I’ve always loved traveling and exploring places. I vowed that I will take my kids with me traveling around too. It was easy with my first born, we started going around when he was already five years old. But it was a different story when you have to carry around a bundled baby to explore too. There are lots of doubts about safety and comfort of transportation, dining options and of course the places to visit.
Before we jump off to far off destination, I’ve decided to try exploring home base sights with my tweener, my baby and my friends. The opportunity came when the Sadullo family came to Albay for a visit.
Having a car is a blessing when you are travelling around with kids. It lessens the worries about transportation and going around. We had a simple itinerary for 3 adults, 2 kids and 1 baby. We had to content ourselves with spots that are not too perilous and convenient for both kids and adults. Here are a few spots you can find around Albay 360 (Around Mt. Mayon).
Albay’s Black Beaches in Sto Domingo and Bacacay, Albay
Having an active volcano in the province means we have an abundant supply of sand. All of these comes down and are carried off to our beaches. The Albay gulf is known for it’s black sand beaches and tame waters. You can take a dip with your kids while you enjoy a view of the perfectly cone shaped volcano that is Mr. Mayon.
The Mayon Skyline and Planetarium in Sabluyon, Tabaco City
Mayon Skyline and the Planetarium is a great place to visit with the kids. It is situated on the slopes of Mt Mayon. The elevation will give you a breath-taking sight of neighboring Mt. Masaraga and the Albay gulf. The planetarium also showcases large print photos of the outer space, planets and heavenly bodies. There is also a small theater where the legend of the Magayon is shown.
Kawa-kawa Hill in Ligao City
Situated in Ligao City, this place is a favorite destination for both young and old. The steep climb to reach the “Kawa” (bowl-shaped top of the mountain) can be challenging but even oldies manage it slowly. The place is also popular during Holy Week as it has life-sized images of the Stations of the Cross.
Quitinday Hills and Sumlang Lake in Camalig, Albay
Everywhere you go in Albay, you get a view of Mt Mayon. In Quitinday Hills in Camalig, you can get a fresh view of the famous volcano amid green hills. It will require a short but fun climb and the kids will surely enjoy this. On the other hand, Sumlang Lake gives visitors an unobstructed view of Mt. Mayon and its reflection on the lake. There are now activities you can do on the lake and the local government has put up stores around the area to display products of the residents. Best to come in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Our Lady of the Gate Parish in Daraga, Albay
This Church is very accessible as it is situated atop a hill in the midst of bustling town of Daraga. It is one of the country’s Heritage Sites and gives visitors amazing view of Mayon and the City of Legazpi.
Embarcadero de Legazpi
This can be your last stop after your 360 Degree trip around Mt Mayon. The place has views of the sea and Mt Mayon. Most people come to here to run, jog, walk and bike during morning and late afternoon until evening. The sea breeze is said to be good for kids health and here you can enjoy a pollution-free seaside. There are also restaurants you can explore to satisfy every craving.