Candijay, Bohol: Travel Guide With Sample Itinerary And Breakdown of Expenses

Truly, Bohol has never worn out of surprising me with all its hidden treasure. Another town in Bohol who has recently fanning it’s name and tries to stand on its own by proudly presenting all its natural wonders for every visitor to experience. Candijay, Bohol has always been out from the usual itinerary that most travelers have. And this town often disregarded by many, but it owns hidden treasures that will certainly leave you in awe when you traipse your feet to its innate beauty.

This town might not own a hundred of tourist attractions, but a visit to this town for a day or two is certainly worth it. You barely have to enjoy all what it has to offer and embrace the province vibes while seeing all the natural attractions.

So, here’s a travel guide with a sample itinerary and breakdown of expenses to help you plan your trip to this rising tourist destination not only in Bohol, but in the entire country.

Top Tourist Attractions in Candijay, Bohol.


Cadapdapan Rice Terraces

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.

Photo Credit: Bohol Trail Adventure

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.

Can-Umantad Waterfalls

It is located just below the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, which has been recognized as the most iconic natural attractions in Candijay, Bohol. This waterfall was also distinguished as the tallest waterfalls in the entire Island of Bohol. Proudly standing at the height of 60 feet and looks majestic at its own time when the rain pour. The water that flows to the Can-Umantad Falls is coming from Cadapdapan River that provides irrigation to the rice terraces nested above the falls before flowing downstream.

Seeing the waterfalls from above, It actually drops down first to the natural elevated structure, then sturdily flows down to the catching basin. The cooling mist that peacefully arriving on your surface will surely render you a refreshing feeling.


Canawa Cold Spring

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

The water is crystal clear and 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. Truly, it is a perfect place to douse your body and cool off from the blistering weather.



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 and the fare is less than PHP 100.00.

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 and the fare is less than PHP 150.00.

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.



The best way to get around Candijay is by habal-habal (motorbike). I highly recommend Kuya Edwin Balahay, as your Habal-Habal Driver, he will take you to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa. Kindly contact him at +63 912 405 9855. Cold Spring.


Candijay, Bohol can actually be explored in a day just like what I did. But if you like to stay here overnight, you can do so. Here’s a sample day tour Candijay Bohol itinerary, you can opt to extend your trip and be sure to visit the beautiful town of Anda, Bohol as well.

05:00 AM Cebu to Tagbilaran Fast Craft
07:00 AM ETA Tagbilaran City Port, Bohol
07:30 AM Depart for Dao Terminal via tricycle
08:00 AM Depart for Candijay via Bus/Van
10:30 AM ETA Candijay, Bohol
11:00 AM Early Lunch near Lungsod Daan Public Market
11:30 AM Hire Habal-Habal Driver to visit Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Spring.
03:30 PM Depart for Lungsod Daan Public Market and take a Van/Bus bound for Tagbilaran or you can opt to visit Anda, Bohol, which is just less an hour of travel from Candijay, Bohol.




  • Cebu – Tagbilaran, Bohol – PHP 500.00 via (Ocean Jet. Cebu to Tubigon- PHP 250.00)
  • Cebu Terminal Fee – PHP 25.00
  • Tagbilaran – Candijay, Bohol – PHP 130.00
  • Habal-Habal Rental – PHP 300.00 (This is good for two, but if you’re traveling solo,
  • then you get to pay the whole motorbike rental)
  • Cadapdapan Rice Terraces Entrance Fee – PHP 20.00
  • Canawa Cold Spring Entrance Fee – PHP 20.00
  • Food (Lunch, Snacks & Water) – PHP 150.00




  • 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.


  1. I’ll never tire of seeing photos of incredible rice fields! These ones looks like a work of art, and the work of mother nature. I’m not sure I could swim in that cold spring; I’m not a fan of the cold at all!

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  2. I absolutely love rice terraces. I’ve seen the ones in Bali and trekked through the rice terraces in Sapa, Vietnam. Only issue with places with rice terraces is that it means it rains a lot so your advice for dry bags is a good one. Wish we had known this when we went to Sapa. and Canawa cold springs looks stunning. The colour of that water is so BLUE!

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  3. I had never heard of Candijay until I read your article. It does seem indeed like a hidden gem: rice terraces, waterfalls and cold springs! what else could you wish for? Really liked how you detailed different ways of accessing it as well and provided some estimated costs. Very useful stuff, thanks a lot!

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  4. Bohol sounds fascinating to explore, Canawa Cold Spring is absolutely stunning, I love that colour! I wonder how deep it is, I’d love to see if I could dive down there and check it out!

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  5. That blue hole looks so beautiful. I want to get some scuba gear and see if I can go down and find out where the water is actually coming from. And thank you for putting directions on how to get there with the most budget friendly way to get there. I often get lost in cities and mountains because I was so directionally challenged so I really appreciate that.

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  6. my gosh, the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces ♥♥♥ My friends used to recommend me to have a Bohol-Cebu trip but I think Bohol alone is truly a wonderful place to visit and a week or two is not enough to explore this province. It seems like Bohol is more than just about the Chocolate hills as it has so many wonderful attractions to offer.
    thank you for sharing this budget-friendly itinerary in Candijay Bohol
    I really wish to visit Bohol and Cebu someday

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  7. Rice terraces is something that interests me. I saw few photographers covering them in Asia and I just loved the way they form the patterns. That’s something I want to do myself one day, and now I know one more spot. .

