Famous for its fine white sand, blue waters, and lush emerald islets, Boracay is the place to be for beach enthusiasts. But as many seasoned tourists would say, especially the fitness buffs, this vacation hotspot is more than that. Lined with scenic routes around the island, it's also a paradise for cycling hobbyists.
Bike tours are among the popular activities tourists try when they go on a vacation in this top travel destination. It’s actually the top to-do when spending an ecotour holiday with the barkada.
Perhaps you’re visiting Boracay soon yourself. If you’re wondering, “What should I know before doing my first bike tour?” Refer to this beginner’s guide to learn how you can enjoy this activity better. But first, let’s start with why it’s a good idea to include cycling in your travel itinerary.
From giving you a nice full-body workout to easing your mind from worries, cycling has a lot of benefits. Here are some of the specific perks you can get from the activity:
Now that you know why it’s good to include biking in your travel to-do, the question now shifts to, “How do I prepare for a bike tour?” Here are some points you should focus on:
1.Gear. Of course, you need to have the right equipment for your cycling activity. From the bike to your apparel, you need to get these covered:
2. Cash or credit card. Make sure to carry funds just in case you need to buy something along the way. It’s best to bring just enough so you don’t have to keep worrying over dropping money along the way.
3. Food and water. A lot of the touring bikes in Boracay come with drink holders so you simply have to keep your snacks in your belt bag. Go for food that can fuel your body and are easy to carry. Some options include bananas, peanut butter sandwiches, energy bars, or dried fruits.
4. Travel maps and routes. This is your opportunity to use the good old physical maps. Ask your hotel concierge for it. Of course, there’s also the option of knowing only the routes to certain destinations. The important thing is to decide where to travel so you can maximize the limited time for your bike rental.
5. Your physical condition. You ask, “What do I need for a bike tour?” Well, you shouldn’t forget yourself in your preparation. Before pedaling your way through the island, do a five to 10-minute warm-up. Those who trek on mountain biking trails to train their stamina engage in leg swings, lunges, planks, and squats as preparation.
Make sure that you're not feeling any pain, shortness of breath, or nausea before and while going on a bike tour. If yes, consider postponing it or cutting your trip short until you feel better.
Maps are helpful in planning itineraries for your bike tour. You can use a physical or a digital one. But for a few ideas, here are some good places worth visiting:
1. Puka Beach. This part of the island is much quieter and secluded than the White Beach. Starting your bike tour before 6 am, you can catch the cool, peaceful sun glow on this side of the island, perfect for early morning meditation. Although the main road you’ll take is a bit narrow, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of the local culture as you pass through villages.
A quick trivia about Puka Beach, it got its name from the puka shells, which are abundant in the area.
2. Mount Luho. From Puka Beach, continue your bike tour by taking the slightly steep road going to this gem of a mountain. This time, the scenery that will greet you will be lush greenery, complemented by birds chirping. At the summit, you have to leave your bike and walk up to the viewing deck. The bird’s eye view of the entire island will surely relieve the tiredness from pedaling and walking. It’s the reason it remains a favorite Boracay travel destination even in 2020.
A quick trivia about Mount Luho, it’s the highest point on the island, about 100 meters above sea level.
3. Bulabog Beach. After Mount Luho, bike towards Bulabog Beach. This is the side of the island known for the thrilling activities it offers. The most popular are kitesurfing and windsurfing. Try these yourself, and maybe sign up for a few classes. Read blogs about these travel adventures to see if you can take it on yourself.
A quick trivia about Bulabog beach, it earned its popularity because of its windy weather. Tourists from all over the world go to this travel destination not to swim but to do wind-related sports.
Helping you explore vacation hotspots, bike tours in the Philippines are among the best activities you can do when traveling. It’s a great way to get active, meet new people, connect with nature, and learn more about yourself. On your next adventure in Boracay, don’t forget: go for a nice, relaxing ride. And book your stay at Alta Vista de Boracay while you’re at it!