Y-LIEP BICOL ADVENTURE AND IMMERSION 9D8N

Y-LIEP BICOL ADVENTURE AND IMMERSION 9D8N

TOUR ROUTE
Manila (1N) – Calaguas (3N) Naga – Legazpi (3N) Donsol Manila (1N)

IMMERSION HIGHLIGHTS
Vinzons Community Immersion and Legazpi School Immersion

ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS
Calaguas Island Camping, Mayon Volcano ATV Ride and Whale Shark Interaction

INTRODUCTION
Bicolandia is made up the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate. You can find it at the southern tip of the island of Luzon. Bicol is one of the Philippines best-known tourist destinations. Some of its more famous treasures are the gentle butanding whale sharks of Donsol, the fierce and fiery Mayon Volcano and Bulusan Volcano, and the popular Cam Sur Watersports Complex (CWC).

It’s best to get into shape before visiting. You never know what adventures are in store.

Wind-and-kitesurfers will enjoy Bagasbas Beach in Daet. Beach lovers might enjoy visiting the surrounding islets, not missing out on the Calaguas Islands of Camarines Norte.

While the Survivor and Amazing Race television series have put places like Caramoan and Albay on the world adventure map, the less known islands of Calintaan (in Sorsogon), Sombrero (in Masbate), San Miguel (also in Masbate), and Misibis (in Albay) are just as enchanting.

And the people make it even better.

Bicol locals are an interesting mix of laid back and outspoken. They enjoy holding colorful water parades, are proud of their centuries-old stone churches, and will fire up your palate with their delicious spicy specialties. This is also a land of hemp, locally known as abaca. Coal, limestone and sulfur also abound. As Bicol is by the water, fishing is a big source of income. Watersports isn’t recommended during the rainy season (November to January), but summer (February to June) is a great time to sure to hit the beach.

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Map of the Philippines showing the location of Bicol

ITINERARY/HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1 Arrive Manila (-,-,-)
Welcome to Manila, Philippines capital city! Our friendly guide will meet you at the airport. Should you arrive during the day, our guide will see to it that your first day will be productive by touring you around the city! You will visit the walled City of Intramuros and the famous Manila Bay among others. Should you arrive at night, our guide will bring you immediately to your hotel The Remington Hotel Manila at the Resorts World Manila.

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Terminal 3 Manila Airport (NAIA) and Sunset at Manila Bay

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Aerial View of Intramuros Remington Hotel Manila

Day 2 Manila to Calaguas (B, L, D)
Using our own company vehicle, we will leave Manila around 3AM bound for Calaguas Island. The drive is roughly about 8 hours. Don’t you worry about the long drive, the route is very scenic and a breath a fresh air. Breakfast and lunch will be served enroute while we will have dinner by the beach!

The Calaguas is located in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. It includes the major islands of Tinaga Island and Guintinua Island, the minor Maculabo Island, as well as several other minor islands. Most of the islands are under the administrative jurisdiction of Vinzons, Camarines Norte, while the minor island of Maculabo is under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Paracale, Camarines Norte. Recently, the island of Tinaga where the famous long beach called Mahabang Buhangin is located is experiencing influx of tourists in the area despite the absence of accommodation. Campers and backpackers are visiting to experience its powdery white sand. The recent popularity of Calaguas Island has brought many tourists and travelers alike, especially during the summer, worrying some of the natives and locals that might lead to the detriment of the island’s peace and pure virgin serenity in a couple of years time, that’s why the government already create a program that will held everyone responsible on taking care of Calaguas Island. In this, the local community’s effort is to safeguard and protect the well-being of the island. Big and small tour operators are encouraged to preserve the quiet and peaceful nature of Calaguas Island. Most small and local tour island operators such as Calaguas Local and the like are helping the community to a future geared towards a better local eco-tourism in the island.

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The paradise island of Calaguas! Maybe you’re on a holiday?

