Known as the 53rd biggest province in the Philippines, Albay is a haven full of natural gems. It is located in the region of Bicol, and was recently added to the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in March 2016. Although it is mainly recognized as the home of the famed Mayon Volcano, there are actually more stunning attractions nestling in this beautiful area. Check out some of the awesome yet underrated Albay attractions:
Cagraray Eco Park
Located in the southern part of Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay, is the stunning Cagraray Eco Park. It offers various attractions such as the Cagraray Island Chapel, the hanging bridge, and the breathtaking Cagraray Ampitheater which has been used as one of the pit stops of Amazing Race 4.
Quitinday Green Hills
Dubbed as the counterpart of the Chocolate Hills, Camalig’s Quitinday Green Hills have more pointed hilltops than that of Bohol’s. It promises of majestic sceneries and lush slopes. One can even trek through its trail and enjoy an uphill adventure!
Quitinday Underground River
Quitinday Underground River is another local destination in Camalig, Albay. It boasts of its spectacular underground cave and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy a fun-filled trip and go for a relaxing dip in its cold, green waters!
Perfect for the adventure seekers, Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave is a multi-level cavern in the beautiful area of Camalig, Albay. This attraction is home to gorgeous stalagmites and stalactites, and is known for its natural ventilation. The term “Hoyop” is a Bicolano word that means “blowing of air or wind.”
A rare gem found in Bacacay, Albay, Sogod beach features an impressive jet-black sand which were once actual molten volcanic lava. Choose from various beach resorts around the town of Sogod and enjoy some waves or build sand castles out of its fine black sand!
The province of Albay surely has more to offer than its gorgeous Mayon Volcano. Granted with natural wonders, you definitely can’t deny that it is a place worth exploring!