Legazpi Commuters Guide

It’s easy to go around Legazpi City. There are road landmarks and malls that serve as drop-off and pick-up points. There are alternative routes, too, to skip the main roads which can have heavy traffic.

Let’s start with the battle pylon of Legazpi on the city rotonda.  You can get to any point in Albay from there.

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Jeepneys pass around that landmark, from Quezon Av., or the road between LCC Mall and 7-Eleven, to Graceland (a Bicol food chain), St. Raphael Church, Albay Doctors Hospital and all the way to Ayala Mall.

Quezon Avenue is the road between LCC Mall and 7-Eleven.

 

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Quezon Ave. is also where all jeepneys converge for the rotonda road, including Embarcadero-bound. So you can wait for jeepneys there, too.

Embarcadero-bound jeepneys go straight ahead, past DBP Bank and National Food Authority and turn right for the Seawall Park road. Jeepneys with the following routes also take the same road: Camalig, Ligao, Guinobatan, Polangui, Rawis and Arimbay.

 

 

While jeepneys with these routes: terminal/Tahao Road/Gaisano/Pacific Mall, Daraga and Loop 1 and Loop 2, turn left across DBP Bank. It will stop at LCC Mall’s parking area to pick passengers.

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Across is the parking area, where the photo below is a few steps away.

 

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Acess that alley from BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands).

 

FROM AYALA MALL TO TERMINAL

From Ayala Mall going terminal, look for L. Los Banos Ave. The mall’s south entrance/exit point is facing this road. Walk across and wait for terminal-bound jeepneys.

 

 

FROM AYALA MALL TO DARAGA

For Daraga-bound jeepneys, wait outside the mall’s main entry and exit point.

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FROM AYALA MALL TO PACIFIC MALL ON FOOT

Pacific/Gaisano Mall is accessible via Ayala Mall. Walk past that main entrance and turn right, or this side of the mall, for Imperial St.

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Walk past Hong and 101 shopping mall. Cross the road from that Jollibee icon.

 

Continue walking ahead until you reach Pacific Mall, where terminal and Daraga-bound jeepneys pass in front of the mall.

 

 

FROM PACIFIC MALL TO TERMINAL ON FOOT

Walk straight past the mall. Enter the Landco extension road from this corner to walk to the terminal.

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Walk straight ahead until you see the board pointing to the terminal.Turn right and follow the covered walkway.

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Continue to walk straight ahead. You’ll reach first the jeepney terminal for inter-city routes (e.g. Tabaco, Bacacay), then Save More (a convenience store), bus terminal and, lastly, the UV terminal.

 

 

 

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DIY Albay Day Tour: Adventure and sightseeing in Legazpi, Daraga and Camalig

A day tour in Albay can be as relaxed or adventure-filled or both as you want it to be. That said, your day visit can be spent on sightseeing, riding an ATV for lava trail, hiking or boat hopping for an islet with a view of Albay trio: Mt. Mayon, Mt. Malinao and Mt. Masaraga.

For this set, it covers the main tourist attractions in Legazpi, Daraga and Camalig. They’re all in the same District that makes a day tour possible.

Let’s start at the city proper.

 

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Embarcadero De Legazpi still counts as a sightseeing destination for the unobstructed view of Mayon towering over Albay Gulf.

 

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Check these viewpoints: Cisyd Restaurant, topmost part of the mall, deck and (inside) the parking area.

 

Best time to visit: sunrise and sunset and on bright, sunny days.

 

 

How to get there: From Legazpi City, look for LCC mall and 7-Eleven. The road between leads to Embarcadero. Landmarks thereafter: DBP Bank and National Food Authority.

From Albay going to Legazpi, ride jeepney with any of these routes: Embarcadero, Camalig, Ligao and Polangui.

From Central Terminal, ride Legazpi-bound jeep and alight at Ayala Mall. Walk to Quezon Ave., the road between LCC Mall and 7-Elelven.

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Legazpi Boulevard– a coastal road with pedestrian which locals use for a morning and evening walk and jog. 

