|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||36 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Oct 12*, 2014. Feb 15, Apr 12, Sep 13, Oct 4, 2015. (minimum 2 participants) *Guaranteed to depart|
|Start city:||Cebu, Philippines|
|End city:||Cebu, Philippines|
With 7,107 islands to choose from in the Philippines, it's hard to decide where to where to start. The Visayas group of islands offers a diverse sampling that are perfect to explore by bicycle.
From the long and narrow island of Cebu we ferry to Bohol and the famous Chocolate Hills, to volcanic Camiguin, mysterious Siquijor and on to Negros before returning to Cebu. We explore five islands and take six ferries to do so!
We meet in Cebu to take advantage of the international airport but the next day we are off to Bohol by boat. We ride directly from the dock to explore this unique island that is home to the big-eyed tarsiers, terraced ride fields and languid rivers.
Our next isle is full of hot, cold and soda springs thanks to the many volcanoes that are also responsible for the black sand beaches and a sunken cemetery. The lush and green interior contrasts nicely with the azure blue of the surrounding waters. We spend three nights here to fully enjoy Camiguin before heading back to Bohol.Here we explore the white sands of Alona Beach on the southern tip of Panglao Island.
Our next destination is Siquijor Island which is known for its mystic healers who live in the highlands. We next make our way back to Cebu with a brief ride on the island of Negros on the way there. We 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!
A note about weather: 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).
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Day 1: Cebu
We'll pick you up in Cebu at Mactan International Airport and bring you to the hotel. In the evening we will have a trip meeting and dinner. Meals included: dinner.
Overnight in Cebu.
Day 2: Cebu City – Loboc (28 miles/45 km)
Early morning a boat brings us to Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol. After having lunch we will ride a quiet dirt road through small villages, past a small lake, and terraced rice paddys. It brings us up to a paved road where we will quickly find ourselves at the Tarsier Sanctuary. After learning about these unique nocturnal creatures and hopefully sighting one or two, we are back on the bikes for a fabulous winding ride down to the picturesque Loboc River and our resort. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Loboc.
Day 3: Loboc – Carmen – Sierra Bullones (37 miles/60 km)
This morning we start early as we have a hill to conquer this morning. We pass the man made Mahogany forest, enjoying two kms of shade under the tall trees before we ride through rice fields and small villages. We take a break and have the opportunity to visit a butterfly garden. We continue our tour 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 we'll park the bikes and take in the views of these unique formations. After lunch we continue riding on to Sierra Bullones and have an uphill through scenic rice terraces still worked by water buffaloes to our hotel with three swimming pools. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Bohol.
Day 4: Sierra Bullones – Camiguin (31 miles/50 km)
Today we have a tough start, with a 6 km climb, but it's through scenic terraced rice fields, so stop for photos and take a breather! When we have reached the top we have a great downhill of 20 km. Breathtaking views are guaranteed as we whiz by villages on our way to the coastal town of Jagna. Here we take a boat which brings us to volcanic Camiguin Island. Once we are back on terra firma we ride along the coastal road to our beachside resort. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Camiguin.
Day 5: Camiguin Island Ride (47 miles/75 km)
Today we explore Camiguin Island. The riding offers up spectacular views of the blue sea and the green volcanoes wrapped in white clouds. We'll make frequent stops along the way to cool off at the various cold water springs and visit the sunken cemetery. We'll pass lots of villages and beautiful old wooden houses and your cameras should be handy for this picturesque day. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Camiguin.
Day 6: Camiguin (rest day)
Today we have a well-deserved rest day and you have the option of taking a boat to visit the Matigne island marine sanctuary where there's some spectacular snorkeling or just lying in the hammock at the resort. There's also the option of taking the bike for the short ride to a dramatic 70 m waterfall. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.
Overnight in Camiguin.
Day 7: Camiguin – Alona Beach (37 miles/60 km)
We ride to the pier and take the boat back to Bohol, After lunch in Jagna we get on the bikes and ride along the coast. We can stop for a swim in the shallow turquoise blue waters of the many beaches we pass. 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 cross the bridge to Panglao Island and end the day at yet another stunning beach, this one is known for its white sands. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Alona.
Day 8: Panglao Loop (31 miles/50 km)
After a relaxed morning we will cycle to visit the Bohol Bee Farm, an organic farm and restaurant. After a brief look at their farm we'll have an exceptional organic meal on the terrace overlooking the blue waters. After our lunch it's back on the bikes for a tour around Panglao and we end up back at our resort where the afternoon is free to enjoy the white sand beach. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Siquijor.
Day 9: Panglao - Siquijor (31 miles/50 km)
We transfer to Tagbilaran, where we take the 9:45 am ferry to Siquijor. The 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 we'll cycle 15 km to our 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 and clean water coming from natural springs forming many beautiful natural swimming lagoons. After a refreshing dip we head back to our beach resort. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Siquijor.
