Cadapdapan Rice Terraces: Discovering And Embracing Its Innate Beauty


A backbreaking trek to Binabaje Hills has given me enough reason to keep myself energized and see more of Bohol’s unending nature’s beauty. This simply means that Bohol has never worn out of surprising me with all its hidden treasure. After we reached back in Alicia town proper from Binabaje Hills, we were looking for a cold drink to satisfy our thirsty throats, and we finally had one.

We were supposed to take a Jeepney bound for Lungsod-Daan in Candijay, Bohol from Alicia to visit some of the hidden treasures of Candijay, Bohol. But since fate has been good to us, we were able to get a motorcycle to bring us to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-Umantad Falls and Canawa Cold spring for only Php 300.00. And it was the perfect motorcycle ride offer, we received that day.

As we had agreed with our driver, we will visit first the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, then Can-Umantad falls, and followed by Canawa Spring to end our backpacking adventure around Bohol. From the Municipality of Alicia, we went straight to Lungsod-Daan in Candijay, Bohol to have our lunch before deciding to embark on our journey to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces. And thus it happened, at the Lungsod-Daan, we had our lunch near the public market together with our kind motorcycle driver. It was eventually the best way to begin our adventure.

Photo Credit: Paul Emerson Salinas Almontero of @paulemersonix

Our famish stomach filled, and the adventure will lead off. From Lungsod-Daan, we drove roughly 25-30 minutes to reach the unassuming beauty of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces. From my own point of perspective, Rice Terraces are actually not new to Boholano’s since I have seen many of it around Bohol. You’ll be seeing endless carved hills and mountains in the hinterlands when you amble around the Island of Bohol. Rice Terraces of Bohol might not be as magnificent as those that are in Cordillerras, but you will still appreciate its innate beauty because these are being made with love and respect as part of Boholano’s culture. But of all the Rice Terraces I’ve seen around the Island of Bohol. Perchance, the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces are the star attractions among them all and a lot of locals will certainly agree with me.

The Cadapdapan Rice Terraces covered a few hectares of the mountain slopes of Brgy. Cadapdapan, Candijay, Bohol. These beautiful Rice Terraces are being watered by the waters from Cadapdapan River, which happens to be the same river system that flows down to Can-Umantad Falls.

There might not have so much to do in this sight, but discovering and embracing its innate beauty will surely be enough reason to traipse your feet here. But if happen you want to spend a longer time here, they actually have a beanery that serves a variety of delicious food while enjoying the panoramic view of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces. You can also bring some food there, but they will charge a corkage fee from Php 100.00 to Php 200.00. They as well have a Videoke machine for only PHP 5.00 per song, this only means that Filipino’s really love to sing.

Photo Credit: Bohol Trail Adventure

After taking a few photos of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, we resolved to go straight to another magnificent nature’s beauty of Candijay, Bohol, which is the Can-umantad Falls.

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HOW TO GET TO CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES

From Tagbilaran City

Once you arrive at Tagbilaran City Sea Port or Tagbilaran City airport, you can hire a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal. From Dao Terminal ride a Bus or Van bound for Ubay and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the crossing Lungsod-Daan. The travel time is around 1-2 hours. From the crossing, hire a Motorcycle or Habal-Habal that will take you to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Spring. I highly recommend Kuya Edwin Balahay, kindly contact him at +63 912 405 9855.

From Tubigon

Apart from fare is cheaper from Cebu to Tubigon, travel time is only more than an hour via Fast Cat or other Fast Craft bound for Tubigon. From Tubigon, ride a Bus bound for Carmen, travel time is less than an hour. From Carmen, ride a bus bound for Ubay, and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the crossing Lungsod-Daan. The travel time is less than an hour. From the crossing, hire a Motorcycle or Habal-Habal that will take you to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Spring. I highly recommend Kuya Edwin Balahay, kindly contact him at +63 912 405 9855.

From Ubay, Bohol

Coming from Cebu City, you can take J&N Roro bound for Ubay, Bohol. Remark that, buying the boat ticket is only open from 3:00 PM onwards at the Marine Bldg. Pier 1. J&N RoRo will depart by 9:30 PM from Cebu City, Pier 1 and will arrive in Ubay, Bohol by 2:00 AM. From Ubay Bohol, ride a Bus bound for Candijay, and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the crossing Lungsod-Daan. The travel time is less than an hour. From the crossing, hire a Motorcycle or Habal-Habal that will take you to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Spring. I highly recommend Kuya Edwin Balahay, kindly contact him at +63 912 405 9855.

