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 of 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 the 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
Owner is Filipino. Although, I haven’t stayed at this place, but, 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’s 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
Other places to Stay
(Places that I visited for a very short period of time or just stopped by)
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 along the Poblacion area where it’s really accessible to splash into the water and soaked yourself all day long at the white-powdery sand of Anda. There is also a pool within the area, although rooms set besides each other and near it’s 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 and Up per 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 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 huge amount of plate that ranges from Php 100.00 – Php200.00. I love their Rice noodles and chopsuey. If you are bringing food, they offer their table and chairs for a Php 75.00 rental fee. They also serve cold beer, fresh shakes and canned drinks/juices.
On the Road – situated across Anda’s public market, which opens after lunch. They serve unlimited cold beers, drinks and a few cocktails. At night, they sometimes offer barbecue and some other cuisines. Price Ranges from Php 40.00 – Php 200.00
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 during 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)
Fishing with Fisherman (not in Sanctuary area)
Lamanok Tour (A Mystic place which you shouldn’t missed)
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’s the details:
There are 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 5am and last trip is at 4:30pm with time interval of 1 1/2 hour. Travel Time: 3 hours, Fare: Php 100.00
Van has daily trips with the first trip schedule at 5am, 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 luggages, negotiation is the key).
You can also arrange 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 special trip, 50.00 pesos for regular fare
Special Trip for private van or tourist van are 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 4am till 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, first trip are at 5am, last trip is at 6pm.
For Anda Tours, their mini jeep or tricycle is the best and adventurous way to take. For day tour, charges starts at Php 800.00 – Php 1,000.00 depending on the time you spent for 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 Tour Guide Ferna.
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
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines first before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at email@example.com,