Anda, Bohol: Travel Guide With Sample Itinerary And Breakdown Of Expenses


The town of Anda is known to be the 5th class municipality in the Province of Bohol, Philippines. It boasts to own a powdery white sand beach with crystal clear waters and caverns with stunning and inviting cave pools. Perhaps, the natural pools hidden in the numerous caves are the true jewel of this town.

Moreover, this town might not own a hundred of tourist attractions like any other town in the Philippines. But, a visit to this town for a day or two is certainly worth it. You just have to enjoy all what it has to offer and embrace the province vibes while seeing all the natural attractions.

Thus, 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.

CONTENTS COVERED IN THIS GUIDE

  • Top Tourist Attractions In Anda, Bohol
  • How To Get To Anda, Bohol
  • Going Around Anda, Bohol.
  • Where To Stay In Anda, Bohol
  • Where To Eat In Anda, Bohol
  • Anda, Bohol Sample Itinerary
  • Anda, Bohol Possible Expenses
  • Travel Tips And Other Things To Do In Anda, Bohol

 

TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, IN ANDA, BOHOL 

 Quinale Beach

Anda’s Quinale Beach has been fanning its name for owning a long stretch of white sand with turquoise waters, and a sandy bed. Most people consider this beach as the finest you could find in Bohol and perhaps in the country, matching that of the famous Boracay and other finest white beach in the Philippines. Moreover, this beach also provides a great place to enjoy the stunning sunrise.

And to my surprise, Quinale beach is actually only a stone’s throw away from Anda’s Municipal Hall. It can be seen just across the wide open space in front of the heritage church. The primary public beach stretches about two kilometers, and another two kilometers in the west, which is very secluded. As we amble around, we found out a statue of a World War II soldier, which serves as a landmark, and a reminder of the American landing in this town during the war.

A few meters before traipsing on the white sand beach, there is actually Magtalisay Trees sturdily standing, which serves as a shade during the day. There’s also a charming open Huts along the shore that will entice you to take a photo, which seems to be an Instagram-worthy.

 Cabagnow Cave Pool

Some Cavern might be dark and mysterious, but there are caves that hide—and reveal—magical, underground oases for swimmers and adventurous spelunkers looking to explore a new frontier. Anda’s true jewels, however, are the natural pools hidden in its numerous caves. One of the stunning cave pools is the Cabagnow Cave Pool. The water is so clear that swimming in it is like floating in space.

Cabagnow Cave Pool or locally known as Kabagno Cave Pool is blessed to own a refreshing crystal-clear waters that have been slowly filtering through the limestone and forming the Pond’s features over thousands of years. It is situated in the southeast part of Bohol, where Anda is located, which is mostly formed of limestone. And because of the innate nature of the rock, which is soft. The consistent movement of water and other geologic activities, this has led to the formations of caves, not merely in the municipality of Anda, but in many parts of Bohol.

The Cabagnow Cave Pool has an estimated of 20-25 feet deep, which is enough to swim and enjoy its clear water. And leaping out from the cliff has an estimated height of about 15-18 feet, which is enough to make your knees shaking in fear. It is peacefully located at Sitio Fatima, Bacong Anda, Bohol. When you get close to its beauty, it appears like a normal hole, but it hides an enchanting cave with natural pool that a visitor can dive into.

Getting here is very easy, from the Public Market, just take a Motorela or locally known as Rela. Travel time is just around 20 minutes. At the jump off area, one must have to hike for around 10 minutes to get to the Cabagnow Cave Pool.

 Combento Cave Pool

The Combento Cave Pool doesn’t have spacious pool, but when you drench your body in its water, you’ll surely love it. If the Cabagnow Cave Pool was deep enough to swim, Combento Cave Pool is not that deep, it’s like 4 to 5 feet deep, which is scarcely enough to soak your body. When I get inside, I felt like I was owning a private natural pool, it was serene, and perfect for the kind of adventure I always love to experience. It was a bit dark inside, and the only light that provides the whole cave pool is the natural light that passes through the entrance of Combento Cave Pool.

While I was inside the cave pool, I’ve seen several stalactite that looks like an icicle shaped formation, which hangs from the ceiling of a cave. No wonder, this cave was named after the beautiful stalactites, which freely flows from the ceiling like a chandelier in the church, and over time, the place referred to “Kumbento” or “Convent”.

Moreover, barely a few meters before the Combento Cave Pool, hides another beautiful Cave Pool, known as Kaligoon Cave Pool. It is said that the cave pool here is not that deep compared to Combento Cave Pool, and the ceiling isn’t that high, but nevertheless, it has enough space if you would love to swim.

 

HOW TO GET TO ANDA, BOHOL

 

By Plane

From Manila and other part of the Philippines.

