Bohol is blessed with impressive scenery. Rolling hills and mountain ranges bordering the plains, clean and green rivers that snake from inland out to the seas, amazing shorelines and powdery white beaches, picturesque sunsets in the horizon – what more could you ask for?
Roads are paved so there’s no problem adventure cycling in Bohol, or at least within 50 kilometers radius of Tagbilaran city.
These are the routes I usually take when I go road biking:
Tagbilaran – Panglao
I always look forward to coming home to Bohol because of Panglao. It takes me about an hour to reach a beach from Tagbilaran. The beach, which is my reward, is more than anybody could ask for.
After about 20 kilometers of biking, I would reach either Alona beach through the Panglao circumferential road, or the deserted Doljo beach going through the central route. I prefer the Doljo destination – it’s where you could be totally alone and enjoy the sun, sea, and sand.
After a few moments of resting and drinking water, I would then dip into the cold waters. I could just leave my bike on the sand without fear of getting stolen. There are only a few houses and they’re a bit far from my usual stop and the area is deserted. Besides, I could see anybody approaching it even if I’m far from the shore.
Tagbilaran to Doljo Panglao, and back is around 40 kilometers, about a little over an hour one way.
Tagbilaran – Baclayon or Maribojoc
One of the more relaxing rides, there’s not much uphill or downhill so it’s not that challenging. Baclayon is just eight kilometers away and could be reached in less than twenty minutes.
Tagbilaran to Maribojoc is about 14 kilometers and it usually takes me over half an hour to reach there. I almost always stop at Bacong bridge, just before the Abatan restaurant. I love the picturesque bridge and river there.
Bilar – Alburquerque
My favorite route so far – going through the tinae sa manok – a twisting and turning road starting from the Bilar man-made forest. Downhill. Speed junkies would love this as you get to approach corners and even blind corners at high speeds. I almost crashed into a motorcycle as I went probably over 20 kilometers an hour on a turn – it was a bit sharp so I was forced to cut to the wrong lane. Fortunately, the motorcycle coming from the opposite direction was fast and was cutting to the wrong lane too. For a moment it looked like it was a right-hand lane road.
The speeding down from Bilar to Loboc was quite long. I think it was over 10 kilometers of pure adrenaline and wind rush.
I would never speed on a curve or corner again, not after I met an accident going downhill over 50 kilometers an hour on a curve. Read that story >here<.
Tagbilaran – Loboc
This was my first long adventure cycling in Bohol. From Tagbilaran to Sikatuna, I had difficulty as there were many uphills to climb and a few downhills. I finally had a break when we were approaching Loboc; there was a long stretch of downhill, probably about five kilometers.
When we reached Loboc, we went to the unfinished bridge and commented why it’s unfinished. It was said that there were some buried treasures worth more than the money wasted on the bridge, and more than enough to pay being called stupid. Oh well, those are just urban legends, there’s no way to verify such claims.
at the Loboc bridge
Tagbilaran – Garcia-Hernandez
So far, the longest trip I’ve ever done on my bike for a day. Garcia Hernandez is about 50 kilometers from Tagbilaran and it took me over four hours to bike it! Started out six in the morning and arrived there past ten o’clock.
After stopping at Garcia-Hernandez’ town hall, I proceeded to Maambong Spring & Resort, a few kilometers from the center. The water came from a natural cold spring. Even though it was scorching hot under the midday sun, when I dipped into the pool, I still shivered!
I pedaled back home around three in the afternoon, but it was still hot. The going back part is sometimes the most tiring and arduous. The second 50 kilometers were not as exciting as the first.
I love the scenery whatever route I take in my adventure cycling in Bohol. The place is still unadulterated with pollution, cars, and the so-called “progress”, which here in the Philippines, almost equals to “maldevelopment”.
a rewarding view at Dauis bridge after cycling Panglao
WORD OF CAUTION: Always wear a helmet even when you’re just going for a short ride! It saved me from possible and I have to say, I am a survivor!