Anda and Candijay as tourist destinations are some of the most underrated attractions in Bohol. As far as I am concerned, both these exciting destinations are a mix of Banawe, Boracay, and Cebu, but without the hustle of too many people – what heaven!! If you can make some effort to do some research before you go and use a guided tour when you get there, it will pay huge dividends. We took a really great and unusual tour in the eastern part of Bohol.
These two provinces are situated on the eastern coast of the island, roughly 100 kilometers or a three-hour ride from Tagbilaran City. With its myriad of attractions, Anda and Candijay are definitely divine! Fine white sand beaches, rich marine life, enchanting caves and cave pools, hidden waterfalls and much much more!
My sister and I rented a car for the cost of P2,500 (luckily we met two fellow backpackers who were willing to share the cost) were conditional on only driving to the places below. This was a really great option to have and highly recommended – using public transport might save you some money, but is complicated, very time consuming and you simply will not get to see all the places you want. Alternative price structures are available.
Places to Visit
1. Cabagnow Cave Pool
Anda in Bohol is famous for its long white sand beach but for the traveler, there are other options, like the hidden, beautiful and cave pools hidden which include Combento, Cateres, Kaligoon, Tiburako and on the East Coast, the biggest and most beautiful according to many, The Cabagnow Cave.
The Cabagnow is the deepest cave pool in Anda with depths said to be 25 feet. Entrance fee is just P10 for adults and is collected at the gate. Cabagnow Cave Pool is a bit challenging because it’s like a hole in the ground, and you have to use a ladder and wear slippers so it’ll be easy climbing up and down to the pool. It’s worth it so be patient!
There is no obvious signed route to get there but ask the local drivers as they know where to drop you off to start your walk.
2. Cateres Cave
A few meters from Cabagbow Cave Pool and the first one that visitors will pass is a smaller cave pool. The water is shallower compared to Cabagnow and the ceiling is lower but still enough room to swim around.
We didn’t take a swim here as it is not that deep and a little rocky, but it is not a bad place for a quick dip, especially if you are scared by enclosed places.
3. Quinale Beach
Quinale Beach is a fine white sand spectacle that’s free for all the townsfolk to enjoy. It is a long stretch of white sand with clear waters and a sandy bed.
A lot of people think it’s way better than the beaches on Boracay – you really have to see the sand to believe it. It is actually almost perfectly white sand which is super fine and for a public beach, it has a true feeling of exclusiveness that you would only expect on an expensive private one.
The place has some facilities for eating/drinking/snacks, such as Quinale Beach Bar with which sells reasonably priced snacks and drinks mostly. Next door you will find Anda’s tourist center and you can relax in the shade either beneath the hut or under the tree for no charge, or you have the option to set up a tent or a picnic blanket or tables and chairs. Tables and chairs can be rented (Php75 for a table and Php5 for two chairs) at the bar and camping on the beach is allowed if you have your own tent, and it’s not total ‘jungle’ living as there are free facilities such as toilets, changing rooms, and open showers by the bar.
4. Talisay Beach
It gives the impression of being a dirty beach but it’s mostly naturally created with seaweed, broken shells, leaves etc, rather than made waste. When you do wade into the water, it is shallow, ideal for those bringing children. The sand gently slopes into the sea a couple of meters and the depth is just above the knee, although where there is a color transition, it starts to get deep.
It’s really nice to just sit under the unusually styled huts or the trees and feel the strong breeze. This place is wonderfully undeveloped and if you just want a dip with a small amount of convenience, then this is the place to be.
5. Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
In Bohol, rice terraces is not an unfamiliar sight. Not known to many, but Bohol also has rice terraces. In Candijay, the most picturesque are in Cadapdapan.
There are actually many rice terraces in Candijay (namely in Barangays Tambongan, Canawa, Tubod, Abihilan ) but Cadapdapan is the most sensible visit option as you can also take in the waterfall that is there as well. Two for the price of one!
The terraces were formed from elevated areas converted into farmlands by the natives of barangay Cadapdapan a long time ago.
6. Eleuterio’s Rice Terraces & Mountain Resort
Can-Umantad Falls and the nearby spring pools are owned and managed by Eleuterio’s Can-Umantad Falls and Rice Terraces Resort Inc. They are open to the public every day from 7 AM to 5 PM. Entrance fee is P20 per person, the parking fee is P10 for motorbike and P20 for private cars.
We found everyone very friendly and approachable and we took time out to eat lunch there with the group – try the local “halang-halang”, made with native chicken. You can take your own food there if you prefer but you will be charged between P100-P200.
