Mayon Volcano
Mayon Volcano
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Allan H
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Business
During my 3rd trip to Legazpi, I first glimpsed Mayon breaking through the clouds in the early morning as our approached to land, with a long wisp of white smoke like the vapor trail of a jet. Once we landed, the word majestic comes to mind seeing it looming so big right in front of you, looking so near. Locals would take you for a good person if you saw Mayon, though I'd take that lightheartedly; on my previous visit 2 years ago, haze and clouds kept it from view.
But this is always the highlight, if not the main purpose, of any visit to Albay.
Written 14 March 2020
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Jean Maru
Soborg, Denmark32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Amazing! This volcano is so beautiful, majestic and stunning! We did a ATV TOUR which was a lot of fun. Even our kids loved it and they are 1,4 and 5 years old….

We will definitely return again. And next time we’ll be doing a hike up to the volcano. By then the kids are bigger
Written 27 November 2023
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cathyhi5
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Strongly recommend for everyone to visit the Mayon Volcano when you get the chance. We were lucky to see her full beauty. One ticked off my bucket list.
The locals are friendly, food are yummy, and
cheap accommodations as well with ac and hot water.
Would definitely come back!!
Written 21 February 2023
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Perfectly symmetrical and one of the most active one. Very stunning, it’s really breathtaking to see it in person. You can feel it’s dominance as it towers over you.
Written 6 February 2020
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Lieskovan
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
We decided to hike the Mayon, beautiful conic volcano of Bicol. It is breath taking icon. If you decide to do the same - consider this:
1.) it is not allowed to go to the top - not with guide or yourself.(after terrible eruption in 2012 when tourists died)
2.)you will be allowed to go up to CAMP 2 - about 1200 m above sea level and walk through lava fields (stone river).
3.) it is not possible to find way yourself as it is quite tricky and you can get easily lost. Other volcanoes like Mt. Rinjani . Mt. Semeru have easy and only one path. Here it is not so easy.
So you need to get a guide and you have to.
We had George who is a great guide and speaks perfect English, nice and very helpful. I recommend, phone on George:
+639154224508
4.)Trek to camp 2 is not difficult, takes about 3 hours and 2 hours back if you are fit and do not take long breaks. there is water source as well below camp 2.
5.) If you want to get close to Mayon - there is alos another fun option - go to Cagsawa ruins, about 3 km from Legazpi city and rent an 4 wheeler - ATV, for 3 hrs aprox. 2000 - 3000 Pesos and you can drive up to Mayon and have fun in the trails. It is really worth it, great fun.
Written 12 November 2015
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DSMcComb
London, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
Anyone passing through Legazpi on their way to see the whale sharks in Donsol shouldn't miss the opportunity to climb the perfect cone of the Mayon Volcano. The views are stunning, the landscape is breathtaking, and the placid atmosphere is a world away from the teeming streets of Albay's capital city.

Unfortunately, if you try to book this trip through a local tour agency it will cost you a fortune, and little of the money will go to the guide and porter. On the other hand, if you try to book a climb independently in Legazpi, you run the risk of hiring an unlicensed guide, which can be dangerous as the volcano is a punishing and unpredictable place.

But if you book a Mayon trip with Jameel Mata, you're sure to have a safe and entertaining experience.

I climbed halfway up the Mayon Volcano in March 2015 – you can reach the second base camp in a challenging day trip – and Jameel was the perfect hiking companion.

Jameel is in his early 30s, speaks excellent English, and is a charming guide who knows the volcano intimately and has lots of interesting stories to tell.

Jameel has been a hiker for years, and is turning his passion for the great outdoors into a career. He's fit and nimble as a mountain goat – I had trouble keeping up with him! – but he'll happily tailor his speed to match the fitness of any hiker, and is accustomed to guiding tours of all ages and abilities.

Jameel can also recommend good cooks and trustworthy porters for expeditions up the Mayon Volcano, and can accommodate day trippers and anyone who wants to spend a night on the mountain and edge closer to the active crater. And as he won't charge you extortionate agency rates, hiring Jameel is an excellent way to make sure your money supports people who are doing the hard work, and avoid lining the pockets of unscrupulous middlemen who are exploiting local guides.

Jameel's telephone number, when calling from within the Philippines, is 09157 627 169, and you can email him at Tourguide_jameel@yahoo.com. However, the quickest way to contact him is via Facebook – just search for Jameel Mata.
Written 16 September 2015
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Giovanni P
Philippines91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
The Majestic Mayon Volcano is the greatest icon you can see in the Province of Albay and from the heart of Legazpi City. Any visitor will get amazed and captivated of the beauty and serene of this God-given nature. With its perfect cone, one could imagine how such nature in this world exist.

