Bicol Adventure ATV
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₱599 - ₱4,500
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We were all set for our annual family trip, but Mother Nature had other plans. The Bicol region was hit hard by typhoon Nina & images in social media made us rethink our plans. But, with over 2100 reviews, who do you think I got it from? My family never says no to adventure, so we went ahead with out plans. I kid you not, but I am the least travelled in our family due to all the studying I did.
So Legazpi it is! We all anxiously checked weather reports and the news, keeping the group chat busier than ever. We threw caution into the wind and went for it... Legazpi, here we come!
The gamble paid off! We were greeted by sunny skies and beautiful weather... We went to Sorsogon first before making our way back to Legazpi. Our itinerary was not followed to a T, but we made do...
One of the highlights of our trip was our Bicol ATV experience! This was something I missed out on during my last trip to Bicol earlier this year. Weirdly enough, I remember the rates being higher the last time, but that's probably because I visited during the summer.
Whichever ATV operator you may choose, the all of them offer rides to three trails. The first would be the Cagsawa trail, the cheapest and shortest among the three. This lets you go around the area, thru rough roads and streams, without going near Mt Mayon. It is the best trail for beginners. Though it is not my first time to ride an ATV, our group of 12 consisted of 6 minors who absolutely don't drive and 10 people who have never ridden an ATV before. Best to err on the side of caution due to the young ones (youngest solo driver is 12y/o). The tour is around 45mins to 1 hour on relatively level ground.
The next trail is the Green Lava trail, which lasts for 2.5 hours. This takes you to the vegetated lava wall that Mt Mayon spewed on 1968. This takes you 2500 feet above sea level and offers great views of the gulf and the city below.
Last is the Black Lava trail and this is the longest and most expensive of all three. This one leads you to the foot of Mt Mayon and thru the black lava. Best for advanced drivers due to the rocky road with portions that go downhill and uphill.
There are several ATV models to choose from, but I suggest that you get the smaller ones and go at it alone. It is easier to steer, especially for those who don't spend that much time at the gym (me!). Plus, the adrenaline rush is really addicting, so it's really corny if you have to exchange with somebody midway, in case you share.
After a short demo and getting a feel of the machine, we were off to the trail. It is actually a pretty easy trail. So long as you don't go upwards steeply, you will be okay on an ATV. It is not like riding a bike nor is it like driving. Maybe those who ride motocycles will fare better and feel at home. But seriously, it is easy, except for the steering. (Though my other review may make you rethink ATVs in general) The guides will advise you not to race with each other and I agree with the statement completely. This is just to prevent any accidents along the bumpy trail. It is fun on it's own anyway!🏻
All three start off at the same trail and offer fantastic views of Mt Mayon. We were lucky that the beautiful volcano was clearly seen during our trip. Best way to marvel at the beauty of Mayon! We passed by rice paddies and carabaos used to the noise. Local children were standing around, looking on. But they don't cross suddenly so don't worry. Please make sure you don't litter, because the place is being used by farmers and the land is the home of the locals.
Our group had 3 guides with us the whole time. They took our pics and made sure that we were safe during the whole experience. They are pros when it comes to picture taking! Other than a few minor scratches, everyone had the time of their lives!🏻
Some of my tips would be:
1) Bring sunscreen. It is really hot on that trail, especially during mid morning. There is no shade from trees along the trail.
2) Bring a change of clothes and wear loose clothing that you don't mind soiling. You will get very dirty, especially when you pass by streams. It would be corny if you pass slowly or try to avoid the splash back.
3) Leave your valuables behind. It would be very hard to look for jewelry that gets dropped along the way. Phones may fall from your pocket! A small sling bag would be okay then just ask the guides to take pics/videos.
4) Listen to the orientation, it helped a lot. If you are unsure of something, don't hesitate to ask the guides. They are very friendly and helpful.
5) Stay away from the big jagged rocks that might hit the underside of the vehicle. It might be enough to keep you stranded, halting the whole group.
6) Keep a safe distance from your fellow drivers. You don't want to ruin the fun with a collision! Don't be shy to use the breaks. Libre yan.
This is an activity that I doubt I will ever get tired of. Everyone can enjoy it! My dad, a senior citizen, was standing on the ATV as he was driving around. (Yelling, "woooooo" at certain points pa) In case I do come back, I will definitely try the Green Lava trail! I think it would be totally awesome!
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Booked an ATV tour with Your Brother last April. P2,500 for a 350cc motor through the green lava trail.
They arrange for pick up and drop off from your hotel to the site, and you're also provided a guide throughout your trail. You can actually leave your camera with him to take your photos.
Took us about 3 hours for this trail. Rough terrain crossing through land and water but nothing you can't manage.
