Canawa Cold Spring: Mysteriously Hiding In The Beautiful Lush Green Forest


It was such a tiring, but fun-filled adventure we experienced that day. We travel all the way from Cebu and sleeping was not in our vocabulary. We trek to the panoramic view of Binabaje Hills, went to the unassuming beauty of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, and gazing at the majestic innate beauty of Can-Umantad Falls while enjoying the cooling mist that freely touching our surface. And the perfect way to end our adventure that day is to douse our tiring body in the enticing cold spring water of Canawa Cold Spring.

Going in this spring wasn’t actually part of our travel plan, but since our motorcycle driver is too kind and proud. He really makes sure that our visit in Candijay, Bohol will be a perfect one, he then suggested to visit the magical existence of Canawa Cold Spring.

The road leading to the Cold Spring from Can-Umantad Falls is really jouncy, we even go down from the motorcycle because the road has an uneven surface. Some parts of the road owned a small flume, which has been created because of the stream since it was raining a day before our sojourn. There were surface of stones that has sprouted out of the road as we wade our way to Canawa Cold Spring, and it makes our motorcycle ride really bumpy.

Shortly enough, we made it at the entrance of Canawa Cold Spring and pay the entrance fee. Looking down from the higher elevation, the spring was crowded, there were a bunch of people enjoying the spring and seeing the spring from afar, the water was really tempting.

Canawa Cold Spring is the natural gem that Candijay, Bohol can be really be proud of. The name is from the local term, “Cawa” which means a “Pan”. Truly, when you come close to this spring, it really looks like a perfect shape of a pan. And this where the “Canawa Cold Spring” being called. A lot of locals have said that they have tried to really swim deep down, but no one has ever touched the bottom of the spring. And even the source of the water remains a big doubt for many, since it has not yet been discovered where the cold spring really come from.

Photo Credit: Paul Amora of meniro2004

I was actually so curious when I viewed the spring from afar. I immediately went down and try to check where the water actually come from. And to my surprised, the spring was perfectly tucked in the lush scenery green forest and appearing to be very magical. The spring is surrounded by green trees and the color is enticingly in impeccable blue hue of water, which looks like being painted in fresco. During our visit, there were young guys that jump in the water from the higher level and they really have enjoyed the place.

As I was seeing those that are enjoying the spring, I couldn’t resist the alluring cold spring of Canawa. Hence, I took off my shirt and jump in the cold spring. Truly, the water was really freezing cold. There were interconnected sturdy ropes, which is used for those that desire to experience the spring and don’t know how to swim. While I was swimming and enjoying the place, I could not stop thinking where the spring has really come from. It is not usually spring that I experienced in my previous travels, and this one is really extraordinary.

The place has several cottages, and built a concrete channel for the water to pass through, which is somewhat a kind of disappointment for me. They could have just let the spring in its own innate state, but the good thing is, the main spring pool is still in its own natural state and they didn’t do any renovation. And hopefully, they don’t have any plan to develop it and make it as a commercialized place. But somewhat the concrete canal where the water pass through has been a beneficial thing for the kids, especially for those that can’t swim, so they can still enjoy the place. But still, Canawa cold spring could be as great if it was left of how mother nature designed it to be. But despite the development being made, I still find Canawa Cold Spring a must visit place when you get the opportunity to visit Bohol. Perchance, this spring would be another amazing spring that should be on your bucket list to experience.

After truly enjoying the place, we decided to depart for Anda, which is another town to visit and enjoy. We were actually in a hurry that time since we need to reach Anda before the sun rested below the horizon as we still need to look for a place where we could stay for a night.

CANAWA COLD SPRING OPERATION TIME

  • Open: 7:30 AM
  • Close: 5:00 PM

CANAWA COLD SPRING ENTRANCE FEE

  • Adult – Php 20.00
  • Children (6-10 years old) – Php 10.00

 

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HOW TO GET TO CANAWA COLD SPRING

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.

