Philippines Route Descriptions & Maps

Philippines 2008 with updates from 2012 around the Visayas

Panay Island

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Iloilo to San Jose 97Ks

4-lanes out of town then good 2-lane road with a marked shoulder. Flat, urban and busy to Oton at 11Ks. The road narrows but the traffic diminishes. Tigauan at 22Ks. Now, good sea views. Quieter at Miagao at 40Ks. Some minor hills. At 53Ks, San Joaquin. At 60Ks, Tiolas, start inland. Moderately climb to 68Ks. Some broken parts of road. Good views. Rolling hills to 71Ks then mostly down to 80Ks. At coast at 83Ks, Flat , rice fields. More traffic into town, 97Ks.

San Jose to Culasi 92Ks

Urban out on narrow 2-lanes. Ricefields. At 15Ks, Belison. All flat. Nice rural scenery. Traffic diminishes. At Patnongon 25Ks. Slightly rolling to Bugasong at 42Ks. Barbaza at 61Ks. Good scenery. Soft head winds. Light traffic Good Ocean views. Flat, right along the sea. Culasi 92Ks.

Culasi to Pandan 35Ks

Quiet 2-lanes, narrow good concrete road to Sebaste at 20Ks. Strong NE (head) winds. Nice rural scenery. At 35Ks, Pandan.

Pandan to Phaidon Resort 7Ks.

Welcome to the Philippines. The money disappeared and this road is in disrepair. But your able to ride, just slow. Dirt road with a lot of pot holes. Mostly flat. 7Ks. (The road around this peninsula is now very rough 2012.)

Pandan to Caticlan 35Ks

The road cuts across the peninsula and has some gradual hills. Quiet. 2-lane, NE winds (head) to Nabas junction at 11Ks, straight. Nabas at 12Ks, left. Some medium climbs and descents. Along the coast. We had rain and fog in 2008 but in 2012 we saw beautiful vistas along the coast. The ferry dock for Boracay in Caticlan at 35Ks.

Caticlan to Boracay by pump boat ferry (10 minutes)

Boracay Island

Busy with small traffic. From the Pier it’s 3 – 8Ks to White Beach, depending on where you stay. Hilly.

Boracay to Caticlan by pump boat ferry

Catilcan to Roxas by ferry

(From the pier its 2 Ks into town).

In 2012 we took a ferry from Roxas (Mindoro Island) to Romblon Islands and from Romblon Islands to Caticlan (Panay)

Roxas, Mindoro to Odiongan, Tablas island by ferry – 4 hours in a pump boat.

Odiongan to San Augustin 53Ks

Mostly inland. OK scenery. Paved except for a few rough patches. A couple minor hills. North (head) winds to San Andres at 18Ks. Older concrete road to 26Ks then rough and muddy (good scenery and quiet) to 35Ks. Some concreting going on. At 37Ks Calatrava. Start moderate climb. At 39Ks, dirt road (better condition). Top at 42Ks. Great views. Under construction. A little muddy steeper down. At 47Ks, new concrete. Rolling into San Augustin at 53Ks. (Once the road is completed, it will be a great ride. It will take time to finish.)

Pump boat from San Augustin to Romblon Town (Romblon Island) 30 minutes

Romblon Town to Romblon Town 43Ks

South out of town on a paved (a little broken) road for 12Ks along the coast. A few minor hills. Quiet and beautiful. At 12Ks good dirt road but it gets rockier. Steep ups and downs all the way to Sablayan at 23Ks. Gradual (sometimes moderate) for 7Ks then rolling down Sometimes rocky, sometimes muddy. At 31Ks paved through a valley, then on and off (under construction) pavement. Moderate climb to 38Ks (the top at 130 meters) Great vistas and all paved now.

Romblon Town to San Augustin by pump boat

San Agustin to Looc 52Ks

South along coast. Paved but a little broken in spots. Many choppy hills. Great coastal scenery. At 20Ks, steep 2Ks up then down with a short rise to Santa Maria at 24Ks. One choppy hill. At 27Ks, dirt road and construction to 31Ks. Continues mostly flat. At 33Ks, the Airport. At 37Ks, rough pavement to 39Ks. At 41Ks, Alcantara. Rolling to 45Ks, turn for Santa Fe (9Ks) straight. Mostly a broken road. Minor hills. In land. At 52Ks, Looc.

(Looc to Odiongan 26Ks. Reported to be hilly and good scenery. Not sure if the road is good. Total 134Ks around Tablas Island)

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Looc (Tablas Island) to Caticlan (Panay Island) via pump boat.

Roxas to Pinamalayan 61Ks

1K out to the Highway then 23Ks to Bongabong. On the flat coastal plain. 2-lanes narrow concrete. So-so scenery. NE (head) winds. Quiet. Some trucks. At 26Ks older asphalt, a little broken. Mountain views. At 37Ks, Bansud. At 50Ks, Gloria and M’s Eatery. More traffic. At 59Ks, turn into Pinamalayan. Center at 61Ks. In 2012 there was construction around Pinamalayan. Otherwise the road is good.

Pinamalayan to Calapan 73Ks

2Ks to Highway. 2-lanes. At 10Ks, Sorocco (Pinamalayan to Sorocco is still under construction) and the turn for Pola, but this sea road does not go through. More traffic here. After 15Ks, a mild climb to 20Ks then gradual down. NE (head) winds. OK scenery. Rough black top road flattens out. Victoria at 34Ks. After Victoria, flat, straight and busy. At 64Ks, road to Ferry Pier. Right. At coast at 72Ks. Right to Pier, left to Calapan center at 73Ks.

Calapan to Puerto Galera 48Ks

4Ks in town then right. Good 2-lane road. Light traffic. Starts flat,, NE (follow) winds. At 19Ks, climb 2Ks, down 2Ks then 1K up and 1K down moderate with great views, flattens out to 30Ks. A moderate hill and then at 32Ks start climb. At 34Ks a water fall. Up to 38s, then down steep on old bad road. Dirt and rocks but you can ride for 3Ks. Continue down on a new road. Fabulous views. At 42Ks, at sea level. Gradual long hills into Puerto Galera at 48Ks. Great Ride! The entire route is good road but is subject to landslides.

Puerto Galera to Sabang 5Ks

Steep hills on narrow road. Paved but sometimes broken. Great views.

Sabang to Calapan Ferry

It is possible to take a ferry with bikes from Sabang to Batangas but the ride from Calapan to Sabang was so great we did it again the opposite direction or as the Fllipinos would say “vice versa”.

