Pascal Kolkhuis Tanke | tropicalcyclist.contact [@] gmail [.]com

THE PHILIPPINES:

ISLAND HOPPING, IN A TROPICAL CYCLING PARADISE

cycling to the sea

no worries, like in paradise

every island is different

In our group tours, the luggage is transported in the support vehicle.

In our group tours, the luggage is transported in the support vehicle.

'Welcome home', that's how it felt!
The roots of Tropical Cyclist lie in the Philippines. In the beginning of 2000 it was our only destination, in the following ten years hundreds of guests have traveled here with us. When we came back last September, we constantly thought: this is and remains the most tropical cycling paradise!
In 2020 we will therefore again focus on this group of islands, with a new route.
What makes the Philippines so unique?
Above all the natural opulence, the ideal picture of tropical wealth; with easy-going, hospitable residents who belong perfectly there. What would you worry about, do you wonder after a while?
The beaches, coasts, mountains, jungle, they are still unspoiled. And on top of that, every island is different: you take the boat and an hour and a half later you are really somewhere else. The nice thing is that the local life is not busy, but pleasantly lively. The tricycle - the most popular means of transport in the Philippines - is a pleasant co-road user, while the roads are generally very traffic-calm. Especially flat to sloping and (very) well-paved, that too!
Nature is so beneficial because it rains frequently. But that rain almost always takes the form of a short, hot shower, after which the sun breaks through radiantly again.
The beautiful resorts by the sea, the delicious food (everything fresh from the sea or nature), the cleanest country in Southeast Asia: it is all unbelievable.
Oh yes, not to forget: you are often the only foreigner, the Philippines is still a forgotten corner in terms of tourism.
The Philippines is the only destination where some Tropical Cyclist guests have traveled with us several times. Of course!

BIKE ROUTE PHILIPPINES

The tour covers the four islands of Cebu, Negros, Bohol and Camotes.

Day 1: Welcome to Cebu City, the main city of the Visayas Islands, the central (and most beautiful) part of the Philippines. A busy city, but our hotel is a haven of peace.
Day 2: The morning boat to Camotes, and after checking in at the resort, cycling around San Francisco in the afternoon (45 km). Camotes is small, quiet and still very pure and authentic.
Day 3: a larger lap, Poro (70 km), just like yesterday very playful and varied. Return to Cebu City Port by evening.
Day 4: with the early boat to Bohol, Tubigon. 50 km of rural cycling to Carmen, in the afternoon along the geologically almost bizarre Chocolate Hills.
Day 5: a beautiful crossing from the interior to Jagna, and then continue along the coast to White Beach Anda (90 km).
Day 6: across Bohol, to Loboc (105 km). Beautiful route; for those who think this is something too much of a good thing (number of kilometers), the jeepney (support vehicle) is always available.
Day 7: day of rest on the Loboc River. Beautiful location and besides resting, there is a lot to do on the river or nearby (mountain biking, stand-up paddling).

Day 8: along the Tarsier Sanctuary. The tarsier is threatened with extinction, the oldest and smallest primate in the world, is protected in this mini-reserve. Then on to Tagbilaran (35 km). The afternoon boat takes us to Dumaguete on Negros, to cycle another 30 km (to Zamboanguita).
Days 9-12: in four days southern Negros - over Bayawan, Sipalay and Kabankalan - in about 350 km. A beautiful coastline - we often cycle right along the sea - and finally a beautiful crossing of the interior. Many 'fast' kilometers. South Negros is a true hidden gem!
Day 13: by ferry from Dumaguete to the island of Cebu, then 70 km of wonderful meandering along the west coast to Moalboal, with the Kawasan Falls en route.
Day 14: 60 km inwards to Carcar, it’s striking how quiet it can be in the middle of the central island of the Visayas. From Carcar a transfer to Cebu City.
Day 15: farewell in Cebu.

A local so-called 'jeepney' drives behind the last participant. This transports the luggage, but also offers space for people and bicycles. The difficulty of the route can best be summarized in this way: the Philippines trip is an accessible cycling tour for healthy people who want to make an effort.

CYCLING THE PHILIPPINES, PRACTICAL

The dates on which we can welcome you in Cebu are: April 26, November 29 and December 26, 2020.
In Cebu we say goodbye on 10 May, 13 December 2020 and 9 January 2021.

The best travel period for the Philippines is November-May, because these months are the driest and the chance of typhoons is the least. Typhoons rarely touch our islands directly, but they can distort boat services from a distance with wind, rain and high waves.

Mountain bikes are best suited for their multi-purpose nature and easy boat-on-boat-off transport. The vast majority of the route has good road surfaces, which makes a randonneur also great. We can arrange external rental bicycles in Cebu City, you can count on approximately 200 euros in rent. E-bikes are also available for the first time, but obviously more expensive (30 euro/day).

The first thirty days in the Philippines do not require a visa. The passport must still be valid for at least six months after the expected departure from the Philippines.

Malaria tablets are not needed in the area that we travel through. The DTP and Hepatitis A vaccinations (and typhoid fever for stays longer than two weeks) are recommended.

The group size is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 18.

PRICES

Our combination of small groups, foreign areas and full care cannot possibly be low-budget. On the other hand, the price for participating in a trip covers almost all costs on the spot, because included are:

  1. all overnight stays
  2. the full supply of drinks and food in the hotels and restaurants (except alcoholic drinks other than San Miguel, the delicious local beer)
  3. the cycling Dutch- and English-speaking guidance and that of a following car (jeepney) that transports the luggage
  4. all transport and logistics between the start and finish location
  5. all entrance fees including guides

Participation in the tour costs 2,095 euros per person. Those who want a single room pay 445 euros more.

In practice, pocket money spent will be less than 5 euros per day.

Optional is:

  • the daily cleaning, maintenance and repair of clothes and bicycle. In other words, in cycling terms: the care of mechanic and soigneur. This option costs 130 euros once, and then also applies to all future (hopefully many) Tropical Cyclist trips.

Our favorite airline to fly to Cebu is Cathay Pacific. Singapore Airlines is a good alternative. Fellow organization Asian Way of Life (AWOL) - with whom we collaborate a lot and we have set out this new Philippines route - can arrange the flights for you, including the transport of the bicycle.

Do you want a truly tropical cycling holiday?
tropicalcyclist.contact@gmail.com

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