Mount Hibok-Hibok, White Island, Camiguin, Philippines. Photo via Flickr:Pawel Zurek

Shrimp for lunch in Cebu City in the Philippines. Photo via Flickr:Benjie Ordonez

Island Hopping in the Philippines

Philippines Bike Tours

Bike the Philippine Islands

With 7,107 islands that make up this archipelago in South-East Asia, the Philippines is the perfect setting for this island hopping bike tour. From the long and narrow island of Cebu, you will ferry to Bohol and the famous Chocolate Hills, then to volcanic Camiguin, mysterious Siquijor, and on to Negros before returning once again to Cebu. Five islands will be explored, via six ferries, and wonderful cycling.

By "island hopping", you will experience first hand how different the islands are, despite being so close geographically. You will notice that one thing that all of the islands have in common, though, are the exuberant, fun loving and easygoing Filipinos!

This route has been designed not only to see a wide variety of the islands, but the best sites on each as well. The riding is varied including undulating roads, short steep climbs, awesome descents, and of course, refreshing flat coastal roads.


  • Island hopping and exploring by ferry and bike!
  • Pristine waters and world famous beaches
  • Cebu, cultural hub
  • Bohol's chocolate moutains
  • Volcanoes of Camiguin
  • Mysterious island of Siquijor
  • Alona Beach

Another highlight well worth mentioning is the unique cuisine, linked to a history shaped by colonialism. First the Spanish arrived on the islands in 1521 and thus the Iberian influences. Then, in the 16th centruy, and continuing, there was a major wave of immigrants from the Chinesee coastal provinces of Fuijian and Canton. Finally, America took control until the country became an independent republic in 1946. The results, different traditions commingling over the centuries, creating a true representation of fusion cuisine.

Skill Level

This fully guided and fully supported bike tour covers 525 km in 9 cycling days, primarily on tarmac roads with little traffic. There are a few sections of dirt roads, but there is no technical riding required. There are a few challenging climbs as well as some fast, sweeping descents. Any portion of the ride can be skipped by utilizing the support vehicle. You should be in relatively overall good physical shape with at minimum a moderate degree of cycling experience.

Where You’ll Stay

Carefully chosen accommodations that are the best available for the location and offer a good mix from comfortable to luxurious lodges and resorts.

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations for the duration of the tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as per itinerary
  • Snacks, local fruits, and water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Bike rental (mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames,24- to 27-speed gearing, disc brakes and Shimano components and front suspension)
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • First aid kit
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary

What’s Not Included

  • All beverages with meals
  • Travel insurance
Length13 days
From$3815 Rates
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Tour Dates

January 3, February 28, April 10, September 11, October 2, and November 20, 2016.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cebu at Mactan International Airport
Day 2: Cebu City – Loboc, 29 mi. (45 km)
Day 3:  Loboc – Carmen – Sierra Bullones, 37.5 mi. (60 km) 
Day 4:
Sierra Bullones – Camiguin, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Camiguin Island Ride, 47 mi. (75 km)
Day 6: Camiguin 
Day 7: Camiguin – Panglao, 37.5 mi (60 km)
Day 8: Panglao - Siquijor, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 9: Siquijor Coastal Loop, 37.5 mi. (75 km)
Day 10: Siquijor Highlands Loop, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 11: Siquijor – Moalboal, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 12: Moalboal – Cebu, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 13: Departure from Cebu 

*In remote destinations abnormal conditions can prevail at any time, and all adventurous holidays can therefore be subject to unexpected change.

Day 1: Arrival in Cebu at Mactan International Airport
Upon arrival, there is a transfer included from the airport to your hotel. In the evening, there will be a introductory meeting and dinner during which you will learn about the tour and meet your fellow cyclists.  (D) 