Day 10: Siquijor Loop (47 miles/75 km)
Today we circumnavigate the mystical island on the coastal road. We'll stop along the way and 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 our ride we'll meet lots of locals working on their fishing nets or boats, reminding us how important the sea is to island life. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Siquijor.
Day 11: Siquijor – Moalboal (43 miles/70 km)
Today we'll be on three islands and two boats! After breakfast we'll have a short ride to the pier where we take a ferry to Dumaguete on Negros island. We then cycle around 20 km before we take another short ferry ride across the Tañon Strait, which is known for whale and dolphin watching. Hopefully we'll get lucky and spot some during our crossing. Once we land on Cebu an amazing coastal ride brings us all the way to Moalboal. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Moalboal.
Day 12: Moalboal – Cebu (34 miles/55 km)
Today we cross narrow but hilly Cebu Island to CarCar City. In Carcar we hop into our support vehicle which brings us back to our hotel in Cebu. In the evening we visit TOPS, the famous viewpoint of Cebu offering up amazing views over the city. It's time then for our farewell dinner where we can reminisce about all we have seen and done on the tour. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Overnight in Cebu.
Day 13: Cebu
Time to say goodbye to Cebu. We will drop you at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu. Meals included: breakfast.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$20 per day, for incidentals. It is customary to tip local tour guides and drivers, however, the amount you give should be dependent on the level of service you receive. As a general guide we suggest US$ 3-4 per person per day is appropriate.
Please note that for your safety you are required to take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Parklane Hotel, Cebu
Day 2: Loboc River Resort, Loboc
Day 3: Paradise Resort Hotel, Bohol
Days 4, 5, and 6: Action Gecko Resort, Caminguin
Days 7 and 8: Alona Tropical Resort, Alona Beach
Days 9 and 10: Coco Grove Resort, Siquijor
Day 11: Moalboal Beach Resort, Moalboal
Day 12: Parklane Hotel, Cebu
Bikes available to rent (must be reserved in advance at time of booking) include:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please make sure it will be compatible with a universal seat post.
Helmets are NOT included with the bike rentals. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet.
*You may bring your own bike if you wish. If you do, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, and that it is in good mechanical order.
We ride 326 miles/525 km, about 90 percent on road, in 9 cycling days. We have designed the route 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.
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.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Cebu, Philippines
This tour starts and ends in Cebu City. International flights to and from there are not included in the tour price. Please contact us for advice before arranging flights for the best arrival and departure times.
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).
Weatherspark.com offers information on average weather conditions at most destinations throughout the globe. Type a destination in the search box, and select "Averages," and you'll find a range of information such as average high and low temperatures, precipitation, cloudy days, humidity and wind speed/direction.
Of course, if your tour is coming up in the next week, you can also select "Forecast" to get the most current information on upcoming conditions.
Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local and feature noodles, rice, curries and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price while riding. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer is widely available everywhere, but is NOT included in the price.
Passports and visas
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 21 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 21 days, a Temporary Visitors Visa is required.
We recommend that you visit a travel medical doctor 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.
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.
SpiceRoads endeavors to offer high-quality, educational, and adventure-filled itineraries that highlight and focus on the diversity of landscapes found in Asia and its people. As a specialized "niche" bicycle tour operator since 2000, we provide the most authentic, unique and exciting adventures in Asia.
The SpiceRoads family began back in the mid 1990s, when Hamish Keith was creating, operating and leading ground breaking cycle tours throughout Thailand and in emerging destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar for well known companies such as Exodus Travels and World Expeditions and his own company the Wild Planet.
In 2000 Hamish decided to concentrate on what he loved doing the most and he established SpiceRoads as a specialist cycle tour operator in the region he knew best - Southeast Asia. The “niche” was to promote bicycle group tours directly to clients all around the world via the internet. Hamish set the standard for all subsequent SpiceRoads tours by offering a high quality tour - from customer service, to bicycles, to well researched routes to the guides we use – at a good value.
In 2002, when Hamish left to pursue other opportunities in the travel industry, Struan Robertson came on board, and with his skills in management, IT and of course cycling, the company has grown to encompass other Asian countries. During the years of growth what hasn't changed is the spirit of SpiceRoads, which is to offer professional, international standard cycle tours and services to independent travellers and cycle enthusiast looking to discover Asia by bicycle.
Our well-planned eye-opening cycling tours provide an active immersion into local cultures, languages, scenery and, of course, the most delicious of foods. By combining legendary service and rare opportunities for cultural experiences, our travel philosophy continues to excite, enthuse, and positively impact every guest. Take a look at our guestbook if you don't believe us!
SpiceRoads' staff and all of our professionally licensed multi-lingual tour guides are passionate about creating the best possible experiences, with fun, creativity, and total dedication to satisfaction.