I definitely agree that one could not leave this place without taking an image of this wonderful creation. Visitors may visit the "Linon Hill" - it should be pronounced as "linion" ... to have a great glimpse of the volcano. This is the symbol of "daragang magayon" which means a beautiful lady.. where old folks say that it is where the word - Mayon was derived from its native dialect word "magayon". Indeed, it is not surprising that such name tells the truth.

Another place you could visit in Legazpi City is the "Embarcadero", it is located in the heart of Legazpi City along the pier area. From there, you could also see the beauty of Mayon Volcano. This also serve as a shopping area for visitors and for those who want to have with souvenir items. They have also a duty free shop inside the big mall. Just bring along with you your passport.

Finally, the only words i can say.... come and visit the majestic Mayon Volcano. It is more fun in the Philippines!
Written 6 February 2013
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Jindrich P
Prague, Czech Republic82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
Mt. Mayon is a great place to go, however you need to be lucky for the weather. We were able to make pictures directly from the airplane. We spent 3 days in Legaspi - she was clear off clouds in the morning during 2 days and covered by raining clouds during the last.

We paid for the trip to summit with Bicol Adventures. The trip takes 24 hours all together if you are fit. Started after 30 minutes trip by their jeep - at 2pm walking up the jungle to the camp 2 (1200m) - reached the camp around 5.30pm. We had 1 guide and 2 porters, there were another guide and 2 porters from the same agency already with another 2 ppl. We shared the camp equipment and had dinner together (rice and 2-3 different meals provided). There's nothing in a camp, everything needs to be carried - you will be provided with a tent and basic sleeping bag. Take enough water (I had 4,5 liters for both days), otherwise you will have to take the rain water from the rocks (anyway they use this water for cooking). It got cold and windy in the evening - take a winterstop jacket, jumper and long trousers.

We started next day at 3.30 in the morning to be up soon to have great view, however there's a cost for that - you are tired, you should have your own strong headlight (we were fortunately provided with 2) and you don't see much. It started raining within an hour - as you are climbing up in the river bed there was soon water running down, so we had to wait for 30 mins for rain and water to stop. I don't know what happens, if it does not stop raining. You probably go out from the river bed.

We reached the summit (2450m) at 7.30, but expect maybe 1-2hrs longer climb if you're not top fit. Climb to knife's edge compared to the summit would be boring and we wouldn't be satisfied. We were provided with the gas masks and they are necessary at the summit - lot of suplhur smoke. The view is magnificent and definitely worth of all the effort. After almost an hour at the top it took another 6,5 hours to get down with a break in camp 2 for lunch and packing rest of the things. Climbing down is harder, but once you start trusting your shoes it's ok. We got down around 2.30 pm.

Be sure to have good hiking shoes with vibram, to cut your nails (mine will go off shortly) and have some tape for blisters. Your legs will be really tired after this trip. Ask in the Bicol office for the helmets, we did not get any (did not ask either). It's good to have something sweet for quick energy, functional clothes, sun block cream and a hat. If you have climbing gloves - bring them - your fingers will thank you for that as you spent like 50% of climbing up using your hands. You don't need a repelent. Have extra clothes for sleeping.
Written 20 February 2013
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Masa1986
Udine, Italy25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I totally agree with the review of Wouter S: don't book a tour to the Mayon with this guide!
We found his name on the net and so we tried to contact him: he soon replied to our email and offered the 2days and one night tour (till camp 2) for 4500php per head; the price seemed really good and so we decided to try with him! We've been unlucky due to weather condition and this is not his fault, but it was his fault the fact that he let us have the trip even if it was heavily raining ! Mount Mayon is not an easy track even with good weather conditions, try to imagine it with heavy rain...He was simply supposed to tell us that it was too dangerous and it was better to give up, but things didn't go this way! We left our guesthouse and reached the starting point of the trek. Rain was getting worse by the passing of the time; at one moment we reached a point where we were supposed to cross a river, but the water was increasing in level and so it was not safe to cross it (otherwise we were not been able to recross the river during the coming back). At this point Herbert suggested us to change our plan and to head to a place where there're rests of the last big eruption of he volcano (it's not worty). We accepted and it's been worse than previous part of the trek! We met slippery rocks, narrow paths, vert thick "vegetazione" and everything began worse by passing of hours... No one reported injuries, but it has been my worst trek ever!

I'm sorry to say that beacuse after knowing Herbert a bit I can say that he is not a bad person, but I think that sometimes he cares more about earning money than about the safety of his customers.
Written 31 March 2014
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Yvonne121
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We did a day tour with Edwin Ala to see Mount Mayon and others areas of beauty and historical interest around the region of Legazpi. Edwin was a fantastic guide. He was friendly, informative, gave us as much time as we wanted and gave us a even more time than was agreed. It was such a good way to see the area. I can't recommend using Edwin as a guide enough. Ask any of the local hotels for Edwin's phone number.
Written 1 October 2012
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