Why You Should Travel to the Seaweed Farm & White Sand Bar in Candijay Bohol Island

With my continuous visit to Bohol province, I certainly had fallen in love with the famous island. Apart from its known Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary and white sand beaches, I also fell in love with other towns like Anda which is situated in the eastern part of the island. Other than Anda,  I recently visited Candijay town where I was able to meet seaweed farmers and fishermen in a rural area, I’ve seen no tourists who drop by the time we stayed in the place for a day, it was a privileged that I surely love. This seaweed farm will give you an awe of its nature surrounding the area, on the farther part, there’s Kawasihan sandbar plus a sanctuary to enjoy from.

Where is Candijay Town in Bohol located?

East of Bohol Island, 92 km from Tagbilaran City

The town of Candijay, by far, had blown me from its simple living. I know there have been many places that have seaweed farming in the country, like Siquijor, Leyte and other nearby islands. I only visited quickly the farm in Siquijor but never got to indulge with how they do it, for there was no one available to show us by the time I was there. I can say Candijay seaweed farm was my first encounter which offered the best spot.

The life of the people in this small village is purely seaweed farming and fishing. They just recently started accepting tourists to showcase their work, but, they don’t often receive visitors as it’s certainly far from the famous place of Panglao and Bohol countryside tours. If you are staying in Anda, I would highly suggest coming check this place, you may be able to help grow the small business that these people aim.

Seaweed farming has its important benefits. This kind of business builds the life of the people here, it takes a lot of work, yet, creates more income for them. Best months as the farmers mentioned is during January-June, other months can be low, but can still compensate the needs of the people.

What are Seaweeds? They are large algae growing in the sea or on rocks below the high-water mark

We started our journey early in the morning as we were informed by the tourism and our main driver that the road going there is rough and might take us more than an hour of travel from Anda town.

When we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the bantay dagat or local coast guard in the village with other residents, who set our food and tour us to their main waiting area. They gave us information about the entire place, what to do and where we are heading.

The Candijay’s seaweed farm doesn’t only maintain seaweeds, they also have ‘bangus’ fish or milkfish cages in the marine water, these are already big grown fish. The small fish or younger fish with less than 30 days old were nursed at the pond first and be transferred to these marine or salt water when it’s more than 30 days old . Their pond is located near the villager’s houses which are about 2 km from the fish cage. Milkfish is widely known in the Philippines as it is our national fish.

We were first introduced to their fish cage, they showed us how they feed them and how huge these fishes are. The cage can be toured with the small “Bangka” or fisherman’s boat, directed us to the place and let us walk in the pathway made of huge bamboo woods.

After the Bangus fish tour, the captain of the boat slowly sailed to the working field, exposed us to the wide seaweed farm. They also shared how members of the community equally divide their duties to each farmer and planting process in the overwater huts stationed meters away from each other. They still practiced the “Bayanihan” that we Filipinos commonly do for the community and I’m so proud of their commitment to the neighborhood. We paid attention to their words as they revealed to us the process. After which, we proceed to one of the overwater huts, where a 21-year-old planter was busy with his work. We went up to his hut, examined what’s in the planting area while explaining to us how it should be done, from collecting the seaweeds to drying it from 1-3 days (sometimes more days during rainy season). There are different kinds of seaweed of which we saw 3 at that time. It has rich color after it is dried and the weight changes as well. Every overwater hut is owned by one family with their relatives. They stand for their program which helps the livelihood for them to know and understand where these seaweeds should go and who their immediate customers are. They mentioned they had their annual seminar in Cebu City and it is through that seminar that they were able to know what are the benefits of seaweeds, how it could help and motivate them as farmers. It was then I knew that there are some international brewing company blend seaweeds as an add-on ingredient to their beer, it is not only made for raw food like we Filipinos or Asians usually do, it is also used to mix jelly candies, chips and many others.

These locals do not speak fluently in English but I admire how passionate they are about sharing everything they know about their farm, regardless of their basic English knowledge. They are even open to any suggestion that we like to point out for them to improve their service and most importantly their lifestyle, they extend to answer our questions. I salute these people for thinking that way.

Hisilicon Balong

Astound by all the learning we gained that day from these locals, that we thought we got everything. We were even mesmerized as we headed our way to the sandbar, it was absolutely beautiful. I mean, I’ve been to many white beaches in the Philippines, yet, I also never knew that there is a beautiful place as far and as remotely settled as in Candijay town. Although we arrived timely on a high tide, yet, our eyes captured each of its corners. It was an islet I never knew existed. The Kawasihan white sand bar which is familiar only to the residents of this town is pure bliss. I think, it will be more captivating if the tide was low as the white sand will be visible and can be played in. No matter which time of the day you may visit, high or low tide, I bet you will be amazed like what we experienced by its unique beauty. The clear sky blue water that was surrounded by mangroves, a nice and huge resting place to have the picnic in, I know that’s a local experience that one must appreciate and love.
We were also able to check their marine sanctuary, there were different kinds of fish and the corals are so alive. It may not be as beautiful as Pamilacan and Balicasag island, with massive corals and different kinds of fish, however, it is well protected and magnificent underwater creatures that you shouldn’t miss to try.

Facing Candijay Town from Seaweed Farm

One full day on this farm, lunch by the hut in a white sandbar, snorkeling in the rich marine sanctuary, wandering around fish cage and seaweed farm, will make your day more productive.

