Welcome to my place, the Bicol Peninsula, Philippines. It is located at the southern part of the country and facing the Pacific Ocean. So you can expect typhoons and storms forming in that vast ocean during wet or rainy season starting June until December.
The iconic attraction in the region is Mayon Volcano in Legaspi City because of its near-perfect cone. You can also try wakeboarding at the famed Camarines Sur Watersports Complex in Pili, Camarines Sur. Don't forget to visit the province of Camarines Norte, famous for its Paracale gold jewelries; Albay for Mayon and other attractions, like beaches and hot springs as well (Tiwi Hot Spring and Manito Hot Spring); Sorsogon for its Butanding (whale shark) sightings around October or whole year round; Catanduanes (the southernmost tip) island and Masbate island for surfing and snorkeling. There are local festivals that are held annually during fiestas, like Peñafrancia fiesta in Naga City (September), among others.
There are websites that offer low fare prices, whether you want to travel by air, land or water.
If you'll take the bus from Manila, it will take 8-10 hours to reach the place, Naga City first, where the Central terminal is located.
Don't be misled by fixers, ask the police officer for direction or information officers at the terminal.
Local souvenir items range from Pili sweets and candies, native abaca product and bamboo displays and furniture. You can try our hot-based dishes (or with jalapeno peppers or siling labuyo), like Bicol express, dried gabi leaves cooked in coconut milk and smoked fish, and the famous 'pork adobo'.
If you have time and budget, please include it in your itinerary. Enjoy traveling and meet other people and learn their culture, too!
Beautiful part of Philippines, I have visited Bicol a few times. Whenever I go there for a holiday I always enjoy my stay.
I am a seasoned traveler to Philippines and your advise is very good.
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