Get Lost in Sorsogon: 8 Stunning Destinations That’ll Leave You Breathless

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by | July 27, 2022

Nestled in the country’s Bicol Region, Sorsogon isn’t really the first destination that comes to mind, tourism-wise, since there’s Albay, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte. However, this province is much more than a destination for whale shark sightings. Lush woodlands, scenic hills, and picturesque beaches are everywhere, bringing you to a one-of-a-kind paradise abounding with nature’s magnificence. To help you plan an unforgettable adventure, here are some destinations you can’t miss while in Sorsogon. 


Bayugin Falls (Bulusan, Sorsogon)

Bayugin Falls is one of Sorsogon’s hidden gems in every sense of the word. This little paradise is tucked in a lush forest, so you already know that it’s where you can find some alone time after a long, tiring day. There are picnic huts nearby that you can rent if you’re planning to bring food. Don’t forget your good ol’ shoes, too, because a 45-minute hike awaits those who want to enter this natural wonder. 


Paguriran Island and Lagoon (Sorsogon City, Sorsogon)


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Paguriran Island and Lagoon is a tropical paradise where you’ll want to spend your long weekend, or probably more. The circular lagoon has sparkly emerald green waters, with beautiful rock formations as a backdrop for your beach-inspired snaps. You can also do cliff diving but be careful because sharp rocks are sitting beneath the waters. 


Pakol Hill (Santa Magdalena, Sorsogon)


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A majestic panorama of roaring cerulean waves, lush horizons, and a warm, serene atmosphere make Pakol Hill a breathtaking piece of nature. You can just stand anywhere on the hiking trail, admiring the beautiful scenery, and still feel relaxed. 


Juag Fish Sanctuary (Matnog, Sorsogon)


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Juag Fish Sanctuary is a recreational center that’s dedicated to educating tourists and locals about the importance of protecting our marine species. They have a variety of fishes swimming inside the pen such as parrot fish, milkfish, and brown marble grouper (Lapu-Lapu). Visitors are welcome to interact and feed the fishes as long as they aren’t wearing sunblock while in the waters to avoid poisoning them. 



Bigaho Ecopark (Sorsogon City, Sorsogon)


This park is perfect for quiet afternoon strolls while you’re surrounded by a mangrove forest and calm waters. You can avail of their cooking service offered by the staff if you want to taste freshly cooked seafood. Aside from the sweeping views of Mayon Volcano and the Albay Gulf, the park also has several camping spots for those who want to sleep under the stars.


Museo Sorsogon (Sorsogon City, Sorsogon) 


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A former provincial jail and courthouse, Museo Sorsogon tells the province’s origins and progress. Some historical bits that you can see here are Major Licerio Lapu’s story, the invasion of Sorsogon pirates, and Bacon’s stone caves. The two-floor museum also exhibits impressive artworks by detainees of the provincial jail. 


Donsol Whale Shark Interaction Center (Donsol, Sorsogon)


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Who said you have to enjoy the icy-cold waters of Sorsogon alone when you can have some company? Donsol Whale Shark Interaction Center lets you swim and play with whale sharks from a safe distance since they aren’t in captivity. It sounds intimidating but no need to worry because there’s a local guide on standby to ensure your safety. Visit Donsol Tourism Office’s Facebook page for more info. 


Dancalan Beach (Bulusan, Sorsogon)


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How can you not love Dancalan Beach? The sand is powdery white, and the cerulean waters are gentle and soothing — just what you’d expect in a relaxing vacation. Dancalan Beach is also near a picturesque rice field which is like a scene you’ll only see in paintings or postcards. It looks simple next to beaches you’ll see in Palawan or Cebu, but its charm lies in the smiles of locals and tourists walking around the shore. Everything about this place just feels so warm! 


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