Getting from one place to another in Bantayan Island can be tricky and expensive for the unknowing tourist. Most tricycles in Bantayan Island, motor or pedal-powered, charge tourists a minimum of PHP 20 to get from one point to another. For the budget traveler, this can be a strain in the wallet. On my last visit to Bantayan Island, I figured a good way to save on fares: go biking in Bantayan Island. Surplus bikes sourced from China are offered for rent at bargain prices.
Renting a Pedal-powered Bicycle in Bantayan Island
My party of six (6) team building facilitators traveled to Bantayan Island to facilitate a team building program for Activation Machine at Beach Placid on 19 June 2015. We chose to stay at Budyong Beach Resort since there were no more rooms still available at Beach Placid. Since we figured out that renting a bike would be much cheaper than to commute using pedicabs and motorized tricycles, we rented 5 bicycles because one of our colleagues, Mia, didn't know how to ride a bike. She had to ride shotgun with Tracy. I rode my own bike and so did Clint, Jason, and Quennie. Quennie particularly enjoyed the whole biking experience as it was her first time to ride a bike on the streets as her parents wouldn't allow her to in Metro Cebu.
Cost of Renting a Bicycle in Bantayan Island
It does not cost much to rent a bike in Bantayan. Rental rates start at PHP 40 per hour. For a 24-hour deal, the bikes can be rented at PHP 150 per unit. They also have bargain rental rates for a week's use. We rented the bikes through the resort.
Perks of Renting a Bicycle in Bantayan Island
There are many perks of renting a bicycle in Bantayan Island. I've listed a few below:
Get Some Exercise
Biking is a low impact exercise that can target different fitness areas. It can improve cardiovascular endurance, balance, flexibility, core, and strength. It can particularly target muscles in the abdomen and lower extremities. Biking can be a total workout.
Save on Fares
As I have mentioned in the introduction of this post, renting a bicycle allows travelers to save on fares in Bantayan Island.
Breathe Some Fresh Air
The air quality in Bantayan Island is a lot better than in Metro Cebu. Biking allows one to breathe some fresh air free from the city's smog and engine fumes.
Explore Bantayan Island Freely
Without having to worry about budgeting extra for fares for rides that will take you to places that were not originally part of your itinerary, you can explore Bantayan Island more freely with a pedal-powered bicycle.
Biking is a fun activity. Biking with a group of friends is also a good bonding activity. For travelers who travel with friends, biking is an opportunity to develop better camaraderie and build deeper bonds.