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FAQ

All what you should know...

What do I need to bring for my motorcycle tour?

We assume that this will not be your first motorcycle tour. Bring as little as possible and as much as necessary. You will always be able to procure whatever you might have forgotten locally at very reasonable prices. You will receive after your booking a detailed guide of things you should prepare for your travel.

How I get my bike if I only rent a motorcycle in one of the branches?

We manage all our bikes and branches about our website and our booking system. Our bikes are stored in pick up points. We do not run walk in stores. We will contact you immediately to adjust with you the pick up time and destination. All our pick up points are easy to reach. You get all contact details and information after your booking is confirmed in our system. Please place your booking latest 24 hours before the estimated pick up time.

Can I bring my own helmet or even my own bike?

Yes, as tourist you are allowed to use your own helmet. We provide helmets if you want to save that extra space in your luggage for the souvenirs that you'll want to bring home.

As far as bringing your own bike to this country, yes you can, but this is a bureaucratic nightmare. You are looking for a lot of trouble, wasted time and huge expenses. Customs can make you pay up to 100% of the value of your bike to hold as deposit, and upon leaving the country. Getting your deposit back can take weeks if not even months. This is one of the reasons that makes a tour with Mabuhay Motorcycle Tours so special. We make possible what would be near impossible to do with your own bike.

Do I need a driving license?

Yes, it’s legal to ride motorcycles in the Philippines without a motorcycle license. If you have any valid driving license, valid international driving license, and have been in the Philippines for less than 90 days you are allowed to drive.You should have experience in riding motorcycles in various conditions, including rough roads.

Do I need a special insurance to travel in the Philippines?

To drive a motorcycle is a dangerous sport. All our bikes are third party insured. This issuance covers all damages from third parties. Self inflicted accidents are not covered and in your responsibility. We can not emphasize enough on the necessity for you to take out such coverage. Please check with your own insurance company and see what added insurance they might be able to provide on your existing policy. At the very least they will provide you with a list of insurance companies that specialize in these types of coverage

Do I need a visa to travel to the Philippines?

For most foreigners staying up to 30 days, entry visas are not required upon entering the country, provided visitors have valid passports and tickets to leave the Philippines. Visas are required only for stateless persons and citizens of countries with which the Philippines has no diplomatic relations. For visitors who are planning to stay more than 30 days, for up to 6 months, a temporary visitor visa is required, and registration with the Commission on Immigration and Deportation is necessary. Foreigners arriving from an area infected by plague, typhus or yellow fever are required to have valid vaccination and immunization certificates. For customers who holding a passport from countries which are not on the free entry list, we can arrange invitations as tour operator so that you can ride with us as well

Is it dangerous to drive a motorcycle in the Philippines?

Generally it is not more dangerous to ride a motorcycle in the Philippines than in any other country if you keep rule no.1: Secure your own safety.

The traffic laws in the Philippines are almost identical to those in the United States or Europe. The signage is similar and we will be traveling on roads that will remind you of nice country roads from your own country. The problems don’t comes from the roads per say, but how the roads are used by the locals. Roads are used to dry parlay, this is the freshly harvested rice, and it is not uncommon to find half the road devoted to this practice.

People will sell their wares and goods by the side of the road creating backups when someone stops to buy something but doesn’t care to pull off the road. Also many roads do not have a shoulder for pedestrians to walk on, you see what we mean.

Animals are everywhere and it is not unusual to find a small herd of goats crossing your path or to find 2 or 3 calves that freed themselves taking a leisurely stroll down the highway. To be honest, not once have these encounters led to anything more than a little cuss word towards the people who are so careless with the few belongings that they possess. The only secret is to be attentive at all times. Now we said that the laws were identical to what you have back home, but in a way they might as well not exist at all.

The reason being that there is absolutely no enforcement of these laws. The consequences being that the average Filipino driver will do whatever he pleases, whenever it pleases him, which is just about all the time. You can take it as rule: if you see a Filipino driver using his turn signal, horn or beam, it’s because he’s about to do something stupid. Tricycle drivers use their foot to signal a left hand turn. We don’t want to scare anybody away because with a little practice it all becomes 2nd hand. Anyway, before we start the tour we will have a short instruction about the national practices.

There are 2 law agencies that deal with traffic (yes they do exist). One is the LTO, Land Transportation Office. This is the bureaucracy that issues drivers licenses, car registrations, etc. and they have their own law enforcement branch. The other is the PNP, the Philippine National Police. The only time, ever, that they will enforce traffic regulations is when they put up what you could call road blocks. All they actually do is 9 times out of 10 flag down motorcycle drivers, to check the papers or issue a helmet violation. It’s actually quite amusing to see that at a hundred meters from both directions dozens of vehicles stopped on the side of the road for obvious reasons waiting for the traffic police to pack it in. Usually under one hour.

To wear a helmet is obligation for the driver and passenger on all roads in the Philippines. Not wearing a helmet results mostly in a fine which you can use in a better way in the evening at the pool bar.

So as to everything else common sense will dictate as to how we ride depending on the circumstances.

How save is it to travel in the Philippines?

After living in the Philippines we can unequivocally say that the Philippines are not any safer or more dangerous than any other country in the world. Bad stories get spread around much more than the good ones. And it's always those stories that get told on most social networks.

If you act normally you'll be treated in such a way. Filipinos are very much a care free group of people who live for today, very friendly, always smiling, helpful and always willing to engage into conversation, and Joe is now your new name for the length of your stay, as this is how all Caucasians are addressed, and you are officially an Americano. Doesn't matter what part of the world you come from.

Common sense is again the name of the game, if you use your natural instincts towards people, avoid suspicious locations and act as a guest you will never get into trouble. There's a thousand more people wanting to help rather than do harm. Our tours are all guided with experienced guides who know the culture, the goes and no goes, and will always be there to assist you. Your safety is our obligation. And remember that we would not be bringing you to locations where we would not bring our own children.