With a steadily growing biking community – there are now 60 groups under the Federation of Iloilo Cycling Organization – Iloilo City in Western Visayas is fast becoming a hotspot for adventure tourism on two wheels. So why not hop on your two-wheeler and explore Panay Island’s great outdoors?
Around Guimaras Island
Take the 15-minute pump boat ride from Ortiz Wharf in Iloilo City to Jordan Wharf on Guimaras Island, a popular cycling spot with its untamed jungle and views of the Panay Gulf and the Guimaras Strait. Once you reach land, take the 4km uphill ride before going on a mad expedition that includes off-road paths and rolling hills. Circling the island’s 113km circumferential road could take a while, but there are beach resorts in Nueva Valencia to spend the night. Notable attractions include Guisi Lighthouse and the Igang Bay Marine Sanctuary’s mangrove eco-park.
Along Benigno S Aquino Avenue
Iloilo’s first protected bike path runs along the Benigno S Aquino Avenue highway that connects Molo and Jaro, two municipalities 5km away from each other. It’s not all smooth sailing – you’ll have to stop and give way to pedestrians and vehicles at intersections – but you’ll be in the thick of the commercial action. At any point, you can exit the bike path and go mall-hopping – Atria Park District and Iloilo Business Park off the highway are the most cyclist friendly, as they provide bike racks. Fitstop Bites and Bikes on the highway rents out bikes by the hour and offers tours.