Mention Albay and the first tourist destination that people could think of is the Mayon Volcano. With Mayon’s majestic beauty, it really deserves all the attention. But Albay has more to offer than the stunning volcano. If you explore a little more, you’ll find a beautiful hill without a hilltop called Kawa Kawa Hills.

Although this place does not really need much of an introduction because it has been popular for so many years. But here we will discuss everything you need to know about Kawa Kawa Natural Park to guide you especially if it’s you’re a first-time visitor.

*Cover photo sources: (Left) Wikimedia Commons | (Right)

How to get there

From Manila or Cubao, ride a bus going to Legazpi City and tell the driver or conductor to drop you off at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tuburan, Ligao City. Upon arrival, ride a jeepney or tricycle going to Kawa-Kawa Hills. Travel time is around 10-12 hours depending on the traffic situation.

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Kawa Kawa Hill Description

The term “kawa” means cauldron in the local dialect. It is called such because of its shape that resembles a cauldron.

About Kawa Kawa Hill

Kawa Kawa Hills stations of the cross

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Kawa Kawa Natural Park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Albay located in Ligao City. It is a six-hectare crater that many people hike or trek to see wonderful sightings of nature including the Mayon Volcano. There you’ll find lush greenery, bamboo huts, sunflower plantation, and life-size statues depicting the Stations of the Cross. 

Many devotees visit the place during the lenten season to pray, hold their penitence, and perform the 14 Stations of the Cross, that are parts of a Christian tradition which represent the path Jesus Christ took on the way to his crucifixion.

Aside from the Stations of the Cross, there is also a Carmelite church at the hills for pilgrims to visit and Bambusetum where you can take lots of photos. This surely is a great place to learn about the Kawa Kawa Hills history.

Kawa Kawa Hill location

Kawa Kawa Natural Park is located at Brgy. Tuburan, Ligao City in Albay, Philippines.

What to see and do in and out of the Kawa Kawa Natural Park

View of Mayon Volcano from Kawa Kawa Hills Albay

Photo credits to Lawrence Craft via Flickr

While this place is popular for devotees, adventurers will also definitely enjoy it as it offers loads of fun activities to try like the ones below:

  1. Go for an ATV Ride – Leave the boring and explore the natural park with thrill by riding an ATV!
  2. Reflect at the Stations of the Cross – For many Christians, a visit to this park isn’t complete without reflecting at the Stations of the Cross.
  3. Visit the Church of the Holy Sacrament – Since this park is popular for its Stations of the Cross, make the most of your visit by checking out the Church of the Holy Sacrament, too.
  4. Dine at La Terraza Restaurant – After a day full of fun, feed your hungry tummy at this restaurant nearby.
  5. Have a picnic – If you want to level up your dining experience, bring your own mat and have a picnic with your fam.
  6. Take lots of photos at the Bambusetum Park – Marvel at the beauty of bamboos perfect for a quick shoot for the ‘gram!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Kawa Kawa Hill

Q: Where is Kawa Kawa Hills located?
A: Kawa Kawa Hills is located at Brgy. Tuburan, Ligao City in Albay, Philippines. Note that it is different from the Kawa Kawa Falls as it’s found in the province of Marinduque.

Q: Saan matatagpuan ang Kawa Kawa Hill?
A: Kung gusto mong malaman kung saan matatagpuan ang Kawa Kawa Hill, ito ay sa Brgy. Tuburan, Ligao City sa Albay, Bicol.

Q: Bakit tinawag na Kawa Kawa Hill?
A: Sa nabanggit nating Kawa Kawa Hill description, kaya ito tinawag na ganito ay dahil sa hugis at itsura nito na parang isang malaking kaldero. Ang salitang kawa ay may ibig sabihin na “cauldron” sa lokal na diyalekto kaya Kawa Kawa Hill ang tagalog nito.

Q: Is Albay open for tourism?
A: As of writing, the province of Albay is temporarily closing its borders for leisure travelers due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country. Only essential travel is allowed.

Source: Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara

Q: Ano ang Kawa Kawa Hill?
A: Ang Kawa Kawa Hill ay isang sikat na religious site na matatagpuan sa Ligao, Albay. Madalas itong puntahan ng mga turista tuwing semana santa para magnilay-nilay.

Q: Where is Kawa Kawa Falls located?
A: Kawa Kawa Falls is located in the province of Marinduque in the Philippines.

Q: Where is Kawa Kawa River located?
A: Kawa Kawa River is located at Kota Kinabalu. This place does not just offer a stunning view but it also lets you be closer to nature. Make sure to try the Kawa Kawa Fireflies Sunset Cruise for a fun trip.

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