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Bacacay, Albay: A lair of black sand beaches

Black sand beaches are rare in the world. Only few places in earth has this kind of sand– and one of this is in Albay, Philippines.

Black Sand Beach in Bacacay, Albay —Oops.. the R in wanderer is missing! 🙂

There are a lot of white sand beaches in the Philippines, but rarely you can see a black colored one. Here in Bacacay, Albay you can see long stretches of black sand. These stretches are caused by natural erosion of volcanic rock and sand–so in short, it came from Mayon Volcano.

The sand coming from Mayon was said to be the best for constructing buildings and such, however, it is not as powdery fine like any other white sand beaches. But it is still sand– and beach so it is enough for me.

Bacacay is another municipality of Albay, It is 45 minutes to 1 hour ride going to this majestic black sand beaches. You can either ride a van or jeep going to Tabacco or Bacacay. You can go to Satellite Terminal Station where you can find a van/ jeep that traverses Legazpi City to Tabacco or Bacacay. Ask the driver to let you off at Brgy San Jose junction. Then ride a tricycle to take you to the resort you wanna go but you can just ask the locals where the best resort is located. Tricycle Fare is P7.00/ person ($0.16) and P 50.00 or ($1.16 USD) for special trip; which means you don’t need to wait for other passengers to ride the tricycle, it is like riding a taxi. Or wait for the Jeep going to Sogod for P 7.50/person (0.20 USD). One of the best beaches is located in Sogod.

Don’t worry about prior reservations or such, there are a lot of resorts in Bacacay which you can have your overnight stay. But I suggest that you just make a day trip here since there’s nothing going on at night–unless, of course you really wanna swim and enjoy the black sand beach.

I’m sorry but I wasn’t able to get a good picture since it was raining when we went there.

We went there last December 🙂 The only trash that you can see is only seaweeds 🙂

This place might not be appealing for some… but just take note: the same color of sand is what you see in Hawaii and Maui 🙂 Just imagine you are out and about in these overseas places….

seeing a black sand beach in the Philippines is something worth of your time and effort.


Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave in Albay, Philippines: A Place to feel nature

Caves are fascinating because of how they are formed and how it will vanish after few centuries.

In Albay, there are two caves that are well-known, one is the Hoyop-hoyopan cave and the Calabidongan Cave. If you want a harder course for your spelunking adventure, I suggest you go to Calabidongan as Hoyop-hoyopan is just walking inside a cave–it doesn’t have the swimming, climbing, and sliding which is expected for a spelunking adventure.

The main entrance of the Cave

The cave that we went to is called as Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave. The cave has 3 main entrances and 3 floors, and what is fascinating is that it has its own ventilation. The wind passes through the openings of this cave which makes it cool inside and also, that is where its name came from. Hoyop, which means (ihip) blow.

Sign near the entrance of Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave

The cave also doesn’t stink unlike other caves that I have visited

What is also interesting is the formation of stalagmites and stalactites–although you need a great imagination to enjoy the tour

Can you see a giraffe???

Hoyop-Hoyopan cave is located in Camalig, Albay, about 30 minutes away from Legazpi City. As far as I know, there is no direct transportation which will take you in this cave. What you can do is hire a tricycle or a van in Daraga (instead of Legazpi, so that the price will be cheaper) to transport you in this destination.

The Exit 🙂 When i see this, I remember Pan’s Labyrinth 🙂
My Brother and the Exit 🙂 Mind you, he got out nicely!

When you arrive in the site, there are people who can assist you and tour you around the cave, but the service is not for free it is for a minimum fee of P300.00 or $7 USD. The price is per group, so it doesn’t matter how many people you are. And also, it include the entrance fee but excludes the parking fee. The parking fee is P25.00 or $0.55 USD.

I suggest that you hire a guide since they know where the beautiful stalagmites and stalactite formations are located, and also, they will warn you when to lower your head or not. Please be pretty careful while walking in the cave since you might bump your head in the stalagmites/stalactites.

DEAD MAN ROCK FORMATION (You can see a lot of interesting rock formation inside this cave)

The cave is not “au naturale” there are man-made structures inside the cave for visitors’ safety. There are stairs and bridges; and also there are lights hanging in some of the areas of this place. that is why you don’t need to bring some flashlights. The stairs are made because there’s a lot of visitors slipping when they go up to the higher level.

Bridge in Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave

There is also a man-made dance floor where people of Camalig go and party during the Martial Law era. This is funny but this is real. They go there during the night and enjoy themselves although there was a curfew set by the Marcos’ government.

Even though there’s man made structures inside the cave, it doesn’t really affect how natural and beautiful the cave is. The man made structures are just to protect the tourists from any untoward accident.

Here, you can also see a nice view of the Mayon Volcano. However, when we got there, it was raining so Mayon is hiding from us.

Just look at the greeneries while going towards the other cave opening.

You can also buy some crystals as souvenirs here. They cost at an average of P10.00 to P1000.00 ($ 0.23 – $23.25 USD).