Best time to visit: sunrise and sunset

 

 

To get there: Go to the parking area of Embarcadero and walk outside. Turn left, then right and walk straight ahead until you see the life-size landmark that is L-E-G-A-Z-P-I.

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Ligñon Hill

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With its hiker-friendly trail, there’s no reason for locals and tourists to skip it. Its Mayon view comes with the Albay greenery. On the other side is panoramic city view. 

Consider a night hike, especially on a starry night or with a full moon. Other activities: Zip Line, side trip to Albay Wildlife.

 

 

To get there from Embarcadero De Legazpi

 

Ride a Rawis-bound Jeepney. Alight at the intersection, where the main road and diversion road meets. (Just tell the driver diversion and he knows where to drop you off.)

Cross the road and enter the diversion road. Walk until you see a Loop 1 jeepney waiting for passengers.

From Legazpi City, look for Loop 1 jeepney. These pass along Quezon Av., the road between LCC Mall and 7-Eleven, to LCC Mall, St. Raphael Church and onwards.

Daraga Church

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To get there from Ligñon Hill, wait for Loop 1 jeepney at the diversion road. It will take you to Daraga City. Alight at Bigg’s Daraga.

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Cross the road and take the alley at the side of Bigg’s. Walk straight ahead until you see the stairway that leads to the church. It is between the municipal hall and JM Olsen store.

From Legazpi City: Ride Daraga-bound jeepney from Quezon Avenue or Pacific Mall or Embarcadero or Central Terminal.

 

Cagsawa Ruins

 

 

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The only remnant of this Franciscan church is a belfry, and the rest were buried by a devastating volcanic eruption in 1814.

 

Other activities: ATV Tours and souvenir shopping.

To get there from Daraga: Go to the public market and wait there for jeepneys with any of these routes: Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao and Polangui.

From Legazpi, ride jeepney with routes the same above.

 

 

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Drop-off point

 

 

Camalig Tour: Sumlang Lake, Quitinday Hills and Quituinan Hills

First off, you’ll need to rent a tricycle or habal-habal for this tour. Find them at the town proper. P300 for Quitinday, P500 for Quitinday and Sumlang Lake. Add P120 for Quituinan.

Some drivers may insist a P500 rent for Quitinday Hills, especially if you’ll stay long (e.g. half-day).

You can save the P200-rent for Sumlang Lake by going first there. The jeep from Cagsawa Ruins/Legazpi will pass along the drop-off area, which is in front of Albay Agri Ethno Eco Village (Agri-Village). Cross the street and enter the paved narrow alley that leads to the lake.

Quitinday Hills is a span of hilly landscape, where the four peaks also serve as Mayon viewpoints.

Quitinday Hills and Nature Park collage

 

Quituinan Hill is a roadside hill that is exactly facing Mt. Mayon.

Save Sumlang Lake for sunset. Take the balsa ride. It is a simple yet relaxing treat.

 

 

Other places to visit in Camalig

Napa Carpet Industries showroom – NCI is the maker of all the artsy outdoor furniture sets and fixtures at Sumlang Lake. From the basketball court (which you’ll get past going to the lake), turn left and walk straight ahead. Just ask where the brgy. captain’s house is.

Hoyop-hoyopan cave – The cave with a dance floor and the most visited tourist site in Camalig before the discoveries of the new ecotourism sites in the area.

Jovellar is a whole destination package in Camalig with its underground river, canyons and falls. It is the farthest among them all.

Masbate Day Tour: Buntod Reef, Brahmans Ranch and Fazenda de Esperenca

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“Are we there yet?”

“Beshy, we’ll arrive there by 12 midnight.”

“Yes, I know. It just feels like we’re not moving at all.”

HA-HA-HA

We both laughed because many of the passengers were sound asleep, while we were stressing ourselves about getting to our destination fast.

So we slept like locals did, sans our bodies occupying the whole seat.

Midnight Arrival

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There are several hotels and inns in downtown Masbate where you can stay. There is Novotel where you can check out the same time you had checked in.

There’s also a newer bayfront resort next to Rendezvous Resort where we stayed. The latter you would appreciate because of the owner (and for several more reasons enumerated later on this blog). Mr. Cokie Medina knows the ins and outs of local tourism in Masbate.

