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Bikol Tourist Spots 2

Puraran Beach (Catanduanes): For surfers and adventurers, Puraran Beach, just off Luzon, will be just right for you. The island beach is actually in the Pacific Ocean, and this location provides for some fantastic waves, walls of water that can present a challenge even to the most skilled surfer.

Calabidongan Caves: The grotto-like formation inside is so enchanting in which it amazes visitors and tourist. The cave is also known as the “Caves of the Bats”. The cave is good for trekking inside. 2-km from Hoyop-Hoyopan, these caves feature an underground stream and a population of bats. Pottery, human bones, beadwork and other artifacts believed to be 4,000 years old have been found and can be seen at Camalig Church.

Daraga Catholic Church: It is an 18th century church in which was built by Franciscan missionaries in 1773. The church is highly regarded by art enthusiast and considered above standard because of it’s rich baroque architecture and the structure is huge.

Camalig  Catholic Church: A missionary church which was built out of volcanic rocks. Tourist and visitors come here to see the relics from the Hoyop-hoyopan caves. The archeological findings amazes the visitors and tourist because it depicts the historical origins of the people. The relic shows the early Malaysian influence through the burial jars excavated. One of the famous tourist attractions.

Barcelona Church: Bicol’s oldest church built by a Spanish friars of the Franciscan Order and is dedicated to St. Joseph as its patron saint. The church used coral reefs to form the walls. The enchanting carvings on the coral reef façade makes the church a priceless relic. The church was built in 1874.

San Juan Bautista Church, Tabaco City: Declared by the National Museum as one of the National Cultural Treasures, this church was built by the secular clergy in 19th century. Its belltower features rocaille elements dated from an earlier time. The church has an unusual floor plan, with compartments that are inexplicable as of now. The stones on the walls bear masons’ marks, rarely seen elsewhere in this country.

Bulusan Lake: Also known as the “Switzerland of the Orient” Located at the center of the Bulusan National Park.

Mt. Isarog: A paradise at the heart of Camarines Sur is lotfy Mt. Isarog, rising to 1966 MASL. This mountain has a rich biodiversity and beautiful views: its very own mossy forests and verdant crater, an overview of Bicol Peninsula, and a glimpse of majestic Mt. Mayon. It abundance of water is refreshing, with streams and waterfalls encountered along the trails, and sulfuric springs beckon to relax weary mountaineers and other visitors. Its dubbing as “Vulcan de Agua” lives up to expectations: Isarog has 16 major rivers that provide potable water to 15 of the 35 towns of Camarines Sur and irrigate some 67,400 hectares of rice lands at its foot.

Mount Iriga: Also known as Mt. Asog, it is an old volcano in the Bicol Region. Although it is outshined by the world-famous Mt. Mayon to the south and the higher, grander Mt. Isarog to the north, it possesses its own charms. For one, the views at the peaks are breathtaking, offering a view of Mt. Mayon, Mt. Malinao, and Mt. Masaraga on the south; and even a distant Catanduanes southeast. Knife-edged slopes characterize the contour of this mountain, especially in the Buhi side.Mt. Asog has a colorful history. It was named after a ancient datu (chieftain) of the Agtas named Asog, who reigned over the region. Sometimes it is also called Mt. Sumagang, which means “Mountain of the Rising Sun”. In some lowland areas, the sun seemingly rises from the mountain itself. Being on the eastern side of Luzon, the sun rises majestically from the Pacific Ocean when viewed from its summit.

Mt. Bulusan: Bulusan is an active stratovolcano and makes the extreme southeast part  island of Luzon peninsula (bottom right of photo). The summit crater is 1,000  feet (300 m) in diameter and there are numerous lava flows on the flanks. There  are three craters on the southeast flank; the lower two are crater lakes. The  islands of Masbate and Ticao are to the southwest (top of photo). Bulusan has erupted at least 13 times since 1886, most recently in 1988

Malabsay Falls: This 40 foot high wonder is located on the slope of Mt. Isarog in Panicuason. The Malabsay Falls Ecology Park features swimming areas beneath the waterfalls, concrete winding stairs, foot bridges and pathways, cottages, and a plant nursery and camping ground.

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