We're always peddling towards making your tour perfect so you can See Asia by Bicycle!
(Involuntary) On the rare occasions when we, SpiceRoads, must cancel a trip, all payments received to date will be 100% refunded, which constitutes full settlement. There will be absolutely no deductions.
(Voluntary) If you, the client, must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to the following formula:
For all tours (except short Thailand tours 4 days or less, see below):
Number of days prior to trip start
Cancellation fee per person
50% of tour price
70% of tour price
**Administration fees include bank fees and exchange rate losses.
Exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies. Please note:
We strongly advise that clients have full personal travel insurance that covers for the refund of monies paid in case either party cancels the tour for any reason.
We regret that we cannot be held responsible for incidental/consequential costs or expenses you may incur as a result of any changes or cancellations. No compensation is payable for minor changes.
Any damages/injuries incurred that are attributable to your own actions, acts of some other party unconnected with the contract services or where the damage/injury results from events/circumstances which our outside our control and could not be reasonably foreseen.
For damages where SpiceRoads is responsible, our liability is strictly limited to twice the total price of the tour. In booking a tour with SpiceRoads you, the client, are agreeing to these terms and you accept this limit on our liability. This limit allows us to keep the prices of our tours as low as possible.
You must be in possession of a valid passport and all the visas and permits required for your tour. This includes any medical certificates that are required. The client accepts full responsibility for obtaining any and all such documentation. Every client is encouraged to contact the consulate/embassy for the countries they are traveling in respectively to receive the latest and most current information about their immigration / transit policies.
SpiceRoads does not accept responsibility if your documentation is not in order. Information provided by the company about these matters and other related items (clothing, baggage, climate etc.) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
For all tours (except short Thailand tours 4 days or less, see below):
SpiceRoads insists that all clients must take out good travel insurance before joining one of our tours. There are inherent risks involved in cycling and mountain biking and we will not be liable for your medical expenses or evacuation in case of an accident.
This insurance must include adequate coverage for any personal accident, medical expenses, injury, death and repatriation. Insurance should also provide coverage for cancellations or curtailment of the holiday. Clients should also ensure that there are no exclusion clauses limiting protection for any dangerous or unusual activities that might be included in their tour.
If you join the tour without adequate insurance you may be disallowed from continuing on the tour without the right of refund. Clients are solely responsible for arranging their own insurance and they should ensure that they are covered for the full duration of their tour. Your tour leader will ask for copies of your insurance before allowing you to join the tour. This protects both you and us.
In case of an accident, please consult with your tour leader or contact our reservation staff at +66(0) 89 895 5680 (24 hour hot line).
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At all times the authority of your tour leader will be final when concerning matters likely to endanger your own health or safety or in regard to behavior or ill health that is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or disturbance to the group and the well-being of the tour. Failure to abide by the authority of the tour leader could result in legal proceedings and the immediate termination of your participation in the tour without recourse.
In such circumstances we reserve the right to terminate all travel arrangements without liability on the part of the company. You must always comply with the local law, customs and drug regulations of the country/ies you are visiting. Failure to do so may lead to you being ordered to leave the tour without recourse to any refund or any legal claim against the company. In the case of ill health the company and its operators can make those arrangements that it sees fit and recover all monies paid from the client. The person who signs the booking form (which incorporates these conditions) warrants that he/she does so, with full authority on behalf of all those whose names appear thereon, and confirms thereby that all such persons accept and are fully aware of these conditions.
No refund will be given for non-utilized services, however if we are able to obtain a refund ourselves for these services we will endeavor to pass these on to the client less reasonable administration charges.
SpiceRoads pledges never to increase the tour price except under exceptional circumstances for those that have previously book the tour. Circumstances of this policy include: government action or legislation that directs the company to increase prices, exceptional and unfavorable changes in exchange rates that exceed a 20% fluctuation or currency devaluation.
Clients will be notified of any price increase at least 4 weeks before departure.
We will not accept any liability for any delay in your outward or inward flight/s, whether the cancellation or delay is caused by the weather, airline rescheduling, industrial action or mechanical failure. We will give no refunds or compensation for lost time and services from the itinerary.
Should you have a complaint while on tour, you must notify your guide, or the local operator, at the earliest opportunity, so that they can do what they can to immediately rectify it. Failure to do so will result in the limiting of a client's ability to claim compensation. If the problem is not brought to our attention we have no opportunity to rectify it. Any complaints should be sent to us in writing, or by email, not more than 28 days after the tour ends.
Complaints related to booking, inquires, billing, sales or operations should be directed to the Sales and Marketing Manager and/or the General Manager.
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SpiceRoads is also not liable for: expenses (e.g., meals, transportation or hotel costs) that are not specified as included in the trip cost but may be required to get to or from a trip start or end point.
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