Members took advantage of the PNR train ride from Tutuban Station to Naga City, so as to try out for themselves the newest comfortable ride going to the Bicol Region with its newly bought train cars from Japan.
From Naga, we headed straight to the pier for breakfast at Fort Alfred, courtesy of Skyventures Travel, before hopping on a boat ride for a scenic ride to Caramoan.
The overnight stay at the secluded Tugawe Island was packed with so many things to do aside from the usual swimming on the beach. Members tried almost everything: kayaking, boating, island exploring and even having a special lunch on an island. But it does not end there. After sunset, it wasn't just about partying the night away. Aside from the Reggae Night at the beach front, Tugawe has a night tour... tourists can spend an evening similar to stargazing. But this one will have you gazing underwater with the bioluminescent plankton watching tour.
The next day was another busy day for us, we departed Tugawe and went back to dry land in Naga for a Pilgrimage Tour. We visited the shirine of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia, went around the Peñafrancia Shrine Museum, the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary and Museum and the San Francisco Church and bell tower.
Would you believe that there is a hot spring in Naga? For the health conscious, one can take a therapeutic dip at the Panicuason Hot Springs Resort. After lunch it was time to go to the Haciendas de Naga where we had fun picking and tasting the ever famous pili nuts at the Pili Orchard. We also visited a proposed site for a golf course, zipline, firing range, organic farming and a retirement village.
We capped the day with a Governor's Night at the CWC Cabanas, where we were welcomed by no other than Camarines Sur Governor LRay Villafuerte.
Our last day at the home of the Bicol Express was another exciting one, an experience every tourist raves about: the Butanding Interaction in Donsol. After meeting the famous underwater creature, we had a late lunch in Red Labuyo before going on to another pilgrimage, this time at the Daraga Church.
Of course, the Bicol experience will not be complete without going to Albay to see the majestic Mayon Volcano and its equally famous Cagsawa Ruins. It was a fun filled 3 days in Bicol, no wonder the region is one of the country's top destinations for tourists, local and foreign alike. And with that experience, expect more exciting tour packages that will be offered by NAITAS travel agency members.
It is indeed More Fun in the Philippines!