June 4, 2018 Comments Adventure, Bike Trials, Blog Posts, Slider

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

The Philippines is such a rich country in terms of natural resources and beautiful beaches. There are mountains and trails everywhere and you just have to know the right people and tap the local Jedis to enjoy your Philippine vacay.

Pack your bags, bring quick dry clothes, get your bike ready and take a trip around the Philippines

sUGOda= The Mountain Province Experience 

First on the list because this is the best five days on any mountain biker’s riding life. Take a wonderful trip to Northern Philippines and experience the Mountain Province. Mt. Ugo is probably one of the best mountain bike trails up north and it is notorious for having the best view, most gnarly natural terrain this side of Luzon. Combined with a side trip to Sagada (a small picturesque town in Mountain Province), this sUGOda epic is one for the books. Going back to Manila, you can even visit Baguio and ride the Yellow trail around Camp John Hay. Some of the local MTB riders can probably show you their secret DH tracks and chill in their cottage (if you’re lucky).

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

No near beach for this ride, but you can probably stop by La Union to enjoy the local surf scene there. It is still in the region, plus the surf vibe is all chill in the area. You might even bump into some surfers and party the night away. Or you can just sleep under the star filled sandy beach, mon!

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Buji workin it @ La Union. IG photo courtesy of bujibrownlegs.

Maarat-Sierra Madre backyard

This is probably the most awesome mountain bike playground near Metro Manila. There are man made trails inside the city, but Mt. Maarat is nature plus manicured tracks all in one. The backyard is comparable to the best trails in the world with the blue zone rating. The trails here are rated by the UCI so expect good berms and switchbacks and drops that are natural to the shape of the mountain. There are streams, river crossings, mountain peaks that are all instagram worthy, meaning these spots are all picturesque.  Are you itching for some Black Diamond action? Patiis have tracks that make Pro down hillers teary eyed. You can spend two days around the area and not finish all the different trails.

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

The beach is a rocky shore of a hidden swimming hole. No sand and bikinis and resort near it though. Take a dip in the natural spring water… Often times, locals are washing their clothes on the river bend. A nice “Good Morning!” would bring a smile to the pretty barrio lass so being polite matters here.

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Palawan Must Ride

Palawan is a haven for nature buffs. The beaches are pristine and world class. You have to visit the place because pictures do not do justice. Hook up with the local riders to get the best trail experience.

Must go. Nuff said.

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

map courtesy of retirednoway.wordpress.com

Mindoro All in One Island

This little island off Luzon is one of the favorites of Manilenos due to its distance from the city. It is accessible and very beautiful. The island lost its virginity but it is still alluring. Nature filled and very quaint, Mindoro holds a certain magnetism to foreigners and due to this, quite a number of different races thrive and live in the island.

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Mt. Halcon sits majestically in the island providing a lot of trails and there are countless waterfalls around the vicinity. You can go cross country; traverse the island and land in the famous beaches of Puerto Galera. The vibe is excellent and you can choose from the party beaches or you can also choose the secluded private beaches. Its all up to you, but we assure you to have the time of your life.

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Our local guides can bring you to places where only a 4 x 4 vehicle can go. So expect a really awesome adventure in this island!

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bohol Adventure

Bohol has surpassed the ratings of all the other tourist destinations in the country simply because it is very unique. It has the best sandy pure white beaches, the most photographed chocolate hills, and lots of other stuff. It has swimming holes, secret spots, aerial bikes, cliff drops, zip lines, and a whole lot more activities for the adrenaline junkie. Local MTB guide is a must or you can go around the island in your bike and just enjoy what the island has to offer. Three days is not enough, but you can basically enjoy those precious days and have fun with mother nature. This island is a wonder for many. If you will visit the Philippines, this island is a must.

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

CDO- Mangima- Bukidnon

In every province of the country, there is a bike community to greet you if you just tap the right people. In Cagayan de Oro, the place is so rich with bike trails that you simply must visit the province and just be friendly, you instantly win biker friends who are willing to guide you to their bike spots.

Reserve one day for the white water rafting adventure in CDO for that is one activity you shouldn’t miss.

Go explore the region more and visit the Mangima bike park at Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon. The local officials are MTB riders who are accommodating and very hospitable. The rolling mountains and hills are all very pretty…words cannot describe them. See it to experience and feel it.

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

No problem with the beach here, you can go to nearby island: Camiguin for some R and R. Plus there are quite a number of beaches dotting the region.

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

Bike and Beach Around The Philippines

We couldn’t even begin how to describe and explain that the Philippines is indeed a Bike and Beach destination. Bikers from Europe and America or Asia would be willing to live in a paradise like this country. For the Filipinos, I think it is high time that we should be more appreciative of our rich country and start taking care of our environment. Filipinos are blessed already, we should just be better stewards of our gifts.

Ride hard and relax harder.

If you are interested in bikin’ and beachin’, hit us up at josephbolintiam2@yahoo.com … We would be glad to connect you with the local Jedis who know the ins and outs of this diverse country. 

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