Camarines Sur: Oh Dear, Oh Deer!

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We hit the road again, driving from Albay Province back north towards the 2nd volcano on our itinerary, the Taal Volcano. But it would be two days before we get there. We stayed overnight in Naga, Camarines Sur, and the following night in Lucena City.

Our route over 4 days and 2 nights from Misibis Bay to Taal Volcano

We didn’t have specific plans during these two days, apart from hotel bookings. So when my brother-in-law mentioned about a deer farm in the town of Ocampo, Camarines Sur, spontaneity kicked in, and to deer farm we went!

The farm was at the foot of Mount Isarog, a volcano! Now that fits perfectly with the theme of our road trip. Mount Isarog is classified as ‘active’ although there have been no known eruptions in the recent history.

There’s Mount Isarog and the single-lane road to the deer farm

We never knew that there is deer farm in the Philippines, so we were quite excited to check it out.

It was a nice place to visit especially for the kids. Visitors are normally allowed to enter and feed the deer some grass.
The farm was closed when we visited though so our kids got to feed them only from behind the fence. I noticed that the deer here are quite small in size compared to the ones we saw in Japan and New Zealand. Their fur is also not as thick and long, perhaps their way of adapting to the warmer weather in the Philippines?
That’s Nene, the girl grinning from ear to ear. She is mute but ‘chatted’ with me while my kids were feeding the deer. She asked me to take a picture of her and her friends while they play with the old toys they received.

From the unplanned trip to the deer farm, we headed to Naga City where we’d stay a night. Naga was also one of our ‘pitstops’ earlier in the road trip – from the north, Manila, through Lucena City to Naga then to Mount Mayon in Legazpi. This time it was the reverse – from the south, Misibis Bay, then to Naga and Lucena City, to Taal Volcano in Tagaytay City.

We booked the same hotel in Naga, the Avenue Plaza Hotel. It wasn’t easy to find a good hotel outside of the major cities in the Philippines, so we were thankful that this one turned not bad at all. In fact, we would not mind staying there again if we’d ever go back to Naga. We enjoyed the food at their restaurant especially the local breakfast spread. It was walking distance to restaurants and convenience stores.

Naga has beautiful churches and thankfully we had time to visit one, the Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

This Catholic church was opened in 1982
It houses the statue of the Virgin Mary that was said to have originated in Spain in 1710.
It was Christmastime during our road trip, and Naga had these beautiful lanterns for sale on the roadside 🙂

On our way to Lucena City the following day, military men stationed in Naga instructed us to make a detour and go via Daet in the mountainous Camarines Norte (instead of the usual route via Camarines Sur). It was a longer drive but the roads there are well maintained especially the stretch the cuts through Bicol Natural Park.

Some information that you may find useful:

Ocampo Deer Farm

Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

  • Balatas Rd, Naga City, 4400 Camarines Sur,+63 54 473 3644

Tourist Attractions in Camarines Sur

Other posts on our volcano road trip in the Philippines:

Three Volcanoes and a Road Trip

Mount Mayon: The Majestic Lady and the Rugged ATVs

Mount Mayon: ATV Summit Trail Video – All the Way Up

Albay Province: Hiking on Quitinday Green Hills

Albay Province: Jovellar Underground River and Dry Cave

Albay Province: Sumlang Lake and FarmPlate

Albay Province: Misibis Bay Resort

9 comments

    1. Hello Neil! Glad that you stopped by. Yeah, it was really unusual in the Philippines. I saw big ones in NZ in a farm, and in a park in Japan. They’re double the size of the ones in the Philippines. I think there are some deer farms too in the US?

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  1. Your trip sounds super nice. I did not know about the deer farm. I mean how many deers are still left in this country. I feel for the Bicol region especially today that a big storm is crossing the country. I hope you are all safe and dry.

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    1. Thank you Marcus. I’m watching the news about the typhoon from Singapore. I heard that there were a few casualties in the area. 😦

      About the deer farm, I too was surprised to know that there is a deer farm in the Philippines. They said there were about 200 of them.

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