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These may change without prior notice. You may confirm it with the port’s guard via this cp number: 0909-765-9399.

What some hotel’s desk officers/security guards couldn’t help you with, he could. He knew the ferry schedule and would extend help by calling the office himself. These must be part of basic services by hotels in an island province like Masbate.

Even the lady attendant at a laundry shop gave us this answer: “I’m not from here so I can give you limited information regarding direction and what not.” Meh.

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He also knew the culture, that he could delight you with stories from Rodeo to Lapay – two highlight festivals in the province.

“You two should come back during Rodeo Festival in April. You’ll see the regulars and the tradition, of course.”

That sounds interesting, indeed. Yet, I felt like I would return for Lapay Bantigue Dance Festival in September. According to Sir Cokie, it is a cultural dance where students learned the steps during grade school. Interestingly, his daughter was one of the Lapay queens.

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Photo of binut-ong taken at The Oriental in Legazpi

Our conversations went on, including the Caucasian-managed Ticao Island to Masbate longganisa which was our breakfast together with egg and rice. Little did I know that the best-tasting binut-ong used to be found in my hometown, Tiwi.

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Wharf at Rendezvous Resort

All those stories and his graciousness as a host made me see the difference it can make in local tourism.

Buntod Reef and Marine Sanctuary

Activities: Snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking

Boat Rental: P500

Contact Number: 0917-927-7660/0920-433-8512

SESE Brahmans Ranch

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Activities:

Day hike, camping, stargazing, horse riding

Entrance Fee: P50/pax

Fazenda  de Esperanca

Activities: Visit the farm and production site for fresh milk and cookies that this rehabilitation center sells at the Cathedral in downtown Masbate.

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No entrance fee.

We spent the rest of our stay napping on this grass-covered ground. And the habal-habal ride for downtown, with drizzle and all, spiced up our afternoon adventure.

Food

The Rendezvous resort can provide packed meals for your lunch at SESE Brahmans Ranch picnic-style. This may include homegrown meals with seafood ingredients, as well as specialty dishes like hardinera and ham (must be ordered 7 days advanced) and dessert all prepared by the owner himself.

The folks at Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary can also prepare your lunch. Castle Kaunan SUTUKIL (popularly known as SUTUKIL) is a must-visit in Masbate, as well as Alben’s Food House (Brgy. Tara) for bulalo,  Minlan along Osmena st. for filling, value meals and Tio Jose Bar & Grill for steak.

The milk candy Carmelado is made in Milagros and also available in stores near the port. Add the delicious cookies from Fazenda in your bags of pasalubong.

There’s also a Bigg’s Diner branch with a rodeo theme for its interiors.

Notes:

Room rates at Rendezvous Hotel and  Resort

P800/2 pax – First  Ground

P1000/2 pax – Second Floor

What you’ll like about Rendezvous Hotel and Resort is you’ve got an affordable place to stay. Their rates are the most budget-friendly in Punta Nursery, the gateway to Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary.

The rooms have basic facilities. One room on the second floor has a refrigerator and a PC, and some are under renovation during our November visit.

The meals are also a deal, especially they are homegrown, with rates from P180-350 good for four persons. Rice is P45 good for sharing.

Itinerary

8:00 PM -Departure, Pilar Pier, Sorsogon

12:00 Midnight – Arrival, Masbate Pier

12:00-12:15 AM  – To Rendezvous Resort via tricycle

12:15-12:30 AM – Check-in

12:30-5:00 AM – Sleep

5:00-5:30 AM – Freshen up

5:30-6:00 AM – Breakfast

6:00-6:15 AM – To Buntod Reef

6:15-9:00  AM – Snorkel, swim, kayak

9:00-9:15 AM – Depart for Rendezvous Resort

9:15-9:45 AM Freshen  up

9:45-10:00 AM -Off to the central terminal

10:00-11:15 AM –  Off to SESE  Brahmans Ranch  via Balud-bound UV

11:15-11:25  AM – Walk from the entrance to the house at the middle of the ranch

11:25-11:30 AM – Pay the entrance fee

11:30-11:45 AM – Short hike to the  hilltop

11:45-12:00 PM – Rest

12:00-12:30 PM –  Lunch Picnic-like (Packed lunch)

12:30-1:00 PM – Siesta

1:00-1:15 PM  – Walk back to the caretaker’s house

1:15-1:30 PM  –  Walk  back to the main road where habal-habal is waiting

1:30-1:40 PM – To Fazenda de Esperanca

1:40-2:30 PM – Visit

2:30-2:35 PM – To UV  “terminal”.

