While some prefer traveling by plane or by boat, some travelers prefer exploring while on two wheels. Going on a motorbike adventure is another way to see and feel the local vibe of a foreign place while having more time to interact with the locals and immerse themselves in a new culture in a laid-back way. When you are in the Philippines, you have a dozen options of islands to choose from when you want to travel on a motorbike. Here’s a list of the best for you.
Catanduanes sits in the Bicol Region, south of Luzon. Dubbed “The Happy Island,” and formerly known as the “Land of the Howling Winds,” this place is slowly gaining a reputation for motorbike lovers.
Indeed, there are a lot of motorbike rentals you can check out when you land in the gateway of the province. Your motorcycle can take you to places such as the Hiyop Point, Mamangal Beach, Luyang Cave, and the Hicming Falls to name a few.
At the gateway of Occidental Mindoro is Abra de Ilog (opening of the river), where recently opened bike trails lead to spectacular views such as the sea and stunning waterfalls that sprawl across its vast, mountainous area.
As you hop on your motorbike, you can take some side trips to Apo Reef, located in Apo Island in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. The reef has one of the richest marine biodiversity in the world.
Marinduque is the heart of the Philippines, and amazingly, its land is in the shape of a heart, which makes the province a very lovable one. Make your first stop at Boac Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the country, and then hop on over to Boac Museum and its heritage houses.
Busuanga Island is part of the Calamianes, a group of islands in Palawan. Many tourists visit this island because of the ease of reaching the world-class islands of Coron from Coron town. Aside from island hopping, you can also hop on a motorbike and tour the town and its neighbors. You can also do a quick day tour at Calauit Safari Park, which houses zebras and giraffes from Kenya.
Siargao is a world-class surfing spot and an inviting place where solo and slow travel is highly encouraged, what with its simple yet satisfying lifestyle. If you are traveling sans a tight schedule, then going on a motorcycle adventure as you explore Siargao is a great idea. After surfing, you may want to check out the white beaches, tidal pools, and a number of local restaurants to sate your hunger.
Traveling to Batanes, located in the northernmost part of Luzon, is not an easy feat. You first need to secure a plane ticket (which can be more expensive than visiting international countries). However, once you step onto its land, its beauty will amaze you. From rolling hills and the stone houses of Ivatans to the spectacular vistas of its plains and fields, you will never regret renting a motorbike to explore it. Culture Trip suggests staying on the island for more than a couple of days so that you can experience more of its hidden parts as well.