Island Hopping the Philippines

Island Hopping the Philippines

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Island Hopping the Philippines

13 Days Starting and ending in Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

Visiting: Cebu City, Tagbilaran City, Loboc, Carmen, Sierra Bullones, Anda, Dimiao, Panglao, Siquijor, Moalboal

Tour operator:

SpiceRoads Cycling

Tour code:

PHL-PIH

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 12

Physical rating:

ACTIVE

Age range:

Min age:18

Special diets catered:

Please advise requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

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Tour Overview

This Philippines bike and boat adventure is the quintessential island experience, with endless white-sand beaches and tropical bliss. In 13 days, experience the country's Visayas region, a remarkable island paradise even for a country made up of thousands of them! Cycle through tropical coastal scenery, traverse crystal blue waters by boat and enjoy the fun and easy-going pace of life in the Visayas on this Philippines bike tour.



The journey begins with a ferry to Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol, home to the world-famous Chocolate Hills, along with interesting relics of the country's history as a Spanish colony, and of course, more stunning beaches and local hospitality!



We then head to the second island of the trip, Siquijor, which is known for its jungled interior and local mysticism. Cycle along coastal roads with tranquil tropical views, then head inland in search of more varied terrain and fantastic scenery inside the National Park.



We finish the trip by heading back onto back across three islands, Negros, known for its ancient culture and role in Philippines history. You'll have time to rest on another beautiful beach and maybe spot some whales or dolphins whilst crossing Tañon Strait back to Cebu. We ride through Moalboal, known for its fantastic diving and marine life, continuing north and getting up close to real rural life in the Visayas and its people, a wonderful way to end this fantastic trip.



We ride 598km, about 90% on-road, in 10 cycling days. We designed the route to see a wide variety of islands as well as see the best sites on each of them. We cycle many different paths, from undulating roads to short 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.



Suitability: There are a few hilly sections, so cyclists should have some cycling experience and be comfortable with climbs and descents. 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.



Biking Conditions: 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 utilising our support vehicle.

Highlights

  • Visit a butterfly garden and the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

  • Marvel at the pristine natural beauty of Inambacan Falls.

  • Explore the beautiful beaches of Anda.

  • Explore Alicia on cycling tour.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Cebu
Location: Cebu City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Quest Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

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.

Day 2 : Cebu City - Loboc
Location: Cebu City, Tagbilaran City, Loboc
Accommodation: Hotel, Resort, ResortResort
Accommodation Name: Loboc River Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning, a boat brings us to Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol. After lunch, we ride a quiet dirt road through small villages, past a small lake, and terraced rice paddies. It brings us up to a paved road where we 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.



Ride: 39km

Elevation: +403m

Descent: -399m

Day 3 : Loboc - Carmen - Sierra Bullones
Location: Loboc, Carmen, Sierra Bullones
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Villa del Carmen Bed & Breakfast
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, we start early as we have a hill to conquer. We pass a mahogany forest, enjoying two km of shade under the tall trees before we ride through rice fields and small villages. We take a break and visit a butterfly garden. We continue to the world-famous Chocolate Hills. A short but steep climb takes us to the top of a hill where we park the bikes and take in the scenes created by these unique formations. After lunch, we continue riding on to Sierra Bullones and bike uphill through scenic rice terraces still worked by water buffaloes to our hotel with three swimming pools.



Ride: 66km

Elevation: +1190m

Descent: -748m

Day 4 : Sierra Bullones - Anda
Location: Sierra Bullones, Anda
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Anda White Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 reach the top, we have a great downhill of 20 km. Breath-taking views are guaranteed as we whiz by villages on our way to the coastal town of Jagna. We then follow the coast to the provincial town of Anda and our beachside resort.



Ride: 59km

Elevation: +692m

Descent: -1137m

Day 5 : Anda Rest Day
Location: Anda
Accommodation: Resort, Resort
Accommodation Name: Anda White Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is yours to rest or to explore the beautiful beaches of Anda. One option would be to visit Lamanok Island and the anthropologically important cave paintings – made with bare hands – that date back tens of thousands of years. You can also see fossilised giant clams on the island. Other options are to snorkel the coral reefs off the beach or to just relax by the pool.

Day 6 : Anda - Dimiao
Location: Anda, Dimiao
Accommodation: Resort, Resort
Accommodation Name: Kayla'a Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We cycle through rural Bohol, seeing rice fields to our left and right as we cycle through the town of Alicia, named after the wife of former president Elpidio Quirino. After 50 km, we get into the vehicle and transfer one hour to the town of Bilar. Back on the bikes, we cycle to Inambacan Falls where we can have a dip in the crystal-clear pools. We end with a 6-km cruise down to our beachside resort.