2:35-4:30 PM – To downtown via habal-habal (We didn’t catch the last  trip via UV)

4:30-5:30 PM – Early dinner at SUTUKIL (SUgba, TUla, KILaw)

5:30-5:50 PM  – Back to Rendezvous

5:50-6:30 PM  – Sunset watching

6:30-7:00 PM –  Freshen up

7:00-10:00 PM – Rest

10:00-10:30 PM – Pack up

10:30-10:45 PM – Check out

10:45-11:00 PM – Off  to the pier

11:00-12:00 AM – Aboard the fast craft

12:00-2:00 AM – To Pilar Pier

Contact numbers

0909-793-0466 – Habal-habal driver from Balud, Milagros

0920-852-3996 – Jose Cokie Medina/Rendezvous Resort

Photos: Laurie Gucilatar, Renato Jao

El Nido and Puerto Princesa Itineraries

ITINERARY FOR EL NIDO TOUR A
 
Day1:
– Arrival in Puerto Princesa airport
– 5-6 hours travel from PPS – El Nido Town
– Arrival in El Nido
– Check in Hotel
– Overnight stay in El Nido
  
Day2:
– Breakfast
8:30 AM Pick up from Hotel
9:00 AM Start of El Nido Tour A
 
DESTINATIONS:
10:00 AM Seven Commando Beach
11:00 AM Big Lagoon
12:00 NN Lunch at Simizu Beach
2:00 PM Secret Lagoon
3:00 PM Small Lagoon
  
4:00 PM Back to hotel
– Dinner (not included in the package)
– Overnight stay in El Nido
 
Day3:
– Breakfast
9:00 AM Check out from Hotel
– 5-6 hours travel from El Nido to PPS
3:00 PM Estimated time of arrival in PPS airport
– End of tour
 
ITINERARY FOR EL NIDO TOUR B
 
Day1:
– Arrival in Puerto Princesa airport
– 5-6 hours travel from PPS – El Nido Town
– Arrival in El Nido
– Check in Hotel
– Overnight stay in El Nido
 
Day2:
– Breakfast
8:30AM pick up
9:00 AM Start of El Nido Tour B
 
Destinations:
10:00 AM Pinagbuyutan Island
11:00 AM Cathedral Cave
12:00 NN Lunch at Cudugnon Cave
2:00 PM Snake Island
3:00 PM Entalula Island
 
– Back to hotel
– Overngiht stay in El Nido
 
Day3:
– Breakfast
9:00 AM Check out from Hotel
– 5-6 hours travel from El Nido to PPS
3:00 PM Estimated time of arrival in PPS airport
– End of tour
 
ITINERARY FOR EL NIDO TOUR C
 
Day1:
– Arrival in Puerto Princesa airport
– 5-6 hours travel from PPS – El Nido Town
– Arrival in El Nido
– Check in Hotel
– Overnight stay in El Nido
 
Day2:
– Breakfast
8:30 AM Pick up from Hotel
9:00 AM Start of El Nido Tour C
 
DESTINATIONS:
10:00 AM Helicopter Island
11:00 AM Secret Beach
12:00 NN Lunch at Matinloc Shrine
2:00 PM Hidden Beach
3:00 PM Star Beach
  
4:00 PM Back to hotel
– Dinner (not included in the package)
– Overnight stay in El Nido
  
Day3:
– Breakfast
9:00 AM Check out from Hotel
– 5-6 hours travel from El Nido to PPS
3:00 PM Estimated time of arrival in PPS airport
– End of tour
  