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  8. Oh those rice terraces and that cold spring seem so inviting, they are just beautiful, I sometimes really wonder that even if the place is small but nature really bestows its beauty everywhere and these experiences are worthwhile

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  9. This blog made me really interested in visiting this Bohol municipality. I realized that Chocolate Hills is just the tip of the iceberg when talking about Bohol. The springs and the rice terraces captured my attention. Hoping I could have the chance to do it

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  10. I have not heard this cold spring before. My father is from Bohol but I didn’t remember him mentioning this part. Thanks always to your blog, I am always making great discoveries! Keep us informing:)

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  11. Wow!! Very comprehensive guide you have shared here, great thanks. Am adding to my travel bucket list as this is really a beautiful place not to be missed for sure 🙂 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  12. It amazes me how you feature places that never have had enough popularity. The rice terraces, the falls, the kawa. I actually am very aware only of the Chocolate Hills, the tarsiers, and the pili nuts.

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  13. Thanks for sharing the number of motorbike driver. It’s easy to get around solo in Candijay. I would love to spend some lonetime in Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and the Canawa Cold Spring. Thanks for summarizing the itinerary and letting us know the possible costs.

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  14. This is a very comprehensive post which included an itinerary as well as costs. Very useful for planning a trip to Candijay. The place is definitely another gem from the treasure house of Bohol. I love the look of the rice terraces but what really blew my mind was the Canawa Cold Spring, it looks so ethereal.

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  15. The rice terraces are so beautiful. I would love to visit then someday and then the nearby waterfall. Too bad the water at Canawa is freezing cold, although the colour is spectacular. Pretty cool that they have the ropes for non-swimmers.

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  16. ive been to bohol but ive only visited the regularly tourist-flocked destination such as the chocolate hills and churches. i never knew there are so many falls in this province and it is truly a paradise in visayas.

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  17. Sometimes its nice to visit a place without a ton of must see attractions. It makes it a lot easier to relax and enjoy a place when I’m not ticking a bunch of destinations off my list! The Canawa Cold Spring is absolutely gorgeous.

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  18. That’s a beautiful rice terraces they have over there. I would like to walk around it just to relax. And the Canawa Cold Spring is surely beautiful. How cold is it?


  19. Bohol seems to be a very interesting place. Rice terraces are surely worth admiring and Can-Umantad waterfalls look spectacular. Truly intrigued by how the Canawa Cold spring looks like a shape of the pan. Nicely captured and the water looks so pristine, If I was there I would definitely use the sturdy ropes to drench myself in the freezing water. Thanks for sharing the itinerary with detailed costs.


  20. I have not heard of Candijay before. It is absolutely beautiful and your pictures have captured it’s beauty so well! Those Cadapdapan Rice Terraces looks like a work of art. Can-Umantad Falls and Canawa Cold Springs are perfect ways to cool off. Thanks for sharing the information about how to get there, expenses and tips. Hope to visit soon! P.S: Are all names starting with C for a reason?..hehe silly question 🙂


  21. Regarding your first sentence, for that matter, whole of Philippines has never stopped surprising me with its paradise like places. I really hope to see some rice terrace with my own eyes. Canawa Cold Spring is definitely a spring from the heavens!!! Its just so beautiful.
    So awesome of you to not just give an itinerary, but also mention the money matters!

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  22. This place is so natural! The rice fields are so soothing to the eyes. The Can-Umantad Waterfalls is so massive. And the cold spring is so beautiful and inviting. I had never heard of Candijay before. Looks like there is no end to hidden gems in Philippines. Should plan a trip soon


  23. Thanks to you, I’ve learned so much about the other tourist destinations to see in Bohol. I clearly haven’t seen half of it and I am now compelled to do a revisit. It’s interesting to know that there are rice terraces in Bohol, I didn’t know that. I didn’t get that far in the province to see its other treasures. The Canawa cold spring is my favorite out of all these, it’s like a mini Enchanted River.


  24. I like how the rice terraces are moved. The cold water spring looks so beautiful. Unfortunately,I am not a huge fan of swimming so I wouldn’t say that I am tempted to dive in.The name also sounds very long and interesting


  25. The cold spring is really a gem as you mentioned. I think it is really pretty and I loved the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces too. I can see how laid back this visit could be, where you have time to appreciate nature


  26. I am not a big fan of cold water but the place looks so cool! Would definitely go their to take pictures (and probably to jump as well). Looks like a very laid back and a relaxed place.


  27. I was that Rice Terraces last year during my visit! too bad I didn’t have time to do so, however I’ll probably go back to Bohol this year and my Itinerary will cover the Eastern side and the water activities in Panglao.


  28. Bohol may be one of those underrated places in the Philippines today. Yes, the Chocolate Hills are very popular but there are places like those above that are worth visiting. Sometimes the best places to go are those that are really unknown. Those rice terraces are one of the things I wanna come back for.


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