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For the rest of the afternoon (and night), we will set up a camp in Calaguas! This experience will make you fall in love with this island paradise of fine white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water, and the golden sunset!

Day 3 Calaguas (B, L, D)
After cooking breakfast (don’t worry, our guide is skilled to help you with this), we proceed to visit local communities in Vinzons for your Cultural and Social Immersion. We will visit local villages and observe and interact with their day-to-day activities. We will try to learn their culture and dialect as well as to appreciate their simple way of life. Today, you will immerse yourself with the Bicolano culture!

Vinzons is a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Norte, Philippines. The town was established in 1581 by the Franciscan Fathers without a patron saint and without a church. It was not until 1611 that the Church was built with Saint Peter as its Patron Saint. Vinzons is known for the religiosity of its inhabitants, contributing priests and nuns to the Catholic Church more than any other town in the province.

The very first recorded name of Vinzons was Tacboan and was later changed to Indan at which time the Mayor was Pedro Barbin. The town was then renamed “Vinzons” in honor of Wenceslao Q. Vinzons, a former governor of the province.[citation needed] He was the youngest delegate to the Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1935, and a guerilla leader martyred by the Japanese during World War II.

For your third night, we will still camp at the beach and we will provide cooking demonstration and fire dance lessons for the group! This will be a fun-filled night for the group.

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Social and Cultural immersion Activities for the 3rd Day

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Fire Dance and Cooking Demonstration at night

Day 4 Calaguas (B, L, D)
After breakfast, immerse yourselves with our prepared Recreational Immersion Program. Our team will provide you leadership and team building activities that will surely make your stay in the island one for the books!

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Team Building Activities in Calaguas

Day 5 Calaguas to Legazpi (B, L, D)
We will take breakfast at 6AM, immediately camp-out and proceed to Legazpi. The drive will be about 3 hours to Naga. We will have a quick tour around the City before we proceed to Legazpi.

Some places to see during the Naga Tour

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Some places to see during the Naga Tour

And of course, we wont let you leave Naga without tasting the Chili Ice Cream, Pili Nuts and Bicol Express!

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Chili Ice Cream

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Bicol Express and Pili Nuts

After lunch, we will proceed to Legazpi. The City of Legazpi is the capital of the Province of Albay and the administrative center of the Bicol Region. Recognized as one of the fastest-growing and most competitive cities in the Philippines, Legazpi is also an economic, educational, transportation and service center of the region. The city is nicknamed the Gateway to the Bicol Region because of its accessibility and complete land, air, rail, and sea transportation facilities. Legazpi is renowned worldwide for its beautiful natural scenery dominated by Mount Mayon. Taking advantage of its natural wonders, Legazpi has positioned itself as an adventure destination and fitness city.

In the afternoon, we will take a quick tour around the city and enjoy an ATV ride to Mayon Volcano! Mayon, the most famous of the active volcanoes of the Philippines, is a perfect stratovolcano rising to 2462 m on Luzon Island. It erupts very frequently. Mayon is the archetype of a symmetrical stratovolcano and one of the world most active ones. It has frequent eruptions producing pyroclastic flows, mud flows and ash falls that repeatedly triggered large-scale evacuations. Mayon’s most violent eruption, in 1814, killed more than 1200 people and devastated several towns. the volcano rises 2462 m above the Albay Gulf and has very steep upper slopes averaging 35-40 degrees capped by a small summit crater. Historical records of eruptions date back to 1616 and range from strombolian to basaltic plinian, with cyclical activity beginning with basaltic eruptions, followed by longer term andesitic lava flows. Eruptions occur predominately from the central conduit and have also produced lava flows that travel far down the flanks. Pyroclastic flows and mudflows have commonly swept down many of the approximately 40 ravines that radiate from the summit and have often devastated populated lowland areas.

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One of the highlights of this tour program is the Mayon Volcano Adventure!

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ATV Ride to Mayon Volcano

And then we will proceed to your accommodation at Ellis Hotel Legazpi.

