8 Best Things To Do In Legazpi, The Philippines - Updated 2023

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Legazpi is a beautiful city in the Bicol region and was initially called Sawangan. It is an agricultural land which exports abaca and copra. Moreover, it was appointed in memory of the Spanish explorer Adelantado Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The population here is over 209,533, and the urban population makes up about 58% of the total. If you’re coming from Manila, this place is about 463 kilometers (288 miles) away.

Tourists also flock to the city with its colorful Ibalong Festival every August. While here, you can visit the famous Cagsawa Ruins to view the majestic Mayon Volcano. You will even love heading to Ligñon Hill Nature Park and Highlands Park, where you can bask in city vistas. These are just a few of the several offerings of this city. To have a memorable getaway, check out these best things to do in Legazpi, The Philippines.

1. Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano and Cagsawa Church Ruins
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user nish.iona used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The first site is Mayon Volcano - a famous mountain because of its perfectly symmetrical cone shape. From a distance, you can clearly see how it is shaped as if it was sculpted. The mountain is 2,463 meters (8,081 feet) high and has been nicknamed the “perfect cone.” The area around the volcano was officially classified as a national park in 1938 and was named Mayon Volcano Natural Park, in 2000.

It is a great place to visit because it has beautiful greenery, all around. Moreover, it is an active stratovolcano and is more than 20 million years old. Just take note that it is prohibited to enter the 6-kilometer (4-mile) Permanent Danger Zone.

Mayon Volcano

Address: Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines

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Rising majestically from the earth's depths, Mt. Mayon paints the sky with its volcanic prowess. A symphony of fire and beauty, its perfect cone shape commands admiration, standing as a testament to the raw power and breathtaking allure of nature.

Unveiling hidden gems, wanderers find solace in breathtaking landscapes, igniting a sense of wanderlust.

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Seeing Mayon is always mesmerizing. It exudes an aura that makes me feel small and the world vast. As one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines, it has erupted numerous times, yet it continually restores itself to a perfect cone shape. You can visit it at any time of the year and witness its beauty in a different light on each occasion. 

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Mayon Volcano

I have always seen this majestic volcano in textbooks since I was a kid, but it was magical to see its raw beauty in front of my very own eyes. The textbooks were right — Mayon Volcano is truly iconic with its perfect cone shape and awe-inspiring presence, and gazing upon Mayon was a privilege that left an indelible mark on me.

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Golf with Mayon Volcano view Doña Pepita Golf Course

Play golf with a view of the world’s famous Mayon Volcano.

In the province that houses the volcano with the perfect cone shape, lies the Doña Pepita Golf Course that is spread over 67 hectares. It is also known as the Doña Pepita Eco Park and Golf Course.

The golf club is a Par 72, an 18-hole golf course that offers great views of the world famous Mayon Volcano and the Albay Gulf.

Doña Pepita Eco-Park and Golf Course is a 20-min drive away from the city center.

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2. Relax and dine by the pool at Sumlang Lake - contributed by Tour Guide, Rikka Mae

Discover a hidden treasure in the heart of Sumlang Lake, also known as Nature FunTraventure - the Infinity Pool & Soccoro’s Restaurant. Tucked away on the bank of the lake, this haven offers a tranquil retreat. Picture yourself unwinding by the poolside, basking in the daylight or under the stars. Entry is priced at 250 PHP (4.50 USD) from 9am to 3pm. And if you prefer a nighttime dip, you have to pay 350 PHP (6.30 USD) for entrance between 5pm and 10pm.

As you relax in this idyllic location, you might get a chance to behold the stunning Mayon Volcano in the distance, often playing peek-a-boo with the clouds.

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3. Cagsawa Ruins

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As you might already know, this city is one that is filled with rich history and this park is no exception. The Cagsawa Ruins came to be after the eruption of Mayon Volcano on the 1st of February, 1814. The one-time site of a church built in 1724, was destroyed during the most violent eruption that ever took place in the history of Legazpi, which killed over 1,200 people, who took refuge in the church during the eruption.

There is only one structure that remains standing here, which is the church tower, still in its place for over two hundred years. It is now a famous landmark and serves as a popular tourist site. A site full of mystery and solemnity, it looks like a place you can only see in movies, and yet it is real, so why not go and witness it with your own eyes?

Cagsawa Ruins

Address: Daraga, 4501 Albay, Philippines

Opening hours: 6am - 6pm (daily)

Price: From 20 PHP (0.35 USD)

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4. Mayon ATV Tour

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The Mayon ATV Tour is a residents’ favorite and many people take part in this tour, every day. In this tour, you can take an ATV, around the mountain and it is open to anyone and everyone, regardless of age. You need to make prior reservations and payments because the activity is in very high demand.