There are daily flights to Tagbilaran City – the capital of Bohol, from Manila, Davao and other part of the Philippines with Major Airlines (Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Asia). From Tagbilaran Airport, ride a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal. At the Terminal, catch a Bus (Fare is PHP 100), or take a Van (Fare is PHP 120), bound for Anda. The travel time is two to three hours.

By Fast Craft or Ferry Boat

From Cebu

Perhaps, since Bohol is very closed to Cebu, getting to Bohol from Cebu is very convenient. There are a few fast crafts that travel from Cebu to Bohol such as; Supercat and Ocean Jet Fast Craft. Around 8:15 AM is the first trip of Supercat from Cebu City to Tagbilaran City and the last trip is 6:00 PM. And for the Ocean Jet, the first trip is 05:10 AM, and the last trip is around 6:40 PM. Travel time from Cebu City to Tagbilaran City is around Two hours. Moreover, other shipping companies like – Cokaliong, Lite Shipping, Trans-Asia Shipping and F.J. Palacio Lines have regular ferry or RoRo departures with varying frequencies daily or weekly, travel time for a slow ferry will take four hours. From Tagbilaran Port, ride a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal. At the Terminal, catch a Bus (Fare is PHP 100), or take a Van (Fare is PHP 120), bound for Anda. The travel time is two to three hours.

From Tubigon

Apart from fare is cheaper from Cebu to Tubigon, travel time is only more than an hour via Fast Cat, Star Craft and Weesam Express bound for Tubigon. From Tubigon, ride a Bus bound for Guindulman. The travel time is less than 3 hours. The fare is less than PHP 200.00. From Guindulman, take a Bus/Van bound for Anda, Bohol, travel time is approximately 30 minutes and the fare is around PHP 30.00.

From Larena, Siquijor

Yes, it is very possible to get to Anda, Bohol from Siquijor, especially if you’re backpacking around the neighboring Islands in the Central Visayas. The Lite Shipping Corporation has multiple departures weekly from Larena, Siquijor to Tagbilaran City. The travel time is around 4 hours. From Tagbilaran Port, ride a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal. At the Terminal, catch a Bus (Fare is PHP 100), or take a Van (Fare is PHP 120), bound for Anda. The travel time is two to three hours.

 

GOING AROUND ANDA, BOHOL

Tricycle or known as Motorela or Rela and habal-habal (motorbike) – are the primary mode of transport around Anda. And the minimum fare is PHP 8.00. I suggest if you would stay longer in Anda, Bohol, just rent a motorbike so you can stroll around Anda. And If you’re traveling with friends, renting a Tricycle would be great so you can see the nearby spots like Cabagnow Cave Pool, Combento Cave Pool and the Kaligoon, Cave Pool.

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WHERE TO STAY IN ANDA, BOHOL

I’ve strolled around the beach side of Anda, and the cheapest accommodation I’ve found was in the Kims Garden Inn. It is located very near to Anda’s long white sand beach or commonly known as Quinale beach. Their room rates are ranging from Php 499.00, P599.00 to P699.00, and Good for 2 people.

You can as well check some other Hotels and Beach Resorts Below:

Anda Lodge
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Budget: Starts at PHP 500.00 per room per night (fan room, good for two)

Anda Global Beach Resort
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Budget: Starts at PHP 700.00 per room per night (fan room, good for two)

Coastal Paradise Beach Resort
Virgen, Anda
Budget: Starts at PHP 800.00 per room per night (fan room, good for two)

JA Travellers Inn
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Budget: Starts at PHP 800.00 per room per night (fan room, good for three)

R & S Seaside Unit

It is a good choice, especially if you’re traveling with a group friends. An air-condition room that is good for six (or even up to eight), people is only around PHP 1,900.00 overnight.

J&R Residence
Anda, Bohol
Budget: Starts at PHP 3,500.00 to PHP 4,000.00 per room per night

Anda Cove Beach Retreat
Banilad Candabong, Anda, Bohol
Budget: Starts at PHP 2,500.00 per room per night (aircon, good for two, with breakfast)

Anda White Beach Resort
Bacong, Anda, Bohol
Budget: Starts at PHP 4,000.00 per room per night

Anda de Boracay
Sawang, Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Budget: PHP 1,500.00 to PHP 4,000.00 per room per night

 

WHERE TO EAT IN ANDA, BOHOL

Perhaps, the most difficult question to answer whenever we travel is where to eat? I’m certain you’ll agree with me, right? So, finding where to eat in Anda is not a problem. There are plenty of restaurants along the Quinale Beach and in Anda town proper. But, during our visit since we are on a Budget, we choose to eat at the Food Center near the Public Market, which is located just a few meters away from Quinale beach. They are serving Filipino Food as I lovingly called it as “Lutong Bahay” or “Home-Cooked” food.

