Happy 3rd Anniversary to us! Yep! It’s that time of year again when we take a trip to celebrate.
For this year, we decided to go to Bicol Region for 6 days and 5 nights. I’ve already been there several times, but it was Carlo’s first time and I wanted him to see the pristine beaches of Caramoan, the magnificent Mayon Volcano, and the luxurious Misibis Bay Resort.
We already saw whalesharks in Oslob so we decided not to go to Donsol anymore.
We arrived Pili airport at around 10:30 and went straight to Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) to check in – Villa Del Ray is the name of their hotel/accommodation. Their usual check in is at 2pm, but since it’s not peak season, they allowed us to check in early. We got the small wood cabin at P1,850 per night, since the trailers were under construction.
We rested for awhile and decided to walk and go around CWC. It’s such a big place that the cottages of Villa Del Ray are kind of far from the lake where the activities are done. Plus the main road is REALLY far from the accommodation. That’s why most foreigners rent motorbikes – also so they won’t have to pay for transpo/wait for the shuttle when going out of the complex.
We had lunch at the CWC clubhouse. Their food is farely priced. They also offer value meals (rice toppings) at P150. During free time you can try their wakeboarding for around P165 per hour. There will be instructors who’ll teach you how to do it. Beginners usually start with a kneeboard and later on move up to the actual wakeboard. You may also use the wakeboard for the whole day at P750 or half day at P460. You’ll be required to give a deposit of P500 which is refundable after you return the gears.
CWC has a shuttle that goes to Naga City at 7pm and goes back at 9pm. We decided to ride with the other guests going to the city. Our driver is called “Kap” by everyone he works with since he used to be a barangay captain years ago. We asked Kap to suggest restos where we can eat authentic bicolano food. He told us to go to Geewan. And whaddya know! Everything we ordered was really yummy and tasty!
All these for just P500. [pic]
Went back to CWC around 9pm, then ordered a few drinks to be brought in our room (yehey for room service!)
Had to wake up early to catch the bus going to Caramoan. Yes! they already have a bus that’ll take you STRAIGHT to Caramoan (P220 each). No more van rides to Sabang Port, then boat rides to Guijalo. SEE BUS SCHEDULES HERE.
We rode the 3:45am trip going to Caramoan since we wanted to make the most out of our stay there. We arrived at 7am, took a tricycle ride to Paniman (P150) – this is where Kuya Ramil’s homestay is located. You may get in touch with Kuya Ramil or his wife Ate Myrna via mobile – 09074351962. When we got there, he told us that the rooms in his house were under renovation so he led us to another homestay called Dikoy’s. It has 3 fan rooms, each room costs P690 night. I honestly don’t recommend it; we didn’t even know who the owners were, nobody welcomed us, when I checked the bathroom it was FULL of mosquitos, I counted around 15! We had to keep the bathroom door shut all the time.
We changed into our swimsuits and waited for Kuya Ramil to fetch us with the bangka. We opted for the roundtrip which is inclusive of short and long trip – P3000 for the whole bangka. We were able to go to Manlawi Sandbar, Lighthouse, Cotivas Island, Minalahos, and ate lunch at Matukad. I was really bummed since I wanted to go to Sabitang Laya since we werent able to go there before, and Lahos Island because it’s really one of my favorite islands. Unfortunately they were filming/shooting SURVIVOR that week..fine!
When we docked at Paniman, we went straight to our room because I already wanted to take a shower. There was no electricity and no water. after about 30 mins, lights went on and water started flowing. Apparently, there’s scarcity in electricity and water in Paniman since it’s far from the bayan.
We had dinner at a nearby carinderia and spent around P200.
We had to catch the 6:30am bus going back to Naga. took almost 4 hours including stop overs. When we got to Naga at arond, we went straight to the van terminal to catch a van headed to Legazpi (P140 each). we were lucky enough that the van was almost full when we got there.
NOTE: They usually wait for the van to be full before leaving.
Took us a little less than 3 hours to get to Legazpi. I really didn’t like the van we rode. It was so hot in the back seat and I felt sooo sweaty. Ugh! By the way, not all vans are like that. Some have better airconditioning.
As soon as we were near Legazpi airport, we went down the bus and walked along Washington St, where the entrance of Renaissance Gardens is – this is the area where Hotel Venezia is located. We checked in, freshened up, ate late lunch at 1st Colonial Grill where we tried the sili ice cream… went back, then slept. We needed to! so tiring.
We woke up just in time for dinner. Took a tricycle and went to Waway’s Buffet, unfortunately they close at 9pm and it was already 8:30 that time, so we opted to eat at Sibid-Sibid which was just across the street. Spent around 500 for this dinner.
