Bicol Day5: Mayon Encounter


Ever since we arrived in Bicol Region, to see Mayon with all her naked glory was on everybody’s list. Unfortunately, she was too shy on our 1st day. Thus the anticipation to see her up close grew even more. Everyone has been waiting for this day.

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First ever pose with Mayon’s beauty. Had to asked the van driver to stop. 😀

Things You Shouldn’t Miss To Do in Legazpi, Albay

  1. Don’t go home without a Mayon background. She is a little tease so having a picture without a cloud mask covering her tip is truly worth a thousand words.
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Despite the grogginess from the almost 5 hours travel since Caramoan, we never let this view go. It’s one of those rare moment when you got to see Mayon’s perfect cone.
  1. Take a leap of faith and try the ATV ride to Mayon’s lava ground. The looks maybe deceiving but it’s really just a piece of cake. Nothing bad will happen if you’ll just follow the rules…and OF COURSE…enjoy the ride.
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Just meters away from where we started Ate Malot said “If only I’d known that this is part of the trip…”. I just smiled. After the ATV journey, I asked her how she is. What she answered completely astound me. Oh yeah! It was not only me who’s been changed by the ride. COOL!
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While waiting for the others to take their post on the group picture!

We availed the Php 1800 per person Basic ATV Tour from Your Brother. Their service van pick us at the apartelle by 6 AM. Few minutes passed and we were at their office where our extreme journey started.

The trail is around 13 KM back and forth consisting of rivers, roads, coconut fields and dark sands. The whole tour was estimated at 2 hours. We finished it with an hour extension. The delay was just okay considering it wasn’t peak season. It would be a different scenario otherwise.

  1. Give in to your natural ability to pose by cam whoring at Legazpi’s tourist spots.

Lignon Hill is a place atop a hill much like Cebu’s Mountain View. Yet this time, the view is not just mountains but some fields, city view and Mayon.

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After the ATV, the service van dropped us there. We were supposed to have a free zip line ride each. Nobody did. We just had snacks and picture taking. It has an awesome view of Mayon. We walked downhill to the highway after where we hired a tricycle to Cagsawa Ruins.

Cagsawa Ruins are the remnants of an 18th century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa church, built in 1724 and destroyed by the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano.

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At Cagsawa, Mayon shied away. We didn’t get a view so we had our time playing with the tower ruin. When we had our fill, the focused change to pasalubongs.

We didn’t have much time so we just hit 2 spots. You could do better. 🙂

  1. Eat somewhere not from your home world…err I mean home province. As for us, tried 1st Colonnial Grill for our dinner on our first night in Legazpi, Bigg’s Diner for our lunch after the ATV ride, then finally Gilian’s Seafood at Embarcadero for our last supper.

We were always hungry that I often forgot to take pictures of our food. Next time, I will! 😀

And this is the last of the day series- my pre-summer escapade 6D/5N in Bicol Philippines. Till the next adventure!

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

Advextreme: ATV to Mayon Lava


Unlike wake boarding, I wouldn’t put the ATV adventure to my bucket list even it is just as awesome because I really wanna do it again. But before that I should learn how to use the breaks first. Haha!

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Spot the difference. 😀
(Pic courtesy of Kuya Guide from Mam Faith’s Cam)

It was my first time and was scared to suck so I choose to be on the last. Unfortunately, the arrangement changed after our first group picture. And I wasn’t given the chance to argue.

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Later I learned that it was actually a blessing. Because I didn’t want to hold the line, I forced myself to learn fast…And it seems I was doing REALLY great.

I love the thrill of the ride. The feeling that I am in control of almost anything…well, except the breaks. My hands were too small. The accelerator grip is stressing my hand so much that it makes grabbing the breaks an ultra extra effort. It appears I don’t really need the break that much though.

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From Left, Top, Bottom.
(1) Opps, Kuya…Don’t push me.
(2) Look Ma, I’m AWESOMELY driving!
(3) Aha…Aha…Ahahaha!
(4) Now…I’m DOING IT RIGHT.
(Pic courtesy of Kuya Guide from Mam Faith’s Cam)

But I know I have to learn how to use it. Next time, I’ll pick an ATV that would fit with my little hands. Maybe then…no more banging of plants, trees and rocks. Haha! I truly enjoyed the ride so much that the views didn’t matter that much.

Wasn’t even that sad when Mayon was covered in clouds when we reached the Lava ground. I was too excited to go back and be on the ATV again. 

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The trail going up is different on the way down. I like the first trail because it is of different terrains. There were rivers, coconut trees, grasses and roads. The 2nd trail was mostly dark sands and stones. I don’t like it very much. But it was great to have tried them.

Things learned on this activity: 1. It looks harder than it actually is. 2. Believe in yourself. Nothing is impossible when you do. 3. Always find the beauty in learning something new. 

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Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

Bucketlist: Wakeboard


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Actually it wasn’t on the list but the experience was so awesome that it is bucketworthy. And being on the list means, I’ll never do it again.

It was good. Yes. Heart pumping. Yes. Awesome. Didn’t I just mention it?

But it is not something for me. Realized it when I couldn’t do it again after completing “the dream” on my 3rd and 4th try.

I was a fast learner indeed for going halfway on the 1st and 2nd try. Yet that was it. I planned to stop until I can complete one round and getting it too early was unexpected that when the boyfie suggested I should not stop yet, I obliged. But the next 2 rounds were horrible. I wish I followed the goal.

In life we wish for something hard to fulfill. Then put in our heads to stop when we have the goal. Yet when we do, often times we don’t. Aren’t we being untrue to our words? Or are we just putting on goals just to have something to struggle and fight for but not to follow in the end?!

Oh well, I’ll leave you with that. Now back to my wakeboard…

I was glad and happy to have tried. And I think surfing is next. This time I wouldn’t plan to quit after learning. Yay!

How bout you, have you experienced wakeboarding? What are your thoughts about it? Is it a sport for keeps or just a one time thing?

Bicol Posts:
Day 1 Hello Legaspi City, Albay
Bucketlist: Wakeboarding at CWC Facility!
Day 2 Hello Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Day 3 More of Caramoan Islands
Day 4 Travel from Caramoan to Mayon Accommodation
Bucketlist: ATV Ride in Mayon
Migo’s Jumping Shots
Day 5 Mayon Encounter
Day 6 Flight Home

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