On mid-range double and single shock mountain bikes we blaze a carabao (buffalo) trail from Busuanga Airport through the largest ranch in Southeast Asia, penetrating rainforest and fording streams to reach the coast via single track heaven.
Located in the centre of Busuanga island, the airport has several lengthy single tracks radiating out to the coast in all directions. The hard core track to Cheey is challenging, with the first two-thirds of the trip being undulating with only periodic tree cover. Most of the last one-third is cycling regularly in and out of rainforest with frequent stream crossings. Airport and Camp Calauit 4×4 drop-off and pick up, bike and provisions.
8:00 am Assemble at Camp Calauit Busuanga or Tribal Cafe Coron for coffee, briefing and bike fit-out.
8:30 am Travel by 4×4 to starting point near a vacation house of former President Marcos.
9:00 am Twenty five km bike trip starts with a blast through farmland, woodland, across river beds, up and down the occasional hill and across semi-open plains
10:30-11:00 am On the banks of one of the numerous rivers bikers cross, we take merienda and wash the mud and dust from ourselves and our bikes
11:00-1:00 pm Plateau country gives way to rainforest and an exhilarating descent under jungle canopy. Lunch is taken in the cool of a rainforest stream.
2:00-5:00 pm As riders see glimpses of civilisation. the occasional solar panel coupled with carabaos (water buffalos) hauling logs or plowing fields we’re confident there’s an end in reach before dark so bikers delight in stopping frequently and taking dips in streams we pass en route to Minit village and the sea on the east. The pummelling of the waves is certain therapy for tired muscles
5:30-6:00 pm Pick up in the 4×4 or cycle 3 km to Camp Calauit and a well-deserved beverage.
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.