Bicol volcanoes

Where to see 5 volcanoes in one spot

Four Bicol volcanoes from left: Mt. Malinao, Mt. Mayon, Mt. Masaraga and Mt. Asog (a.k.a. Mt. Iriga)

Four Bicol volcanoes from left: Mt. Malinao, Mt. Mayon, Mt. Masaraga and Mt. Asog (a.k.a. Mt. Iriga)

It’s easy to spot a volcano or two in a particular landscape in the Philippines. But seeing five in one spot? That may seem a lot but, yes, there’s a particular place in Bicol, specifically along a highway in Ocampo, Camarines Sur, when four volcanoes at the left and one at the right (when going to San Jose Partido), just line up and amaze you! That is, if you know that these are volcanoes!

A few kilometers from the town of Ocampo, enroute to San Jose Partido, one can see at the left the following: Mt. Malinao, Mt. Mayon with its graceful cone, Mt. Masaraga with its peak barely peeking above and then there’s Mt. Asog (also known as Mt. Iriga). All these four volcanoes just line up above the horizon and best viewed at a rice field along the way.

Then turn to your right and you see Mt. Isarog, the closest one at this particular part of the highway. Five Volcanoes in one spot! It’s this golden line between Isarog and the four volcanoes where you can see all.

Now, if only, the other two volcanoes found in Bicol are much closer: Mt. Labo in Camarines Norte and Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogan.

Mt. Isarog

Mt. Isarog lording it over the landscape of Camarines Sur.

Thanx to Naga City Tourism, Naga Excursions and Jojo Villareal for pointing this out to me

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


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