We love a great vacation. A perfect get-away from our busy working lives needs to be enjoyed to its fullest. Yet, we believe that a perfect vacation requires a little bit of planning.
Planning also applies when visiting the region, and especially, if you want to make sure that you get the most out the panoramic views of Mayon volcano. We have got you covered, read these 4 tips to get ready:
The best time to visit! The region has only two seasons: dry and wet season. Dry season is from November to May, and still, the weather during these months can be unpredictable. Choosing a time between April to June gets you a greater percentage of clear skies. These months are the “summertime” of the Philippines. If there are showers, they are usually strong but short. The best time to visit Mayon Volcano is therefore during the dry season and summer-time. Check weekly weather updates before you travel because there could be a typhoon on the horizon even during summertime.
The best view! There are a lot of view decks, historical sights and parks in Legazpi City and the neighboring towns which are great places to get a different angle of Mayon Volcano. If you hunt for this picture with a water element at its base, you should go to Sumlang Lake in Camalig or to the Legazpi Boulevard. Both places give you stunning views of Mayon Volcano at any time of the day. If you prefer to have a view of Mayon from a higher altitude, climb up the Lignon Hill at the city’s boundary to Daraga. Lignon Hill has a park on its top from where you can see the outskirts of the city and the full periphery of Mayon Volcano. If you don’t want to wander too far away from the city center, why not just relax at Starbucks on the top floor of Ayala Mall? Enjoy your coffee and the majestic view with an urban touch.
“Always make sure you ask the driver or fellow riders if your jeepney can take you where you want to go”
How to get closer to the volcano? There is no public transportation that can take you closer to the crater or even midway to Mayon. But there is a popular adventure ride with an ATV in Cagsawa which gets you closer to the lava trails. If this is too much action for you and you probably just want to check out the volcano from a closer angle, rent a private car to get to the “Black Lava” and the old helipad in Bgy Bunga or Bgy Mabinit. There are car rentals around the city. Check out the services offered by:
Early Riser Transport Service
Phone: +63 (0)52 480 8294
Ymertt Travel & Tours
No. 5, Lopez Compound 2
Phone:+63 921 268 3110.
A convenient and cheap form of transport are the jeepneys. Every jeepney has its own route which you can identify by its mark on the front and side. Some of the jeepneys pass by specific tourist destinations. For example, if you want to go to the Cagsawa Ruins, take the jeepney which says “Legazpi-Guinobatan”. The jeepney with “Loop 1/Loop 2” will bring you to the foot of Ligñon Hill. You can find any kind of jeepney route at the center of Rotonda in the city. Always make sure you ask the driver or fellow riders if your jeepney can take you where you want to go.
The best places to stay during your visit. There are many hotels, inns and lodging houses in the city for every budget. But why not booking a place with a view while you are resting? The Oriental Hotel with its terrace and poolside is still one of the most impressive options when it comes to waking up with that perfect view. The hotel is overlooking the whole city of Legazpi and most rooms are facing Mayon Volcano. For booking and reservations, check out their official website and be ready to spend quite a sum. If you are on a budget, you can look into options which also offer rooms facing Mayon Volcano like the Casablanca Suites, The Apple Peach House and Neuhaus Inn.
There are way more things to discover while you are in Legazpi City. Bonding with one of the most perfect coned volcanos in the world is an amazing experience. Do plan ahead because you deserve a perfect treat – and a spectacular view!