 
ITINERARY FOR EL NIDO TOUR D
 
Day1:
– Arrival in Puerto Princesa airport
– 5-6 hours travel from PPS – El Nido Town
– Arrival in El Nido
– Check in Hotel
– Overnight stay in El Nido
 
Day2:
– Breakfast
8:30AM pick up
9:00AM-5:00PM El Nido Tour D
 
Destinations:
10:00 AM Bukal Beach
11:00 AM Cadlao Lagoon
12:00 NN Lunch at Pasandigan Beach
2:00 PM Natnat Beach
3:00 PM Paradise Beach
 
– Back to hotel
– Overngiht stay in El Nido
 
Day3:
– Breakfast
9:00 AM Check out from Hotel
– 5-6 hours travel from El Nido to PPS
3:00 PM Estimated time of arrival in PPS airport
– End of tour
 
ITINERARY FOR PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER
 
Day1:
– Arrival in Puerto Princesa airport
– Check in Hotel
– Overnight stay in Puerto Princesa
    
Day2:
– Breakfast
7:30 AM Pick up from the hotel
– Travel from hotel to Sabang
8:45 AM Estimated time of arrival in Sabang
9:00 AM Start of Underground River Tour
12:00 NN Lunch at Sabang
3:00 PM Back to Hotel
– Overnight stay in Puerto Princesa
 
Day3:
– Breakfast
9:00 AM Check out from Hotel
9:30 AM Travel to Puerto Princesa airport
– End of tour
 
 
ITINERARY FOR HONDA BAY (PUERTO PRINCESA)
 
Day1:
– Arrival in Puerto Princesa airport
– Check in Hotel
– Overnight stay in Puerto Princesa
   
Day2:
– Breakfast
8:30 AM Pick up from the hotel
9:00 AM Start of Honda Bay Tour
  
DESTINATIONS:
10:00 AM Luli Island
11:00 AM Lunch Cowrie Island
1:30 PM starfish Island
3:00 PM Pandan Island
     
4:00 PM Back to Hotel
– Overnight stay in Puerto Princesa
 
Day3:
– Breakfast
9:00 AM Check out from Hotel
9:30 AM Travel to Puerto Princesa airport
– End of tour
Note:
  • For Puerto Princesa tour, a tour to the Underground River is also an option. Advanced booking is necessary to secure a slot for this whole-day tour. Try touring around the city if there is extra time.
  • Even if you plan a DIY trip, you can still make use of tour agencies’ services such as van transfer from Puerto Princesa to El Nido and vice versa and their boat rental services for island hopping. They can reserve a slot for you and that would be less of a hassle on your part.
These sample itineraries for El Nido and Puerto Princesa tours are provided by Let’s Palawan. You may visit their website to book a tour package and use this code joysofjourneyingC004 to get a P500.00 discount per person.
For faster communication, contact Let’s Palawan through the following

email: letstalk[at]letspalawan.com

Mobile: Philippines

+639756432921

USA

+17165663875

Enjoy!

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Day Tour Itinerary

8:00 am -Pick-up in Legaspi (Pacific Mall, Terminal, Airport, Hotel Venezia, Oriental Hotel)

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Travel to Misibis Bay

9:00 am – 9:15 am – Registration

9:15 am- 10:30 am – Swimming at the Pools

10:30 am- 11:30 am – Snorkeling at the Marina

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Swimming at the pools

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Kayaking/Stand-up Paddle/Wind Surfing at the Beach-Club

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Free time for other Activities (ATV/Cruising/HobieCat Sailing)

5:00 pm – Travel back to Legazpi

Water Sports

Snorkeling is at 450/person.

Kayaking/Stand-up Paddle/Wind Surfing are at 350/person.

All-inclusive (including Snorkeling) is 750/person.

ATV Tour (per ATV Unit)

To the Ecopark (roughly 30-45 minutes) is at Php 1,500.

To the Hilltop (roughly 1 Hour & 15 Minutes to 1 Hour & 45 Minutes) is at Php 3,500.

Albay Gulf Cruising (1 Hour):  Php 680/person; minimum of 6 persons.

