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5 Things to do in Labo, Camarines Norte
This weeks Featured Blogger is Deanna from the Bicol Region of the Philippines. Deanna writes about some things to do in Labo, Camarines Norte when you visit the small town.
The town of Labo is not as popular as its neighboring town, Daet, which usually serves as the jump-off point when visiting the picturesque Calaguas Island. Being landlocked on all sides, it does not boast of beaches which are often the driving force for tourism.
Due to the lesser number of people who visit this area, tourism is not as fully developed as the other towns in the province of Camarines Norte.
Labo serves as a good side-trip however, when one is visiting the province. It offers a laid-back atmosphere with river resorts that offer an up-close experience with nature.
If you happen to be in Daet, you may want to visit this town which is only about 30 minutes travel away by jeepney or bus. Here are some activities and things to do in Labo, Camarines Norte.
Visit the Catholic Church - Saint John The Apostle & Evangelist
The church was built during the Spanish period and still carries with it some of the unique building materials and architecture which was common at that time.
Visit Museo de Labo
Labo has a small museum which contains artifacts and antiques which can give you an idea of the early life of the people in this town. You will find early portraits, musical instruments, jars, and other home implements that were used by its early settlers. The museum is easy to find as it is located inside the public park.
Hang Out by the Bridge
Labo Bridge is the longest bridge in Camarines Norte and offers a great view of the Labo River. You can take a leisurely walk and just stop to appreciate the view, or try your luck panning for Gold along its banks.
One of the common activities of the locals during the summer is to visit the various resorts in town. Most of these resorts are fed by water from the river and so you will find them to be really cool and refreshing. You can visit them by riding a jeepney bound for Brgy. Tulay na Lupa and fare is about P16. If you choose to ride a tricycle, fare for visiting all of these resorts and back to town can reach up to P200.
The resort is currently not at its best condition but the owners are planning to renovate it and may be open for public use during the summer. It has two small pools which are fed by spring-water.
Resort in Brgy. San Antonio
There’s a resort in Barangay San Antonio which is popular for a day out. Just tell the tricycle driver to take you to Brgy San Antonio and they will know which one you are referring to. Entrance fee to this resort is P10 and travel is about 15 minutes by tricycle from the town proper.
Perhaps the most popular among the resorts due to its unique natural setting where you can experience a good stroll in the woods before reaching the main pool. Entrance fee is P20 and is about 20 minutes away from the town center.
These are just some of the things that you can do while in this town. There are also several caves, falls, and hiking trails which are scattered all over the different barangays but they take longer to reach and are also not yet fully-developed for tourists.
Getting to Labo, Camarines Norte
From Manila By Bus There are frequent buses both aircon and non-air con from Cubao, Manila to Daet (Superlines, DLTB, or PhilTranco) Ask the Conductor to drop you off in Labo. Journey time is around 8 hours.
By Air Fly to Naga with PAL or Cebupacific and then take a bus or van to Daet. From Daet there are buses and Jeepneys onward to Labo. Journey time is around 30 mimutes.
About the Author:
Deanna is a freelance writer from Bicol in the Philippines who loves to travel when she has a budget for it.
She also likes to read, eat, write and collect books.