Mindoro Island

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Calapan (Mindoro Island) to Batangas (Southern Luzon Island) Ferry

Luzon Island

Batangas to Lucena 82Ks

5Ks out to Hwy to Rosario on busy urban road with a designated lane for bikes! Right toward Ibaan (Road sign). 2-lane. Moderate traffic. Short drops to rivers then gradual climb. No scenery. Ibaan at 14Ks. Narrow road. Some trucks. Sometimes Hairy. Rolling to Rosario at 23Ks. At intersection, left. Dump trucks! Yuck. At 26Ks, junction right. Less traffic. Gradual descent (fast) to 34Ks. Light NE (head) winds. Much better riding. Rolling to Tiaong. Junction at 45Ks. Right on Main Hwy. Busy. A gravel shoulder. Easy grades. At 57Ks, Candelaria. Poor riding. Gradual climb to Sariaya at 69Ks. Stronger winds. Tough because often on gravel shoulder. Rolling to junction into Lucena at 73ks then down all the way to the center at 82Ks.
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Lucena to Calauag 97Ks

In 2012, there is more traffic and the road has worsened. Only a muddy shoulder. Traffic builds as the day goes on. Not recommended!
5Ks back to Highway. Rolling to Pagbilao at 10Ks. Quieter and prettier here. Sometimes the road is a little rough. At 23Ks, a steep climb for 4Ks then rolling down to 33Ks. Nice scenery. Rolling into Atimonan at 43Ks. At the sea at 45Ks. Along the shore, flat. Light NE (head) winds, Gumaca at 67Ks. More inland but flat to Lopez at 86KS. Rolling hills to Calauag at 97Ks.

Calauag to Naga 146Ks

In 2012, this road is the through traffic route so lots of big trucks and buses. Road is still broken at times especially from junction for 20Ks to 42Ks. Not recommended! Rolling up for 8Ks. Lots of curves. Light traffic. A few trucks. Then rolling down then rolling to junction at 22Ks. Right on new route to Naga. 2-lanes, gravel shoulder. First 2Ks very broken then rolling more up. At 49Ks, Tagrogy. Sometimes, a paved shoulder, sometimes steep. Light winds but rainy all day, so -so scenery. Easier hills. Now down to Del Gallego at 58Ks. Broken road but ok. More gradual rolling. At 85Ks, Ragay. More rolling and broken road. Rolling mostly down to Sipocot at 109Ks. Junction with main road. Right. 2-lanes. A little more traffic. Mostly flat. Pamplona at 129Ks. Often a narrow shoulder. Busier. San Fern at 141Ks. Now a 1 meter shoulder. Busy. Into Naga at 146Ks.

Side trip from Naga

Naga to Tinambac and vice versa 72Ks
To Magarao then Bombon then Calabanga. Into and through Calabanga proper then out along coast. Flat except for a few hills before Tinambac. The paved road ends at Tinambac.

Naga to Tigaon 44Ks

Out on 2-lane road with a wide shoulder. Urban but easy. Flat. Lots of traffic. At 11Ks, shoulder ends. Very hairy to 13Ks. Left on diversion road. 2-lanes, no shoulder. A clear day with good volcano views. Its a truck route. Again hairy. At 17Ks, junction, left. 2-lanes, good road. Some traffic. Strong NE (head) wind. Ocampo at 28Ks. Long gradual hills. Better road. At 44Ks, Tigaon.

Tigaon to Sabang 20Ks

Main road to Goa at 6Ks, San Jose at 9Ks. Junction. Right to Sabang at 20Ks.

At Sabang you can take a pump boat ferry that takes bikes and motor bikes to Caramaon. There is an option to ride to Caramaon: At junction in San Jose, straight to Lagonoy by good road then rough road to Caramaon.

Sabang to Tigaon – vice versa

Tigaon to Legaspi 85Ks

Out 4 Ks to Sagnay. 2-lane, good road, quiet. At 5Ks, climb 3Ks modertely. Great views. Drift down to 13Ks. Into bays and around peninsulas along the coast. In and out, up and down. Fabulous scenery. Soft winds. At 30Ks, back to sea level. The road is older but OK and plenty of hills. At 40Ks, sea level again. No real stores or food before Tiwi. Very Quiet. Flat into Tiwi at 45Ks. After Tiwi, always a shoulder, very quiet. No real stores or fool before Tiwi. Then easy long grades to Tabaco at 57Ks. Now there’s a paved shoulder. Rice fields after Tabaco, busier, 2-lane, flat. There is a moderate steady climb for 5Ks to 67Ks. Up the side of Mayan Volcano. At 70Ks, down off of Mayan Volcano. Moderate then gradual to 78Ks. Views of Volcano which is often obscured by clouds (we saw it!) Into the city center 85Ks. Great Ride!

Legaspi to Sorsogon 62Ks

Urban road out to junction at start of moderate climb at 5Ks for 2Ks. 2-lane, no shoulder. Moderate but fast big traffic so you have to anticipate squeeze plays. View of city. NE (tail) winds. So-so scenery. Rolling. At 22Ks, road to Donsol. (To Donsol, 27Ks of twisty curvy road. Very basic rural country side. So-so scenery. Good 2-lane road, little traffic. (This is where you snorkel with the Whale-Sharks when they decide to be there.) Moderate rolling hills. At 47Ks, a short descent to the sea then back inland. NE wind is a head wind through here. At 62Ks, into Sorsogon.

Sorsogon to Matnog 65Ks

Out of town. Flat to 17Ks then rolling. Good road. Light traffic (on Sunday). Light NE (follow) wind. At 26Ks, start gradually rolling up a pretty river valley. At 42Ks, Irosin, continue up to 44Ks then start climb, steep for 1K then rolling then another 3K, moderately steep climb to 55Ks, then down moderately steep for 2K. Then gradual down to port in Matnog at 65Ks. Good ride , some great views,
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Matnog, Southern Luzon Island to Allen, Samar Island by car ferry

Samar Island

Day trip: Allen to Catarman 47Ks (94Ks round trip)
Description is Catarman to Allen. Out of Catarman on good 2-lane road. Uninteresting. Flat. 9Ks to Bobon. At all towns, a choice a) through town or b) around town. Complex coast line of mangroves, rivers and peninsulas. Calm winds. Light traffic. Some trucks. Flat along coast to San Jose at 19Ks. Some small hills. At 27Ks, Rosario. Slightly rolling, mostly inland. 1 steep 1/2K hill to Lavezares at 39Ks. 2K climb and 2K descent then rolling into Allen at 47Ks.

