engkanto falls

There’s just something about stunning pictures in an unfamiliar territory that just make you want to pack your bags, book a cheap flight, hop on a bus, and see a new destination in person. With Naga and nearby towns these shots, it’s going to be hard to do anything but just that.

The city of Naga is situated within the province of Camarines Sur in the southeastern tip of Luzon at the near the center of the Bicol Region, surrounded on all sides by rich agricultural, forest and fishing areas. It covers a land area of 8,448 hectares (20,880 acres) and is located around the serpentine and historic Naga River and Bikol Rivers. An ideal place for trade and as center for schools, church and government offices. Included in its territory is Mount Isarog, a declared protected area in Region V known as Mount Isarog Natural Park.

Naga City is located 377 kilometres southeast of Manila, the Philippines’ capital, 45 km north of Iriga City and about 380 kilometres northeast of Cebu City, the largest city in the Visayas.

When you’re taking your next trip to the Philippines, make sure you put the province of Naga on your list.

Why is that? Because this is a beautiful province with a lot to offer, and it would be a total loss not to explore it.

On my recent trip to Naga, I was amazed by its natural beauty and the remarkable hospitality of its people! I have been starting to be active on social media for awhile now documenting my trips daily with high expectations to inspire more people to travel around the Philippines.

Here are the images that I know will inspire you to add Naga and nearby towns to your bucket list now!

You may not take my word for it, but the next 50+ images will take care of that.

Rappelling at Nalalata Falls

Our crazy adventures almost always focus on interacting with and watching crazy people enjoying life and nature. This place seems to attract more crazy wanderers. Not convinced?

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nalalata falls camarines sur

Nalalata Falls, Bula – A stunning and remarkable burst of water that provides a cool mist and spray. The scenic greenery of the Bicol region always impresses me and I feel absolutely refreshed whenever I’m close to nature.

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Nalalata Falls, Brgy. Lubgan, Bula, Camarines Sur

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Get in touch with Kaddlagan Outdoor Shop & Services, a Naga-based outdoor company. You can join a group if you’re going solo. Rates vary per number of people in a group. They also organize other waterfalls and hiking adventures.

The Naga Manor

The Naga Manor currently sitting in Naga City, Bicol and it is the extension of Avenue Plaza Hotel.

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The hotel is very close to all bars, coffee shops, restaurants, banks, malls, Avenue Square, Naga City Gym, Basilica Church, and other points of interest. Naga Manor offers 15 rooms (Single, Twin, Triple, Quad), meeting facilities, hotel garden, WiFi, car park, tours, and other facilities.

Haciendas de Naga

A glass of a very filling #Pili shake at Ranchero Grill in Haciendas de Naga, Carolina Uptown Naga city (currently priced at 55-75 Pesos/glass) It’s main ingredient is Pili nut, which is a major product from in Bicol.

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Get high with #Pili shake at Ranchero Grill, Haciendas de Naga, Carolina Uptown, Naga City
Haciendas de Naga
Nursery Road, Naga, Camarines Sur
6354.472.2190

Tints and Tones Fashion Crafts

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A nice necklace made from the shell of the pili fruit by Tints and Tones Fashion Crafts +639478392201

Handicraft made from dried water lily stalks

#handicraft made from dried water lily stalks  Tinago Water Hyacinth Handicraft Development Association Tinago, Naga City +639467373010

Tinago Water Hyacinth Handicraft Development Association
Tinago, Naga City
+639467373010

Naga delicacies

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Before flying back to Manila or hopping on a bus back to Manila, make sure you hunt for pasalubong and souvenirs in Naga City. Our choices of pasalubong: T-shirts and the famous pili nut.

Woodstone Kitchen & Bar

These delicious treats from Woodstone Kitchen & Bar in Naga city started their operations just last December. 

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Managed by Chef Ton Castillo, they serve various Filipino cuisines with delectable creative flavors include crispy pinangat, crispy dinuguan and the famous laing with lechon.  One can also enjoy at night with their mixed drinks while listening to good music. 

Red Platter

Red Platter has an awesome interior. Try their chocolate dome and cheesecakes.

Red Platter has an awesome interior. Try their chocolate dome and cheesecake.  Red Platter Magsaysay Ave, Naga City 054.4729933

Red Platter
Magsaysay Ave, Naga City
054.4729933

Flavors Gastronomica

Looking for super-flavorful and hearty food? Head to Flavors Gastronomica.

Flavors Gastronomica Must try: Flavours Pasta 0939.924.8516 054.472.8350Must try: Flavours Pasta
0939.924.8516
054.472.8350

The best of Calle Barlin

Through the years, Naga City in the Bicol Region has become a rising culinary destination. My personal favorite is a dish of taro leaves cooked in rich coconut mil. Morsels of meat and chili are added to give punch to the “Laing”.

It’s eaten with steamed rice.

The best of Calle Barlin

Rediscover this ancestral house turned hostel & restaurant.

Chef Doy’s Gourmet Restaurant

The authentic versions of “Laing” from the kitchens in Naga and Albay are most delicious.

Dinner at Chef Doy’s Gourmet Restaurant. I recommend to try their “laing” and “dinuguan”.

Dinner at Chef Doy’s Gourmet Restaurant. Must try are “laing” and “dinuguan”.

Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee is famed for the way it is made. It is prepared in an ibrik, a small coffee pot that is heated. Sugar w beill then added during the brewing process, not after, so the need for a serving spoon is eliminated. Cream or milk is never added to Turkish coffee, and sugar is optional.

Experience Turkish Coffee only at Cafe Arabica along Basilica Road

Experience Turkish Coffee only at Cafe Arabica along Basilica Road

Engkanto Falls Adventure 

It’s a perfect weather during our waterfalls trek to the enchanting Engkanto Falls in Brgy. Bical, Libmanan, Camarines Sur, Bicol region.