Misibis Day! After eating at the breakfast buffet, Misibis shuttle service picked us up from our hotel at 8am and we went straight to Misibis Bay. All roads are fixed now, unlike before when you should cross Sula Channel by Barge. First time we went there, we took a speedboat from Sula Port.
Anyway, when we got there, we were welcomed with cold drinks that tasted like pandan. Well, maybe it was pandan. they also gave us bracelets made of small carved wooden beads. Their check in time wasn’t until 2pm so we walked around the place and played billiards and table tennis while waiting. We also had buffet lunch at the Spice Market (P850 each) The food was amaaaaazing!!! so delicious!
After lunch, we were asked to ride a golf cart going to our villa. Villa 50 – As I opened the door… the long bus and van trips and the bumpy roads, and the hot, sweaty and yucky feeling ran through my head……. sigh…… Time to relax…. This is the life….
Went swimming, met friends while drinking by the pool, it was a very relaxing afternoon.
Had buffet dinner, and just stayed in our room to relax more and sleep early.
Wow! First time in our trip I woke up late – around 10:00am. checked out since we had to catch the shuttle at 12pm going back to Legazpi.
Checked in again at Hotel Venezia. Availed of a 1 hr massage. Then we called Kuya August, the tricycle driver we met when we first got to Legazpi, he was offering us city tour services. He’s the greatest! He’s so funny and very accommodating. You may contact him via mobile at 09056830097.
We went to Cagsawa Ruins, rode the ATV for a nearer view of Mayon. we availed of the Trail Ride because we didn’t have enough time for the Black Lava tour. (around P500 per person. I honestly forgot the exact amount).
We went to Lignon Hill where the Japanese tunnels were. Although we didn’t go in anymore, we just wanted to see the view of Mayon on top of the hill. If you have a car, you can drive your cars up the hill, but tricycles can’t since the slopes are too steep. You have to walk from the entrance to the top – 15 minute walk going up, then another 15 going down. It was sunset when we got there, we decided to go down and head to the Embarcadero – this was Legazpi’s Roxas Blvd. There’s a strip of restaurants on one side of the street, and the bay on the other side.
This was our last stop. Kuya August didn’t ask for an exact amount for the tour, he just told us “Kayo na po bahala, basta importante nag-enjoy kayo” I heard from some locals that 700 is okay, but I read from some blogs that they paid around 1,300 to their trike drivers for the city tour. I willingly gave kuya August P1,000 for the fun experience with him.
We ate dinner at MJM Resto bar and grill (P1,500). We also had a few drinks there and was able to talk to some foreigners, who were apparently staying in Legazpi for 10-12 years now. We spent the night together telling stories about how they ended up in Bicol, and other things. 2 of them married Filipinas. Then we realized 1 couple we were talking to were the owners of the bar! We ended up drinking a few free beers. 🙂
What a way to end the night!
Free time in the morning then flight back to Manila at 2pm. Flight was delayed so we ended up taking off from Legazpi at 5pm
Budget is around 35,000 for 2 people. This can definitely be a lot cheaper if you eat in carinderias, stay in budget hotels, etc..
9:00am – Flight to Naga
10:30 – Arrive Naga and check in at CWC
11:00 – Lunch at CWC Clubhouse
12:30pm onwards – Free time – wakeboarding, rest, eat, drink…
7:00 – went to SM Naga/Magsaysay st. for dinner
9:00 – went back to CWC
10:00 – few drinks before sleeping
3:00am – wake up call
3:15 – go to Naga bus terminal
3:45 – Bus to Caramoan
7:00 – arrive Caramoan
7:30 – check in at Kuya Ramil’s/Dikoy’s at Paniman
8:00 – island hopping (roundtrip: small and big islands)
4:00 – back at Paniman to rest
7:00 – eat dinner
8:00 – few drinks before bed time
6:00am – wake up call
6:30 – travel back to Naga
10:30 – Arrive Naga then take a tricycle to the van terminal
11:00 – Van to Legazpi
2:00pm – Check in at Hotel Venezia
8:00pm – Dinner at Sibid-Sibid
7:00 – breakfast buffet
8:00 – ride shuttle going to Misibis Bay
9:00 – Arrive Misibis Bay
Make use of their amenities!
12:00pm – Buffet Lunch
2:00 – Check in
FREE TIME – Swimming (beach and pool), billiards, etc.
8:00 – Buffer Dinner
9:00 – Relax
10:00am – wake up
12:00pm – travel back to hotel venezia
1:00 – check in at hotel venezia
2:00 – City Tour
6:00 – dinner at MJM in Embarcadero
8:00am – wake up – breakfast buffet
12:00pm – shuttle to the airport
2:00 – flight back to Manila