Allen to Calbayog 73Ks

Mostly 2-lane, good road with some parts broken concrete. No problem on a bike. Quiet. 9Ks, Victoria and long bridge. Rolling. Cross winds. San Isidro at 17Ks. Now, longer and steeper ups and downs. More rugged terrain. Rougher concrete. Slower. 2K climb to 33Ks then descend 2Ks. Still rolling. Along the mountain sides looking at the sea. At 46Ks, much improved road. Now, gentle rolling hills along coast, then inland. Flat and busier into Calbayog at 73Ks.

Calbayog to Catbalogan 70Ks

Out flat along coast then inland. Newly black topped. Then at 23Ks, gradually up river. At 31Ks, Gandara, easy grades to 40Ks then rolling hills up. At 48Ks, start down for 5Ks. Good views. At 60Ks, moderate rolling hills, into town at 70Ks.

****In 2012, we rode from Catbalogan to Tacloban, we choose not to do this in 2008 due to road construction and crossed the island to Taft.
This description is backwards and is the direct route: Tacloban to Catbalogan.****

(Tacloban to Catbalogan 107Ks)

(Out of town and over the spectacular San Juanico Bridge to junction in Samar Island at 12Ks. This route has no shoulder, left. Newly paved road, rolling then hilly and finally a 5K climb to 48Ks then gradually rolling down. Views to the sea. At 61Ks, Calbiga. Again, rolling to Hinabangan at 73Ks. Variable winds. Good scenery. Light traffic. Again rolling to 83Ks, the junction to Taft. Hilly and curvy to Catbalogan at 107Ks. More and more traffic.)

Catbalogan to Taft 88Ks

Steep climb out of town for 2Ks, 2-lane, great views. Gradually up to 4Ks. Down then flat then down to Jaibong at 10Ks. Curvy and hilly. East (cross) wind. Junction at 24Ks. turn left toward Taft on a good 2-lane road inland. Quiet, pretty. NE (head) wind. Gradual climb then down. Now, mostly flat. At 40Ks, mostly climb for 5Ks. At 46Ks, 2K steep climb then steep down to 52Ks, climb steep again. At 54Ks, Babalcan. The top at 55Ks. At 62Ks loop the loop. Great riding gradually drifting lower. Into Taft at 88Ks. Great ride from the junction to Taft. (Junction 1K before Taft. Left is a good road for 32Ks up the coast.)

Taft to Borongan 48Ks

Sulat 13Ks, San Julian 28Ks. 2-lanes, light traffic. Mostly flat. Good scenery. Mixed bag of road, 30% good, 30% so-so, 30% poor and bumpy. NE (cross) wind. A few minor hills. Into town 48Ks.

Borongan to Guiua 111Ks

Out on good 2-lane road. On shore, NE (cross) wind. So-so scenery but sometimes great sea views. Rolling. Maydolong at 21Ks. Slightly rougher road to Llorente at 38Ks. Hernani at 55Ks,. Flatter, straighter, down wind and fast to MacArthur at 70Ks. Flat and fast. At 78Ks, junction left (straight to Marabut.. See description below.) Mostly good 2-lane. Some broken or bumpy patched spots. Rolling then climb moderately to 91Ks. Views to coast on right. Gradual descent to Salcedo at 95Ks. Mostly a good road, rolling to Mercedes at 103Ks. Rolling to Guiua at 111Ks.

Guiua to Junction 33Ks

See above description in reverse.

Junction (refered to in Borongan to Guiua description above) to Marabut 54Ks

Excellent cement 2-lane road. Light traffic. Rolling inland. East (tail) wind. So-so scenery. At 26Ks, Balangiga. Longer gradual hills. Prettier. At 40Ks, along the coast beautiful. At 54Ks, Marabut. Great finish.

Marabut, Samar Island to Tacloban, Leyte Island 60Ks

Along the coast. Great views. 2-lane excellent cement road. Dramatic coastal scenery with out croppings. Funky cross winds. Little traffic. mostly flat. After 25Ks, dramatic scenery in gone. At 35Ks, Basey. Inland. Nice scenery. 1K up to 43Ks then down. At 48Ks, the beautiful San Juanico bridge. At 50Ks, junction, left. Increasingly urban and busy. 2-lanes, no shoulder. Center at 60Ks.
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Leyte Island

Tacloban to Palo 12Ks

2-lanes with a shoulder. Busy. Urban. Another option: Road to Palo, at the traffic circle at 5Ks, turn toward the airport and coast. At 6Ks, junction right. At 8Ks, along coast, the MacArthur statue. Main road at 11Ks, left to Palo at 13Ks.

Side trip from Palo

Palo to Tanauan 6Ks
Palo to Burauan 31Ks
Palo to Baybay 93Ks
Palo to Maasin City 183Ks
Palo to Lioan Ferry 141Ks
Busy, dull, flat 2-lane road. No shoulder but in good repair. Road to Burauan is quieter and prettier.

Palo, Leyte Island to Naval, Biliran Island 110Ks

Narrow 2-lane road in good condition. Good straight road brings very fast, sometimes dangerous, traffic. No shoulder. Gradually up to 27Ks (Jaro) then gradually down. Nice scenery. NE (tail) wind. Carigara at 42Ks. Now near coast . At 55Ks, 3K climb and 3K descent into Lemon at 61Ks, junction, right. (Straight to Ormac – see below) Lemon to Naval. Rolling down valley. A 1K climb then 2Ks descent to Leyte at 75Ks. Steep hills up and down. Great views. Across bridge into Biliran Island at 93Ks. rolling, Nice to Naval at 110Ks.

Biliran Island

Naval to Naval 75Ks

Cut through the middle, one long climb and descent then around the North of Naval on a rough rocky road. North of Naval, the road is paved for 21Ks. Hills, curves, quiet and great scenery. (The road around Biliran Island is being paved. It will be a great bike ride. Now, 1/08 the road is too rough. The road from Biliran Town is, at first, paved and the pavement is being extended. I don’t know how far.)

Naval, Biliran Island to Lemon Junction, Leyte Island 50Ks

See Palo to Naval above.

Leyte Island

Lemon Junction to Ormoc 37Ks.

Moderate 5Ks up and 5Ks moderate down. At 14Ks, Kananga. More traffic. We rode on a Sunday so no sugar cane trucks. 2-lanes, sometimes a little rough. Dull scenery until the ocean views 5Ks before Ormoc. Gradually rolling then 5Ks down into town at 37Ks. From Kananga to Ormoc a poor ride. This is 23Ks that sensible people would get a ride.

