One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, the Philippines is one great big archipelago made up of over 7000 islands. Bangkok-based SpiceRoads Cycle Tours has pin-pointed five of the Visaya Islands to explore over 13 adventurous days by bicycle in small groups.
For a solo adventurist, this is an incredible opportunity to connect with kindred spirits and experience an exotic locale in an intimate manner. Although each of the five islands (close neighbors) has a distinct identity, they share two strong features: fine beaches and clear blue seas. Riders will spend seven nights at beachside resorts, collapsing and snoring, or diving into the fun of sea and sand after a day in the saddle.
Cyclists will cover 315 miles over a total of nine cycling days threading first through the long and narrow island of Cebu. Then on to the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol to visit the Tarsier Sanctuary, wheeling past acres and acres of terraced rice paddies. Visit volcanic Camiguin Island, then Siquijor, home to many mystic healers and then on to the premier sugar-producing island of Negros. Whew. 90 percent of the cycling is on tarmac for moderate-to-challenging rides.
Cost: $3,150 plus an additional $225 for bike rental but no additional charges for the six boat rides tossed in. And to entice you, they are offering a $250 discount off the first departure, Oct. 14. In 2013, departures are scheduled for Feb. 17, April 14 and Oct. 13.