Itching for Instagram-worthy cave pools, powdery white sand lapped by cerulean water? Pack your swimwear and delve into Anda Bohol! Sitting blissfully on the eastern side of the island, Anda has some of the best beaches in Bohol. Momentarily forget the bustling city life, rather travel to Anda to explore and relax, to adapt to the slow rhythm of life here, and to learn and enjoy the subtle pleasures such as the changing colors of the clouds and the sea.
It’s about 3 hours away from Tagbilaran and Panglao and though Anda, Bohol is overshadowed by this 2 municipalities, it sure deserves your attention as it exudes with dramatic coastline blissfully devoid of luxury trappings. You may be tempted to just relax on the beach, but take advantage of Anda’s intense natural beauty and unravel the beehive of adventures here. Here’s quick Anda travel guide with sample itinerary amd budget to help you plan your trip.
ANDA Travel Guide (Itinerary + Budget)
HOW TO GET TO ANDA BOHOL
Option 1: MANILA TO ANDA, BOHOL
STEP 1: Fly from Manila to Tagbilaran, Bohol.
STEP 2: Once you exit Tagbilaran Airport, just hail a tricycle to take you to Dao Bus Terminal.
STEP 3:Take a bus or van en route to Anda, Bohol. Transit time is about 2.5 to 3 hours. Bus fare is roughly PHP 100/USD 2 (EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8) and van fare is about PHP 120/USD 2.35 (EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 10).
STEP 4: Alight at Brgy. Poblacion in Anda, Bohol. If you want to go to Cabagnow Cave Pool, Talisay Beach and other attractions in Anda, you can hire a tricycle or habal-habal.
*We used a private car when we visited so I’m not sure about the tricycle rates. But you can also hire a car in Tagbilaran or Panglao for about PHP 2,500, inquire at the information desk at Tagbilaran Airport.
STEP 5: If you are headed to Cabagnow Cave Pool, make sure you text or call Kuya Charlie at mobile # 0912 – 414 5098. He’s the care taker of Cabagnow Pool in Anda, Bohol.
STEP 6: There’s an entrance fee of PHP 50 /USD 1 (EURO 0.83/SGD 1.33/MYR 4.10) per person at Cabagnow Cave Pool. Meanwhile, other tourist attractions in Anda, Bohol like Quinale Beach and Talisay Beach are FREE.
Option 2: CEBU CITY TO ANDA, BOHOL (BY FERRY/FASTCRAFT)
STEP 1: Ride a fast craft/ferry to Tagbilaran, Bohol at Pier 1 in Cebu City. You can check out the
Cebu-Bohol ferry Schedule here Ferry fare for tourist class/open air is around PHP 800/USD 16 (EURO 13/SGD 21/MYR 66), while Business Class fare is PHP 1,000/USD 20 (EURO 17/SGD 27/MYR 82).
STEP 2: At Tagbilaran Port, charter a tricycle to take you to Dao Terminal.
STEP 3: Catch a bus (PHP 100/USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8) or van PHP 120/USD 2.35 (EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 10) to Anda, Bohol. Transit time is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.
STEP 4: Once you reach Brgy. Poblacion in Anda, you can charter a tricycle or habal-habal to take you to Quinale Beach, Talisay Beach or Cabagnow Cave Pool. If you are headed to Cabagnow Cave Pool, Talisay Beach and other Anda tourist spots, you can hire a tricycle or habal-habal.
STEP 5: Text the care taker of Cabagnow Pool – Kuya Charlie at mobile # 0912 – 414 5098. I encourage tipping kuya Charlie as he will assist you while you are inside the cave pool.
STEP 6: Pay the PHP 50 /USD 1 (EURO 0.83/SGD 1.33/MYR 4.10) per head entrance fee at Cabagnow Cave Pool. Other tourist attractions in Anda, Bohol like Quinale Beach and Talisay Beach are FREE.
Option 3: ARGAO, SOUTH CEBU TO BOHOL (BY FERRY/FASTCRAFT)
We took this route since we were coming from Carcar, South Cebu. We took a large ferry that can carry car or vehicles.
STEP 1: If you are coming from South Cebu like Oslob, Moalboal, Osmena Peak, etc., you can ride a ferry at Argao Port to Tagbilaran, Bohol. Fare is around PHP 200/USD 4(EURO 3.31/SGD 5.31/MYR 16.40) for adults, PHP 143/USD 3(EURO 2.37/SGD 4/MYR 12) for seniors and PHP 100/USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8) for kids.
