Mayon Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines. Despite that, this active volcano is one of the most popular tourist spots in Legazpi, Albay, due to its “perfect cone” shape.
In fact, Mayon Volcano is not just popular among local tourists, but also among foreign tourists. Mount Mayon is the most well-known cone-shaped volcano in the world. It is 80 miles (130 km) around and rises to 8,077 feet (2,462 meters) from the shores of Albay Gulf, making its shape symmetrical.
Getting to the best viewpoint of Mayon Volcano through the ATV adventure shouldn’t be missed. This is definitely one of the most recommended activities when visiting Legazpi, Albay. If you wish to get closer to the most iconic attraction in the province, make sure you take the ATV adventure ride!
Personally, it has truly been a dream come true to see the Mayon Volcano up close! If you’re planning to visit Legazpi City, here’s what you need to know about the Mayon Volcano ATV adventure.
Different Trail Destinations and Rates
- Grassland (20-30 min ride; Php 400)
- Snake Trail (30-40 min ride; Php 599)
- Forest Trail (40-50 min ride; Php 699)
- River Trail (50 min-1 hr ride; Php 799)
- Combo Trail (1hr-1hr 15min ride; Php 999)
- Green Lava Trail (2hr-2.5 hr ride; Php 1500)
- Black Lava Trail (2-3 hr ride; Php 1850)
- 2018 Mayon Lava Trail (3-4 hr ride; Php 2500)
The Grassland Trail
This grassland trail takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to ride, depending on the ATV rider’s pace. This trail offers an exciting river crossing experience of about 200m. Expect sandy, bumpy, and rocky paths as you go through this trail. The grassland trail offers expansive greenery fields and a breathtaking view of the Mayon Volcano.
For this ATV Mayon Volcano experience, you may not be able to get closer to the volcano, but you will surely get to see an amazing backdrop of the Mayon Volcano.
The snake trail has a destination with beautiful scenery, big lava rocks, and Agoho trees at the back. This also offers a stunning view of Mayon Volcano. This generally passes by a grassland trail with curvy, sandy, and bumpy paths. This ATV ride takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
The forest trail generally passes through grassland and a snake trail with curvy, up-and-down paths under the Agoho trees. This trail destination is called “Little Baguio” due to its chilly temperature and the fresh air that it offers. Not to mention that the path is surrounded by lots of Agoho trees. You can take a photo under the shade of trees. The ATV ride takes about 40 to 50 minutes.
This trail highlights an exclusive trail with a circular route around Cagsawa Ruins. It passes by grassland, snake, and forest trails. Expect bumpy and rocky paths and rice paddy fields, showcasing a beautiful greenfield destination with the stunning Mayon Volcano at the back. Also, get thrilled with this trail as you cross rivers and get swamped five times. The ATV ride lasts anywhere from 50 to 1 hour.
The Combo Trail
This trail takes about 50 to 1 and a half hours to ride. This highlights exclusive trails with a wider circular route around Cagsawa Ruins with a combination of grassland, snake, forest, and river trails.
Green Lava Trail
The Green Lava Trail highlights up-and-down hills and curvy, rocky paths, which are best for driving ATVs. This offers a closer look at Mayon Volcano, which is six kilometers from its crater. This trail destination also offers a panoramic view of Legazpi and the nearby municipality of Albay.
Black Lava Trail
The Black Lava Trail is one of the most highly recommended trail destinations. With the amazing panoramic view of Albay that it offers, you can also get a closer look at Mayon Volcano, which is six kilometers from its crater.
The trail highlights curvy, rocky paths, rivers, forests, and quarry sites. In addition, you also get to experience a touch of the lava rocks from the 2006 eruption and a short time trekking up the Lava Wall. Here, you can also go ziplining from the Lava Wall.
Mayon Lava Trail
This is the most challenging route among the other trails. By taking this trail, you get a closer look at Mayon Volcano and its lava rocks from the 2018 eruption. This is also one of the best trail destinations, taking between 3 and 4 hours to reach.
What to wear during the Mayon ATV experience?
For a better ATV ride experience, you must wear comfortable clothes such as trekking clothes, sportswear, and rubber shoes.
What are the things to bring?
Make sure you bring sunscreen with you, as you will be under the sun for quite some time during your ATV ride.
When is the best time to go for an ATV ride in Mayon?
Personally, the best time to go for a Mayon ATV ride is as early as possible. It is better to ride the ATV early in the morning.
Where to book your Mayon ATV adventure?
We availed our Mayon ATV adventure from Mayon SkyDrive ATV Adventure. We had the best experience with their staff as they guided us all throughout our adventure!
Their ATV packages are available through their Facebook page and website.
Skydrive Mayon ATV Adventure Rates
My Mayon ATV Adventure Experience
I still remember when our HEKASI teacher talked about historical places in the Philippines that were featured in our textbooks. Mayon Volcano, known for its perfect cone shape, is one of the things that we learn from our Hekasi subject in grade school. Learning about it made me wish to travel and see every historic place featured in our history books. Through that, I have always dreamed about visiting the sites I first learned about and discovered through reading our HEKASI book, which includes the beautiful Mayon Volcano.
And that one dream of an elementary student finally came true. I have finally seen the beauty of the Mayon Volcano. That being said, it truly gives me a sense of fulfillment to have finally set foot where the Mayon Volcano is, knowing that I could only see it and read about it from our HEKASI book.
That book seeing it for real mesmerizes me with how it has always been majestic and beautiful. In fact, it is even more beautiful up close! A beautiful monster, as other people would say it. “Magayon,” as the locals from the Bicol region would describe it. It is truly a dream come true to see it up close!
Thank you, Mayon Volcano. Thank you for showing up during our entire trip to Bicol Region. Dios Mabalos!
How to get to Legazpi, Albay?
From Manila to Legazpi, book a flight via Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, or Cebgo Airlines.
From Manila, there are buses from Cubao or Pasay that travel to Bicol daily. Buses are bound for Legazpi. It takes around 7 hours to get to the province.
Visit Bicol Region Today!
If you’re planning to visit Legazpi, Albay, and want to experience the Mayon ATV adventure, visit the Bicol region today. Here’s the ultimate travel guide to the Bicol region. Experience the best view of the Mayon Volcano, and the best food in the province, and get a firsthand experience of their unique culture. Aside from visiting Legazpi City, you may also visit Catanduanes Island, which is three hours away from the city via ferry.
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