Region 5 – Bicol Region

“Bicolandia” is made up the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate. You can find it at the southern tip of the island of Luzon. Bicol is one of the Philippines’ best-known tourist destinations. Some of its more famous treasures are the gentle butanding whale sharks of Donsol, the fierce and fiery Mayon Volcano and Bulusan Volcano, and the popular Cam Sur Watersports Complex (CWC).

It’s best to get into shape before visiting. You never know what adventures are in store.

Wind-and-kitesurfers will enjoy Bagasbas Beach in Daet. Beach lovers might enjoy visiting the surrounding islets, not missing out on the Calaguas Islands of Camarines Norte.

While the Survivor and Amazing Race television series have put places like Caramoan and Albay on the world adventure map, the less known islands of Calintaan (in Sorsogon), Sombrero (in Masbate), San Miguel (also in Masbate), and Misibis (in Albay) are just as enchanting.

And the people make it even better.

Bicol locals are an interesting mix of laid back and outspoken. They enjoy holding colorful water parades, are proud of their centuries-old stone churches, and will fire up your palate with their delicious spicy specialties.

This is also a land of hemp, locally known as abaca. Coal, limestone and sulfur also abound. As Bicol is by the water, fishing is a big source of income. Watersports isn’t recommended during the rainy season (November to January), but summer (February to June) is a great time to sure to hit the beach.