Bacacay is located on the eastern slope of the beautiful Mayon Volcano. The town is composed of the mainland and the Cagraray Islands with about 11 islets strategically scattered within its coasts. The town has 143 km. of irregular coastline and half of this shoreline are highly potential beach resorts, especially those located in the island of Cagraray. These beaches are accessible to tourists by motorized boats. Cagraray Islands have lots to offer – especially those who would like to commune with nature.
Black and White Beaches
Bacacay boasts of having the longest shoreline in Albay. Most of these are composed of black sands which are due to the erosion of volcanic rocks. While white sand beaches are quite breathtaking and lovely to look at, black sand coasts are also quite rare and fascinating – as well as therapeutic (according to claims). Many of the loveliest black sand beaches in the province can be found in Bacacay.
These fascinating and rare black sand coastlines are common to its folks especially those living near the shores of Barangays Sogod, Panarayon, Hindi, Pili, Igang, and Telegrapo (Port Area, Brgy. 1 Poblacion – where the ancient remains of Roca Baluarte can be found), as well as in some barangays in Cagraray Island.
However, in Cagraray, most of the coastlines also feature pristine white sands against lovely turquoise sea. Since the Island is facing the Pacific Ocean, one can witness rolling waves that rises up from a rocky abyss before it breaks out. The area is also suitable for water skiing and surfing.
One of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the province of Albay is the Church of the St. Rose of Lima. It was constructed in 1660 by the natives under the supervision and control of Franciscan Missionaries. Nowadays, the church is one of the major tourist attractions of the town because of its ancient architectural style and natural beauty.
The 16th century old Baluarte Tower ruins is one of the landmarks of Christianity in this municipality. Long before, it was used as watchtower by the natives against the incoming Moro marauders. Today, the remains of Baluarte Watch Tower solidly stand, as a symbol of strong Christian faith.
The ruins of the old Spanish Sugar Central at San Pedro bacacay, Albay marks the Spanish industry. It was said that the areas of Barangays Igang, Cajugotan, Vinisitahan mainland and part of San Pedro are former sugar cane plantations wherein farm produce are brought to the said sugar central for processing.
Another historical landmark is the Spanish watchtower in Barangay San Pedro wherein guardians of the plantation stands to watch against thieves.
Bacacay has several mineral deposits. There is an abundant supply of decorative pebbles that can be found in Barangays Misibis and Manaet.
Meanwhile, in Barangays Cagbulacao, Misibis, Mataas, Sula and Manaet in Cagraray, huge deposits of calcium bicarbonate or marble can be found in several caves. These marble deposits features 16 different colors with quality comparable to the best known marbles in the world. There is an ongoing LGU-assisted project conducted by residents of Barangay Cagbulacao that concentrates on the production of novelty items using marble. Several marble plants have been established to process marble products and by-products.
The marble caves found in Barangays Mataas, Misibis, Cagbulacao and Tanagan in Cagraray can excite enthusiasts with its mysteries and wonderful formations of stalagmites and stalactites.
Several strategic barangays in Cagraray Islands boasts of panoramic waterfalls with clean and safe waters.
Bacacay has the widest coral reefs in the province. Surrounding seas of several Barangays in Cagraray Island have lovely coral reefs and gardens beneath. In Barangay Uson, a reef rehabilitation program is undergoing in order to maintain and preserve the pristine coral reef in the area.