Ride: 69km

Elevation: +581m

Descent: -723m

Day 7 : Dimiao – Panglao
Location: Dimiao, Panglao
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Linaw Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day of great coastal riding. In Loay, we visit an ancestral house and try "corn" coffee and "tablea" chocolate harvested in the Philippines. We stop in Baclayon and visit the stone church, considered one of the oldest in the Philippines. We then continue riding to Panglao Island, where we have lunch at an organic bee farm. After that, we end the day at yet another stunning beach, this one is known for its white sands.



Ride: 50km

Elevation: +294m

Descent: -291m

Day 8 : Panglao - Siquijor
Location: Panglao, Siquijor
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Coco Grove Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We transfer to Tagbilaran, where we take the morning ferry to Siquijor. The island has a reputation as a place of magic and sorcery; it is now more famous for its healers that perform rituals where incantations are sung and where potions of herbs, roots, insects, and tree barks are concocted. From the ferry, we cycle 15 km to our hotel. Then the choice is yours to relax at the beach or to 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 lagoons. After a refreshing dip, we head back to our beach resort.



Ride: 50km

Elevation: +582m

Descent: -574m

Day 9 : Siquijor Coastal Loop
Location: Siquijor
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Coco Grove Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We circumnavigate the mystical island on its coastal road. We stop along the way and visit Cang-Isok House, which dates back to the mid-1800s and is the oldest house in Siquijor, St. Isidore Convent, known as the biggest convent in 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.



Ride: 75km

Elevation: +655m

Descent: -656m

Day 10 : Siquijor Highlands Loop
Location: Siquijor
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Coco Grove Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We'll cycle Siquijor's “Highlands”, but be prepared for serious climbs as we visit the heart of this mysterious island. We will try and visit with a local healer. Once we reach Mount Bandilaan National Park, we have a spectacular downhill waiting for us. As we near the coast, we'll take a break at the refreshing Cambugahay Waterfalls for a dip. We then can ride or take transport back to the resort, depending on how the legs feel after all those climbs! There's also the option to visit nearby Apo island, a marine sanctuary, for diving or snorkelling.



Ride: 50km

Elevation: +947m

Descent: -953m

Day 11 : Siquijor - Moalboal
Location: Siquijor, Moalboal
Accommodation: Resort
Accommodation Name: Turtle Bay Dive Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 11 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.



Ride: 86km

Elevation: +582m

Descent: -582m

Day 12 : Moalboal - Cebu
Location: Moalboal, Cebu City
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Quest Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We cross narrow but hilly Cebu Island to Carcar City. In Carcar, we hop into our support vehicle that brings us back to our hotel in Cebu. In the evening, we visit TOPS, the famous viewpoint with amazing city views. It's time then for our farewell dinner where we can reminisce about all we have seen and done on the tour.



Ride: 54km

Elevation: +600m

Descent: -604m

Day 13 : Cebu
Location: Cebu City
Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to Cebu. We can drop you at Mactan International Airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Airport pick up and drop off service are included.

  • Fully Guided

    Experienced local English-speaking guide on this tour.

  • Meals

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Water bottle,Snacks and drinks

  • Support vehicle

  • SpiceRoads jersey

What's Not Included

  • Additional Services

    Tips service are not included.

  • International Travel

    International flights are not included.

  • Visa fees

  • Alcohol

Bike Hire

Mountain Bike: US$ 295

Single Supplement

US$ 375

Mode of Transport

Bikes

Because some people can't imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for the price listed in the tour pricing section. 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 with front suspension and in good mechanical order.



Bike Repairs

Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The max group size is 12 peoples.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Domestic and International flights are not included.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    SpiceRoads does not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room 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 US$ 375.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    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.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Airport pick up and drop off service are included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Local English speaking guide on this tour.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This tour is classed as ACTIVE. Cyclists looking for more of a physical experience will find it on our Active trips. Longer distances of over 75 kilometers on undulating terrain, or up to 1,000 meters climbing over shorter distances provide more of a challenge for fit cyclists. Active trips require cycling experience, but not technical expertise, as most road conditions are tarmac. Riders should be comfortable making sustained climbs, being in the saddle for longer, consecutive cycling days and for tackling one or two especially difficult riding days.



    Get out and ride three times a week, with a longer ride, up to 70km, on the weekends. Aim to feel comfortable spending several hours at a time in the saddle, and with cycling on back-to-back days. Try to ride in hillier areas to get used to climbing.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    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.

  • Do I need to have travel insurance?

    Yes! 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 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.

  • Is the trip guaranteed to depart and does it require a minimum number of people?

    There is a minimum number of participants (usually 2) required to enable the trip to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to Depart'. Once a trip is guaranteed to depart you are free to book your flights and make other travel arrangements. If the trip status is ‘Limited’ will mean we have only a small number of spaces available for booking. If you are unsure about the trip status, please contact us.

  • Why hire a bike from SpiceRoads?

