On double and single shock, moderate-value mountain bikes we blast the dirt roads and water buffalo single trails of Busuanga, fording streams that cut through virgin rainforest, bamboo groves, farmland and wooded undulating hill country and open plains.
Busuanga’s an island with mostly dirt roads and you can do as little or as much biking as you want with a 4×4 pick-up shadowing on the driveable roads or meeting cyclists after single track stints. The great plus for a car-supported trip is that Tribal Adventures can carry a spare bike as a replacement or your own! (We give a 500 peso discount to a riders with own bike). But do note that for a distance of some 15kms from Decalachao to San Nicolas the 4×4 does not shadow as the route turns from dirt road to single bike track. The tour can start from Camp Calauit as well as Busuanga Airport and will be done in reverse, if the starting point is Coron town (and ultimate destination the airport or Camp Calauit).
8:00 am Assemble at Tribal Cafe Coron or Camp Calauit, Cheey, Busuanga, as the case may be, for briefing and bike fit-out.
8:30-9:00 am Drive to Decalachao for start of biking.
9:00-9:45 am Emerging from the village, riders take a clayey undulating road for some 5 kms till the start of a single track that eventually takes them to the village of San Nicolas.
10:00 am -12:00 pm Five minutes into the single track there is a river crossing, a challenge even when the season is dry. There we take merienda and plot what our pace will be over the following 12 or so kms of easy to moderate biking across tree-studded plains to the bridge crossing the river bordering San Nicolas
12:00-13:00 pm Lunch on the banks of the San Nicolas river
13:00-15:00 pm Mountain bike from San Nicolas to Guadalupe, a distance of some 10 kms, with a steep ascent of 3kms, the 4×4 shadowing.
15:00-15:30 pm Merienda at Guadalupe. Explore the village
15:30-17:00 pm Bike into Coron town with 4×4 following
17:00 pm End of tour with a well-deserved beverage
Lunch on the bank of the San Nicolas river
Duration: Fullday. Start from 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
Departure: From Camp Calauit or Busuanga Airport
Entrance and guide fees
Other personal expenses
What to bring: Suncreen, hat, bug repellent refillable water container as you will be provided only a single new plastic mineral water bottle that you will need to refill, walking shoes that will get wet or strong sandals, swim wear, waterproof layer, dry clothes, educational giveaways like crayons for children in place of tip money. (you can purchase water/trekking foot wear, water bottles and day packs from our office in Palawan)
A National Tourism (Kalakbay Award) winner, Tribal Adventures puts its money where its ecotourism mouth is, by splitting income 50:50 with the local people at Kayak Inn, Antique and Camp Calauit, Palawan.