*Be careful with your stuff, I lost my wallet at Argao Port (I don’t how it happened).
STEP 2: At Tagbilaran Port, hire a tricycle to Dao Bus Terminal.
STEP 3: Ride a van PHP 120/USD 2.35 (EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 10) or bus (PHP 100/USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8) to Anda, Bohol. Transit time is roughly 2.5 to 3 hours.
STEP 4: At Anda town center, you can charter a tricycle or habal-habal to take you to Cabagnow Cave Pool.
STEP 5: Call or text the care taker of Cabagnow Pool – Kuya Charlie at mobile # 0912 – 414 5098.
*Tipping kuya Charlie is highly encouraged as he will assist you while you are inside the cave pool.
ANDA BOHOL BUS SCHEDULE (TAGBILARAN TO ANDA)
Transit time: 3 hours
|Tagbilaran to Anda||05:00 AM|
|Tagbilaran to Anda||12:30 PM|
|Tagbilaran to Anda||02:30 PM|
|Tagbilaran to Anda||05:30 PM|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||06:00 AM|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||08:00 AM|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||10:30 AM|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||11:00 AM|
ANDA BOHOL VAN SCHEDULE (TAGBILARAN TO ANDA)
Transit time: 2 hours
|Tagbilaran to Anda||No fixed schedule|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||04:00 AM|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||05:30 AM|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||06:00 AM|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||07:00 AM|
|Anda to Tagbilaran||07:30 AM|
WHERE TO STAY IN ANDA BOHOL
BUDGET HOTELS AND RESORTS IN ANDA, BOHOL
There’s no shortage of hotel or resorts in Anda, Bohol, they are sprinkled everywhere. Here are some of the budget accommodations you can find in Anda.
Old Castle Bed&Breakfast
Quinale Beach, Poblacion, Anda, Anda, Bohol
R & S Seaside Unit Accommodation Bar & Restaurant
Visaya Street, Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
1 Peace Guesthouse
Purok 1, Barangay Virgen, Anda, Bohol, Anda
Zenith Inn & Resto Bar
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Anda Cove Beach Retreat
Sitio Banilad, Barangay Candabong, Anda, Bohol, Anda, Bohol
Blue Star Dive Resort
Ipo Candabong, Anda, Anda, Bohol
Bohol Lahoy Dive Resort
National Highway,Cabantian, Guindulman Bay/Anda, Anda, Bohol
ANDA BOHOL TOURIST SPOTS
Address: Brgy. Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Entrance Fee: FREE
A top tourist attraction in Anda is Quinale Beach, dubbed as one of the best beaches in Bohol. And during our visit, although the weather did not cooperate, it still exudes with beauty. What sets it apart from other beaches in the Philippines is its white sand, it’s so fine that it feels like you are stepping on a powdered milk. Plus, Quinale Beach has a sprawling palm-fringed sand offering tourists a lot of space for playing volleyball and frisbee. It’s also a good spot for picnic because its shore is dotted with charming open huts, an Instagram-worthy spot! Alternatively, you can set up tables (rental is PHP 75) and chairs (PHP 5 for 2 chairs) and lounge by the beach. The seafront is also cleaned and groomed every morning, and a life guard is assigned here to ensure the safety of the tourists. There are also free facilities in Quinale Beach like open showers, changing room and toilet. And although its more laidback compared to the beaches in Panglao, you can still find bars and restaurants within walking distance..
Entrance Fee: FREE
At first sight, you might find Talisay Beach unclean. But if you take a closer look, the dirt are just seagrasses and leaves of trees and coconuts bordering its shore. This public beach is where local fishermen park their boats. So you can see a lot of them hanging out by the beach. I suggest visiting early in the morning so you can witness the fishermen unload their fresh catch from the boat. There’s no entrance fee in Talisay Beach in Anda, Bohol, but the locals here have set up a donation box. Also, if you touch and take a closer look at the sand, it’s finer than the sand in Quinale Beach. Talisay Beach just needs some grooming and cleaning, and it sure will attract more tourists. Just let the fishermen hang out there, as it’s part of the charm of Talisay Beach, and it’s what sets it apart from other beaches of Bohol that are already spoiled by commercialism. Personally, I like Talisay Beach to stay this way – rugged and utterly escapist beach.
CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
Entrance Fee: PHP 50
Contact person: Kuya Charlie 0912 414 5098
If you are visiting Talisay Beach, it’s pretty close to Cabagnow Cave Pool, so make time for this enchanted place. Anda Bohol is reportedly made up mostly of limestones, so over the years, due to geological activities, coupled with heavy rains and harsh weather, cave pools like Cabagnow were formed. This was the highlight of our trip to Anda. We really enjoyed swimming in its not-so-shallow, beguiling dark blue water. The water is about 12 feet, I can even see the sandy bottom. If you can’t swim, make sure you rent a ring buoy. The caretaker is also very accommodating and friendly, he will assist you in going down the cave pool through a metal ladder.
ALSO READ: HOW TO GET TO CABAGNOW CAVE POOL
OTHER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN ANDA BOHOL
Cateres Cave Pool is within the area of Cabagnow Cave Pool in Anda, Bohol. But it is smaller and shallower. But you can still take a quick dip here.
COMBENTO CAVE POOL
Another popular cave pool in Anda, Bohol is Combento Cave Pool with 2 cave pools. Entrance fee is PHP 20.
ANDA BOHOL SIDE TRIPS
PANGLAO + TAGBILARAN
Swim in Hinagdanan Cave, visit Dauis Church, the Shell Museum, Bohol Bee Farm and stroll across Alona Beach or Bolod.
Visit the the world-famous Chocolate Hills, Bilar Manmade Forest, the Baclayon Church,the historical Blood Compact Shrine, meet tarsiers and enjoy a delicious local buffet lunch on a floating restaurant that cruises through the Loboc River.
Island hopping in Balicasag and Virgin Island
ANDA BOHOL ITINERARY
Here’s a sample Anda, Bohol itinerary (budget below). You can also visit Candijay, Bohol after or before. I’ll post a separate travel guide soon.
|12:30 PM||ETD ANDA|
Take bus from Tagbilaran to Anda, Bohol at Dao Terminal
|03:00 PM||ETA ANDA, BOHOL|
Alight at Brgy. Poblacion
Check-in at resort/hotel. Freshen up.
|04:00 PM||QUINALE BEACH|
Walk to Quinale Beach. Swimming, beach bumming, watch sunset.
Back to resort/hotel. Freshen up
|07:00 AM||ETD CABAGNOW CAVE POOL + TALISAY BEACH + CATERES CAVE|
Charter a tricycle to Cabagnow Cave Pool + Talisay Beach + Cateres Cave
|07:30 AM||CABAGNOW CAVE POOL + TALISAY BEACH|
ETA Cabagnow Cave Pool
ETD Talisay Beach
ETD Cateres Cave
Tricycle to bus terminal
|11:00 AM||BUS TO TAGBILARAN|
ETD to Tagbilaran
Ride bus to Tagbilaran
ANDA BOHOL TRIP BUDGET
<Here’s a sample Anada Bohol trip bduget for a 2 days 1 night stay. Feel free to tweak this depending on your schedule and budget. Anda Bohol is best done with a sidetrip to Candijay Bohol Rice terraces and waterfalls. Will post a separate Candijay Bohol travel guide soon.
|PHP 1,000/USD 19/EURO 16/SGD 25/MYR 75||Anda Bohol Hotel|
|PHP 200/USD 4(EURO 3.31/SGD 5.31/MYR 16.40)||Ferry fare from Argao, Cebu to Tagbilaran, Bohol|
|PHP 120/USD 2.35 (EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 10)||Van to Anda from Dao Terminal in Tagbilaran, Bohol|
|PHP 120/USD 2.35 (EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 10)||Van from Anda to Tagbilaran|
|PHP 100/USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8)||Tricycle from Anda town to Cabagnow Cave Pool|
|PHP 100/USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8)||Tricycle from Cabagnow Cave Pool to Anda|
|PHP 50 /USD 1 (EURO 0.83/SGD 1.33/MYR 4.10)||Entrance Fee Cabagnow Cave Pool to Anda|
|PHP 100/USD 2 /EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8)||Tip (per person) to kuya Charlie (the care taker) per person.|
We were 4 in a group and gave him PHP 500 because we were there for a few hours and he was really friendly and helpful. He assisted us, swam with us and watched over us to make sure no one will drown. I think PHP 100 tip per person is fair enough.
|PHP 300/ USD 6/EURO 5/SGD 8/MYR 23||Food budget (PHP 100 per meal x 3 times)|
|PHP 2,090/USD 38.70/EURO 33.44/SGD 51.64/MYR 154.50||TOTAL EXPENSES|
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