We got off to a pit stop near the Lava Wall. Paid a P50 entrance fee where we rested and bought refreshments.
We then hiked our way up the Lava wall, rock after rock after rock (quite a hard climb,) to see an even more beautiful view of the volcano by the helipad.
It was a great experience, all the more special because the Mayon view was just too beautiful. Kind of felt like I wasn't in the Philippines for a moment there.
Tip though: We started at 3pm and it was scorching hot, so it might be better to do this activity in the morning or late afternoon. Also don't forget to wear something comfortable (like gym or hike comfortable, that kind)
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We Drove the so Called "Green Lava Trail"
If you're into adventure travel this was meant for you. It will give you thrilling ride going to the feet of Mayon. Bumby, sandy and watery are the trail entails you. Grip on the handle and press the gas and you're ready to go. No matter you know how to Drive or doesn't the mechanics is easy. Be sure that you have breaks and try to run over the small rocks rather than bigger ones. Have Fun! stay Safe!
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let the picture do the talking! how picturesque indeed! that's us enjoying our rides.
we experienced the cagsawa trail last december and it was great! the weather was too unpredictable but we were blessed with a somewhat sunny weather when we went there.
should've chosen the 350cc since the brother and the bf were looking for more adrenalin rush. i'm okay with 150cc though. i'm a "lola" atv driver - very slow and steady. the bf and the brother was so bored with my driving.
will come back and choose the zac efron trail on 350cc!
the people at the atv camp will give you a 15 min lecture before you're given your atv. but after that you're on your own -- direcho agad sa ilog!! sabak na. no practice
the tour guide and the 2nd tour guide were great! they know how to take good pictures!
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Best ATV adventure ever! Sulit ang bayad for the almost 2hrs worth of breathtaking view & experience Highly recommended!
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Best Albay exp ever!!
When im planning our albay vacation this adventure trip is on my no. 1 spot! Im really excited to try this then finally!!!
We took the shortest trail for 699 thats an hour bumpy drive! ( back and forth) 1st you will have a short orientation of do's and dont's. People here are very friendly and hospitable (generally the people of albay) after that you will have a test drive within their area. Its very easy to drive even for beginners. They said its just like driving a jetski. Since I had exp. driving a jetski i find this one easy.
Then the adventure starts! Trust your camera to one of their crews so someone will take pictures while your driving. The view at first was a bit disappointing because its like a mine of sands and rocks (im not sure) but as we go by! Boom! Im loving this. River, grass field, cows, rocks and local people. I feel like im somewhere in new Zealand (as if I've been there) as we reached the end of the trail. Our guide discussed some history about the area. One mayon volcanic eruption the lava flawed up to this place. You can have a view of mayon from this point but since its cloudy we never saw its perfect shape. Local
Children approached me asking for money. I feel so generous giving them coins. And there are so happy even on that small amount.
This adventure worth all the putik and sakit ng katawan
TIP: be extra careful the road is rocky and there are chances that you may fall in to big rocks and be seriously injured.
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How close have you seen the majestic Mayon Volcano? Admiring its beauty from lower ground is one thing but going higher up and nearer to the mountain is an adventure worth taking! We were in Bicol last weekend and this absolutely is one of the highlights of our trip. Imagine riding a roaring ATV, passing through literally different terrains -- you'll pass by a lake, the rocks spewed during Mayon's eruption, the forest on your way up the mountain -- it was totally a good adventure!
Your trail will depend on which you've availed. I personally would recommend the GREEN LAVA TRAIL which takes around 2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on the unit you'll be using. No need to worry about getting lost because all ADVENTURERS are accompanied by trained Guides.
You'll find these guys just before you enter Cagsawa. They're on the right! Look for John, he's the senior guide at Bicol Adventure ATV.
THIS SHOULD BE ON YOUR TO-DO LIST WHEN YOU'RE IN DARAGA, ALBAY!!!
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first time here backround was the famous Mayon Volcano in cagsawa legaspi albay
10hour trip wow! worth that wait!
tried also thei sili shake
posing for #ootd
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So my pamangkins requested an Atv ride when they saw it after visiting cagsawa ruins and I've actually never ride one so I was game.
We thought it was steep at first at 599/150cc and 1500 for the 500cc atv. But glad we took it as it's double to triple the price when we went to misibis. Good call
The sight was breathtaking! We got half way to mayon (mas mahal if longer yung trail and we didn't have time). The kids were lamog from the bumpy ride but they got smiles plastered on their faces so it was worth it.
You're really safe as they do a practice drive first before you go on the real trail and you have a guide and marshal with you who's trained in first aid. I think that's worth the price.
Overall a good experience. Plus, it's a good way to vent out steam. Harurot ka lang! Haha.
Will do this again
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