Bicol is not as well-known as other tourist spots in the country, such as Baguio, Boracay, Cebu, and Davao. However, Mayon Volcano is world famous for its natural perfect cone beauty. The name Mayon is known to be derived from the Bicol word magayon, which means “beautiful.”
“There are plenty of places to visit, offering opportunities to swim at beautiful beaches, scuba-dive to wrecked galleons, explore caves, climb volcanoes, admire waterfalls, lush vegetation, Baroque architecture, etc. Gold-mining and jewelry manufacture continue to distinguish [Albay]…. The region has recently seen a revival in its tourism industry, due mainly to the popularity of whale shark spotting and an increase in the number of upscale resorts around Mayon volcano. Daet has long been a destination for surfers. It is hoped that the planned Legazpi City International Airport will further boost tourism in the region.
Famous tourist sites to visit are:
Mayon Volcano, Albay – “Mayon Volcano is located north of Legaspi City [and] is one of the most visited tourist destinations because of its enchanting scenic view.
Donsol, Sorsogon – Home of the whale shark, the largest fish in the world, called butanding in the native language. Although it is a shark and may look ferocious, it eats microscopic plankton. Tourists are able to swim with these gentle and friendly sharks.
Other tourist sites to visit are:
Puraran Beach (a white sand beach), Busay Falls (seven-tiered cascading waterfalls), Hoyop-hoyopan Cave (a natural tunnel-like structure), Calabidongan Caves (grotto-like formation, good for trekking), and Bulusan Lake (known as the “Switzerland of the Orient”). The latest tourist destination is wakeboarding in Camarines Sur.