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Cagraray Eco-Energy Park: Hilltop park in Albay

Cagraray Eco-Energy Park is an ecological park that features trekking, zip lines, a swimming pool, and an open-air amphitheater overlooking the picturesque Albay Gulf. Roughly an hour away from Legazpi City, Cagraray Island, where the eco-park is situated, is also known for the renowned Misibis Bay

April 19, 2019 — Frustrated. I was utterly frustrated by how our day was turning out. Our last day in Bicol was spent braving the thick crowd in Daraga Church and Cagsawa Ruins. The intensely hot weather and dense foot traffic took all my energy. We also wanted to see Sumlang Lake but backed out due to the high volume pedestrian and vehicular queues. It was the peak season because of the Holy Week break so my group and I expected that everybody would be everywhere. Awful is a word to describe it.

Our itinerary was no longer relevant since we had to adjust everything. At the last minute, we decided to bring the adventure in Cagraray Eco-Energy Park in Bacacay. It was the right decision since this tourist attraction is not commonly included in tour packages offered for guests staying in Legazpi  City area.

 

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The road to Cagraray Island from Legazpi City was definitely one for the books: smooth, curvy, clear and blessed with a wonderful view. We stopped at Sula Bridge, the one that connects Cagraray Island to mainland Albay, to check out the scenery (see above photos). Not very far from it was another spectacular sight of Albay’s stunning landscapes and magnificent bodies of water.

 

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It is indeed a remote attraction, perhaps the reason why it isn’t included in the usual tour packages. In the hour that we’re traveling, there was nothing else to see aside from a few beach resorts. And the one closest to the eco-park, with only a kilometer away, was Misibis Bay Resort. If you’re having a hard time locating Cagraray Eco-Energy Park, there are signs that point to famous Misibis Bay.

 

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After paying the entrance fee of ₱25 per person, we drove straight ahead and noticed the Stations of the Cross placed at different points. While passing by a few of the stations, a white-washed structure caught the corner of my eye. I walked around it and saw the fullness of its beauty. Stella Maris Chapel is a popular venue for intimate weddings especially because of the dreamy glass windows.

 

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On an estimate, the chapel may probably seat around 50 persons inside. The setting at Stella Maris Chapel sure makes occasions feel more special, given that it is located on a top of the hill overlooking the sea. Charming as it seems, it would be better, though, if the management can give it a facelift since the paint job has worn off.

 

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Another highlight of the tour is the amphitheater. The amphitheater in Cagraray Eco-Energy Park has become known because of its iconic structure. It is an open-air stadium with 18 rows of seats positioned in a semi-circular manner. The platform had five massive stones standing at the back portion. Everything was beautifully laid out to harmonize with nature.

 

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Guide to Cagraray Eco-Energy Park

    • It could get really hot since there is no shade available when taking the tour. Wear a cap or use an umbrella. Bring a bottle of water and a fan with you.
    • Zipline, hanging bridge and trekking are other activities one may try while in the eco-park.
    • The fee is ₱25 per adult and ₱10 per child. The park is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday.

 

Itinerary and Budget

April 17, 2019 3:30 AM Travel to Legazpi from Cavite About ₱850-950/head (bus fare)
8:30 PM Check in to Selvina’s Hotel in Sorsogon City ₱2,300/room(max of 4)
April 18, 2019 5:00 AM Wake up, prepare
6:00 AM Travel to Matnog port
7:15 AM ETA at Matnog port, register at the boatment association ₱150/parking space (day); ₱200/parking space (overnight) ₱1,600/boat (rental for island daytour); ₱2,000/boat (rental for overnight island stay); ₱50/head (registration fee); ₱20/head (environmental fee)
8:20 AM ETD to Tikling Island (donation)
8:35 AM ETA at Tikling Island Donation may be given.
9:15 AM ETD to Subic Beach
9:40 AM ETA at Subic Beach ₱500-₱600/cottage (day tour)
10:05 AM ETD to Calintaan Cave
10:20 AM ETA at Calintaan Cave
11:00 AM ETD to Juag Lagoon
11:15 AM ETA Juag Lagoon, straight to jump-off
11:30 AM ETA boatman association office, wash up
12:15 PM Stop by Ateng Liza Bulalohan, eat lunch
1:00 PM ETD to Bulusan Volcano Park
2:30 PM ETA at Bulusan Volcano Park ₱20/person (entrance fee for adult); ₱15/person (entrance fee for kid)
3:15 PM ETD to Irosin hot springs
4:00 PM ETA at Irosin Tropical hot springs ₱20/person (entrance fee for adult)
6:00 PM ETD to Legazpi City
8:00 PM ETA at Legazpi, eat dinner at Biggs
9:30 PM ETD to find hotel
9:45 PM ETA at Avia Inn, check in ₱1,200/room (max of 4 pax)
April 19, 2019 6:00 AM Wake up, prep, eat breakfast
8:35 AM ETD to Daraga Church
8:45 AM ETA at Daraga Church
9:00 AM ETD to Embarcadero
9:20 AM ETA at Embarcadero
9:35 AM ETD Bicol Heritage Park
10:00 AM ETA at Bicol Heritage Park
10:10 AM ETD to Cagsawa Ruins
10:30 AM ETA at Cagsawa Ruins ₱20/person (entrance fee for adult); ₱15/person (entrance fee for kid); ₱30/parking space
11:15 AM ETD to Sumlang Lake
11:15 AM ETA Sumlang Lake / ETD to Cagraray
1:00 PM ETA at Cagraray Eco Park ₱25/person (entrance fee)
1:45 PM ETD Daraga
3:00 PM ETA First Colonial Legazpi, eat late lunch
4:00 PM ETD to Naga City
6:45 PM ETA at Naga City, check-in at Centro Square Hotel ₱1,200/room (good for 3 pax), ₱600/extra bed
April 20, 2019 5:30 AM Wake up, prep
6:45 PM Check out hotel, travel back to Cavite
7:00 PM ETA home

 

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2 Comments

  1. I just visited the Eco Park November 28, 2021.
    Obviously suffering from the covid lockdown and lack of tourism.
    No more zip lining, swimming, etc. No maintenance.
    Still worth the trip for the views & amphitheater.

    1. That’s so sad… Hope they can bounce back!

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