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Albay: Mayon Rest House & Mayon Planetarium

Located halfway to the peak of the eastern slope of Mayon Volcano and in the jurisdiction of Tabaco City in the province of Albay is the Mayon Skyline View Deck also known as the  Mayon Rest House.

Formerly known as the Mayon Skyline Hotel, the establishment was long been shut down due to the unpredictability of Mayon Volcano. Luckily for the aging establishment, it was preserved by the local government of Tabaco City. The place was also improved by adding the planetarium, zip line and the wall climbing facilities also known as the Mayon Planetarium and Science Park. However, during our visit, it was only the planetarium which was functional. 
As seen from the foot of the volcano
Going up!
Sadly, Mt. Mayon is not in the mood to be seen in this photo
A great view from the parking lot
Still no Mayon. =(

The good thing about the Mayon Planetarium (its official name), is that you would only shell out 10 pesos for the entrance fee. The funny thing about it was that I went in expecting to see star systems or anything related to a typical planetarium show but I have seen nothing of that sort. It was the documentary about Mayon Volcano, the story of Daragang Magayon, and the tourism campaign video of Tabaco City that was shown to the visitors.
Inside the planetarium
Time to watch some video presentation
Some bonsai plants for sale
Well, if you don't want to watch any of those, you could try out the cafe beside the planetarium. If you're going to ask me what's special about it, I'd say there's none but you should still try it out especially if you're hungry. Why? Because there's nothing else to try.
Ella enjoying the place

Although Mayon Rest House is not for those looking for extreme adventures, (or white sand beaches) I highly recommend it for family bondings or dates. Visit it with your loved ones (you should bring your own food though) because it is a great place for picnics and photo shoots (selfies). Aside from having a cool temperature perfect for those who want to escape the humidity of the province, it also offers a stunning view of the City of Tabaco and the beautiful landscape around it.
Family picture

For me, it was during the third day of our 6-day Southern Luzon road Trip that we got to visit Mayon Rest House. Sadly,  Mayon covered herself up with clouds. It was so ironic because the whole time that we were in the province we got to see the beauty of the volcano but when we were nearest the volcano that's when we failed to see her. 

Getting there:
From Manila, ride a bus heading to Legazpi City in Albay. board down in Legazpi's Grand terminal and transfer to a jeepney or van to Tabaco City. 

Sad to say, there is no public transportation the plies directly to Mayon Rest House. The best way to reach it is via a rental tricycle, jeepney or van from Tabaco City.

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Comments

  1. Is the there are regular public utility vehicles plying that route?

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    1. Wala po but there are several trike drivers or jeepney drivers who are willing to have their services rented...

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    2. How much naman po inaabot kung mag rerent ng trike or jeepney?

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    3. Since walang implemented amount ang city government ng Tabaco last time we visited, prices could range from 400 to an exorbitant 1000 pesos. Make sure to haggle before renting a trike.

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  2. Thank you so much :) Great Blog anyways very helpful

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  3. Do you their operating days & hours? Thanks!

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    1. It's open everyday. 8AM - 5PM but you can stay longer if you want to.

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    1. Dati pwede noong resort pa ito. However, hindi ko alam if pwede mag camping dito.

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  5. My brother suggested Imight like this blog. He was totally right.This
    post truly made my day. You can nnot imagine just how much time I had slent for this info!
    Thanks!

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  6. Just passed by your blog while checking on what can be done around Legazpi/Mayon areas. Helpful info! Thank you! God bless!

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    1. Thank you so much Allan. =) Thanks for dropping by. =)

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  7. Just saw this blog. It was years ago, but is there a parking lot for cars here? And the story of daragang magayon is the legend of Mayon right? Thats nice!

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    1. Hi Angelica. There is a parking lot for cars here. =) Actually you can drive up there.

      Daragang Magayon is the story of Mayon. That's true. =)

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