Kawasihan White Sand Bar in Candijay Bohol

I hope you get the chance to visit the place, it will help big time to the local.

Have you visited a Seaweed Farm? What learning did you get? Share it away!

If you plan to visit the farm, please contact Fred of Candijay Tourism through their site: http://candijay-bohol.gov.ph/ or through his contact number +639178975572. Fred helps the local people on this village.

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 everywherewithferna@gmail.com,

59 thoughts on “Why You Should Travel to the Seaweed Farm & White Sand Bar in Candijay Bohol Island

  1. Alam mo maganda ang ginaawa mo kaysa lagi na lang sa tourist destinations. Iba pa rin kasi ang makita mo and ma experience ang buhay ng mga malilit na tao sa provinces and these are the people I think who deserves to earn more. Isipin mo ito. Seaweeds. Sila ang naghihirap. Sino ang yumayaman? E di ang mga exporters na iilan lang sila. Exporters pa ang magdikta ng presyo sa kanila.

    Good post to show their lives. Hope to see more. :)
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    1. Exactly, sobrang hirap ng ginagawa nila. Hopefully they will earn more pa.. Thank you, I love to travel to remote places and help the local in my own small ways. :) I will definitely post more

  2. I haven’t visited this place, nor Bohol at all. I hope one day we can have the chance to visit Bohol and this place too. I’d love to experience feeding these fishes! It looks really cool!
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  3. We are planning to go to Bohol this year, but we are going to Panglao. Thanks for sharing this, we might include this in our itinerary. But from Panglao, how can we go to candijay? I heard there are rice terraces and waterfalls in this town.

    1. it is 2.5 hours from Panglao by van/car, direct, if not, take jeepney from Panglao then head to Tagbilaran van terminal to Candijay there’s every hour schedule of van there to Candijay town. There is waterfalls, and so beautiful rice terraces and rice fields in town. :)

  4. How delightful that you found a place with no tourists. I love getting off the beaten path to discover something new and unique. Until now I have never really thought of seaweed farming. I guess it makes a lot of sense given how popular sushi rolls are 😀

  5. Thanks for opening my eyes to a place I had not known about. I love the detailed descriptions and if I get to travel to this area of the world I would love to visit. I love white sand beaches. It is also great that despite not speaking perfect English the locals strive to teach visitors something.

  6. The place looks stunning! It really is a must-see in Bohol. I love places where I can help the locals directly. I’ll surely add this to the list of places to visit in PHL ❤️

  7. I lived in Asia for a few years… and I’m a little embarrassed to say that I never visited a seaweed farm :/ I ate seaweed just about every day, so I’m glad to read about where my food came from! Seaweed is definitely an underrated food-there are so many important vitamins and minerals you can get from it!

  8. Wow. This will be on my to-do list when I travel to Bohol in the next two weeks! I would love to see the farm and ask in person the people on what is the difference of the thing they are doing and where does the products go.

  9. I love how you were able to describe the place and the locals. I love more that instead of the Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers, you shared with us ordinary settings. This will definitely help create awareness And in no time, real help will come in their town.
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  10. I have never visited a seaweed farm (in fact I don’t think I even realised it was farmed) but it sounds kind of interesting, especially as it is so important to livelihoods in this area.

  11. This sounds like a good thing to support the local economy and at the same time, meet and exchange with the local community. I have never seen the process, but I do love the seaweed chips so maybe I will visit one day :-)

    1. Japan has the best process for the seaweed chips. :) I also don’t know how they do it, but international companies are also their customers only that these locals will deliver to another local company before exporting to other companies

  12. I really hope I can visit the place one day. I do love those typical places way more than the big touristic ones. Even though I want to visit them, like New York or things like that, I’m also eager to discover and meet new cultures and to do that you can only do it with the locals. To see those beautiful places and really get an insight of the local lives is what I love to do when travelling

  13. I was able to visit Bohol one time but not that long, though. It wasn’t a vacation but some personal matter. I have heard so much about the island and as for my friend who lives there, there are so many places to visit and things to see. I am pretty sure that this seaweed farm and white sand bar are just among them.
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  14. nice video, looks crazy with all the fish flopping around … looks like an interesting place to visit and immerse yourself in the culture, lots of seaweed : ) I’d definitely want to see the white sand bar…
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    1. white sand bar is really different. i thought it would be boring before i went to the place to check the white sand bar.. i was wrong.. it was worth my visit

  15. This is awesome, I’ve never even heard of seaweed farming! And wow, those beaches look stunning! Thanks for sharing such detailed information, I felt like I was there too :)

  16. Sounds live a very interesting visit. I love it when you stumble upon new interesting things when travelling.

  17. I loved your blogpost about Bohol and ideas to visit more off the beaten path destinations. Makes me want to buy a ticket to the philipinnes now.

  18. I definitely love to give money to business endeavors that help out locals, so perhaps this will be on my list of things to do when I go to Bohol! Thanks for spreading the word!

  19. This is so cool! I spent a few days on Bohol and loved it but would love to travel back and see some of the less touristy sites. I’ve never really thought about how seaweed is harvested so this would be such and interesting experience.

  20. Fishes , beaches , warm local people , what’s not to love. I had not heard of Bohol before , but it’s a beautiful place :)

  21. Hi, I would like to know how to plan the seaweed farm tour. Any local guide recommended? I’ll stay in And a for three days. Thank you so much!

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