 

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

 

DAY 1 (Binabaje Hills, 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)

 

EXPENSES FOR THE WHOLE TRIP (Cebu-Tubigon-Carmen-Alicia-Candijay-Anda-Dimiao-Tagbilaran-Napo-Tubigon-Cebu)

 

  • Cebu Tubigon Fast Cat – Php 300.00
  • Terminal Fee – Php 25.00
  • Tubigon to Carmen Motorcycle – Php 150.00
  • Carmen to Alicia – Php 40.00
  • Tour guide fee Binabaje hills – 300.00
  • Fare motorcycle – Php 200.00
  • Motorcycle (Can-umantad, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Canawa spring) – Php 300.00
  • Can-umantad Entrance Fee – Php 20.00
  • Canawa spring – Php 20.00
  • Lungsod-Daan to Guindulman Jeepney – Php 15.00
  • Guindulman to Anda – Php 30.00
  • Accommodation (Kims Garden Inn) – Php 499.00
  • Cabagnow Cave & Combento Cave Tricycle – Php 120.00
  • Cabagnow Cave pool Entrance – Php 50.00
  • Combento Cave pool Entrance – Php 20.00
  • Anda to Guindulman – Php 25.00
  • Guindulman to Dimiao – Php 160.00
  • Pahangog Twin Falls & Ingkumhan Falls motorcycle – Php 300.00
  • Dimiao to Tagbilaran – Php 80.00
  • Tagbilaran to Napo Loon – Php 31.00
  • Loon to Tubigon Php 28.00
  • Tubigon to Cebu Weesam – Php 250.00
  • Terminal fee & ticket – Php 25.00
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks) – Php 750.00

TOTAL – Php 3,738.00

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46 comments

  1. Your suggestions are so great. You really know how to trigger in us the best motivation to go and see these wonderful places. Canawa Cold Spring looks more than a spring, it’s a real oasis in the luxurious forests. Awesome place.

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  2. This looks like a great place for family and kids. I would probably visit a time there are not that many people there, like weekdays. I hope I can visit The Philippines soon so many waterfalls to visit 😀

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  3. Nice! You’ve visited another little known destination. Canawa Cold Spring reminds me of Camiguin’s Sto. Nino Cold spring and it makes me want to revisit the said province nce again. You should visit it too. 🙂

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  4. Water bodies are always beautiful. But those in the middle of the greens definitely look all the more attractive. Canawa cold spring is a hidden treasure, isn’t it? And I guess it helps preserve it’s beauty

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  5. The colour of the spring is beautiful, I’m not surprised you couldn’t resist a dip! The motorbike ride up there sounds interesting, but definitely worth the bumpy ride!

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  6. This looks like an incredible experience. I would be like you and not be able to resist getting in the spring, it looks lovely!

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  7. You do know how to find off-the-beaten path destinations. I didn’t know about this spring when I went to Bohol. Had I known I would have gone there. It looks beautiful, like a little version of the enchanted river. I am not sure if I would enjoy bathing in freezing cold water though. I might go ahead but I’d probably make it quick.

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  8. This place looks amazing, I can spend an entire day here without blinking an eye. Its such a beauty, though I dont know how to swim, but i love water bodies and just cannot resist them, its great that they have sturdy ropes to let people like me also enjoy water

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  9. what a great way to end a trek! if i knew that in the end, id be enjoying this cold spring, i think the hope and excitement would fuel my energy to trek even for hours!!! so congratulations!!! you made it to the spring! it’s a reward!!!

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  10. I visited Bohol last fall and absolutely loved the island but I didn’t manage to find this place! It looks amazing! Oh well, somewhere to put on my list for when I return I guess!!

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  11. what a great way reward your body after a tiring adventure! i experienced something like this before, although in my case we were trekking and it was a tiring one (under the heat of the sun) … i didnt have any idea what was waiting for us but if i knew in the end, id be enjoying a cold spring such as this, i think the hope and excitement would fuel my energy to trek even for hours!!! so congratulations to you for experiencing this beauty!!!

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  12. That water truly is tempting looking. And I’ve never seen a cold spring in the shape of a pan before! How funny! This looks like the perfect place to go relax with friends in the water. It’s amazing how many natural beauties are out there in the world.

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  13. This spring is quite similar in Camiguin. It’s good that you were able to come up with this comprehensive guide. This is very helpful to other adventurers who want to explore Bohol.

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  14. That shade of blue of the cold spring dos look very photogenic. This seems like a really great place to spend time with a couple of good buddies hogging on beer, and cliff diving into those deep waters.

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  15. it looks like a really beautiful place, but it’s not surprising as i’ve seen a lot of philippines tourism ads and the views shown are absolutely breathtaking. 🙂

    i should totally consider revisiting the philippines next time as i’ve only been to manila (and i hate city life lol). also, san miguel is to die for.. win win! 😀

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  16. This really seems to be a trend among Philippine destinations–the more it’s off the beaten path, the more glorious the view is. Who would have known that this haven would be nestled deep in the forests. Glad to have read this post as I’m planning to visit Bohol within the year, and was looking for non-mainstream tourist spots!

