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.
Price £ 2816 $ 5,674 € 3285 $ 4993 NOK 31208 kr 28808 $ 3,745 *Single supplement: £ 414 $ 833 € 482 $ 733 NOK 4583 kr 4231 $ 550
*You are not required to pay a surcharge if travelling alone if you book willing to share.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB)
Arrival and departure transfers are included with your tour
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).
We recommend that you visit your family physician and ask about the following vaccinations: typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required when arriving from an infected area within six days.Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended and if you chose not to wear one, you will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
All nationalities require a passport for entry into the Philippines. Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. If staying less than 30 days then a visa is not required by European, North American, Australian and many other nationalities. The exceptions being passport holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), British National Overseas (BNO) and Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) who are only allowed up to 7 days stay without a visa. You will need to show proof of an onward flight out of the Philippines. For stays longer than 30 days, a Temporary Visitors Visa is required.
This fully guided and fully supported bike tour covers 570 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.
- 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
Day 1: Arrival in Cebu at Mactan International Airport
Day 2: Cebu City – Loboc, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 3: Loboc – Carmen – Sierra Bullones, 41 mi. (66 km)
Day 4: Sierra Bullones – Anda, 37 mi. (59 km)
Day 5: Anda Rest Day
Day 6: Anda – Dimiao, 43 mi. (69 km)
Day 7: Dimiao – Panglao, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 8: Panglao - Siquijor, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 9: Siquijor Coastal Loop, 37.5 mi. (75 km)
Day 10: Siquijor Highlands Loop, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 11: Siquijor – Moalboal, 54 mi. (86 km)
Day 12: Moalboal – Cebu, 34mi. (54 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 the 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, 24 mi. (39 km), Elevation gain +403 meters / -399 meters
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, (66 km), Elevation gain +1190 meters / -748 meters
This morning begins early as there is a hill to conquer! Cycle past the man-made Mahogany forest, enjoying two kilometers of shade under the tall trees before cycling through rice fields and small villages. Take a break and enjoy a visit a butterfly garden. Continue on to the world famous Chocolate Hills. A short but steep climb takes us to the top of a hill that has been made into a viewpoint. Here you'll park the bikes and take in the views of these unique formations. After lunch, continue riding on to Sierra Bullones and cycle uphill through scenic rice terraces still worked by water buffaloes. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Sierra Bullones – Anda, 37 mi. (59 km), Elevation gain +692 meters / -1137 meters
The day begins with a 6 km climb. The surrounding scenery of terraced rice fields make the climb worthwhile so stop for photos and take a breather! After reaching the top, it's downhill for 20 km. Breathtaking views are guaranteed as you cycle past villages on your way to the coastal town of Jagna. Then follow the coast to the provincial town of Anda and the beachside resort where you will spend the night. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Anda Rest Day
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, D)
Day 6: Anda – Dimiao, 43 mi. (69 km), Elevation gain +581 meters / -723 meters
Today cycle through rural Bohol, seeing rice fields to your left and right as you cycle through the town of Alicia, named after the wife of former president Elpidio Quirino. After 50 kilometers, you will have a 1 hour vehicle transfer to the town of Bilar and then get back on the bikes to cycle to Inambacan Falls. Here you can dip in the crystal clear pools. The day ends with a 6 km cruise down to your beachside resort. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Dimiao – Panglao, 31 mi. (50 km), Elevation gain +294 meters / -291 meters
Another day of great coastal riding. In Loay, a small town, you visit an ancestral house and try "corn" coffee and "tablea" chocolate harvested in the Philippines. We'll stop in the town of Baclayon and take a look at the stone church, considered one of the oldest in the Philippines. We then continue riding to Panglao Island where you have lunch at the "organic" bee farm. The day ends at yet another stunning beach, this one is known for its white sand. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Panglao - Siquijor, 31 mi. (50 km), Elevation gain +582 meters / -574 meters
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), Elevation gain +655 meters / -656 meters
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, 31 mi. (50 km), Elevation gain +947 meters / -953 meters
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. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Siquijor – Moalboal, 54 mi. (86 km), Elevation gain +582 meters / -582 meters
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. (54 km), Elevation gain +600 meters / -604 meters
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)