SOGOD BEACH, ALBAY: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

We know the Philippines has many captivating white beaches with sand as fine as powder, but there are also black sand beaches that are just as beautiful. One of which is Sogod Beach in Bacacay, Albay; it has soft dark sand that came from a volcano’s ashes. Enjoy the unique beachscape, relax, and unwind after exploring some of Albay’s attractions.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Legazpi International Airport (Albay)

By Air
  1. The fastest way to get to Sogod is flying from Manila to Legazpi City. Major airlines such as Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines ply this route regularly. Book early enough to get the cheapest possible return or one-way tickets.
  2. Once in the city, you’ll have to board a van or jeep bound for Bacacay. The fare is around P40 (one way) and the trip takes around 45 minutes.
  3. Tell the driver you’ll alight at the Brgy. San Jose junction in Malilipot; you can either walk to the beach or take a special trip tricycle. The latter option costs around P40.
By Land
  1. If you weren’t able to book cheap flight tickets, you have the option to take the bus to Legazpi from Manila. There are buses both ordinary and with A/C that regularly ply this route; fares vary from around P600 to P1100, depending on the class of the seat.
  2. Once in the city, you’ll have to board a van or jeep bound for Bacacay. The fare is around P40 (one way) and the trip takes around 45 minutes.
  3. Tell the driver you’ll alight at the Brgy. San Jose junction in Malilipot; you can either walk to the beach or take a special trip tricycle. The latter option costs around P40.

 


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

  • Entrance Fee: As of writing, entrance is FREE
  • Camping Fee: As of writing, FREE. But locals usually rest under the shades of coconut trees.
  • Cottage Rental Fee: The rates vary depending on the resort. It usually starts at P400.

Don’t Miss

  • Go swimming or just wade in the waters, play beach volleyball, throw a Frisbee around, or just lie down to get a tan. Sogod Beach’s surroundings are like every other bucolic provincial town in the Philippines — laidback and relaxed with smiling locals and swaying coconut trees.

Don’t Forget

  • Bring your own snacks and drinks if you plan to stay long as you might have little to no options once you are there.
  • Bring a beach volleyball or Frisbee to have something to do while on the beach.
  • Bring a power bank and/or extra batteries to keep your devices charged.
  • Bring a dry bag to keep your things from getting wet.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After a day or an afternoon on the beach, you have plenty of options on what to do and see while in Legazpi City: visit the Cagsawa Ruins to get a glimpse of Mt. Mayon, go on an ATV tour, drop by the Daraga Church, try the local cuisine such as the Bicol Express, visit Lignon Hill Nature Park, and many more.

Where to Stay

If you are exploring other parts of Albay, here are some of the top accommodations in Legazpi City, the province’s capital, according to Agoda users as of August 2017.

Photo was provided by the hotel via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Albay Hotels


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