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  17. That’s a gorgeous cold spring in Bohol! I imagine it’s pretty full up during summer ,when everybody’s trying to cool off, though. How far away is it from Anda? Or from Tagbilaran? The rough rode you describe means it’s probably really off the beaten track!

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  18. Its so amazing how these many of such hidden gems are to be found all over southeast asia and especially in the Philippines. The cold spring really seems like a beautiful place and the colour of the water is so turquoise.

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  19. I’ve seen this place trending on instagram for a while now, so lucky you got to go there! This is definitely going in my next trip to Bohol. Only problem is, I can’t swim!! Would you say a land lover like me could still enjoy it? 🙂

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  20. Such blue waters remind me of my Kawasan Falls canyoneering trip to Cebu. The waters there was pretty cold and refreshing as well. I definitely left a part of my heart with those enchanting waters.. What is it with Visayas and cold blue freshwater? As a Luzon native, I am sooo jealous! Why do we not have those here? 😦

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  21. Nice! I’ve been to Bohol several times but never really got the opportunity to visit this. It looks really picturesque. Although i got a little bit scared when you said the water was freezing cold. Hahaha. Definitely worth a visit just to see it upclose though. 🙂

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  22. Wow! Bucket List!!! I like the way everything is detailed to the day and the money spent. Planning a trip is so important, especially when on a budget.

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  23. Bohol is not only about chocolate hills and Tarsiers but much more, great to find an offbeat article as this. Plus you have given very good details of timely activities on days 1 and 2, plus the total expense. I appreciate for your hard work there.

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  24. I’ve been to Bohol twice but only to the spots known by many like Panglao’s beaches, their island hopping, and Chocolate Hills. Your series of posts made me realize the things that I’ve missed in Bohol. Then again, you are always the master when it comes to discovering the hidden gems of a certain place. Hope to see you soon, Lai!

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  25. The details of your itinerary is mindblowing. And isn’t it equally surprising how cold springs mysteriously spring up in the middle of an otherwise hot climatic zone. And the water is so crystal clear as if someone cleans it every day. I have similarly seen many hot springs high in the freezing cold Himalayas

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  26. I have never been in a cold spring. This one looks absolutely phenomenal. Love the blue color and the natural surrounding. Thanks to your awesome details this might be the first cold spring I will ever visit.

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  27. I know where to check extensive list of itineraries now when planning tours. At this website ofcourse! You must’ve been gifted with such power to create itineraries and wven include it in details in this blog. Im just amazed. Talking about the post, i was mesmerized by the blie waters from the falls! Breathtaking!

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  28. I remember Cadapdapan really well! But never made it to this cold spring. And it looks like a cool place! And that shot is how a gatorade factory looks like lol. Now I regret it not checking it out.

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  29. That looks so clean! I despise cold water but I’d still give it a try. I wonder why people haven’t taken the time to explore what’s underneath the spring. I mean, since it’s relatively popular now, I suppose some scientists are probably curious what they might find at the bottom.

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  30. lovely article as usual especially with the details mentioned wrt reaching the place and the various associated details. Truly when i was reading thru the article and saw the man made canal i was like a bit dissapaointed because i thought the beauty and lusture of the place had been tampered with but then the succeeding visuals i saw that the main body still is pristine and that is what is important . the source could be a underground river which has an outlet out here , my thoughts on this 🙂

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  31. Oh my God, what brilliant photos! Your images are either aquamarine or jade blue! Once again, let me compliment you for your attention to detail. I hope your posts are referred to by travelers while planning their trips.

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  32. The spring has a magical aquamarine blue that makes you want to jump on and stay there for hours! And this trip is so affordable, according to the notes you shared. You always cover even the smallest details, that is what I love about your posts! Keep it up and thanks always!

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  33. Sus, gwapuha ana oi! Went to Can-umantad, but failed to go to Canawa! Sayanga oi! Sige lang, sunod adtu namo’s Bohol karong Mayo, pre, muadtu jud mi. Thanks for such great pics. Kumbinsing!😊

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  34. I commend your enthusiasm in immediately going down to check where the spring was! Very enthusiastic you are!
    Though this pool is nice, it is nowhere near your usual finds which are secret, secluded, gorgeous places.

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