A Philippine island beach & bike tour
A classic bike ride around Bohol, one of the Philippines most beautiful islands, famed for its Chocolate Hills and as the habitat of the endangered tarsier, one of the world's strangest nocturnal primates. This trip runs from Tagbilaran to Tagbilaran.
Departure On Demand
While this tour has some scheduled departure dates listed, it is also designed to run on any day on demand. Please contact us with your preferred travel dates and we can create a tour departure just for you - either as a completely private tour, or left open for other people to join the group. Please note that tour departures are subject to minimum numbers and availability.
Away from the drawcard attractions, Bohol
presents a picturesque pastiche of rural Pinoy life, replete with nipa shacks, water
buffalo, spectacular rice terraces, and of course coconut palm-fringed beaches
and super friendly Boholanos!
8 days duration
315 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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7 nights in comfortable hotels, with pools on many of the stays.
Top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your bike tour. Handlebar bags for your personal possessions are also provided.
An experienced English speaking, Grasshopper leader will host you on this trip. Our leaders take pride in introducing you to every aspect of the country and will help you to connect with locals you may meet along the way and are often a highlight of the tour!
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
For groups of 6+ people a bike mechanic will join the group. Whilst not a master of linguistics, our technical team always make an effort to form a bond with the group and provide not just mechanical support, but additional encouragement to those who may find themselves at the back of the group. Our drivers support the group by ensuring that the freshest fruit and tastiest snacks are picked up along the way.
This is as much a food adventure as it is a bike one. The fare will invariably be tasty, and there will be plenty of it! Our guides are experts at introducing you to the finest food of their respective countries. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars and local snacks are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
2 to 10
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
for Bike Bohol
Arrive in Tagbilaran
Today people will be arriving throughout the day. We'll meet in the evening to get to know one another over dinner, and have an introductory briefing to the tour. Meals: D
Cycle to Pangangan
This morning we’ll fit the bikes and then begin our journey through the varied landscapes of tropical Bohol. Today’s route takes us from Tagbilaran inland to Corella, home to the Tarsier Visitors Centre, where we’ll get a chance to see these weird and wonderful endangered cuddly critters in their native habitat.
From Corella we’ll bear west back to the coast and then north to Calape and our lovely oceanside overnight stop at Pangangan. Meals: BLD
Cycle the Chocolate Hills
Today we head east into the interior, and Bohol’s most famous sight, the Chocolate Hills. We’ll ride through the heart of these otherworldly limestone hills, staying nearby at a resort with a pool. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Anda
Today’s ride is a beautiful descent from the central highlands down past some of the island’s most impressive rice terraces on our way to the gorgeous white sand beaches at Anda. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Badiang
We head west from Anda, following the coastal road all the way to Badiang, where cold spring water is ready to revive you. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Loboc
Today a short uphill ride brings us to Loboc, which sits on Bohol’s longest river, and is also locally famous for its musical history. In the afternoon we’ll take a boat trip along the milky green river, flanked by towering palms and mountains beyond. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Alona Beach, Panglao Island
Our final day’s ride takes us via some of the island’s oldest Spanish churches to idyllic Panglao Island, fringed by dazzling white sand beaches, turquoise sea and coral reef. Meals: BLD
Today the tour ends after breakfast. Panglao is just a thirty minute drive from Tagbilaran, from where there are flights to Manila, and boats to Cebu. If you want to stay a little longer on Panglao, beach extensions at our tour hotel can be arranged. Meal: B
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly flat terrain
5 days riding
We mostly cycle on quiet, paved roads (with the odd pothole), although there are a few short stretches on busier main roads and bumpy tracks.
Coolest time: Nov-Feb
Wettest time: Jun-Oct
Our favourite: Mar -May
The 7000+ islands of the Philippines mean that the country has endless micro-climates. Although Bohol has a vague “dry season” during the summer, this is also the hottest and least comfortable time to ride. In reality Bohol receives rainfall around the year, but November to February is the best time to cycle as temperatures tend to be a little cooler. This said, to see the Chocolate Hills burnished brown, a summer visit is recommended!
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