a trip here, check the warnings or advisories from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
Strict safety precautions should be observed especially when going on a hike/trek up this marvelous landmark.
It is very important to hire a guide when exploring the trails and hiking since they are knowledgeable when it comes to weather conditions and things to do in case an unexpected volcanic activity takes place.
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What to Wear
If you’re doing the 4x4 ATV ride or want to go on a hiking trip, be sure to bring all necessary gear and hiking essentials such as water, food, and emergency kits, etc. Other Nearby Attractions
Make the most of your trip to Mayon Volcano by checking out other tourist spots in Legazpi and neighboring cities or towns.
The Marison Hotel
Property Location With a stay at The Marison Hotel in Legazpi, you’ll be within a 10-minute drive of Albay Park and Wildlife and Embarcadero. This hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Kapuntukan Hill and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Legazpi City Museum.
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