    SpiceRoads bikes are never just "fit for duty" but a key component of our riders’ tour experience and satisfaction. For tours with bike hire option, renting one of our bikes saves hassle, not to mention precious luggage allowance. All SpiceRoads tours use well-known makes of mountain, hybrid or road bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes or disc brakes and Shimano components. Mountain bikes all have front suspension. We renew bikes in our fleet every two seasons. When in use, our bikes are well-cared for, including full service before each trip and daily cleaning while on tour. SpiceRoads tour support vehicles carry plenty of spares and extra tubes for every emergency.

  • Do you have E-Bikes?

    Electric "pedal assist" e-bikes are available on select tours. E-bikes can help manage long distances and climbing terrain through the use of a pedal-activated electric motor. Unlike other e-bikes, "pedal assistedr" e-bikes feel more natural to the rider. We recommend e-bikes for riders interested in tours that might normally be too challenging for them, or for groups of riders with mixed ability. E-bikes provide assistance for long distance or more challenging terrain, but they can’t do all the work for you! Always chose a tour within the range of your own abilities to ensure your own enjoyment when exploring a new destination. Contact us for a complete list of e-bike available tours.

  • What do I need to bring if I rent a SpiceRoads bike?

    Bikes rented for tours always come with a helmet, a single water bottle cage, and a standard saddle. If you prefer to bring your own saddle (just the saddle, not the seat post), additional water bottle cage, or SPD pedals, we will fit them to your bike for the tour. Don’t forgot to bring your shoes and cleats if you bring SPD pedals! Women specific seats are recommended for longer tours. We have a limited supply of gel seat covers to soften the ride, and of strap-on toe cages. Please enquire about adding these during your booking.

  • Do you have details of the SpiceRoads fleet?

    In Thailand we have a fleet of Verve city bikes, TREK 4300 and X-Caliber 7 mountain bikes, TREK 7.2 X, FX 3 and 7200 hybrid bikes and Trek 2.1 C, Domane 2.0, Lexa SL and carbon Émonda S5 road bikes. We also carry Giant 2019 Explore E+ 3 e-bikes. Our bicycles are available in sizes ranging from 13 inches to 22 1/2 inches or 47 cm to 62 cm. Please note that a certain frame model is not guaranteed. In Bangkok and Chiang Mai, baby seats, tag-alongs, and child bikes for children are available. In Bangkok the single-wheeled tag-along bike attach to the seat-post of an adult bike, allowing a child to pedal along behind the adult. There's no age limit to the tag-along bike, but there is a 36 kg weight limit. Bike hire is include in the tour price for short tours, while longer tours offer bike hire as a supplement, as many riders opt to bring their own bike for our cycling tours. Depending on the destination, length of tour, and type of bike, hire costs vary.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

GEOFFREY NORMAN  

Cycling Is An Excellent Way To See The Backroads Of The Visayas.

Cycling is an excellent way to see the backroads o

Cycling is an excellent way to see the backroads of the Visayas. The combination of cycling on different islands, cycling alongside scenic vistas and beaches, the excellent local cuisine, all added to the adventure. Diego was an excellent tour guide and adapted the cycling pace to the faster speed that the group was able to achieve. It was a pleasure to ride with Diego and his planning and arranging each day was good...especially carrying the bikes on and off the boats. This was a really good trip, with excellent cycling and food. The operations and logistics of the local operator was excellent. They were always happy to accommodate any requests.

MICHAEL S COOKE  

Excellent, Very Romantic and Peaceful Trip

This tour was very well planned and managed. The r

This tour was very well planned and managed. The resorts and hotels were all excellent and very romantic and peaceful. The cycling was no problem but of course the heat and sun made some of the days strenuous. I personally prefer shorter tours and there is a 'rest day' and a 'ride around an Island' which could easily be missed out if the tour is shortened. I understand that most people travel a long way to join the tours and need more time to make the journey worthwhile. All things considered, I rate this tour highly and would recommend it to other SpiceRoads cyclists. The Philippine Islands visited are very beautiful and the local life very picturesque.

ELISABETH HERZIG  

A Beautiful Lush Green Scenery To Travel Trough by Bike

What a beautiful lush green scenery to travel trou

What a beautiful lush green scenery to travel trough by bike! Even in the rainy season no problem to discover these islands. We had a really good time with our guide Diego. He is such a good rider, funny, his english is excellent and he has a very good local knowledge. He vas very flexible and could adapte the program at our wishes (we have been only two of us!). Thanks a lot, we will come again, Elisabeth and Hans Peter from Switzerland

RICHARD STOKOE  

Wonderful Trip

Wonderful hotels, fascinating country, delicious f

Wonderful hotels, fascinating country, delicious food, warm people.

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    SpiceRoads Cycling requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of spiceroads cycling charges.

    At 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 0% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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