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Observed responsible Eco-Tourism in Bohol.
  • We can’t foretell the weather, so you better bring your dry bag to put all your gadgets and camera when it rains.
  • Please remember to leave no trace behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough. Don’t break its innate beauty.
  • The best time to visit the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces is between November to March.

POSSIBLE EXPENSES TO PREPARE

  • Entrance Fee:
  • Adult – Php 20.00
  • Parking Fee (Motorcycle – Php 10.00 Car (4 wheels) – Php 20.00)
  • Motorcycle from Lungsod-Daan back & Forth (Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can
  • umantad Falls, Canawa Spring) – Php 300.00
  • Food (Lunch & Snacks) – Php 100.00

TOTAL – Php 420.00

 

ITINERARY FOR THE WHOLE TRIP
(Birthday Backpacking: Cebu-Tubigon-Carmen-Alicia-Candijay-Anda-Dimiao-Tagbilaran-Napo-Tubigon-Cebu)

DAY 1 (Binabaje Hills, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls, Canawa Spring & Anda Beach)

02:30 AM Depart for Tubigon from Cebu
05:00 AM ETA Tubigon
05:30 AM Depart for Carmen
06:30 AM ETA Carmen
07:00 AM Depart for Alicia
08:00 AM ETA Alicia
08:10 AM Breakfast & Registration for Binabaje Hills
08:40 AM Depart for Binabaje Jump Off Area
09:00 AM Assault Trek to Binabaje Hills Peak
09:50 AM ETA Binabaje Hills summit
10:00 AM Rest and Picture taking
10:45 AM Trek down to Jump Off area
11:20 AM ETA Jump off area
11:30 AM Depart for Alicia Proper
11:40 AM Depart for Lungsod-daan, Candijay
12:05 PM ETA Lungsod-daan Proper
12:10 PM Lunch
12:40 PM Depart for Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
01:10 PM Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
01:15 PM Depart for Can-umantad Falls
01:40 PM ETA Can-umantad Falls and Picture taking
02:10 PM Depart for Canawa Spring
02:30 PM ETA Canawa Spring (Swimming & Picture taking)
03:00 PM Depart For Highway
03:30 PM Depart for Guinhulman
03:55 PM ETA Guinhulman (Waiting for Van bound for Anda)
04:20 PM Depart for Anda
04:40 PM ETA Anda (Strolling around the white beach and look for cheap accommodation)
05:30 PM Check Inn at Kims Garden Inn
06:00 PM Early rest (Take a nap)
08:30 PM Dinner at the food place near the marker
09:30 PM Lights Off (Sleep)

DAY 2 (Anda Beach Sunrise, Cabagnow Cave Pool, Combento Cave Pool, Ingkumhan Falls, Pahangog Twin Falls)

05:30 AM Wake Up Call
05:45 AM Waiting for sunrise at the white beach
06:00 AM Sunrise viewing and Picture taking
07:00 AM Breakfast
07:30 AM Preparation for Cave Pool Adventure
08:00 AM Check Out in Kims Garden Inn
08:30 AM Depart for Cabagnow Cave Pool
08:40 AM ETA Jump Off Area and trek to Cabagnow
08:50 AM ETA Cabagnow
09:00 AM Swimming & Picture taking
10:20 AM Depart for Combento Cave Pool
10:30 AM ETA Combento Cave Pool (Swimming & Picture Taking)
11:30 AM Depart for Guindulman
11:40 AM ETA Guindulman
12:05 PM Lunch
12:20 PM Depart for Dimiao
01:30 PM ETA Dimiao
01:35 PM Depart for Ingkumhan Falls
02:00 PM ETA Ingkumhan Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
02:40 PM Depart for Pahangog Twin Falls
03:00 PM ETA Jump off area
03:05 PM Trek to Pahangog Twin Falls
03:30 PM ETA Pahangog Twin Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
04:30 PM Depart for Dimiao Proper
05:00 PM ETA Dimiao Proper
05:20 PM Depart for Tagbilaran
06:30 PM ETA Tagbilaran
07:30 PM Depart for Napo, Loon
08:20 PM ETA Napo, Loon
08:30 PM Dinner
11:30 PM Lights off (sleep)

DAY 3 (Napo Beach)

07:00 AM Wake up call
07:30 AM Coffe Time
09:00 AM Napo, Beach
09:30 AM Breakfast
10:30 AM Swimming & Picture taking
12:10 PM Sleep before heading back to Tubigon
02:00 PM Late Lunch
03:30 PM Depart for Tubigon
04:30 PM ETA Tubigon
05:30 PM Depart for Cebu
06:50 PM ETA Cebu
08:00 PM Going Home
10:00 PM Lights off (Sleep)

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36 comments

  1. Certain Rice Terraces in Philippines are World Heritage Sites and automatically they’re in my wishlist! Hope I’ll get to visit your beautiful country soon.