7. Can-umantad Falls
The Can-umantad Falls, the tallest in Bohol, is located in Cadapdapan, Candijay. They are 60 ft. tall as the name hints at – Can-umantad means “kan-uman/kaunuman” or six times.
To get to it you have to climb (15 mins) 518 steps and even though it is tiring when you get there you forget the trek as the view and spectacle are stunning!
Small word of warning – take you time walking around as the ground can be very slippery and bring along with you some water and extra hand towel.
8. Canawa Cold Spring
The Canawa Spring is a deep blue water cold spring in a clearing surrounded by tall trees. Local and foreign divers have all tried to measure the depth of the spring but have so far failed. They thought they had reached the bottom at 12 meters only to find it was just the first level and that tunnels go deeper so that no one has ever reached its floor. Entrance Fee is 10 pesos and cottage rental is 100 pesos.
Canawa Spring is located in barangay Canawa, Candijay. The name “Canawa” comes from the term “kawa” a famous cauldron or pan shape cooking tool of the Bisaya.
As a safety measure, ropes have been installed that run across the spring, so, even if you are not a good swimmer then you can still enjoy a dip.
How To Get There?
Option 1: Prior to our arrival in Bohol, we had already hired a car for the price of 2,500 but shared the cost between 4 of us, from Kuya Johnfel Caseres’ Car Rental Service. So upon our arrival to Tagbilaran Airport, we went directly to Anda, Bohol and start the tour.
Option 2: There are 2 ways on how to go to Anda via commute. If you are checked-in at Panglao or Tagbilaran, you can ride a van(P120) via Guindulman and transfer to a tricycle(P30) going to Anda. You can also ride on the bus(P100) via Anda.
- Bus Schedules:
Travel time is 3 hours.
Tagbilaran-Anda: 5:00AM|12:30PM |2:30PM | 5:30PM
Anda-Tagbilaran: 6:00AM|8:00AM |10:30AM | 11:00AM
- Van Schedules:
Travel time is 2 hours.
Tagbilaran-Anda: No fixed schedule
Anda-Tagbilaran: 4:00AM|5:30AM |6:00AM | 7:00AM | 7:30AM
- If you miss the above direct vans/buses, take a bus to Guindulman. From Guindulman, there are regular buses, vans, tricycles, and motorcycles to Anda running from 5 AM to 5 PM.
Getting Around Anda & Candijay
How to go to Candijay:
You can catch a van or bus in Dao Terminal that passes by the town. Asked the driver to drop you off at Lungsod Daan, Candijay Market. Bus fare per person is around Php 80 while van fare per person is around Php 120.
Anda to Candijay:
Take a multi-cab from the town going to the highway. Fare is about Php 20 each. From there you can ride a bus. Fare is around Php 12 each. Motorcycle or habal-habal is the mode of transportation to get to Can-Umantad Falls. Rate starts from Php 180 to 200 per person.
Candijay is a safe and clean place but with nowhere to stay. To stay in the local area, your options are either Guindulman (the closest) or the more up-market Anda, which is quite a bit further away. There are no wi-fi options other than what you can achieve on your mobiles.
Itinerary & Expenses
Full Itinerary & Detailed Post: Bohol Travel Guide
Tips and Reminders
1. From Manila, start your travel as early as you can to get there before lunch.
2. You can commute going to Anda but we preferred going there in the comfort of a private vehicle. Trust me, it’s easier especially if you’re bringing a lot of things for camping.
3. It is best to bring your own food and water. But if you’re not planning to bring any, there are a lot of options for you to buy near the public market.
4. There is a curfew set around 10 PM at Quinale Beach. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be asked to leave the beach, it just means that you should be respectful and quiet with no shouting or loud music.
5. Globe, Smart, and Sun have a good mobile signal in town.
6. If you are going to rent a car like we did, take extra towels to sit on in case your clothes are wet.
7. Take sunblock and insect repellents.
8. There is a good choice of accommodation to suit most budgets choose from, from high-end beach front resorts to home stays and everything in between.
9. Eating options abound as there are plenty of restaurants along Quinale Beach and in Poblacion to choose from. Again all budgets are catered for.
10. Best time to go is during dry months (November to May)
11. Metrobank has an ATM machine at the town hall
12. Please pick up your trash and take it home or dispose of properly.
Bohol Tourism Contacts
Municipality of Anda
Anda Tourism Office
Poblacion Anda, Bohol
c/o Ms. Kimberly Lim-Adams
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Municipality of Candijay
Candijay Tourism Office