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Day 6 Legazpi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will then proceed to a local school for your immersion. This school immersion will let you observe (and participate) how elementary education is in the province. As part of the program, you will be involved in some activities of the children like reading, painting, crafts and other activities such as gift giving. This activity will surely melt your heart with love and compassion for the school children.

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Various activities being done during the school immersion

Day 7 Donsol (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will proceed to Donsol for whole day Environmental Immersion. The whale sharks of Donsol are possibly the largest school in the world. In peak season, Donsol is definitely one of the best places to see them. The whale sharks in Donsol are protected. Only snorkeling is allowed in Donsol Bay, although it is possible to dive with them in nearby areas. However, the best and most reliable interactions are in Donsol Bay, where the whale sharks come right up to the surface. During whale shark interactions, you will go out on a small boat with a guide and a spotter. The local fishermen have been retrained as guides and spotters and will find you whale sharks – no problem! As soon as they see a whale shark, you ready yourself with mask, snorkel and fins, while the boat positions itself so you have time to jump in the water before the shark reaches you. And then you swim alongside these gentle giants. Are the whale sharks guaranteed? Whale sharks are wild animals so are never guaranteed, but Donsol is as guaranteed as you are going to get! In Donsol during peak season, it is very, very rare not to see whale sharks. Most people will see at least 5. On a good day you can see 20 and some people have even seen as many as FORTY FIVE WHALE SHARKS in one day. This is of course very rare and most people are exhausted way before they hit that many! Also part of the program is visiting local communities that to learn more about community based ecotourism.

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Whale shark interaction. Believe us, these sea giants are gentle like babies!

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Whale shark interaction. Believe us, these sea giants are gentle like babies!

Day 8 Legazpi Manila (B, L, D)
This is a wrapping up day. This is the time for you to go around Embarkadero. We check out at 12NN and we proceed to Legazpi Airport for your flight back to Manila. Overnight at Remington Hotel. For dinner, we will treat you to a Filipino Style Dinner at Mabuhay Restop. It’s a dinner and cultural show rolled into one!

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Day 9 Fly Out of Manila (B, -, -)
Breakfast, check out at 12nn. Our friendly guide will bring you to the airport for your flight back home. We take pleasure to have met and served you. We give you our sweetest smiles of thanks and gratitude as you go back home. We hope you come back soon!

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REMARKS:
1. Y-LIEP are designed for students at least 15 years old and above. However, minors must have their Guardian’s Consent.
2. This tour can be extended for maximum of 15D14N.
3. Additional activities will include community immersion as well as visiting schools.
4. Please coordinate with us for customized itinerary.
5. Minimum of 15 paying participants to run the tour.
6. Maximum of 45 paying participants per tour group per travel date.
7. FOC is 1:15. FOC should be Faculty Chaperon.
8. 50% downpayment is required 2 months prior to travel date.
9. Balance must be paid 15 days prior to travel date or full payment upon arrival in Manila.
10. During finalization, please send through email scanned biopage of passport for insurance purposes.
11. VISA, where required, will be on pax account

INCLUSIONS
1. All accommodation
2. All meals (Halal available) with daily bottled water
3. All local transportation
4. English speaking guide/facilitator
5. All related immersion activities and fees
6. Insurance
7. Others are souvenir t-shirt, local sim card, tour ID, documentation

EXCLUSIONS
International airfare, personal things, laundry, phone bills, and the like

RATE
please email us to ask for contracted rates ( j8travelonline@yahoo.com.ph | j8travelonline@gmail.com )

IMPORTANT
As safety is our primary concern, we require all participants to be physically, mentally and emotionally fit to join our tours. Also, we ensure safety by having onboard nurse in all our trips. Our Guides and facilitators are trained with Basic Safety Procedures and First Aid. All our tours are also coordinated with local authorities in the communities we will visit to ensure success of our tour programs.

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