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  2. The Cadapdapan Rice Terraces look so beautiful. That’s so cool that it’s naturally watered by the Cadapdapan River and that same water flows to the Can-Umantad Falls. Cool fact!

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  3. Wow! Your article is very descriptive and it shows a very detailed journey and you really took effort to list down the ittineary! Keep up the good work and you make me want to visit this place! Hahah.

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  4. Very interesting read. I have to confess that I am not at all acquainted with this part of the world.I tried to figure out where all there place are, like Bohol, Lungsod-Daan, Municipality of Alicia… but just couldn’t. In the end I had to Google one of these names and AHA! I found out you were talking about the Philippines. I always wanted to see one of these rice terraces and thought I’d have to go to China for that, but apparently no. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  5. These rice terraces are really beautiful.In Sri Lanka,we have many such areas filled with rice fields.I am sure you had great time photographing and experiencing the views of these fields.Glad that you’ve shared the itinerary and tips to visit the rice terraces and other attractions.

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  6. i seriously need to visit Philippines and and not only the star tourist attractions but places such as these , i think there is so much that each country has got to offer which will take a lifetime to see

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  7. I have never visited rice fields or terraces before.It looks so cool and you can get amazing photos of it. The nature of the Philippines looks so vibrant. I would love to explore more of Asia and especially the Philippines. Thank you for the great tips. 😀

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  8. Your photos are so stunning! I’ve never seen a rice terrace in person, but they look a bit like the wine terraces I saw in Portugal. I would really love to go there and see them for myself. It’s also good to know that you can get lunch there.

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  9. It would be awesome to visit this and feel very close to nature. The vast greenery is enough to make you feel relax and to make the long travel worthy. Truly, there are so many things to see and experience in Bohol. I sure hope we’ll get to see the rice terraces there one of these days.

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  10. The rice fields are simply so beautiful. I don’t have a trip to Philippines planned recently but I do intend to visit Bali sometimes soon. I hope the rice fields there will be as beautiful. Have you been to them? I simply loved the way the ever green fields extend right to the foothills of the mountains

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  11. So much lovely greenery here, its visually stunning. This was a real informative post with great tips in!

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  12. I have been to Bohol many years ago but I only visited the iconic Coffee Hills, I didnt know there is also terrace rice field! I would have visited the terrace rice field if I have known early as I really enjoy such scenery. I have been to Guangxi terrace rice field, the Long Sheng Rice Paddy field but too bad it was during winter, so I can’t enjoy the greenery view. I should make another trip to Bohol island, knowing the distance to Cadapdapan is only an hour plus to check it out.

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  13. The photos look stunning. I personally have a soft spot with rice terraces, no matter how many I see I can’t get enough of it. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to travel to the Philippines and see this ones in person!

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  14. I admire how you are exploring inland Philippines and its rural communities rather than the much written about beaches of Cebu or Palawan. While I have visited the country several times over the past decade (largely on business, my employer had a Manila office), I haven’t really explored Philippines as much as I would have liked to. A hike up to the mud volcanoes in Los Banos is, however, one I relish, since it was done along with close Filipino friends.

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  15. To anyone outside the Philippines, I highly recommend this place as well. The author here has taken beautiful pictures and I like the emphasis on the colors. Truly a magnificent place!

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  16. Seriously, I could only think of the chocolate hills as the known tourist attraction in Bohol. Never imagined there’s a rice terraces there and it could also be a stunner like that of Banaue. All the more that i am encouraged to visit Bohol. Love nature so much.

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  17. These rice terraces look absolutely breath-taking! They seem to be a great day trip to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to throw oneself into the embrace of Mother Nature and take in the picturesque natural landscapes all around.

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  18. Beautfil photos, I didn’t know this existed in Bohol and I’ve probably been more than ten times! I think I will give it a spin the next time I go home and take a side trip with my drone to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces! Your detailed itinerary is a huge trip planning tool! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. The place looks straight out of a movie, those mountains, green grasslands, the terrace farms, its so so picturesque. I am amazed a place has so much to explore and discover other than the popular spots. I guess its with every place, sometimes we just need to tread on the off beaten paths and unfold the natures beauty in front of our eyes

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