Provinces

Albay Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Albay is a province located in the Bicol Region in southeastern Luzon of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Legazpi. Tourists know the province more as home to the spectacular and famous Mount Mayon Volcano, the crown jewel of the region and among the great wonders of the world because of its perfect cone shape.

LOCATION

Albay

Coordinates: 13°14′N 123°38′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Albay
Location:
13°14′N 123°38′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1574
Capital:
Legazpi
Area:
2,575.77 km2 (994.51 sq mi)
Population:
1,314,826
Density:
510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Division:
Luzon
Region:
5
Cities & Towns:
None
Demonym(s):
Albayano/-a
Elevation:
2,463 m (8,081 ft) (Mount Mayon)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
4500–4517
Area code:
+63 (052)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
97% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Albay, Bikol, Central Bikol, Filipino, English
Known For:
Mount Mayon Volcano
Major Industries:
Agriculture, Handicrafts, Forestry, Cement Production, Paper-Making
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
May, June, and April
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Legazpi Airport
Seaport(s):
Legazpi National Port, Pantao Regional Port, Pio Duran Provincial Port, Tabaco International Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is classified as tropical. Albay has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true even for the driest month. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Af.

If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Legazpi, the hottest months are May, June, and then April.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

CITIES & TOWNS

Albay Map

The Albay province is divided into 15 Municipalities, 3 Component cities :

  • Bacacay
  • Camalig
  • Daraga (Locsin)
  • Guinobatan
  • Legazpi
  • Libon
  • Ligao
  • Malilipot
  • Malinao
  • Manito
  • Makato
  • Malay
  • Malinao
  • Manito
  • Oas
  • Pio Duran
  • Polangui
  • Rapu-Rapu
  • Santo Domingo (Libog)
  • Tabaco
  • Tiwi
 

ISLANDS

There are 6 Islands in Albay:

  • Batan Island
  • Cagbulauan Island
  • Cagraray
  • Guinanayan Island
  • Rapu-Rapu Island
  • San Miguel Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Albay province: 

  • Albay Park and Wildlife
  • Bambusetum Park
  • Busay Falls
  • Cagraray Eco Energy Park
  • Cagsawa National Museum
  • Cagsawa Ruins Park
  • Coco Farm Resort
  • Embarcadero
  • Japanese War Tunnels
  • Kawa-Kawa Hill and Natural Park
  • Lignon Hill
  • Mayon Skyline View Deck
  • Mayon Volcano
  • Mirisbiris Garden and Nature Center
  • Mt. Malinao
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Church
  • Quitinday Green Hills Formation Reserve
  • Quitinday Underground River
  • Rawis Black Beach
  • Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church
  • Pastrana Park
  • Punta Bunga Beach
  • Saint John the Baptist Church
  • San Miguel Island
  • Solong Eco Park
  • St Gregory the Great Cathedral
  • St Stephen Protomartyr Church
  • Sumlang Lake
  • Vanishing Island
  • Vera Falls
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Albay throughout the year:

  • Daragang Magayon Festival (August 28 – September 8) – Daraga
  • Ibalong Festival (2nd week of August) – Legazpi City

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Albay province.

Where in the Philippines is Albay located?
Albay is located in the southeast portion of Luzon.

Is Albay a city or province?
Albay is a province.

What is the Capital of Albay?
The capital of Albay is Legazpi.

What is Albay famous or known for?
Albay is famous for Mount Mayon.

How do I get to Albay?
There are several ways to get to Albay, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 14.5 hours | $16-$24
  • Taxi | 6.5 hours | $130-$160
  • Drive | 6.5 hours | $36-$52
  • Plane | 1.5 hours | $70-$80

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How many islands are in Albay?
There are 6 islands in the province of Albay.

Is Albay safe?
Albay is generally safe for locals and tourists unless there’s Phivolcs alert regarding volcanic activity in Mayon.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
Albay province is considered tropical and is similar to most provinces in the Philippines.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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