Day 2 #Naga #adventure : Thankful for the good weather during our #waterfalls #trek to Engkanto Falls in Brgy. Bical, Libmanan, Camarines Sur #Bicol region #Philippines #nagax

Lucky enough as we’re joined by the LGU in trekking to Engkanto Falls. Enkanto Falls is a multi-tiered waterfalls located in Barangay Bical, Libmanan, Camarines Sur. This is a such a cool destination which you can add to your itinerary when visiting Naga.

Day 2 #Naga #adventure : Thankful for the good weather during our #waterfalls #trek to Engkanto Falls in Brgy. Bical, Libmanan, Camarines Sur #Bicol region #Philippines #nagax

Naked and Funny

Naked boys in Engkanto Falls – fascinating, funny, and endearing.

engkanto falls

It takes a clever new hook to grab and maintain my attention to our hilarious hosts. This kind of adventure offers a different experience that only fun travelers can enjoy. We encounter some very rare moments and see them having lots of fun and enjoying life and nature. Photo credits © Wynter Wish

Experience Kinalas

Skinned pig or cow’s head, boiled for hours until the meat falls off, creating a delicious broth.

experience kinalas

A visit to Naga City would not be complete without tasting Kinalas, a noodle soup, with broth from boiled pork or beef head, topped with a brown sauce like Pancit Palabok’s. A cousin of Mami, but with a twist, especially when eaten with siling labuyo.

The secret to a good bowl, as shared by one restaurant staff, is actually not the broth, but the sauce and how fresh the ingredients are.

Naga Garden Restaurant

If you’re looking for a homegrown Naga food, Naga Garden Restaurant near the main town is the only place where locals go.  A local version of Mamonluk with the aged formica tables and thick-rimmed drinking glasses that never seem to break.

Naga Garden Restaurant near the Centro is the only place where locals go.  I think it’s their version of Mamonluk complete with the aged formica tables and thick-rimmed drinking glasses that never seem to break.  Its staying power may be attributed to the original toasted siopao.  This special dimsum has pork meat and egg filling wrapped inside a yummy toasted bun. This goes perfectly with their piping-hot mami.  You can see that every table predictably ordered this combination. You’d also want to try their pancit bihon – loaded with all sorts of sahog and slick with sesame oil. It’s all the stuff that childhood memories of family meriendas are made of.

Best seller is the original toasted siopao, a special dimsum that has pork meat and egg filling wrapped inside a delicious toasted bun perfect with their piping-hot mami.

The Morales House Ruins, Libmanan

The Morales House Ruins Libmaan

The Morales House Ruins, an art deco structure constructed in year 1937 believed to be designed by a National Artist.

Interesting stories and architectures during the heritage tour at Libmaan.

Interesting stories and architectures during the heritage tour at Libmaan.

And let’s not forget about the people

Long before the coming of the Spaniards, Libmanan had been thriving on agriculture. But the innovations introduced by the friars immensely boosted agricultural productivity. Around 1890’s rice production had increased making it the major source of municipal revenue, giving Libmanan average annual sales of 120,000 cavans of palay.

And let's not forget about the people.

Although, the towns of Albay continued to dominate the cultivation of abaca, Libmanan had also partaken of its benefits with its annual harvest of some 1,500 piculs which were partly exported to other towns and the rest retained for local use.

Century house in Libmanan

A turn of the century house in Libmanan, one of the few surviving historic structures which serves as a reminder of the grandeur of its vibrant and colorful past.

libmanan ancestral houses

The church of Libmanan

Throughout the Spanish regime, the physical structure of the church served as the face of municipality.

The church of LibmananIn 1892, Libmanan church was described by an official government as “spacious and of good construction, with a beautiful convent both constructed of mamposteria with a fine square tile for its flooring and of wood roofed with galvanized iron.

Exploring Minalabac

Forget sand beaches for now, the pebbled beach of Minalabac is also unbelievably interesting.

Minalabac is a third class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. Rediscover the white pebbled beach of Minalabac – it’s sheer paradise.

Bagapuso peak & Marine sanctuary

Naga is blessed with a wide array of scenic beaches, coves, marine sanctuaries, and dive sites to choose from. At Ragay Gulf to the west are the Sombrero and Tinalisayan Islands and the beaches of Pasacao, Libmanan, Minalabac, San Fernando and Bula.

bagapuso peak

Amazing sunset

One of the most incredibly beautiful sunsets you can ever witness are the ones seen in Minalabac, Camarines Sur. The sunset view is absolutely priceless!

minalabac

For a couple of days I didn’t realize an unexpected romance with you. I just seriously felt it, and fell in love so deeply until the day we had to say goodbye.

But then, I didn’t say goodbye – to the people I met, or to Naga – when I left: I said  – “Dios mabalos! Thank you very much, I know I’ll see you soon.”

How to get to Naga City: 
There are several bus companies traveling to Naga from Pasay and/or Cubao Bus Terminal (Fare is roughly at 750 Pesos – 1000 Pesos, depending on bus line/seat type). There are morning and evening schedules, usually at 8-9:30AM and then 4PM-9:30PM. Travel time is 8-10 hours. For your convenience, a faster option is by taking a plane from Manila to Naga via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific.

If you want a crazy vacation… Fun in Naga is ready for you.

This familiarization trip was a collaboration with the amazing team of Naga Tourism, Naga City Arts, Culture and Tourism Office, Kaddlagan Outdoor Shop and Services, LGU of Libmanan, LGU of Minasacan. Kinalas & Chef Doy’s Photo credits © Tracking Treasure

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