HobieCat Sailing (30 minutes) is at Php 1,200 max of 4 persons.

3-Day, 2-Night Itinerary

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Legazpi-Donsol Itinerary

Day 1:

  1. Go to NAIA-3 to take a flight out to Legazpi. (Only CebuPac and PAL fly to Legazpi)
  2. Have lunch at DJC Halo-Halo located next to Gaisano Mall.
  3. Take a van to Donsol (from Legazpi Terminal)
  4. Spend the night firefly watching at the Ogod River.

Day 2: Reserve a slot for butanding interaction very early in the morning.

  1. Go swim with the whale sharks.
  2. Go to town and see the Lumang Bahay.
  3. Visit the Alims’ farm.
  4. Have dinner at Giddy’s Place and videoke after.
  5. Day 3: Go back to Legazpi. Eat a buffet lunch in the hotel by the airport. Go back to Manila.

Alternative Itinerary (for very early flights to Legazpi)

Day 1:

  1. Go to NAIA-3 to take a flight out to Legazpi.
  2. Take a van to Donsol.
  1. Check-in to your inn and prepare for Butanding Encounter
  2. Registration and Orientation at Donsol Tourism Center (Assuming you already have a booking for the whale shark encounter prior to your trip)
  3. Butanding Encounter
  4. Lunch
  5. Town tour
  6. Back to the inn
  7. Rest
  8. Swim at the pool or sea
  9. Early dinner
  10. Firefly watching

Note:

  1. Travel time from Legazpi to Donsol is 1 ½ hour.
  2. There are trips at the Legazpi terminal as early as 5 am. Look for Donsol-bound vans. Fare is 75 pesos.
  3. You must book in advance for your butanding encounter, which lasts for 3 hours. You may request for Kuya Randy for your Butanding Interaction Officer (BIO).
  4. For firefly watching, you have 2 options. There is one near the bridge and another further down the river. Your boatmen can fetch you from your inn (if it is a beachfront resort) and experience sailing the sea by moonlight.

Fees and rates you might want to know

Tricycle from Legazpi airport 15
Van to Donsol 75
Tricycle from Poblacion to Dancalan 20
Tricycle to Ogod River and back 100
Tricycle for town tour 100
Tricycle from Dancalan to terminal 20
Van from Donsol to Legazpi airport 75
Firefly viewing at Ogod River  1250
Whale shark interaction registration fee
(P100 for Filipinos, P300 for foreign nationals)
  100
Boat rental package for whale shark interaction 3500
Snorkel, mask and fins rental 300
Terminal Fee (Legazpi airport) 20

First itinerary and list of fees and rates courtesy of Ang Lakwatserang Guro

 

For Legazpi activities, please visit the following links

Legazpi-Matnog-Donsol in 3 Days.

Legazpi-Camalig-Naga for sightseeing, eco-tourism visits, and food trip.

Legazpi-Camalig-Tiwi-Cagraray for post-card worthy photos of mt. Mayon. This you can use as an offline guidebook by downloading it in the app store via Favoroute. For only $4.99 only.

Explore Legazpi, Matnog and Donsol in three days

Update: Detailed Itinerary.
Enjoy!

Is Legazpi your next travel destination?  If yes, did you know that you can visit Legaspi’s top tourist destinations in one day? Assuming that you are on a three or four-day vacation, that leaves you a few more days to wander and experience what the neighboring cities and towns of Legazpi like Matnog and Donsol have to offer.

So let’s start with your ultimate goal: see the iconic Mt. Mayon in person. You might add seeing it from different perspectives. How? Include the following places in your itinerary:

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

Day 1 – Legazpi

1:00 – 1:10pm – Hotel Check-in

1:10 – 1:15 – To Legazpi City by tricycle from your inn or hotel

1:15 – 1:30 – To Cagsawa Ruins

1:30 – 2:00 – Cagsawa Ruins

2:00 – 2:10 – To Daraga Church

2:10 – 2:40 – Daraga Church

2:40 – 2:50 – To Embarcadero de Legazpi from Daraga Church

2:50 – 3: 20 – Embarcadero de Legazpi

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