Ormoc to Baybay 45Ks

Good 2-lane, flat, busy, truck traffic, along coast. Albuera at 14Ks. A lot of foreigners live around here Now a quiet road. NE winds come over the mountains so unpredictable. Very good scenery. Some ocean views, always mountain views. Into Baybay at 45Ks.

Baybay to Maasin 79Ks

Good 2-lane road, mostly flat. Soft variable winds. Low traffic along the sea, nice. At 25Ks, Inopacan. At 33Ks, Hindang. “Sea of Green” inland rice fields. Hilangos at 40Ks. At 48Ks, Bato, (ferry to Bohol Island). Inland, so-so scenery. At 62Ks, a gradual 2K climb then rolling. Generally down to Maasin at 79Ks.

Maasin to Padre Burgos 26Ks

Good, flat 2-lanes. Quiet. Some sea views. Tree shaded. Variable winds. Good scenery. Becomes rolling into Padre Burgos 26Ks.

Padre Burgos to Bato 63Ks

Good 2-lane road right along the coast for 10Ks to Malitbog at 18Ks. Quiet. Beautiful. Then, more along the coast. Today calm wind. Thru Tomas Oppus but before Bontoc at 39Ks is the junction (to cross over the Island). Left to 41Ks, start climb, some parts steep for 2Ks then rolling hills to 48Ks then down for 3Ks then rolling. Finally flat into Bato at 63Ks.
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Bato, Leyte Island to Ubay, Bohol Island by ferry
Bohol Island

Ubay to Carmen 54Ks

Ubay Pier to Trinidad ,15Ks. Rolling, good road, quiet. NE (cross) wind, dull inland scenery. Junction, left. Rolling. Good road to San Miguel at 27Ks. Generally moderately climbing to 33Ks. Now rolling with rice fields. Good scenery. At 41Ks Dagohoy. At 47Ks, steep climb for 1K then rolling. At 51Ks, junction to Sierra Bullones. Straight to Carmen at 54Ks.

**Carmen to Ubay alternative (vice versa if from Ubay) 55Ks

Carmen to junction 3Ks (north), right (east). Good 2-lane road. Quiet. Rolling then rolling down to sierra Bullones at 13Ks. Good scenery. Paved to 25Ks. 7Ks of improved dirt road, then paved at 32Ks to junction at 35Ks. Left. Rolling light traffic. OK scenery. NE (head) winds. Ubay at 55Ks.

Carmen to Chocolate Hills 6Ks

Up steep for 1K then gradually up to 5Ks. Junction left. 1K steep to top. (See below for option: Chocolate Hills to Alona Beach, Panglao Island via the middle of the island.)

Carmen to Anda 65Ks

Carmen to junction 3Ks(north), right (east). Good 2-lane road. Quiet. Rolling then rolling down to Sierra Bullones at 13Ks. Rolling, good scenery. Paved to 25Ks. 7Ks of improved dirt road, then paved at 32Ks. Junction at 35Ks. Right. rolling. Nice 2-lane road. Light traffic. At 47Ks, Candijay. At 54Ks, left to Anda before Guindulman. New 2-lane cement road. Good sea views for 11Ks to Resorts at Anda 65Ks.

Anda to Jagna 34Ks

Back to highway 11Ks. Left. Rolling along coast. Excellent road. Good views. Light traffic. NE (cross)wind. Jagua at 34Ks.

Jagna to Loboc 50Ks

Excellent road right along coast. Flat. A couple small hills before Valencia at 21Ks. Dimioa at 26Ks. NE (cross) wind. Light traffic. Sea views all the way. At 34Ks, Lila. At 44Ks, Loay. Junction. (straight to Tagbilaran) Right toward Loboc. One hill then Loboc at 50Ks.

Chocolate Hills via Loboc, Bohol Island to Alona Beach, Panglao Island 68Ks

2-lanes, mostly flat, down, NE wind. This is a tourist route so some traffic. Great scenery. Rice fields with the “Chocolate Hills”. Bilar at 13Ks. Now rolling hills to 18Ks then moderate descent to 24Ks, now rolling then 1K climb to 27ks. Steep descent to Loboc at 30Ks. Flat then 1K climb and 1K down to Loay at 35Ks. Junction. Right. Excellent road, almost flat. More traffic and less scenic. Two Historic churches on the route. At 52Ks, left to bridge to Panglao Island at 53Ks (straight to Tagbilaran pier 5Ks), go left at junction up a short steep hill then gradually up for 2Ks then drift down. No views, narrow road, some traffic, Alona at 68Ks.

Alternative via Cabilao Island: see below

Alona Beach Panglao Island to Tagbilaran Pier Bohol Island 21Ks

Back to Junction, 16Ks. Left on Highway into Tagbilaran. Through town. Busy to Pier at 21Ks.
Option #2, 5ks to Panglao town then right on middle road to Bridge 21Ks. Busier and less interesting.
Option #3, 5Ks to Panglao town then right on road to Bil-isan then to other bridge into Tagbilaron at 21Ks, better route.

++(In 2012, we rode to Carman via the west coast)

Tagbilaran to Cabilao Island (*Polaris Dive Resort) 41Ks

Busy 2 land urban road to Cortes at 9Ks left to Maribojoc. Flat, north wind (rain). Less traffic. Moderate Hills. Some views. Maribojoc at 14Ks. Rolling to Loon at 28Ks. Over bridge at 32Ks, left to ferry. Paved for 3Ks then good dirt road to ferry at 37Ks. On Cabilao Island paved for 2Ks, then very rough to Polaris Dive Resort at 41Ks. *(Long muddy slog to a pricey dive resort)

Cabilao Island to Carman (Chocolate Hills) 69Ks

Out to the Bohol highway at 9Ks, left. (see above). Easy riding to Calape at 19Ks. Mostly flat. Light traffic. Pretty rice fields. NE (head) wind. Tubigon* at 31Ks. Junction at 40Ks right. 5K moderate climb then 6Ks easy climb to Sogbagon at 51Ks. 2 easy Ks up then down easy for 5Ks then easy rolling. Beautiful. Carman at 69Ks.

*Tubigon – Frequent ferries to Cebu City. Good restaurants and hotels. (The better place to stop.)
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Dumaguette to Maolboal (Cebu Island) ferry from Tampi to Bato 74Ks

To the ferry at Tampi. It’s a 17Ks flat busy road. There are two ferries one is a car ferry (one hour behind schedule in 2112) and further down the road about 1/2K is a passenger ferry. Both will take bikes. The passenger ferry is more frequent and faster. The ferry arrives at Bato on Cebu Island. (Bato to Maolboal town is 57K – road signs miss leading.) We went north on the west side of the island on a 2-lane paved road. The road weaves next to the coast and goes inland occasionally with rolling hills. This is one of our favorite rides with beautiful sea views. At Maolboal, it’s 3Ks paved road to the coast, Panagsama Beach. This is a world famous diving spot.

