newsa
Read_USA

The First Step to a Holiday of a Lifetime

hcbannermasterword

Tour highlights

  • Lake Taal and its 35 volcanoes
  • Pagsanyan waterfall and gorge by banquero
  • Overnight on a desert island
  • Mangyan hill tribes
  • Our support jeepnie, Khristine

The tour was fantastic, everything was perfectly planned and very enjoyable. The scenery, people, bikes and activities planned made it much more than a biking holiday. Rick has done an excellent job of preparing each day so that all thinks that we did, saw and experienced meant that it felt that we were away for a month, not just two weeks! He’s really taken time to plan the tours to make sure that we got the best of everything, and saw as much as possible to get a flavour of the Philippines. I’ll certainly recommend this tour to our pals.

John Baxendale and Vicki Hirst, UK, 2005

The bikes supplied were also in good condition which was a nice surprise as having been on a few of these tours before some of the machines we end up with have been pretty poor.

Neil Avery, UK, 2013

ItineraryPHI-ItineryMap

Day 1 Arrive Manila – Puerto Galera. Our guide Rick will meet you at the airport and take you by air-conditioned minibus to the port of Batangas, and our ‘ferry’ to the island of Mindoro, the focus of our tour. Our ferry is in fact a large outrigger, which will take us directly onto the beach only yards from our hotel. After time to freshen up and relax, we’ll have a welcome dinner to get to know each other. Tropicana Castle Resort.

Day 2 Puerto Galera (50 km). We pick up our bikes in the morning and spend the day discovering the many varied local trails and attractions. For example, waterfalls with rock pools, Indian (Mangyan) tribes people, and the amazing views from the only golf club on the island, carved into the side of a mountain 700m above sea. Today gives you a chance to familiarise yourself with the local terrain and Philippine riding conditions! Tropical Castle Resort.

Day 3 Puerto Galera – Calapan (80 km). This is the start of the circumnavigation of the island - your luggage is in the support jeep and we have a full tank. We check out some interesting trails with river crossings, and encounter spectacular waterfalls en route to Calapan. Calapan is the provincial capital of the region where we stay in a beachfront hotel. Anahaw Island View Resort.

Day 4 Calapan – Roxas (120 km). We head out of the region on reasonable roads. En route we check out an old coconut lumber logging trail along the rugged coast line. We then pass the vast inland Naujang Lake.and head into the mountains over a very long jungle bridge which spans the huge 'Bongabong' river delta. Modest but clean accommodation can be expected at Roxas, as we are now deep in the provinces where accommodation is getting scarce! Mitasha Beach Resort.

Day 5 Roxas – San Jose (130 km). We travel mostly on newly cemented mountain roads, traversing the mountains that divide Mindoro into Oriental Mindoro to Occidental Miindoro. We stop at some great little beaches, giving us a chance to cool off in the South China Sea. For the more experienced, there is a tough but rewarding trail that cuts deep into 'Mangyan' (native people’s) territory. In San Jose its first class accommodation. Sikatuna Beach Resort.

Day 6 San Jose – Sablayan (120 km). We divert from dirt roads early after leaving San Jose, and head into the Mount Baco National Park, where we encounter more native settlements. Later – if permission is granted - we visit and travel through a vast penal farm with a river crossing exit to the town of Sablayan. Here we leave the bikes behind and take a boat to a desert island where we will stay the night in native ‘Nipa’ huts. No mains electricity, but solar energy powers the batteries for the only bar on the island! We have to share accommodation here, but the food more than makes up for that, as the island is owned by a French chef! Pandan Island Hotel.

Day 7 Sablayan – Mamburao (70 km). Varied terrain takes us to this small coastal town, where just outside is our hotel, a series of detached cottages nestling amidst a coconut grove, beside the beach. We stay here for two nights, enabling us to explore this remote northern part of the island. Ali Beach Resort (formerly Tayamaan Palm Beach Club),

Day 8 Mamburao (90 km). We head to the most northerly town of Mindoro, Paluan, and up into the foothills of Mount Calavite, visiting one of the largest Mangyan settlements on the island. We take lunch in the jungle beside natural pools amongst houses on stilts. There are some great trails here to suit all ability levels, plus the chance to discover some new trails as this area is criss-crossed with Mangyan trails. Ali Beach Resort.

Day 9 Mamburao – Tagaytay (120 km). An early start, as we have to catch the ferry to the island of Luzon! We head via road and trail to the pretty mountain town of Tagatay, and the spectacular Lake Taal with its caldera of over 35 volcanoes. Most of these are active, many are under the lake’s surface. Here we ride down a zig-zag trail 700 m down the side of the main cauldron. After a visit to the volcano monitoring station we take an outrigger boat trip around the main volcano island, with its seven volcanoes – offering some superb photo opportunities. First class accommodation here, perched on a cliff face overlooking Lake Taal. San Roque Beach Resort.

