whether it's riding or driving a bike, it has always been one of the best way to explore the islands of the Philippines. next to trekking, this is the most exciting option to access remote areas under rough road conditions.
still with Edwin, Doi and Ed negotiated two motor bike drivers to bring us downhill. an unusual route. it took us some time to convince them as they have to return back to Mantalongon without passengers. but then they agreed at certain price.
i expected this diversion road to Badian to be part of Cebu's major highway, until we started to access this small unpaved road. along the way, we were passing by rocky hills and some few remaining pine trees.
in Cebu, to cross from East coast to its West coast, majority of the routes would require crossing its mountain range except for the Northernmost and Southernmost portions. among these traverse routes are Sogod to Tabuelan, Cebu City to Balamban, Tabunok to Toledo, Carcar to Barili, and Dalaguete to Badian.it was in Sarangani when i last experienced the habal-habal ride. doing it this time South of Cebu was amazing. the one hour road trip via Mantalongon's diversion road to Badian has some of the nicest views of the hilly peaks. another side of Cebu that i never knew.
want to experience this?
from Mantalongon market place, you can easily find motor bike drivers but it would take you some good negotiation skills for them to bring you to Badian via this diversion road.