 

ANDA, BOHOL SAMPLE ITINERARY

During my visit with friends, we are actually backpacking around the town of Alicia, Candijay, Anda, Dimiao, and Loon, Bohol for about 2 nights and 3 days. So, Anda Bohol was happened to be our last stopover on our first day backpacking. With this itinerary, I would not share the itinerary for our backpacking trip, since I find it to be really hectic and tiring. Thus, I’m happy to make a separate itinerary for 1 night and 2 days, exclusively for the town of Anda only, so you can enjoy more of your stay in Anda, Bohol.

DAY 1

06:00 AM Cebu to Tagbilaran via SuperCat
08:00 AM ETA Tagbilaran City Port, Bohol
08:20 AM Depart for Dao Terminal via tricycle
08:30 AM Breakfast
09:00 AM Depart for Anda, Bohol
11:30 AM ETA Anda, Bohol
12:00 NN Check In to your Hotel
12:30 PM Lunch
01:30 PM Relax in your Hotel Room
02:30 PM Exploring the Quinale Beach (Beach Hopping)
06:00 PM Ambling around the town of Anda, Bohol.
07:00 PM Dinner
09:00 PM Have a quality time with friends near the beach
10:00 PM Rest (Sleeping Time)

DAY 2

05:30 AM Wake up Call
05:50 AM Sunrise viewing on the beach (Take a lot of photos)
06:30 AM Breakfast
07:30 AM Depart for Cabagnow Cave Pool
08:00 AM ETA Cabagnow Cave Pool (Swimming Time)
09:40 AM Depart for Combento Cave Pool
10:00 AM ETA Combento Cave Pool (Swimming Time Again)
11:00 AM Depart for Hotel
11:30 AM Hotel Check Out
12:30 PM Lunch
01:30 PM Depart for Tagbilaran
04:30 PM ETA Tagbilaran
05:00 PM Depart for Cebu City
07:00 PM ETA Cebu City
08:00 PM Home sweet home

ANDA, BOHOL POSSIBLE EXPENSES

  • Cebu to Tagbilaran Via SuperCat (Back & Forth) – Php 1,000.00
  • Cebu Terminal Fee – Php 25.00
  • Tagbilaran Port to Dao Terminal (Back & Forth)- Php 40.00
  • Dao Terminal to Anda, Bohol (Back & Forth) – Php 240.00
  • Accommodation (Kims Garden Inn) – Php 499.00
  • Cabagnow Cave & Combento Cave Tricycle (480÷4 people – Php 120.00
  • Cabagnow Cave pool Entrance – Php 50.00
  • Combento Cave pool Entrance – Php 20.00
  • Food & other things you need for 2 days (Estimated budget) – Php 1,000.00

Total – Php 2,994.00
Note: All Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

 

TRAVEL TIPS AND OTHER THINGS TO DO IN ANDA, BOHOL

  • The motorcycle is such a great means of transportation in Anda, Bohol. Hence, I advise you to rent a Motorcycle if you know how to drive and visit all the hidden gem of Anda, especially Quinale beach and the Cave Pools.
  • You can take your own camping tent and just camp on the beach, during my visit, there’s no entrance fee yet.
  • You can spend many activities on Quinale beach such as walking on the shoreline, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
  • Wake up early in the morning and experience the stunning view of sunrise.
  • Make sure to visit the Cave Pools (Cabagnow and Combento), around 8 AM to 10 AM because it’s not that crowded.
  • Mobile signal could be something that we are concerned about, but no worries since the Globe, Smart and Sun have strong mobile signal in town.
  • Some establishments in Anda, Bohol, especially the Hotels can accept credit card.
  • If you don’t bring enough cash, there’s a Metrobank ATM machine located in the town hall.
  • The best time to visit Anda, Bohol is during the dry months (November to May)
  • Please remember to leave no trace (LNT) behind. Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.

The town of Candijay, and Dimiao is very closed to Anda, Bohol. Hence, I suggest to visit their hidden gem. Just check the link below on which places to visit in Candijay and Dimiao.

8 comments

  1. This place is a paradise for a beach lover like me. The Cabagnow Cave Pool looks magical. And I love the way you’ve provided all the details of how to travel and where to stay. Really helps to plan the trip!

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  2. Very nice place! This was supposedly one of our stopover places during our visit in Jagna, but we had to cut our trip short due to work. 😦 One of my Dad’s friends has a dive resort there. We are planning to visit Anda and enjoy a couple of dives there. 🙂

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  3. Years ago, I considered visiting Bohol, but the only city for a home base seemed to be Tagbilaran, and didn’t seem so attractive, so I went to another island (Negros) instead. It was great, but I missed yes the chocolate hills and other things in Bohol. I appreciate that you recommend to rent a motorbike there, which I think is a good general recommendation for many islands in the Visayas.

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  4. This is so cool! The cave pools remind me a lot of cenotes in Mexico. That’s interesting though that the Combento pool is so shallow though! Looks like a lot of fun to explore 🙂

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