Maolbaol to Cebu City 86Ks

Only 3Ks back to Maolbaol town then all paved north to Aloguinsan, then to Dumanjug on good road and rolling hills. The scenery from Dumanjug to Barili is good with some hills next to the coast. Before Barill, bumpy road. (At Barili, you can take a ferry back to Guihulngan on Negros Oriental Island). We went inland to cross the island to Carcar. It was a 9Ks 5% climb on a good road and then a curvy down. Somewhat rough over the top. The boring coast road from Carcar to Cebu City got busier as we got closer to the City where the traffic was heavy. This road has a shoulder of sorts.
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Cebu City,Cebu Island to Clark, Luzon Island via Cebu Air
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Clark Airport to Olongapo 67Ks

A new expressway is opening in 3/08. For now, 18Ks to Poroc. Bad riding. After Poroc, traffic deminishes. Down wind, very fast. Little scenery. Volcano ash so it’s dusty. At 29Ks, go past the turn for Florida Blanca. Flat. At 43Ks, right at Y junction then right again at junction at 44Ks, then a narrow 2-lane very busy road. Treacherous. Avoid if possible. The opening of the new road may alleviate much of this traffic. Flat then hills. Olongapo at 67Ks.

Olongpo to Iba 80Ks

Out Along the coast. A few hills. Mostly with a shoulder. Basically 13Ks of Subic Town. Urban riding. Beautiful road, wide with a wide shoulder. Traffic, flat. At 27Ks, San Marcellino. Junction, left to San Antonio. Straight for “Short Cut” to Iba. 2-lane, light traffic, no shoulder. Flat to T junction with highway at 36Ks. Right. 2-lane, usually with a shoulder. Cross wind. No views of sea. So-so scenery. At 80Ks, Iba.

Iba to Alaminos 117Ks

Out on 2-lanes, no shoulder, light traffic. OK scenery. Light cross winds. Inland. Long rolling hills. At 29Ks Masinloc. Flatter to Candelaria at 40Ks. Flat with a shoulder to Santa Cruz at 58Ks. Then no shoulder, again flat then inland and slightly rolling into Burgas at 93Ks. Then rolling down to Mabini at 105Ks. Then up 1K then gradually down to Alaminos at 117Ks on a busier road.

Alaminos to Lucap 6K

Pier for boats to Hundred Islands National Park.
Slightly rolling. Busy road.

Alaminos to San Fabian 68Ks

2-lanes, narrow, no shoulder and busier road. Fast busses! Rolling up to 16Ks, then down to Sual at 18Ks. Winds variable. At 28Ks, junction, left. Narrow, 2-lanes, some traffic. Busy into and out of Lingayen at 37Ks. Dull scenery. Now (thank God) a shoulder, very busy. Dagupan (big city) at 54Ks. Urban riding. Ask for San Fabian. 2-lanes, no shoulder, hairy ride. At 64Ks, junction, left. Now a shoulder. At 68Ks, San Fabian (1 – 2Ks into resorts on the beach).

San Fabian to San Fernando 58Ks

Flat along the sea, some views. Light traffic (on Sunday). At 16Ks, junction for Rosario. Now, busier traffic, inland, flat and dull. Thru Agoo to (former) Marcos Hwy to Baguio, junction at 26Ks. Straight. slightly rolling to Bauang at 49Ks. Hellishly busy, narrow road to San Fernando at 58Ks. The last 3Ks, there is a shoulder.

San Fernando to Candon 79Ks

Busy, 2-lanes, no shoulder. San Juan at 8Ks. Fast moving big traffic. Flat to Baenota at 14Ks. Some hills to Balaoan at 30Ks. On a plai to Bangar at 38Ks. Gradual climb then down to coastal plain at junction (right to Cervantes) 52Ks straight. Nice scenery, less traffic but fast. Along coast to Santa Cruz at 65Ks. Flat to Candon at 79Ks. Winds cross (off sea).

Candon to Vigan 60Ks

2-lanes, sometimes a bit rough but being improved. Rolling. Now light traffic. So-so scenery. San Esteban at 17Ks. Flat, nice sea views then inland to Narvacant 29Ks. Along coast again, nice views then inland. A few minor hills. Better road. Across Quirino Bridge at 49Ks. Busier into Vigan at 60Ks.

Vigan to Laoag 83Ks

Out on 2-lanes. Urban riding for 10Ks. Flat. Farm country. At 20Ks, San Juan. Cross winds (on shore). Mostly flat. At 35Ks, Sinait. Occasional small hills otherwise flat. Head winds mostly. Light traffic. At 54Ks, junction. Left off highway on minor road. Through Paoay and near coast. Rolling hills and quiet. Nice scenery. Junction, with Main Hwy at 80Ks, left over bridge, busy, into Laoag.

Laoag to Paqudpud 71Ks

Rolling and then flat. Agriculture. Light traffic, good road. Mostly NE winds (head). So-so scenery. At 25Ks along coast. Windy. Scrubby trees. At 40Ks, turn east. Rolling hills. Once along the coast. Burgos at 48Ks. Inland. Very windy (head, tough). Then climb for 4Ks to 54Ks then down 4Ks then down 4Ks through rice fields. A few small hills to turn to Paquadpud at 71Ks. (Beach Resorts 4 Ks beyond).

Paqudpud to Claveria 51Ks

(2Ks out to Hwy from resorts at 3Ks from Paqudpud junction) Moderate hills and curves. At 11Ks, views to the sea. Quiet. NE winds (head but not strong in the AM). At 14Ks, turn off for Blue Lagoon (5Ks to resorts). Up and down along the steep mountain side with spectacular views then into a rice valley. Up 5 1/2Ks to 30Ks. Good views. Down 5Ks then rolling down a rice valley to Claveria at 51Ks. Good ride!

Claveria to Magapit (Junction to Tuguergarao) 103Ks

Climb with views to 3Ks then down to plain. Straight and flat to Sanchez Mira at 21Ks. Light NE winds (head). Light traffic. Sometimes nice rice fields. At 38Ks, Pamplona. A 1K climb to 63Ks. Gradually down then flat to Allacapan at 83Ks. More rolling and wider to the bridge at 103Ks. Junction with road to Aparrit and Tuguegarao at 103Ks.

