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Sorsogon and Albay 3 Days Itinerary: A Bicol Itinerary We Super Recommend


Sorsogon used to be this shy and unknown sister of Albay. However, because of Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero, my dear home province is now a booming tourist attraction. It has all the potentials to be the next prime destinations in the Philippines. Albay is the older and more famous than Sorsogon that needs no introduction. I invite you all to see Sorsogon's best travel destinations while also revisiting the mighty Albay. 

This three-day Bicol itinerary from Jorge Ravanera Jr. will take you to picturesque beaches and lakes to the ancient ruins and historic churches.   


Your adventure begins bright and early at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, where you'll take a flight to Bicol International Airport. From there, you can ride an airport shuttle to Daraga Municipal and take a van bound to Sorsogon City, which should take about two hours. 

Airport shuttle fee: Php 120
Van fare Daraga to Sorsogon City: Php 120

1st stop:  Sorsogon Provincial Capitol, Sorsogon City

Sorsogon Provincial Capitol is the official office of the local government. The reining Governor is the highest public servant in title works here. Built in 1916, this neoclassical architectural building was designed by Architect William Parsons during the term of Governor Victor Eco Afterward. 

Sorsogon Provincial Capitol entrance fee: FREE (you can't go inside because this is a public office) You can be allowed in designated areas for visitors). 

Sorsogon Provincial Capitol fare via tricycle: Php 15 only

2nd stop:  Lola Sayong Surf Camp, Gubat

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Lola Sayong's Surf Camp is undoubtedly one of the most famous beach resorts in Sorsogon. They offer FREE one hour basic surfing for those that avail overnight accommodations. 

Lola Sayong's Surf Camp: Php 20
Lola Sayong's Surf Camp Surfing Lesson for 1 hour: PHP 300 if you have not availed the overnight stay 

Directions: Directions: From SITEX (Sorsogon Integrated Terminal Exchange), take the modern van colored blue to Gubat for Php 56 then hire a tricycle for Php 60 to Buenavista beach. Tell the driver to bring you to Lola Sayong Surf Camp.

3rd stop:  Old Barcelona Church and Ruins, Barcelona 

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Old Barcelona Church is the oldest Catholic church in Sorsogon province. The Barcelona Ruins in the park are divided into  two: school building ruins in the south and Presidencia building ruins in the north.

Barcelona Church and Ruins entrance fees: NONE

Directions: Go to the terminal for modern vans bound to Barcelona. The fee is only Php 16.

4th stop:  Bulusan Lake, Bulusan

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Bulusan Lake in Bulusan is one of the oldest tourist spots in Sorsogon anyone shouldn't miss. It has been renovated to provide ample convenience even if it is peak season. Things to do here are kayaking, trekking or simply enjoy the stunning views. 

Bulusan Lake entrance fee: Php 50
Shuttle service back and forth: Php 35


5th stop:  San Benon Mateo Hot and Cold Spring Resort, Irosin

Irosin is the only town in Sorsogon that is surrounded by lands entirely so there is no beach here. The pride of Irosin are natural hot springs. The warm water that comes from Mount Bulusan is said to be therapeutic. 

San Benon Mateo Hot & Cold Spring Resort is one of the oldest resorts in Irosin that has two pools with warm water coming from hot springs. The only thing here is this place which is as old as time looks so not enticing to take photo of. That could be the reason why Jorge wasn't able to snap one inside.

San Benon Mateo Hot & Cold Spring Resort entrance fee: Php 65   
San Benon Mateo Hot & Cold Spring Resort overnight rate: Php 1,200 (6:00PM - 6:00AM)

Directions: From Bulasan Lake, hire a tricycle to San Mateo Hot Spring (Php 200).  Travel time is 30 minutes.



Early check out at San Benon Mateo Hot & Cold Spring. 

OPTIONAL: Take a short walk to Modesta Resort, one of the most Instagrammable resorts in Irosin. This Bali-inspired swimming destination in Irosin would certainly give you photos to drool after. Then take a jeepney to SM City Sorsogon where SITEX is located. Find the van bound to Daraga in Albay. Check-in at Casa Bicolandia Suites then freshen up. Tip: this hotel is pet-friendly and offers FREE breakfast. You can bring your potty-trained, well-behaved and fully-vaccinated furbaby with you here without any additional charge. You may click HERE to read my blog review of our stay in Casa Bicolandia Suites.

BOOK your stay at Casa Bicolandia Suites HERE

Modesta Resort entrance fee: Php 50
Modesta Resort opening hours: 8am - 4pm (for day tours)

1st stop:  Farm Plate, Albay


Farm Plate is home to the smallest chapel in the Philippines. In a nutshell, Farm Plate showcases the hacienda life where you have all the physical possessions that all of your neighbor would be envy for.  

Farm Plate Albay entrance fee: Php 80
Directions: From Casa Bicolandia Suites, hire a tricycle for Php 70 to bring you here.

2nd stop:  Cagsawa Ruins

When Mayon Volcano erupted in 18th century, the stone church that time was destroyed including the 1, 000+ people who seek refuge inside.  What survived was the tower of the church now half buried under ground is now called Cagsawa Ruins. Tip: you may also drop by to nearby tourist attractions in Albay which are Daraga Church and Lignon Hills Park.


3rd stop:  Sumlang Lake


In the afternoon, head to Sumlang Lake in Camalig, where you can take a balsa ride or paddle around the lake. This serene and tranquil lake is surrounded by lush greenery and is a great place to relax and unwind. Sumlang Lake is one of the best pots to see Mount Mayon in 180%.


4th stop:  Quitinday Hills, Camalig


Quitinday Green Hills is the "Chocolate Hills of Bicol." It is located in Camalig occupying 400 hectares. Here, you get unobstructed view of Mount Mayon in the background too. 


Don't fret if you haven't see ALL of Albay and Sorsogon. There is always next time for that. Take this last day of yours to slow down and be grateful for you made this far.  Feel free to explore Daraga's souvenir shops and eat at BIGG's. This is a fastfood chain that is comparable to Jollibee, Chowking or Kenny Rogers. 

After a hearty meal at BIGG's, head back to Bicol International Airport via a shuttle van and catch your flight back to Manila.  

Once again, credits to Jorge for the photos and itinerary details. You may follow his social media his Tiktok click HERE and Instagram HERE.

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