You will also experience great views with other people and you can take your time, traveling around the area.

Mayon ATV Tour

Address: Legazpi City, 4500 Albay, Philippines

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The ATV ride at Mount Mayon was undeniably the highlight of our trip to Legazpi, Albay. It was a thrilling experience that combined adrenaline-pumping excitement with the raw, untamed beauty of Mayon Volcano, navigating through muddy puddles, rugged terrain, and captivating vistas. It took us nearly two hours to finish the trail. If you find yourself in Legazpi, this is an experience you simply cannot afford to miss!

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Legazpi (And Vicinity) Tour Guide

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Hello! I'm Patrick, I'm a Department of Tourism - Accredited Regional Tour Guide (Region V) Bicol. I'm from Legazpi City, which is the regional center of Bicol and also the home of the iconic Mayon Volcano. I educate local and foreign tourists about the location’s interesting facts, stories, and general policies. I also ensure the safety and security of my guests.

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5. Albay Park & Wildlife

Albay Park & Wildlife Lignon Hill
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Irvin Parco Sto. ... used under CC BY-SA 4.0

This park is one of the must-visit places in Legazpi, and you shouldn’t pass up the chance to make a stop. First of all, can we just talk about how it looks? Believe me when I say that Albay Park & Wildlife is gorgeous. In the park, there is a pretty lagoon and gazebo as well as many other things. It is open daily from 8am to 6pm.

In the park, there are about 347 animals, and there are spots where you can have a picnic. The animals include crocodiles, deer, iguanas, pythons, birds, and much more. It is a place where anyone can go and have fun.

Albay Park & Wildlife

Address: Daraga-Legazpi Diversion Rd, Legazpi City, 4500 Albay, Philippines

Price: from 20 PHP (0.35 USD)

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Located at the foot of Ligñon Hill, Albay Park & Wildlife offers a blend of nature and excitement. This 5-hectare (12.35-acre) space, situated near Daraga-Legazpi Diversion Road, serves as a zoo, a botanical area, and a place that's ideal for family outings. Remember to follow the no-feeding rule to keep the animals safe. The entrance fee is affordable, 50 PHP (0.90 USD) for adults and 20 PHP (0.36 USD) for children, with a 20% discount for students and free entry for seniors and disabled people with valid IDs. So, it's quite accessible for many.

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6. Embarcadero de Legazpi

Legazpi's Embacadero

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Embarcadero de Legazpi is the place to end a good day and is a great spot to take a long walk along the bay or go cycling. The sunsets and sunrises make it more beautiful than it already is and there are many shops and restaurants here, where you can visit and experience Filipino food. The food is excellent and the area is a beautiful spot for taking some great photos.

Apart from this, there is a mall close by, right near the seaport, with more shops. A great stop to complete your day, save Embarcadero for your last stop, as it’s a calming and straightforward site.

Embarcadero de Legazpi

Address: Legazpi Blvd, Legazpi Port District, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines

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7. Explore nature and science at the National Museum Bicol - contributed by Tour Guide, Rikka Mae

Tucked away just behind the Mayon Skydrive ATV Adventure in Purok 5, the National Museum Bicol is a haven for nature and science enthusiasts. Wander through the Butterfly and Botanical Gardens, or marvel at geological marvels in the Indoor Geology Exhibition. Don’t miss the View Deck for a breathtaking cityscape.

The best part? Admission is free, including a two-hour guided tour. While photography is not permitted inside, the memories are sure to linger. The museum welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm.

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8. Vera Falls

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Posted by Hendraxu Photo on Wednesday, 23 November 2016

These are probably some of the most beautiful and enchanting falls you will ever see. They are at the foot of Mt. Malinao and the scene, as the water falls from the peak, is almost mesmerizing as it gracefully flows into the river and streams, straight into the rice paddies. On your way to the falls, you will see these rice paddies, along with coconut plantations and lush green vegetation. When you get there, you will have the opportunity to swim in the cold refreshing water, while listening to the beautiful sounds of nature. You can also climb the rocks and enjoy diving and cannonballing, into the falls. Now, does this look perfect or what?

Vera Falls

Address: Malinao, Albay, Philippines

Price: from 20 PHP (0.35 USD)

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Experience the beauty of Legazpi

Legazpi is a city just waiting to be discovered. With this list, you have seen that there are countless places to visit here, but there is so much more you can explore and find for yourself. So, get out there and explore the best things to do in Legazpi!

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