Magapit (Junction) to Tuguergarao 74Ks

2-lane road with a 1 meter shoulder. Light traffic. Up a river valley. NE winds (tail). Flat to 24Ks then more rolling to Alcala at 37Ks. At 39Ks, back to flat. At about 65Ks, increasing traffic. Into the center, very busy, at 74Ks.

Tuguegarao to Cauayan 105Ks

3Ks east to Hwy. Flat and fast. North winds (tail). Light traffic. One meter shoulder. So-so scenery. At 28Ks, Cabagan. At 46Ks, Tumauini. Curvier and hillier. Even a small climb then down to Ilagan at 75Ks. Out up and down then busier and rolling to Naguiian at 92Ks. A wide shoulder into Cauayan at 105KS. Uninteresting from Ilagan to Cauayan and busy.

Cauayan to Salano 97Ks

Busy in town then moderate traffic. Light NE winds (tail). 2-lanes with shoulder. Now slightly climbing up valley. No climbs. At 20Ks, Alicia,. At 42Ks, thru Santiago then (bad news) no paved shoulder. Rolling to Cordon at 52Ks then hilly to Diadiat 63Ks. Good scenery through mountains. Variable quality road. Often rough and broken. One and 2K climbs. The road gradually gets wider and smoother then a long 4K descent to Bagabag at 85Ks. (Junction to Banaue right 62Ks) straight. Very gradual climb up a pretty valley to Solano at 97Ks.

Salano to Banaue 71Ks

Back to Junction at 12Ks then into Bagabag at 14Ks. Flat to Lamut at 21Ks. 2-lanes, good. Occasionally a shoulder. Light traffic. No wind in AM. Rolling generally up to 26Ks then steeply down 2Ks then start climbing moderately to 39Ks then steep descent for 51/2Ks to bridge over river then climb. At 47Ks, Lagawe. Moderate then steep to 60Ks. Great views of rice fields. Still climb but gradual to 63Ks then down steep to Banaue at 71Ks.

Banaue to Bontoc 46Ks

Climb 10Ks, very quiet. Great views. 25% rough . Traverse on rough road to the hairpin turn at 16Ks. Now climb. Rough road. Steeper toward top at 21Ks. Down steep and rough to 35ks (watch out for aggressive dogs). Parts are paved and they are working on the road. Great scenery. Up 2Ks then down steep again. Rough all the way to Bontoc at 46Ks.
Bontoc to Sagada 25Ks
7Ks up river to Junction then climb for 18Ks on an OK rough road. Some parts are being paved.

Bontoc to Mt. Data Hotel 49Ks (all up hill)

7Ks to junction for Sagada then continue along and up river to Sabangan at 17Ks. T-Junction (right to Cervantes, 26Ks). Left, toward Baguio (128Ks). Steep climb to 24Ks on rough road then 2Ks paved and gradual (feels good) then a rough traverse to 33Ks.
Blacktop and paved but very steep to 36Ks then it’s 80% paved and either moderate climbing or traversing. Fabulous views. Winds blew up river but then became soft and fluky. Mt. Data Hotel at 49Ks,

Mt. Data (7,200 ft) to Bagio (5,200 ft) 98Ks

Down steep then gradual. a 1K climb to Abatan at 10Ks. Climb to 16Ks then traverse or moderately climb to 31Ks, down steep for 2Ks then traverse to 37Ks. Steep rolling hills then moderate climb to 41Ks, highest road in Philippines at 7,400 Ft. Down mostly steep to 52Ks then up and down to 56Ks then moderate down to 67Ks. Climb to 73Ks. Gradual descent to Atop at 80Ks. Down to LaTrinidad, urban, awful, at 93Ks. Up to Bagio at 98Ks. (At 67Ks, we hailed a Bus. This ride was now poor and traffic getting worse with every kilometer.)
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We ended in Bagio (took a bus to Clark Airport and flew). In retrospect, it would have been a great ride down the Marcos Highway. There was light traffic, a wide shoulder, great views and an exhilarating down hill to Pugo then to Rosario at 48Ks. Good road mostly flat with a shoulder and light traffic. All busses stop in Rosario. After Rosario the road is narrow, busy and treacherous.

Clark to Cebu by Cebu Pacific Air

No hassles with the bikes only a weight limit.

Cebu City, Cebu Island to Dumaguete, Negros Island

(see previous description Dumaguete to Cebu City)

Dumaguete, Negros Island to Siguijor, Siguijor Island via Ferry.

Siquijor to Siquijor 75Ks (around the island, clockwise)

All paved and quiet. Variable quality road. Variable terrain. Hilly and flat. Variable views. Sometimes along the sea, sometimes inland. NE winds. At 50Ks, climb for 5Ks then down 5Ks. This is like a microcosm of the Philippines. Back to Siguijor Town at 75Ks.

Siquijor, Siquijor Island to Dumaguete, Negros Island via Ferry.

Dumaguete to Bayawan 102Ks

Busy out of town on 2-lane, 5Ks with a side shoulder, easy rolling road. Traffic drops off as you go to Moderate. NE (tail) winds. At 28Ks, Zamboanguita. At 32Ks, a 5K moderate climb. Distant views of the sea. Good scenery. A long gradual descent with a tail wind. Really fun. At 50Ks, Siaton. A few hills then down to the sea shore. Almost flat. Often a little away from the seaside. At 94Ks, Santa Catalina, then 8Ks flat, straight, busier and dull to Bayawan at 102Ks.

Bayawan to Sipalay 76Ks

Out flat inland and straight then rolling and finally along the sea. Past Basay at 20Ks. At 28Ks, boundary and dirt road. Very quiet. East winds (tail). Often stoney. Paved but for 8Ks of the way (in 2012) to Hinoba-an at 53Ks. Easy rolling then steep climb for 4Ks to 70Ks then down (some steep) to junction at 74Ks, right to Sipalay at 76Ks.

Sipaley to Artistic Beach Resort 7Ks and vice-versa

Paved with steep hills and beautiful.

Sipalay to Kabankalan 80Ks

2Ks to Junction. At 5Ks, a 3K stair step climb then rolling, then steep to bottom at 12Ks. Occasional hills with views to the point at 38Ks. Turn east. Now cross winds and flat. Now in Sugar Cane country. Light traffic and no cane trucks on “Good Friday” . Into Kabankalan at 80Ks. Great ride!

