Travel Guide: Anda (Bohol)

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Anda

So you have been to the province of Bohol, you have basked in the white sand beaches and dived the vivid underwater world of Panglao and Cabilao, awed with the panoramic beauty of the Chocolate Hills, visited the centuries-old churches, feasted on the sumptuous foods on a river cruise, or seen the iconic Tarsiers. Indeed, you have been to Bohol!

Anda
Quinale Beach

But if you have done all of the above and you think you have seen all of the province, then think again. Unbeknownst to many, there’s more in Bohol than the usual itinerary, more nature’s wonders and surprises await for those who seek beyond Tagbilaran, Panglao, Cabilao, Loboc, Baclayon or Carmen.

Among the province’s fast emerging hot spot is Anda, situated in the eastern coast of the island, roughly 110 kilometer or three-hour ride from Tagbilaran City. With its manifold of attractions, Anda is definitely divine! Fine white sand beaches, rich marine life, enchanting cave and cave pools, hidden waterfalls, and more! Anda is definitely divine!

Quinale Beach
Sand ripples in Quinale Beach

Anda’s main attraction is just a stone-throw away from the town proper – Quinale Beach, hailed by many as among the best beaches in Bohol. It is a three-kilometer long fine white sand beach with beautiful turquoise water and breathtaking view of sunrise. Scattered also along the town’s shoreline are other beaches and coves such as Talisay Beach, Bituon Beach, Cambilagan Beach, Bugnaw Beach and Arthoghin Beach.

Aside from its beaches, Anda is also popular for its deep blue cave pools. There are at least six cave pools hidden in town which include Combento, Cateres, Kaligoon, Tiburako, East Coast and Cabagnow, the biggest and most beautiful according to many.

Quinale Beach
Sunrise in Quinale Beach

The possibilities are endless in Anda as there are more to see and do here than the beaches and cave pools. Be it just watching the magnificent sunrise or just lazing on its fine white sand, simple yet priceless pleasures that will make you fall in love with the place. Without a doubt, Anda is divine… Anda is definitely divine!’

Cabagnow Cave Pool
The deep blue Cabagnow Cave Pool

How to Get to Anda

By Plane

From Manila

Catch a plane to Tagbilaran City, the capital of Bohol. Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia have daily flights from Manila to Tagbilaran. From Tagbilaran Airport, flag a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal and catch a bus (P100) or van (P120) to Anda at Dao Terminal, travel time is two to three hours.

By Fast Craft or Ferry

From Cebu

Supercat and Ocean Jet Fast Craft have multiple departures daily from Cebu City to Tagbilaran City, travel time is around two hours. Meanwhile, Cokaliong, Lite Shipping, Trans-Asia Shipping and F.J. Palacio Lines also have regular ferry or RoRo departures with varying frequencies daily or weekly, travel time for slow ferry takes four hours. From Tagbilaran Port, flag a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal and catch a bus (P100) or van (P120) to Anda at Dao Terminal, travel time is two to three hours.

From Larena, Siquijor

Lite Shippine Corporation has multiple departures weekly from Larena, Siquijor to Tagbilaran City, travel time takes at least four hours. From Tagbilaran Port, flag a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal and catch a bus (P100) or van (P120) to Anda at Dao Terminal, travel time is two to three hours.

From Nasipit, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin and Dumaguete via Jagna

Ocean Jet has daily fast craft from Dumaguete City and Cagayan de Oro City (via Camiguin) to Jagna, three towns away from Anda, travel time from Cagayan de Oro is three hours, and two hours from Camiguin or Dumaguete. Trans-Asia Shipping Lines have mulltiple departures weekly from Cagayan de Oro City for nine-hour journey while Cokaliong Shipping Lines serves Nasipit to Jagna route once a week for a travel time of five hours. From Jagna, catch a bus or van going to Anda, travel time is one hour.

Quinale Beach
Fine white sand of Quinale Beach

Going Around and Away

Tricycle and habal-habal (motorbike) are the primary mode of transport around Anda and to Guindulman, minimum fare is P8/pax. Transportation going to Tagbilaran City is limited, the usual route is to take a tricycle to Guindulman (P30/pax). At the main highway in Guindulman you may take a van or bus to Tabilaran City, or other towns in the east coast such as Jagna, Dimiao, Garcia Hernandez, Valencia, Lila or Loay. Vans and buses going to Candijay (Can-Umantad Falls) and Ubay also pass by Guindulman.

Cabagnow Cave Pool
You need a ladder to get out of Cabagnow Cave Pool

Where to Stay in Anda

There are plenty of accommodation to choose from, from high-end beach front resorts to interior hotels, guest houses and even home stays.

