Attractions

Mayon Volcano

Written by Patrick

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OVERVIEW

View from Mayon Volcano

Caption: View from Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano is one of the top attractions not only in Legazpi but the whole province of Albay.  It is regarded as sacred in Philippine mythology and is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna including the nearly-threatened Luzon Bleeding Heart and the critically-endangered Philippine Cockatoo.  It was declared a natural park in 2000 and is one of the protected areas in the region.

Mayon Volcano is known as having the “perfect cone” for its perfect symmetric conical shape and often described as “a beautiful disaster” being the most active volcano in the country with more than 50 recorded eruptions in the past 500 years.  Its eruption in 1814 is considered as the most destructive one which resulted in burning of trees and damaging of rivers as well as the areas surrounding the volcano.  The Cagsawa Ruins, with only the church bell tower existing presently, is a prominent reminder of this unfortunate event.

Mayon Volcano is featured in the back portion of P100 Philippine money. There are ATV and 4×4 tours and trekking offered by several operators in Legazpi and nearby towns.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Mayon Volcano
Type of Attraction:
Address:
Website:
None
Phone:
(052)-742-5004
Hours:
Always open
Closed:
Tourism activities are limited or prohibited depending on the alert level issued by PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology).
Best Time to Visit:
March to May
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $11-15 
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
P500 – P2,500 ($10 – $50 USD) – ATV ride package
Notes:
Before planning your trip, make sure to check the advisories from the Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology). Follow rules and safety protocols in order to remain safe at all times.

It is highly recommended to hire a guide when exploring the trails, especially for first-timers.

Use appropriate clothing and gear to protect you during the hike or ATV ride. Bring water, food, first aid kit, and other essentials as well.

MAP

This attraction is located on Luzon Island in Albay Province.

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NEED TO KNOW

How to Get to Mayon Volcano?

By Air

  1. Book a flight to Bicol International Airport. Cebu Pacific Air has multiple direct flights daily to Bicol International Airport from Manila while once or twice a day from Cebu.

    Philippine Airlines, on the other hand, also has multiple direct flights daily from Manila to Bicol International Airport.

  2. Take a tricycle to your hotel in Daraga or Legazpi where the tour guide or organizer will pick you up before the tour. There are several tour packages and operators available. You may opt for the Cagsawa Ruins tours, Mayon ATV tours, or Mayon Volcano hike. Find which one best suits your interests and physical capacities.

    Klook offers several tour packages for you to choose from.

By Land

  1. There are several bus lines plying the Manila-Legazpi route. From Cubao, you can take the Isarog Line which has three trips daily (8:00 AM, 6:00 PM, and 9:00 PM) or Penafrancia Tours with only one trip at 8:30 PM.

    Passengers from Pasay may opt for St. Jude Transport Lines which departs at 6:30 PM or Isarog Line at 8:00 PM. Meanwhile, passengers from Alabang can take Isarog Line (9:30 AM, 7:00 PM, 7:15 PM, 8:30 PM, 9:15 PM, and 10 PM) or Penafrancia Tours (8:00 PM and 9:30 PM).

    The fare is between P950 to P1278 depending on the type of bus (regular, air-conditioned, etc.). Travel time is around 13 to 14 hours.

  2. Take a tricycle to your hotel in Daraga or Legazpi where the tour guide or organizer will pick you up before the tour. There are several tour packages and operators available. You may opt for the Cagsawa Ruins tours, Mayon ATV tours, or Mayon Volcano hike. Find which one best suits your interests and physical capacities.

    Klook offers several tour packages for you to choose from.

The airport closest to Mayon Volcano?

Bicol International Airport (IATA: DRP) is the airport closest to Donsol.  Located in Daraga, Albay, this airport replaced the now defunct Legazpi Airport.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is closed when the alert level is raised signifying volcanic activities.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

The following are hotels nearby:

  • The Marison Hotel
  • PROXY by the Oriental Albay
  • Emerald Boutique Hotel
Find best places to stay near Legazpi City

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

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UV Shirt

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Snorkel Gear

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Adventure Camera

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Photos

The following are some photos of this attraction.

Videos

The following is a video of this attraction.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Ligñon Hill Nature Park
  • Daraga Church 
  • Japanese Tunnel 
  • Cagsawa Ruins 
  • Albay Park and Wildlife

READ MORE: Legazpi City Visitors Guide

Last Update: July 2023

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About the Author

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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