The Philippines has 37 volcanoes, none more beautiful – and potentially dangerous – than Mt. Mayon, rising almost 2,500 meters above the waters of the Gulf of Albay, southeast of Manila. This fierce beauty has erupted about 49 times in 400 years, making it one of the world’s most active, and yet it has kept its iconic, perfect cone shape.
Here are the best places to view Mt. Mayon...
From Bicol International Airport
From Gabawan Lake in Daraga
From Legazpi Boulevard in Puro, Legazpi City at sunrise
From the airport road
From Green Hills in Camalig
From Maharlika Highway, between the towns of Polangui and Oas
From the cemetery in Malinao along the National Highway on the way to Tiwi
From Sumlang Village, Camalig town, with Sumlang Lake in the foreground
From the courtyard of Nuestra Senora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate) in Daraga
From Cagsawa in Daraga, with the famous Cagsawa Ruins in the foreground
From The Oriental Legazpi
Mt. Mayon extends across 15 towns and three cities that make up Albay. The Philippines has about 300 volcanoes, 23 of them active. Mount Mayon in Legazpi in South Luzon, is one of the more famous ones, along with Mount Pinatubo in central Luzon.
Jeepneys and tricyles are the main means of transport in getting to places in Albay. Jeepneys are a good choice if going from village to village or even town to town as these pass through main thoroughfares but tricycles are best to hire if you’re off to inner streets. Jeepney and tricyle fare both start at P8 per person.
If you are commuting to distant towns like Polangui, Jovellar or Tabaco and Tiwi in District 3, it’s best to go to the Central Bus Station in Legazpi City where there are UV Express vans bound for each town in Albay. Fare starts at P40.
Published August 2015. Updated May 2016