Kabankalan to Pulupandan Port 68Ks

Out on 2-lane hwy. Often broken and bumpy (Sugar Cane trucks) At 14Ks, Himamaylan. Flat, through sugarcane, dull. At 25Ks, Binalbagan. NE winds, mostly cross winds in AM. Hinigaran at 36Ks. A slight climb and descent. At 64Ks, road to left to Pulupandan. Pump boat to Guimaris Island at 68Ks. ** (See below for information to Guimaris Island then to Iloilo, Panay Island)

Pulupandan Port to Bacolod 24Ks

(described in reverse) ( High winds and rough seas force us to take the big ferry from Iloilo to Bacolod. Only small ferries run from Guimaris to Pulupandan Port). Out on 4 lanes from Bacolod then a nice shoulder to 17Ks. Then narrow and busy, mostly flat. At 20Ks, Bago, variable surface, rough at times. Turn for ferry at 24Ks.

**(In 2012, we road in the opposite direction, to cut through the island to Dumaguete)

Kabankalan to Dumaguete 126Ks

8Ks mostly flat then moderately climb for 3Ks. Nice rural scenery. Cross to follow winds (NE). Light traffic. Some construction but generally good road. Rolling to Mabinay at 40Ks. Rolling hills, generally up to 63Ks. Through the mountains. Almost all down. Views across the sea to Cebu. At 75Ks, junction right. At Bais, 82Ks. Tailwinds. Mostly flat. More traffic but road has a paved shoulder all the way to Dumaguete 126Ks.
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** Pulupandan Port to Guimaris Island by pump boat

Guimaris Island

Guimaris Island Port to Buena Vista Port 34Ks

Out and right (north) 4Ks to junction A few hills. Paved. ( At junction, left to Jordan (16Ks).) Straight to Buena Vista (27Ks). Gravel to 7Ks then paved. Rolling. Easy riding, into the wind (North) to 21Ks, then stair step steep climb for 2Ks then drift gradually down to Buena Vista at 30Ks. Then moderately down to the port at 34Ks.

Buena Vista Port, Guimaris Island to Iloilo, Panay Island by pump boat.

Road Stories

2012 -Romblon Island

As usual, the four outside tables at the Romblon Deli are full at 5P. Full of a cast of expatiate characters that could only be assembled in an off the beaten path piece of paradise like this. First, the Deli serves ice cold beer, drinks and good local food, not corn beef on rye. Next, the socialist English owner, David, holds court nightly espousing his quirky opinions for all, attracting all sorts of discussion points. Never heated, fun, goofy arguments. For example, Manny Paxquiao, the boxing hero and biggest hero in the Philippines, he calls a disgrace because he doesn’t fight in the Philippines, preferring. bigger purses abroad. Don’t get him started about the Catholic Church or David Beckham or the town mayor. At the table is an Australian family of four, (two adult sons) who settled here after 10 years of sailing the world. Then there is Carlos, a Phil/American yuppy who returned from NY to handle the family land. He owns our guest house ( Stone Creek House, typical Philippino name, hey?) He is half our age and is our dotting and worryng mother hen. Ginny an eccentric English lady who came for a day and is going on 3 months at Stone Creek House. She is a non stop motor mouth no one understands or cares to. Boracay (world famous beach) is 100 miles away but this place stays as it is because its so hard to get to. We took a rough 4 hour outrigger ferry, then a rough muddy ride for a day to another 2 hour outrigger ferry to Romblon town. So was it worth it? Yes, just for the nightly entertainment at the Romblon Deli. But now to get out of here!


Little did we know that our November bike trip in Nicaragua was an orientation for the Philippines in January 2008. This place,isn’t Asia, its Latin America. You know: Manana, no schedules adhered to and oh so laid back. Central America is losing its image as non functional, efficiency is valued and traveling has become easier. Here in the Philippines the least valued commodity is “time”. If not supervised, the laid back workers simply drift. Orders forgotten, schedules forgotten, etc. The fast check out line at the store is 30 minutes. But their casual easy going manner is so endearing. We’ve always held out that on a bike you get to know the true soul of the people by how the drivers deal with us as defenseless interlopers in their space. Here the drivers are respectful and kind. But off the bike it’s welcome to Nicaragua eastern style.


The following is a road story by Peter from 1997 when we first rode in this area.

A Navagational Error

It was my worst navigational mistake in 25 years on two wheels. We had just flown into Manilla, overnighted and then flown to Legaspi in southern Luzon . This was a good plan to avoid riding in Manilla and position ourselves for great riding in the Visaya Islands .

My less than reliable map showed a secondary road along the coast and then inland to Sorsogon. We got off the plane, followed the coast to a small town where the road turned inland. Our map showed another town so we didn’t stop for water. We struggled to understand what the locals were trying to tell us. Finally, they pointed us up a rough road. We were committed. I’m thinking that this doesn’t seem right. We’re supposed to be on the coast for awhile longer according to my map. But they directed us this way. There is nothing except jungle and a rough steep road. It starts raining and the rocky road is too slippery to ride. We are dehydrated and slow. Darkness sets in, the rain turns cold and it’s too late to turn back. We are soaked and survival becomes our only concern.

I am looking for any kind of shelter and something to collect rainwater for drinking. There is a lone light in the distance higher up the mountain road. We have hope. It’s a guard house with a human being. He has a jug of water that he offers and we slug it all. This guard house was at the entrance of a small rural power plant. No one is allowed in. We plead. He makes a call on a walkie-talkie and they let us in the grounds. We walk about a mile up to a metal building that is the workers lunch cafeteria. It’s unlocked and warm. We devour snacks and water. We are preparing to sleep on the floor when a foreman comes in and explains they are going to town and will take us. The Filipinos will never let you down. The truck has a cover and we bounce over the rough mountain roads in the rain for 2 hours.

They drop us at a hotel in Sorsogon. By 11PM we are cleaned up, warm, enjoying beer and dinner watching the continuing torrential rain. I commit myself to do great road research and allow more room for error next time.

Now in 2008, I realize it was never the lack of information that took us the wrong way, it was the determination of Peter to find another route that simply did not exist. Of course, he is trying to find that route again, “just to see it.”


