Beautiful and dangerous are just some of the words to describe the Philippines' most visited and picturesque active volcano -- Mount Mayon in Albay.
Known to the world as the “most perfectly formed volcano,” Mount Mayon, which also means “beautiful lady”, continues to fascinate local and foreign tourists alike with its beauty. Even from a distance, this volcano’s perfect cone still remains photo worthy. While in Albay, never miss learning about the romantic legend about the volcano and take unique vacation snaps by following the old photo tricks often done by other Albay tourists. Apart from enjoying the breathtaking sights, you can also visit nearby sights such as Daraga Church, St Raphael Church, Hoyop Hoyopan cave, or go on an exciting ATV tour of the area.
Mount Mayon is located in Daraga, Albay.
Opening Days and Hours
Cagsawa Ruins Park, which provides ATV services around the Mayon area and offers a great view of the volcano, opens daily from 6:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is free, but in order to see Mount Mayon up close, you need to hire an ATV. Rates range from PhP 500 to PhP 9,000 (USD 10 to USD 240).
How to Get There
- Fly from Manila or Cebu to Legazpi via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
- Another option is to take a 10-hour bus ride from Manila to Legazpi.
- Board a jeepney bound to Camalig or Guinobatan.
- Ask to be dropped off at the Cagsawa Ruins Park.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can spend between 2 to 5 hours in the area.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Mayon is between January and April. Visiting during the rainy months could affect some ATV tours.
- ATV tours
Cocoy’s, Balay sa Bikol, Balay Cena Una, Casa Lorenzo Food and Culture, Waway’s Restaurant, and Chachi’s Kitchen are some of the restaurants near the area. Food stalls around Cagsawa Ruins Park offer affordable meals, too.
- Cagsawa Ruins Park
- Daraga Church
- Sumlang Lake
- Albay Park and Wildlife
Nearby accommodations such as Neuhaus Inn, Villa Amada Hotel, Mayon Lodging House, and Balay Dela Rama Bread and Breakfast offer rooms at rates ranging from USD 25 to USD 60.