For groups, R & S Seaside Unit is a good choice, just few steps away from Quinale Beach. An air-condition room that can fit six (or even up to eight) people is only at P1,900 overnight. It has a balcony and glass window fronting the beach, toilet and bath, kitchen with sink area, refrigerator and microwave.

Anda
A room in R&S Seaside Unit at P1800/night good for up to eight guests.

R & S Seaside Unit
Sawang, Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Contact Nos: +639488496971
Budget: P1,500 to P2,000 per room per night
CHECK RATES

Other accommodations in the town include:

Amun-ini Beach Resort & Spa
Basdako Beach, Candabong, Anda
Contact Nos: +63-38-5106230 / +639177965412
Email: info@amun-ini.com
Budget: Starts at P11,000 per room per night
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Anda Cove Beach Retreat
Banilad Candabong, Anda, Boho
Contact Nos: +6399543 5179
Budget: Starts at P2,500 per room per night (aircon, good for two, with breakfast)
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Anda de Boracay
Sawang, Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Contact Nos: +639153985923 / +639085410788 / +639159325575 / +639199554626
Email: anda.deboracay@gmail.com
Budget: P1,500 to P4,000 per room per night
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Anda Global Beach Resort
Poblacion, Anda
Contact Nos: +639106412775 / +639219525348
Email: tanjocelyn28@gmail.com
Budget: Starts at P700 per room per night (fan room, good for two)

Anda Lodge
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639994808055
Budget: Starts at P500 per room per night (fan room, good for two)

Anda White Beach Resort
Bacong, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639177000507
Email: cornelis@andabeachresort.com
Budget: Starts at P4,000 per room per night
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Blue Star Dive and Resort
Ipo Candabong, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639479465386
Email: dive@bluestardive.com
Budget: P3,500 to P4,500 per room per night
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Casa Amihan
Virgen, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639175307959
Budget: Starts at P3,300 per room per night (aircon, good for two)
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Coastal Paradise Beach Resort
Virgen, Anda
Contact No: +639295821233
Budget: Starts at P800 per room per night (fan room, good for two)

Dapdap Beach Resort
Candabong, Anda, Bohol
Phone: +63-38-5282011 / +639218332315
Email: info@boholdapdapresort.com / wecare@boholdapdapresort.com

East Coast White Sand Resort
Candabong, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639287628730
Email: eastcoastwhitesand@gmail.com
Budget: P3,000 to P6,500 per room per night
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Flower Beach Resort
Virgen, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639185796166
Email: requests@flower-beach.com
Budget: P3,200 to P4,200 per room per night (aircon, good for two, with breakfast)
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Island View Beachfront Resort (Formerly Vitamin Sea)
Bacong, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639183097022
Email: islandview_resort@yahoo.com
Budget: Starts at P3,000 per room per night
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JA Travellers Inn
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639078672999/ +639192443250
Budget: Starts at P800 per room per night (fan room, good for three)

J&R Residence
Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639088215481
Budget: P3,500 to P4,000 per room per night

Kim’s Garden
San Isidro, Candabong, Anda Bohol
Contact No: +639194898604
Email: joachim_katz@web.de
Budget: P1,500 per cottage per night (aircon, good for two)
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La Petra Beach Resort
Bacong, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +63-38-5101270 / +639175157560 / +639985496439 / +639293610497
Email: indayines@yahoo.com / inday@lapetraresort.com
Budget: P1,875 to P4,500 per room per  night (with breakfast)
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Little Miami Beach Resort
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Contact No: +639156307739
Budget: Starts at P1,000 per room per night

Magic Oceans Dive Resort
Candabong, Anda, Bohol
Contact Nos: +639283991835
Email: info@magicisland.nl
Budget: P4,500 – P6,000 per room per night
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Old Castle Bed and Breakfast
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Contact Nos: +639202798227
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Cabgnow Cave Pool
There are at least five more cave pools in Anda aside from Cabagnow

Where to Eat in Anda

Dining is not a problem, there are plenty of restaurants along Quinale Beach and in Poblacion to choose from – R&S Resto Bar, On The Road Restaurant Bar, Coco Loco and Anda Beach Bar among others. For those in budget, there are also plenty of eateries in tow, particularly in Food Center near the public market which is also walking distance from Quinale Beach. There’s a stall there selling Halo-Halo, I believe it’s the best in town.

