Ligñon Hill Nature Park
The 156-meter high Ligñon Hill (also spelled Lingñon, pronounced as /li-NYON/) is one of Legazpi’s most famous landmarks. For years, Ligñon Hill is known only for the PHIVOLCS observatory located in its flanks and an old lighthouse on its summit. Today, it has become one of the city’s prime destinations for sightseers, adventurers and even fitness buffs. The new Ligñon Hill Nature Park offers sights and activities for all types of visitors.
What to see and do in Ligñon Hill Nature Park
Enjoy the spectacular 360 degree view
For sightseers, a panoramic 360 degree view of Legazpi City, Daraga, Albay Gulf and the Mayon Volcano awaits at the viewdeck. A landscaped promenade as well as restaurants and shops also cater to guests.
Watch the sunrise or sunset
The best time to ascend the hill is at early morning just before sunrise, while the air is cool. Visitors have the opportunity to witness the morning sun rise up from the Albay Gulf and cast its golden rays on the city below. Early morning is also the best time to view Mayon since it is usually in all its naked glory at this time of day. An alternative is the sunset or evening walk up the hill where one can see the sparkling city lights sprawled below and enjoy the cool breeze from the ocean.
Experience the Ligñon zipline and other adventures
Aside from the spectacular sights, Ligñon Hill Nature Park also offers fun filled and thrilling activities. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of exciting activities including a 320-meter zipline where the adventurous can soar through the air harnessed to a cable. The hill also offers other adventure activities and extreme sports, such as hiking, biking, rappelling, paintball and more.
Get a quick preview of climbing Mayon
Kapit Tuko Trail (Lizard Grip Trail) is an exceedingly steep shortcut to the summit of Lignon Hill, this trail offers a taste of what it feels like to climb to the summit of Mayon Volcano in 5-10 minutes.
Travel back in time to World War II
The Japanese Tunnel is an arms cache used by the Japanese forces during WWII, this 50 foot tunnel gives visitors a chance to act like soldiers and enter 3 foot high tunnels. (Bring a flashlight, it is almost impossible to get lost but there are areas where one has to crawl).
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From the airport: Turn right to Magayon Drive (you will pass through a private subdivision). Turn left at the junction with Bogtong Road and proceed until you reach the tennis courts, just before the gate to the Albay Wildlife Park. You may start your trek up the hill at the entrance (near the tennis courts). You can also drive your vehicle up the hill.
From Legazpi: Take a Legazpi-Daraga Loop 1 jeepney. It will take you directly to the foot of the hill.
From Daraga: Take a tricycle from the centro to Tagas and ask the drive to drop you off at the tennis courts.