As most of you know, Anda in Bohol became one of my favorite places in the Philippines, which I also believe it will be Bohol’s next destination. I fell in love the first time I visited on this peninsula. As a frequent visitor to this rustic place, I decided to create a guide for those who are planning to visit. I am giving ideas based on what I experienced, some are those that I came to visit only.
Where To Stay?
J & A Apartment Place/Traveler’s Inn
This was the first place that I stayed on my first visit. They do not have huge rooms, but space is enough for 1-2 persons. For a minimum amount of Php 600.00, you will have your own TV (with local channels and selected foreign ones), own bathroom and a queen size bed. This is situated at the center of Anda, accessible to Food Center, Church, Quinale Beach, bar and so on, which for me is a great advantage as you won’t be able to see a lot of food centers and stores in every corner of Anda. (If you plan to stay longer days in Anda, they are generous to give a discount)
Contact Details: 0919-244-3250; 0907-867-2999
Location: Poblacion Anda, Bohol
The resort just opened in November 2014 with Finnish couple and French/Filipino Couple owners. I encouraged most of my friends to stay at this place. If you travel with children, please prepare the massive amount of food with you to munch in or inform the owners of the time you want your food to be served. You may check my review of 1Peace here.
Price Range: Php 800-1,500 Per Night
Contact Number: 0928 255 5753
The owner is Filipino. Although I haven’t stayed at this place, I have the privileged to visit most of the time here as most of my guests stayed here. I’ve seen their different rooms inside and out. This is a midrange high-end resort. I like how they designed their space, there are 2 swimming pools. I like how this is situated in between the cliffs, as it gives a more relaxing moment.
Price Range: Php 3,000 – Php 5,000 Per Night
Contact Details: 0928 762 8730
Location: Candabong, Anda
Is a high-end resort, a place for Diving and spa with quality services and good amenities. For day tours, a Php 500.00 surely fits into this place
Price Range: Php 10,000 & up Per Night
Location: Candabong, Anda Bohol
Number: 0928 605 7621 / 0939 903 4536
Anda de Bora Beach Resort
This is at the Poblacion area where it’s really accessible splashing directly into the beach and soaked your body all day long at the white-powdery sand. There is also a pool within the area, although rooms set beside each other and near its amenities, the place can guarantee a good ambiance for relaxing Anda. If you happen to be there on Saturday, they have live bands and if you wish you could also sing on the stage.
Price Range: Php 1,700 & UP a night
Location: Poblacion Anda, Bohol
Contact Number: 0915 398 5923 / 0908 541 0788
Where to EAT and Have some Drinks?
Anda Food Center – This place has a variety of restaurants and carenderias. There were so many foods to choose from. Carenderias obviously serves the cheapest food, you can either have a lunch for 30.00 pesos and up depending on your choices. There is also a new place called Pizza & Pasta, they serve breakfast with very good coffee, pizza, pasta, and delicious bread. Their price ranges from 150.00 – 260.00. As a lover of a breakfast, I highly recommend the breakfast here. We also tried their pasta, which for me is awesomely perfect.
The R&S restaurant located just 2 blocks away from the Food Center serves breakfast as well and different variety of food from imported sausages to typical Filipino food. It’s an air-conditioned restaurant. I tried their Hungarian sausage and a few desserts. They have huge servings.
Quinale Restaurant and Beach Bar – This bar is just right in front of the center of the Quinale beach or the 4km Public beach. They serve Filipino food with a huge amount of plate that ranges from Php 100.00 – Php200.00. I love their Rice noodles and chop suey. You can bring food with you and rent a table and chairs for a Php 75.00 rental fee at the Quinale restaurant. They also serve cold beer, fresh shakes, and canned drinks/juices.
Other than that, the public market at the center, is also of the best option if you wish to buy fruits, food, drinks, and others. They also have Market day on Tuesday, second-hand items are available during this day.
What to do?
The following are some of the activities I did in Anda, the rest is optional which can also be done. Otherwise, this article can also help you more.
Karaoke/Videoke (which are available only at limited cottages)
Caving and Jumping at Cabagnow Cave (adventure)
Fishing with Fisherman (NOT in Sanctuary area)
Lamanok Tour (A Mystic place which you shouldn’t miss) Php 300.00 entrance
Snorkeling (Basdio Sanctuary, Lamanoc Sanctuary, Candabong Sanctuary, Quinale Sanctuary)
How to Get to Anda and Vice Versa?
If you come from outside Bohol Island here are the details:
There is daily flight schedule from Manila are available at Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific & Zest Air.
There are also fast ferries coming from Cebu to Tagbilaran for 2 hours and to Tubigon Port with 1 Hour travel time. Please do check Wee Sam Express, Super Cat, Ocean Jet and Star Ferries for schedule. Fare starts at 500.00 to 1000.00 for business class, they also give discounts for round trip tickets.
Lite Ferries are also available from Cebu to Tubigon which has a lesser fare of 200.00 for more than 3 hours travel time. This Lite Ferries also has scheduled trips for Tagbilaran – Siquijor and vice versa.
From Tagbilaran City to Anda Peninsula:
Terminal for Bus and Van are in Dao Terminal (near public Market and ICM).
Bus schedule trips start from 5 am and the last trip is at 4:30 pm with the time interval of 1 1/2 hour. Travel Time: 3 hours, Fare: Php 100.00
Van has daily trips with the first trip scheduled at 5 am, last trip schedule usually at noon time.
Travel Time: 2 hours, Fare Php130.00 (Please note that they might also charge you another Php 130.00 if you happen to have more luggage, negotiation is the key).
You can also arrange to drop off with the driver/conductor to the resorts where you are going most especially those that are 500meters-700meters away from the highway. You can also get the contact details of the driver for easy communication when you get out of Anda.
Optional: Take bus/van to Guindulman, from there you can hire a tricycle to Anda. Tricycle cost 150.00 for a special trip, 50.00 pesos for regular fare
Special Trip for private van or tourist van is also available for Php 2,000.00 from Tagbilaran. You can contact Aries at 0939 556 2962
How to Get out from Anda to Tagbilaran:
Van Schedule usually in the morning from 4 AM until noon time. You may, however, get contact details of the van driver you took from your first day. If you want to get out from Anda late in the afternoon, another option would be for you to go to Guindulman via tricycle for Php 150.00 special trip or at Php 50.00 regular fare and take a van or bus from Guindulman, vans in Guindulman has more trips.
Bus Schedule: every 2 hours, the first trip are at 5 am, the last trip is at 6 pm.
For Anda Tours, their mini jeep or tricycle is the best and adventurous way to take. For the day tour, charges start at Php 800.00 – Php 1,000.00 depending on the time you spent the day. You may contact Ramel at 0919 288 7542 or Lary at 0948 370 7308, you may let them know you got their number from former Tour Guide Ferna.
To buy boat tickets going to Bohol Island you can purchase here, just write on the “origin” as the departure place on where you come from.
There you have it, folks, this is the best guide I could give for those who are planning to visit Anda.
For more information, you may also check Anda Tourism website at www.andabohol.gov.ph
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Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is a spontaneous traveler from the Philippines who had a great experience traveling her own country first before she embarked to other countries. She thrives to be more independent in her own skin. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org