Day 10 Tagaytay – Pagsanjan (130 km). We head first to the 'Palace in the Sky', on Mount Sungay, built by former President Marcos for the state visit of President Reagan some 30 years ago - the palace is now in ruins, but the views from here are amazing. After descending down and riding through lowland towns, we head up into the Mount Banahao range, passing through small Spanish colonial mountain villages with some very twisty semi-tarmac sections, reminiscent of Swiss alpine roads! Then down into Pagsanjan, home of the famous gorge and falls. La Vista Hotel.

tn_PHI-Pagsanjan FallsDay 11 Pagsanjan (35 km). Today we take a canoe trip up the gorge to the falls, made famous in the movie 'Apocolypse Now'. Two banqueros will paddle you upstream through the eerie, deep gorge, before returning down at thrilling speed. Then it’s a short ride to the neighbouring hot springs spa town of Los Banos. Here you have the choice of relaxing in the baths for the afternoon, or visiting the PNP (Philippine National Police) shooting range, where professional instructors will teach you how to shoot 9 mm and .45 calibre automatic pistols, M16 assault rifles, and even Uzi sub-machine guns! Please don’t shoot the guide! Then it’s a short ride back to Pagsanjan. La Vista Hotel.

Day 12 Pagsanjan - Puerto Galera (100 km). We make an early morning start back to our base in Puerto Galeras via the port of Batangas and the ferry. Then there’s plenty of time to relax in this popular dive resort, visit local attractions by bike or foot, scuba dive, snorkel, or relax on the many beaches – it’s up to you! Tropicana Castle Resort.

 Day 13 Puerto Galera (free day). Puerto Galera is world famous for its scuba diving, as these tropical waters have one of the most productive marine eco-systems in the world. It has, for example, no less than 800 different species of coral alone! Many consider it has some of the most beautiful reef slopes in the world. So this is your chance to dive with our "Discover Scuba" programme, and see for yourself what has made these waters world famous. Alternatively, the day is yours to enjoy on dry land: another day’s riding, the beach, town and countryside beckon. This evening we’ll celebrate the end of a great adventure at our farewell dinner. Tropicana Castle Resort.

Day 14 Depart Manila. With the end in sight we return to Manila by air-conditioned coach for return flight home, where Rick and the crew will bid you a fond farewell!

Some flights arrive back in the UK the same day, others the next day, we’ll advise you what the options are when you’re ready.

If you would like to spend a night or two in Manila, then that can be arranged. Our post-tour hotel is usually the City State Tower Hotel, once famous as the Headquarters of the Japanese Army in World War II. The hotel is ideally placed in the Arts and Crafts centre of Manila, which also boasts some of the capital’s best restaurants and bars.

Distance 1300 km (depending on trails taken). Approx 70% dirt roads/roads and 30% off-road trails, although we can vary this depending on riders’ wishes.

Tour dates

Mindoro and Lake Taal offroad tour

Tour dates

Rider

Passenger

Sgl rm suppl.

21 Jan – 03 Feb 2018

2,145.00

1,125.00

275.00

04 Feb – 17 Feb 2018

2,145.00

1,125.00

275.00

04 Mar – 17 Mar 2018

2,145.00

1,125.00

275.00

18 Mar – 31 Mar 2018

2,145.00

1,125.00

275.00

20 Jan – 02 Feb 2019

2,145.00

1,125.00

275.00

03 Feb – 16 Feb 2019

2,145.00

1,125.00

275.00

03 Mar – 16 Mar 2019

2,145.00

1,125.00

275.00

17 Mar – 30 Mar 2019

2,145.00

1,125.00

275.00

SCUBA course (opt.)

85.00

85.00

 

Manila hotel, extra nt

TBA

TBA

TBA

 

We are also happy to run custom tours for groups of 4 or more riders at any time of year.

Ready to book? Please click here

Price includes: Honda XLR200 trail bike or similar; oil; fuel; 13 nights shared accommodation (single rooms available at a supplement); welcome dinner and farewell dinners, 1 jungle BBQ; English and local guides; support/luggage van; local transfers, souvenir pack.

Price excludes: Refundable damage / security deposit, 250, payable locally; all meals and drinks (except those mentioned above), for which we operate a kitty for everyone; bullets for shooting, allow c. 10 depending on how many you use; scuba diving option (see table); flights (available from H-C Travel); ‘motorcycle adventure’ travel insurance (available at www.bikerstravelinsurance.co.uk, you MUST have appropriate ‘offroad’ medical, rescue and repatriation cover).

Any questions? Please click here

170604
170530
161109