Albay is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. Its capital is Legazpi City and the province borders Camarines Sur to the north and Sorsogon to the south. Also to the northeast is Lagonoy Gulf. Based on the August 2007 census, Albay has a total population of 1,190,823, which makes it the 20th most populous province in the country. There are 208,640 households in the province with an average size of 5.22 persons, significantly higher than the national average of 4.99. Albay has a total land area of 2,552.6 square kilometers, which makes it the 26th smallest province.
Tourist Spots in Albay
Mayon Volcano, also known as Mount Mayon, is an active stratovolcano in the province of Albay. Renowned as the “perfect cone” because of its almost symmetrically conical shape, Mayon forms the northern boundary of Legazpi City. It is one of the most well-known tourist spots in Albay.
Local folklore refers to the volcano as Bulkang Magayon (Bikol: ‘Beautiful Volcano’), after the legendary heroine Daragang Magayon (Bikol: ‘Beautiful Lady’). Mayon Volcano is an active stratovolcano. The current cone was formed through pyroclastic and lava flows from past eruptions. Mayon is the most active of the active volcanoes in the Philippines, having erupted over 49 times in the past 400 years.
Busay Falls is located in the barrio of Malilipot Albay, approximately 20 kilometers north of Legazpi City in the province of Bicol in Philippines. It’s considered as one of the highest waterfalls in the country because of its seven-tiered cascading white foam. It is estimated to have a vital height of 800 feet from the top.
The first catch basin forms below where hundred of bathers could refresh from the scorching heat of summer. It is the favorite destination of local tourists during summer. There are a few cottages there that you can use to have picnic with your friends and family. It’s accessible only by foot trail.
Hoyop-hoyopan Cave is a natural tunnel-like structure located in Camalig, Albay. Legend says that this cave was the primitive habitat of the natives in the area. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Albay. It could be reached by any type of motor vehicles. It got its name from ‘hoyop’, a Bicolano word for ‘blow’.
The cave, which was discovered during the Japanese invasion and is currently private property belonging to three owners, has 3 layers. It will take around 11 hours to fully explore its entire 3 layers. You also won’t have to fear about walking in total darkness since the pathways are lighted by incandescent light bulbs.
Mayon Skyline is located on the eastern slope of Mayon Volcano. It is formerly known as Mayon Resthouse. This is the nearest you could be with Mayon. It is said to be an excellent summer resort because of its cool temperature.
One attraction of the Mayon Skyline is its very own planetarium. It is also a place for seminars, convention, sight-seeing, relaxing and also a starting point for hikers towards the peak of the volcano. Inside, is an on-going exhibit and film showing about volcano eruption to better understand the volcanoes. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Albay.
Other famous tourist spots in Albay
- Vera Falls
- Palale Falls
- Pototan Cave
- Calabidongan Cave
- Minaroso Cave