Join an island hopping trip through some of the stunning volcanic islands of the Philippines by bike and boat.
With 7,107 islands to choose from in the Philippines, it’s hard to decide where to start. The Visayas group of islands offers a diverse sampling to explore the Philippines by mountain bike. From the long and narrow island of Cebu we ferry to Bohol and the famous Chocolate Hills, to mysterious Siquijor and on to Negros before returning to Cebu.
Explore volcanic islands
Almost all of the islands of the Philippines are volcanic in origin. Witness some of these cloud-scraping craters towering above the lush tropical paradises and sublime sandy beaches. Wake up to rush through rainforested tracks, and end the day with a plunge into crystal clear waters to admire the shimmering and lively coral reef communities.
Meeting at Cebu to take advantage of the international airport, the next day you are off to Bohol by boat. Riding directly from the dock, you’ll explore this unique island that is home to the big-eyed tarsiers, terraced ride fields and languid rivers. Then head to the more remote resort town of Anda and explore the white sands of Alona Beach on the southern tip of Panglao Island.
The next destination is Siquijor Island which is known for its mystic healers who live in the highlands. From here you’ll make your way back to Cebu with a brief ride on the island of Negros on the way there. Ride up the coast of Cebu before crossing the hilly core to the east coast and transferring to Cebu City.
By island hopping you’ll notice how different the islands are, despite being so close to each other, but one thing they do have in common are the exuberant, fun loving and easygoing Filipinos, and you’ll no doubt sing a song or two with them along the way!
Why you'll love this adventure
- The Visayas offers a diverse sampling of the Philippines islands and perfect to explore by bike
- Ride steep climbs, awesome descents and flat coastal roads
- Cycle primarily on tarmac with very little traffic
17 December 2023
29 December 2023
This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.
The ride is 598 km, about 90 per cent on road, in 9 cycling days. The route has been designed to see a wide variety of islands as well as seeing the best sites on each of them. There is a wide variety of riding, from undulating roads, to short steep climbs to awesome descents and of course flat coastal roads.
Explore rice terraced mountainsides and lush jungles on two wheels, or hop on any of the traditional fishing boats to see what the next island has in store. You’ll be spoiled for choice in this beautiful, tropical island paradise!
- Support vehicle
- Meals (as indicated)
- Snacks and drinks
- Cycling jersey
- Water bottle
- Entrance Fees
- International / domestic flights
- Visa fees
- Optional Mountain Bike Hire (US$ 295)
- Optional single room (US$ 485)
Mixture of 3* & 4* standard hotels and boutique hotels (12 nights)
The selected accommodation is detailed in the itinerary. On rare occasions, due to availability, alternative accommodation is sometimes used and this will be of a similar standard.
Most meals are local and feature noodles, rice, curries and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please advise at the time of booking.
Who is this trip for?
You ride 598 km, about 90 per cent on road, in 9 cycling days. The route has been designed to see a wide variety of islands as well as seeing the best sites on each of them. There is a wide variety of riding, from undulating roads, to short steep climbs to awesome descents and of course flat coastal roads. Your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty.
There are a few hilly sections, so cyclists should be in relatively overall good physical shape with at minimum a moderate degree of cycling experience. The daily distances aren’t overly long but you can expect to be riding for at least 4 hours a day. Being physically fit will of course be a huge asset but as the tour is fully supported the van is always close at hand if needed.
Your Philippines biking experience is primarily on tarmac with very little traffic. There are a few sections of dirt roads, but there is no technical riding on this tour. There are a few challenging climbs as well as some fast, sweeping descents. Any portion of the ride can be skipped by utilizing our support vehicle.
You will be led by a local English-speaking guide. If the group is 9 people or more another guide to the tour. All the guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
For the full factsheets, please make an enquiry and they’ll be sent to you right away to help you decide if this is the perfect trip for you.
When's the best time to travel to the Philippines?
The climate in the Philippines is hot, humid, and tropical. The average yearly temperature ranges from 25°C/ 78°F to 32°C/90°F. Filipinos generally recognize three seasons: Summer from March to May (the hottest); Rainy Season from July to November (the wettest and also typhoon season) and Cold Season from December to February (moderate for those from temperate countries).
Is fresh water supplied?
Keeping you completely hydrated is taken very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price.
Is money easily accessible in the Philippines?
The currency in the Philippines is the peso (P), which is also spelled piso in Filipino. ATMs, which are abundant, are the easiest way to get pesos. For getting cash, Cirrus and Plus are the most widely accepted; for cash advances, MasterCard is the most widely accepted, followed by Visa. Banks offer the best foreign-exchange rates. Credit cards are accepted in big cities and resort hotels but you’ll need pesos for family-run guest houses or restaurants. The recommendation is that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20, for incidentals
Can I travel as a solo traveller?
Absolutely. There is no compulsory surcharge for travelling alone. Accommodation is arranged on a twin share basis with another group traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, a single room will be provided at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
Are spare bike parts available?
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though it cannot be guaranteed there’ll be spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Do I need to bring a helmet?
Wearing a helmet is required and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
What are the local hire bikes like?
Because some people can’t imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, they are not automatically provided as part of this tour. However, you are able to hire bikes locally for the price listed above. The bikes are well known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, disc brakes and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike and that it is in good mechanical order.
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Whether you're a keen road cyclist, love touring or are just looking for a different kind of adventure, they offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with remarkable cultures, characters and landscapes in a way that no ordinary tour could.
Islands of The Philippines by Mountain Bike
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