I allotted the second day of my Christmas Vacation in Bicol to tour Albay. So far, I have briefly re-visited Cagsawa Ruins, Embarcadero, Boulevard and found the site for the on-going construction of Bicol International Airport. I’m on my way to Camalig via Brgy Cotmon (Comun in Google Maps) when I saw the sign pointing to Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave at an intersection. I was still little when I was last there and had little memory what it is like. So of course, I turned around!
Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave is a privately-owned and has multiple levels. There are man-made structures inside the cave such as cemented pathways, stairs, a rest area and even a dance floor complete with disco lights! It can be explored under an hour on your own or with a guide for Php 300. How to get a discount?
I pretended to very adventurous and gave my soon-to-be-guide the impression I am going in on my own. Soon enough, he tagged along saying it’s better if I have someone to show me around and he’ll settle for an “ikaw na bahala (voluntary)” fee later on.
Oh yeah, the cave’s name came from the Bikolano term “hoyop” which means “blowing of air/wind” because of the wind blowing through the different cave openings. On a good day, you can see Mayon Volcano from another cave exit. Souvenir shops are located near the entrance or the parking lot. For a more serious cave adventure, Calabidongan Cave is nearby.
Cagsawa Ruins is only 16kms away from the cave and I stopped by once more to enjoy the view. The spillway has also been rebuilt so vehicles can now pass thru. It was totally demolished by a typhoon in 2011.
I finally made up my mind to do the Tiwi-Sagnay route so I headed to Tabaco City. I passed by the Super Typhoon Memorial somewhere in Bigaa. I paid my respects to the victims.
When I got to Tabaco, rain clouds appeared so I turned around. It was an easy decision because I saw a resort ad earlier and remembered I wanted to check it out as well.
I was low on fuel but the only option I have is a not-so-known gas station so I only loaded 1L of fuel. It’s a decision I”ll regret soon. Read about it on the last and final part of my tour in Albay as I explore a vacation spot only the rich and famous can afford.. MISIBIS Residential Resort!