Things to Do in Anda

  • Beach hopping in Quinale Beach, Talisay Beach, Bituon Beach, Cambilagan Beach, Bugnaw Beach and Arthoghin Beach.
  • Swim in Combento, Cateres, Kaligoon, Tiburako, East Coast and Cabagnow Cave Pools
  • Check out the town’s different caves: Banilad Cave, Balwarte Cave, Lamanoc Cave, Lundag Cave, Sudlonon Cave and Ca Genaro Cave
  • Visit Anda Falls, Lagoon, Lamanoc Island and the Marine Sanctuary
  • Go snorkeling, free diving or scuba diving.
    • There are at least nine dive sites in Anda and Guindulman including Titanic Rocks, Neptune’s House, Bacong, Virgen East and West, Dapdap, Paradise Garden, Snapper’s Cave, Coco White and Wonderwall. Some of the dive shops are Blue Star Dive and Resort, Amun-ini Beach Resort and Spa, Magic Oceans Dive Resort, Sunset Dive Resort, Flower Beach Resort and Anda Divers Enjoy. Rates start at P1,200 per dive.
  • Join the festivities in the yearly Dujanon Festival
  • Visit other attractions in the neighboring towns such as Can-Umantad Falls, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Canawa Cold Spring, Candijay Mangrove Forest, Kawasihan Islet Sandbar, Danicop Jorge Brook, Kantaligsok Peak and the man-made lake called Boongon Swip all in Candijay; Kinahuran Falls, Boctol Falls, Cantuyoc Cave, Eva Cave, Luinab Rice Terraces and Can-Uba Beach of Jagna; Catugasan Peak, Ermita Ruins, Dimiao Church, Pangahog Twin Falls, Ingkumhan Falls and Dam-agan Falls in Dimiao: Niluksoan Falls in Balilihan; and more.
Quinale Beach
Quinale Beach is at its best during the shift of the tide

Sample Itinerary

Here’s our three days and two nights hectic and adventured filled itinerary covering Antequera, Candijay, Anda, Dimiao and Jagna.

  • Day 1
    – Cebu to Tagbilaran by fastcraft
    – Go to Antequera (jeep)
    – Visit Mag-Aso Falls, Mandahugan Cave Spring and Inambacan Cave Spring (habal-habal)
    – Return to Tagbilaran (bus)
    – Overnight in Tagbilaran (Marcelina’s Guesthouse)
  • Day 2
    – Travel to Candijay (van)
    – Visit Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and Can-Umantad Falls (habal-habal)
    – Travel to Anda (bus/trike)
    – See Anda Cave Pools
    – Overnight in Quinale Beach (R&S Seaside Unit)
  • Day 3
    – Travel to Jagna (trike/van)
    – Visit Kinahugan Falls (habal-habal)
    – Travel to Dimiao (bus)
    – Visit Pangahug Falls (habal-habal)
    – Return to Tagbilaran (bus)
    – Proceed to Port (trike)
    – Travel to Cebu (fastcraft)

Estimated budget for the trip is P2500/person from Cebu for a group of five.

Quinale Beach
Simple pleasure in Quinale Beach

Other Tips

  • Best time to go is during dry months (November to May)
  • Metrobank has an ATM machine located in the town hall
  • Some establishments accept credit card but none accepts travelerโ€™s check
  • Globe, Smart and Sun have strong mobile signal in town
  • If you wish to swim in deep blue Cabagnow Cave Pool, you may rent the steel ladder owned by Mang Junior Amora (+639213729242) to get out, rate is whatever your kind heart desires
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15 thoughts on “Travel Guide: Anda (Bohol)

  1. This is very helpful with the extensive list of accommodation information and their room rates. The accuracy of price range by room category are very realistic figures that help a lot with budgeting.

    I’ve just made a booking ๐Ÿ™‚ !!! Lakwatsero, You are A M A Z I N G !!!

  2. Thank you! Is it possible to just pitch a tent at the beach instead of staying at the hostel? Is there any public beach there? Cheers

  3. I am from Bohol and I must say, I am impressed by the extent of your entry about Anda!

  4. Hi Lakwatsero. Thank you for the very informative site.

    I represent the Island View Beachfront Resort (formerly the Vitamin Sea) in Bacong, Anda.

    Might I please inform you of our current contact details, as the ones you have on the site are out of date: Our web-site is: http://www.islandviewbeachfrontresort.com The email is: islandview_resort@yahoo.com , and the phone number is 0918-309-7022. The manager is Jo-ann.

    Our room rates start at around P. 3,000.

    Many thanks.

    Peter

    1. Thank you for this info. I already updated my blog to reflect the details you sent. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. It’s been ten years since I visit Virgen Anda Bohol my parents place and now I’m eager to visit again … Wow very nice place…beaches and bugnaw sei cave…

  6. Thank you so much for this guide! very informative. Exactly what I need because I will be travelling to Bohol this coming April, and will definitely visit this beautiful place.

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