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Welcome to Bicol Region

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ABOUT

Located in the southern part of Luzon Island is Bicol Region, also known simply as Bicol. It comprises of six provinces; four of which are within the Bicol Peninsula mainland while two are offshore.

Location

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Best Time to Visit

For the best combination of agreeable temperatures of around 27° C (80° F) and as little rain as possible, the best time to visit this region is between February and March. The first months of dry season can still be rainy, while the last months are usually pretty hot and humid.

Fast Facts

Area: 18,155.82 km² (7,010 mi²)

Population: 5,796,989

Density: 307/km2

Regional Center: Legazpi

Languages: Central Bikol; Albayanon; Rinconada; Sorsoganon; Pandan Bikol; Southern Catanduanes Bikol; Masbateño; Kinaray-a; Waray-Waray; Tagalog; Filipino; English

Provinces:

REGION 5 – Bicol Region

PROVINCELAND AREA KM2POPULATION
Albay2,575.771,314,826
Camarines Norte2,320.07583,313
Camarines Sur5,497.031,952,544
Catanduanes1,492.2260,964
Masbate4,151.8892,393
Sorsogon2,119.0792,949
Total
18,155.825,796,989

Cities: (7) Iriga; Legazpi; Ligao; Masbate; Naga; Sorsogon; Tabaco

Barangays: 3,471

Major Industries:

  • Crops (Palay, Corn, Banana, Jackfruit, Coconut, Pineapple)
  • Food Processing
  • Mining
  • Aqua Culture
  • Minerals (Gold, Silver, Chromite)

Getting Here

The best way to get to Bicol Region depends on where you’re traveling from and your budget.

The fastest and most convenient method of travel a far distance in the Philippines is most often by plane, however in some cases, traveling by sea or land may be a better option and more cost-effective.

AIRPORTS

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BUS TERMINALS

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SEAPORTS

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Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available in this region. 

Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

ACCOMMODATION
FOOD
TRANSPORTATION
ATTRACTIONS
AVERAGE DAILY COST
Budget
Accommodation: $7
Food: $5
Transportation: $5
Attractions: $20
Average Daily Cost: $37
Mid-Range
Accommodation: $30
Food: $15
Transportation: $10
Attractions: $25
Average Daily Cost: $80
Luxury
Accommodation: $70
Food: $30
Transportation: $15
Attractions: $30
Average Daily Cost: $145
 

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SEE & DO 

  • CWC Wakeboarding
  • Calaguas Islands
  • Camalig Kulinarya
  • Mt. Mayon ATV Adventure
  • Peñafrancia Basilica
  • Puraran Surfing
  • Shrine of the Black Nazarene

EAT & DRINK

  • Baluko (Sorsogon)
  • Bicol Express (Albay, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes)
  • Binut-ong (Sorsogon)
  • Carmelado (Masbate)
  • Catanduanes Cacao (Catanduanes)
  • Catandungan latik (Catanduanes)
  • Flavored fresh cow’s milk (Masbate)
  • Fresh seafood (Catanduanes)
  • Guinobatan Longganiza (Albay)
  • Kinalas (Camarines Sur)
  • Laing (Albay,Camarines Norte, Catanduanes)
  • Lobsters (Catanduanes)
  • Masbate beef (Masbate)
  • Molido (Masbate)
  • Mudcrabs (Catanduanes)
  • Pili nut delicacies (Albay, Catanduanes)
  • Pineapple products (Camarines Norte)
  • Putong bagas (Camarines Sur)
  • Santan (Sorsogon)
  • Sikad-sikad and dalu-dalo (Sorsogon)
  • Sili ice cream & Sili Shake (Albay)
  • Sinantol (Camarines Sur)
  • Suman (Sorsogon)
  • Tilmok (Catanduanes)
  • Timitim (Sorsogon)
  • Toasted siopao (Camarines Sur)
  • Kinagang (Sorsogon)
  • Pinangat from Camalig (Albay)

WHERE TO STAY

Where to Stay in Bicol Region

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

  • Magayon Festival

WHAT’S NEARBY

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Patrick

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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