Coming from a refreshing visit from Sumlang Lake in Camalig, we now set out to Ligñon Hill Nature Park in Legazpi City, another top tourist destination in my hometown in Albay. Standing at 156-meter high, the Ligñon Hill offers a 360-degree view of the entire city, the Albay Gulf to the east and the majestic Mayon Volcano to the northwest. Aside from the view, what you will enjoy here are the spectacular sunrise, the sunset and various activities that will give fun and excitement to all the members of the family.
Ligñon Hill hosts the Mayon Volcano Observatory, the central monitoring station of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) which was built in 1989.
There are two ways in getting to the top of the hill. You may opt to drive your car or take the twenty-minute walk.
The time we arrived at the entrance, parking on top of the hill was already full. It was expected as it was a holiday. Instead of waiting for the other vehicle to go down, we decided to challenge ourselves by trekking.
The short cut in getting on top is through the Kapit Tuko trail but we were told it was so steep. Since my family was not used to mountain climbing (except me), we took the regular route to avoid sweating much.
Few meters away from the entrance was the Japanese Tunnel where ammunition during World War II was stored. But since it was getting dark, visitors are no longer allowed to enter the 3-foot high tunnel. Before we leave, we had a snapshot with one of the mannequin soldiers which looked a bit creepy hehehe.
Walking uphill was fun because there were many visitors scattered on the road. We paused once in a while taking photos of the wonderful view. It was just in time that we saw an airplane slowly moving along the runway. It was a child delight watching it as it took off gracefully into the afternoon sky.
It was already breezing when we reached the nature park. We had no picture perfect of Mayon Volcano as it was cloaked by thick clouds. We went to the viewing deck and enjoyed watching the awesome sights. There were the coin-operated telescopes but since visitors were queuing for their turns, we opted to walk on the landscaped promenade which was so attractive and neat.
We bought key chains, ref magnets and display items in a souvenir shop. Moment after, we bought a snack in the restaurant and sat on a concrete bench in the park. While eating, we savored again the moment looking at the wondrous sights.
Later, we witnessed the stunning sunset with its fiery color of orange and yellow. Since it was now dark, we did not frolic anymore with any activity. By 6:00 pm, we decided to descend.
- Hanging Bridge – Php150.00
- Rappelling (lean season) – Php200 / (peak season) – Php250
- Zipline (lean season) – Basic – Php250 / Advanced Superman – Php350
- Zipline (peak season) – Basic – Php300 / Advanced Superman – Php400
- Paintball Rates: Php350 for 50 Paint balls or Php500 for 100 Paint balls
- ATV Rides (All-Terrain Vehicle) - Php1,800 for a 150cc ATV or Php2,500 for a 500cc ATV
Operating Hours: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Entrance Fee: Php20
Japanese Tunnel: Php10
Address: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Rides Rates: P1,800 for a 150cc ATV or P2,500 for a 500cc ATV
Paintball Rates: P350 for 50 Paint balls or P500 for 100 Paint balls
Rappelling -Off Season Rate: P200 / Peak Season Rate: P250
In getting there through public transportation:
Your landmark in getting there is in Legazpi City which can be reached via airplane or buses (Cagsawa, Peñafrancia, Raymond or DLTB). From Legazpi board the Legazpi-Daraga loop 1 and tell the driver to drop you off at the Ligñon Hill (fare is P8.00).
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