I'm heading off to the Philippines in a few days, and trying to decide if I want to make it a bicycle or backpack trip. A couple months back I brought my bike with me to Thailand, and then looped into Cambodia and back to Thailand. My plan was to mix days of riding with days of buses, boats, trucks, etc. But I found that on every step of the way, I was getting charged significantly for bring my bike. Sometimes even more than the price of the ticket itself. Of course I haggled, but it seemed I couldnt beat them at their own game, because it seemed each transport started with a higher asking price than the previous one. In the end, I think I easily wound up paying twice what a backpacker was paying for all my transport costs, even factoring in the times that I was able to ride my bike and save on taxis.
Considering the island geography of the philippines, there would be times I would be forced to rely on boats and perhaps trucks to get thru some of the rougher terrain. Any experiences on what its like transporting your bike in the philippines?. In general, any tricks for trying to not appear like a pedaling cash point to the locals?