DIY Travel Guide to Sumlang Lake in Albay

Saturday, December 03, 2016

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If you want a different perspective of the Mayon, Sumlang Lake in Camalig is the place to be. This place, with its calm glittering surface, inspires a relaxing afternoon wading out in a bamboo raft outfitted with a stylish set of chairs made from abaca. Cruise down the lake, or rent out a paddle board or kayak, while marveling at the grandeur that is the Mayon Volcano.
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SIDETRIPS
Sidetrips to the Cagsawa Ruins, Quitinday Green Hills, and Jovellar Underground River and Cave are highly recommended. 

Related Adventure: Albay Day Tour

SAMPLE ITINERARY
<Albay Day Tour> (from Sorsogon City)
06:10 to 07:15 - Sorsogon Town Proper to Legazpi, Albay via van
07:15 to 07:30 - Legazpi to Bañag via tricycle
07:30 to 08:10 - Bañag to Quitinday Intersection via jeepney
08:10 to 08:40 - Quitinday Junction to Quitinday Green Hills via rented tricycle
08:40 to 09:15 - Register, pay fees, trek, picture-taking
09:15 to 09:50 - Quitinday Green Hills to Jovellar Underground River and Cave via rented tricycle
09:50 to 12:10 - Register, explore underground river and cave
12:10 to 12:45 - Wash up
12:45 to 13:10 - to Rayben's for lunch via rented tricycle
13:10 to 14:00 - Lunch
<Main>
14:20 to 14:50 - Rayben's to Sumlang Lake via rented tricycle
14:50 to 16:00 - Balsa ride across Sumlang Lake, picture-taking
16:00 to 16:10 - Sumlang Lake to Highway via rented tricycle
16:10 to 16:30 - Sumlang to Legazpi via jeepney
16:30 to 17:45 - Legazpi to Sorsogon town proper via bus

BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES
(Per pax unless otherwise stated)
Entrance Fee (Sumlang Lake) - Php10
Balsa Fee - Php25
CR - Php5

For expenses for Jovellar Underground River, click here. For Quitinday Green Hills, go here. For the complete Albay Day Tour, check this separate post, or this Facebook photo album.
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HOW TO GET THERE
From Sorsogon town proper, take a tricycle or walk to the municipal hall where there is a UV van terminal. Get on a van bound to Daraga or Legazpi. Once in Legazpi City, take a tricycle to Bañag. Once there, ride a jeepney with “Polangui” signage and alight before the Albay Agri Ethno Eco Village (Agri-Village). Then, ride a tricycle or walk to Sumlang Lake (about a 15-minute walk). 
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OTHER CONCERNS AND REMINDERS
- Practice the LNT Principles at all times (Read: 8 Basic Etiquette Rules Every Modern Traveler Should Know)
- Wear appropriate clothing to avoid injury and wounds, put on some sunscreen too
- Mobile Reception (all networks) is stable
- You may park your vehicles around the registration area for free
- There are plenty of food stalls around the area 

CONTACT DETAILS
Jed Villanueva
Camalig Tourism Officer
+63 927 621 3315

Jemar Moral
Tricycle Driver/Tour Guide
+ 63 930 086 7210

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