Day 2: Cebu City – Loboc, 29 mi. (45 km)
In the early morning, a ferry transfer will transport the group to Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol. After having lunch, the cycling itinerary leads through small villages, past a small lake, and terraced rice paddys, first on a dirt road and then to a paved road to the Tarsier Sanctuary. After learning about these unique nocturnal creatures and hopefully sighting one or two, you are back on the bike for a fabulous winding ride down to the picturesque Loboc River and the overnight in  Loboc River Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 3:  Loboc – Carmen – Sierra Bullones, 37.5 mi. (60 km)
The route passes the man made Mahogany forest, providing two kms of shade under the tall trees before branching out through rice fields and small villages. There will be opportunity to visit a butterfly garden and the  world famous Chocolate Hills. A short but steep climb leads to a lovely and unique viewpoint. The cycling continues after lunch, riding uphill to Sierra Bullones through scenic rice terraces still worked by water buffaloes. Overnight in the Paradise Resort Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Sierra Bullones – Camiguin, 32 mi. (50 km)
The day begins with a tough 6 km climb through scenic terraced rice fields. Plenty of stops are scheduled for photos and to catch your breath! Upon cresting, there is an exhilerating downhill of 20 km. Breathtaking views are guaranteed on your way to the coastal town of Jagna! Here, there is a ferry transfer to the volcanic Camiguin Island. After a coatal ride, the group arrives to the Action Gecko Resort for the overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Camiguin Island Ride, 47 mi. (75 km)
The riding today offers up spectacular views of the blue sea and the green volcanoes wrapped in white clouds. Frequent stops are scheduled along the way to cool off at the various cold water springs and visit the sunken cemetery. You will pass lots of villages, beautiful old wooden houses, and lots of photo opportunities. Overnight again at the Action Gecko Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Camiguin 
Today is a well-deserved rest day and there will be the opportunity  of taking a boat to visit the Matigne Island Marine Sanctuary where there's some spectacular snorkeling! Or perhaps you prefer to lounge in a hammock and sip a beverage at the resort. For those who do not like to be off the bike for too long,  there's also the option of taking the bike for a short sping to a dramatic 70 m waterfall.  Overnight again at the Action Gecko Resort. (B, D)

Day 7: Camiguin – Panglao, 37.5 mi (60 km)
After a short ride to the pier, a ferry transfers back to Bohol. After lunch in Jagna, it is back on the bikes for a ride along the coast. You can stop for a swim in the shallow turquoise blue waters of the many beaches.  In Baclayon, there is a stop scheduled to visit the stone church, considered one of the oldest in the Philippines.  Then a short transfer across the bridge to Panglao Island and end the day at yet another stunning beach, known for its white sands.

Day 8: Panglao - Siquijor, 31 mi. (50 km)
After a transfer to Tagbilaran, the group takes the 9:45 am ferry to Siquijor. This island has a reputation as a place of magic and sorcery, however, it is now more famous for its healers that perform rituals where incantations are sung and potions of herbs, roots, insects and tree barks are concocted. From the ferry, it is only a 15 km ride to the hotel.  The choice is yours, to relax at the beach or continue cycling another 18 km to Cambugahay Falls, a cascading multi-tiered waterfall, with fresh, clean water from natural springs forming numerous natural swimming lagoons. After a refreshing dip, it is back to the Coco Grove Resort for the overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Siquijor Coastal Loop, 37.5 mi. (75 km)
Today you circumnavigate the mystical island on the coastal road, stopping along the way to visit Cang-Isok house, which dates back to the mid 1800s and is the oldest house in Siquijor, the St. Isidore Convent, known as the biggest convent in the whole of Asia and Capilay Spring Park a natural spring. On the  ride, you will meet manylocals working on their fishing nets or boats, reminding us how important the sea is to island life. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Siquijor Highlands Loop, 37 mi. (60 km)
The route today is the Siquijor's “Highlands” which will entail some serious climbs as you visit the heart of this mysterious island. Upon arrival at Mount Bandilaan National Park, a spectacular downhill awaits. Near the coast, there will be a break at the refreshing Cambugahay Waterfalls for a dip. You can ride or be tranferred back to the resort. Your choice! There's also the option to visit nearby Apo island, a marine sanctuary for diving or snorkeling. 

Day 11 - Siquijor – Moalboal, 44 mi. (70 km)
Today you will visit  three islands and two boats! A ferry will transfer to Dumaguete on Negros island, followed by approximately 20 km of cycling  before  another short ferry ride across the Tañon Strait,  known for whale and dolphin watching. Upon landing on Cebu, an amazing coastal ride brings you all the way to Moalboal. Overnight this evening in Club Serena Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Moalboal – Cebu, 34 mi. (55 km)
The narrow but hilly Cebu Island is crossed today  to arrive to Carcar City, where the  support vehicle will provide transfer to Cebu. In the evening you will  visit TOPS, the famous viewpoint of Cebu with its amazing views over the city. It's time then for the  farewell dinner to celebrate and reminisce about all you have seen and done on the tour. Overnight at the Parklane Hotel. (B, L, D )

Day 13: Departure from Cebu
Transfer to  Mactan International Airport (B)

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