In 2008 our Reunion and return to Sorsogon

We had a reunion with Fernando and his wife at Fernando’s Hotel in Sorsogon in 2008. They still remember the two cyclist looking like drown rats dropped off at 9PM eleven years ago. The next morning it was pouring rain. We sat and talked to Fernando who is a Philippine renaissance man. At 80 years old he plays tennis every chance he gets. He worked for the Americans in Taiwan (where he met his wife 50 years ago), Cambodia and Vietnam. Hotel owner, 3 time Mayor of Sorsogon and conversationalist extraordinaire. The rain stopped and we rode off at 1030AM. 15Ks out the rain returned with a vengeance and we scampered under a tin roof bus shelter. Across from us was a small bamboo store which we soon learned had a karaoke machine*. Five men arrived in a tricycle*. These men started celebrating early (noon) this Saturday. They all greeted us, “Hello Joe”, as they entered the store across from us. The Karaoke serenade began. Across the road it was loud. The leader, a big man, was a good singer and would come to the open door and sing to us. As the whiskey* flowed the shyness dissolved and eventually they joined us in our bus shelter. They moved on. It was so peaceful with the drum of the rain on our tin roof. About an hour later we could see 3 umbrellas approaching us in the rain. A young Anglo, white short sleeve shirt, outrageous tie with pink and yellow stripes with 2 Filipinos. With the rain, the conversation became long and wide ranging. The young Mormon from Utah realized he was off task so the conversion attempt begins. For us entertainment, for him spiritual points. He gives up. The 3 umbrellas open and we watch them disappear down the road in their constant quest for converts*. It’s now 4PM, we can’t make the ferry to the next island. We scurry back to Fernando’s Hotel when the rain becomes a light drizzle. The next day we reset our climate standards and two very wet cyclists make the ferry to Samar Island.

*Karaoke- The Philippines is the Karaoke Capital of the world. These machines are everywhere and we hear them all day. I mean everywhere. In a welding shop, the welders sing between jobs. Live music is very popular and always found in the bigger cities. In Lagazpi, we found a band we really liked. When we returned to see them the next night, as we walked in the bar the band broke into “New York, New York”. The music here is pop and listenable unlike the rest of Asia.

*Tricycle – A small 120cc motor bike with a covered sidecar seat. This tricycle can carry up to 6 men (2 behind the driver on the cycle), 4 pigs or 12 school kids(sitting on the roof). These are plentiful in the cities and take you anywhere for very little. Even cheaper are the Pedicabs which are bicycles with side car seats. We just can’t face having a human peddle us around. One afternoon, as we rode our bikes past a line of Pedicabs, one of the drivers yelled out “Do you want a job?”

*Whiskey- The Philippines is generally not a bargain. The Peso is strong. The main export is people. Nurses and servers for America and especially the Middle East. What is very very cheap is Whiskey for less than $1 for a small bottle, beer at 50 cents a bottle and cigarettes at 50 cents a pack. Keep the people happy??
*Mormons- Not hard to spot with their white short sleeve shirts, ties and a good sweat. They serve 2 years with little contact with home. Filipinos are easy conversions. We are often asked “Are you missionaries?”


Where to start. First the Ex-Pats(mostly retired US Army). They are always hooked up (many married) with a Filipino less than half their age. They couldn’t find a girl a home but here they’re a hot (read relatively rich) commodity. Basically they’re losers. The Filipinos are just plain “cute”. All the Filipinos (including men) are laid back and have little interest about their place much less the world. So meaningful conversations or even basic information is hard to come by……So here’s the story. Great biking took us to the very tip of Leyete Island to a town called Padre Burgos which is a dive resort town.This is a kind of “any port in a storm” stop for us. Usually the divers are myopic, tired and cranky. Not here. All the dive resorts were full of divers from all over the world. We could only find a room on the highway in back of the water front resorts. Now for the fun. We go down to Peter’s Dive Resort and join up with an eclectic cast of characters. 1) John (skinny 44 yr old) from England. His first words to us, “Aren’t you also at the “Bates motel”? A true minimalist, hasn’t bought any clothes in 3 years, only wears cloths given him. He has been a volunteer English teacher in Southern China for the last 3 years and was a bicycle racers in his younger days. 2)Jeff and Christy a tall American couple working in Beijing China for Seamans/Nokia for 3 years and before that 3 yrs. Singapore (Disneyland) and before that Denmark for 3 years. Next Munich. Just taking a big interesting bit out of life. They invited us to stay in their rented new sea-side house. We checked out of the Bates. 3) Brian a nutty professor type 70 yr old. Just brought his Filipino girl friend of 8 years back to put her in the hospital because she is bipolar. Long talks would include “Do you know the Sultan of Brunei?” Peter says, “I’ve heard of him”. “Well, I bought a Bentley from him.” 4) Dave an Aussie dive master who was starting over after all his possessions were wiped out by a Typhoon last year. 5) Phil late 30’s English joke teller. “Why do elephants have four feet?”. 6) Francia, Phils girlfriend from Siberia. That’s right Siberia. What a body. Everyone waited around for her to take off her wet suit. She spoke English, German, French, Russian and Mandarin and worked in Taiwan at a “power job.” 7) Sam fom Hong Kong who asked “Have you read ‘Motorcycle Investor’ by Jim Rogers?” What a group. Two nights of talk, jokes and beers. What a welcome change of pace…….Back to the Ex-pats. For example, Ryan, 44, big football player type from California. A jack Mormon who was jilted in high-school and hasn’t had a date since. Just a goof. His mother’s nurse was a from the Philippines so he came to meet a Filipino. He’d lost most of his money investing in a Pearl Farm in Fiji. He walked around with this goofy grin saying he wanted to get away from it all. Peter suggested he try to find it all and Get a life! Then waiting for a ferry we met 56 yr old Roy. A stocky karate teacher from Atlanta. Divorced, 2 kids, 11 and 9. He was with the family and his new fiancee who is 18 (18!!) He wanted to talk to us and get some confirmation of his plans. Us thinking BUT 18??? not educated? The family waiting for their pay day? “Your odds are 1 in 1000.”…..Finally, Paul, 55, pudgy, bald Canadian married to Jean a Filipino nurse who is a Canadian citizen. We met them at the “Bates Motel” and saw he was a drunken blow hard and she was a sharp tolerant sweetie. They said they have an unofficial B and B on the next island. We dismissed this and them as soon as possible. No way we would stay with them…..Two days later the ferry to the next island was very late and we were knocking on Paul and Jeans door. They had another couple with them Tom from Colorado, 55, divorced, cabinet maker in his blue jeans and plaid shirt with his 24 year old Filipino girlfriend who he met on-line (does it ever end!). Jeans family was wonderful and we were pampered and fed. Paul arrived after dinner drunk and kept drinking after we all went to bed. Sally gets up to go to the bathroom down the hall and discovers Paul, naked on the couch (not a pretty sight) “There’s a naked guy on the couch and it’s Paul.”