Awestruck in Anda, Bohol's Blossoming Beauty
If you've been captivated by the pristine beaches of Panglao and the nearby islands of Balicasag and Pamilacan in Bohol, and you thought you had already seen the best of this province, then think again. If you've never been to Anda, then you haven't seen the best of Bohol yet.
Anda is a coastal town off southeastern Bohol, facing Camiguin, Southern Leyte, and Surigao del Norte. It was formerly known as Barrio Quinale, a part of the municipality of Guindulman until it was declared an independent town in 1875.
How to go there:
Via air from Manila
- Major local airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia fly daily to Tagbilaran City. Travel time is about an hour.
- From the Tagbilaran airport, hire a tricycle to Dao Terminal.
- At Dao Terminal, ride a public van or bus to Anda. Travel time is about two hours and may be longer if you take the bus. Fare is Php 130. If you're riding a van, you can ask the driver to drop you off directly at the resort of your choice for an additional fee (starts at Php 20 for resorts on Quinale, which is located in Brgy. Poblacion. Add-on rates may vary).
|A map of Anda resorts and points of interest|
|The coastal road to Anda|
Upon arrival in Brgy. Poblacion where the powdery public beach of Quinale is, you may check out the town's tourism office near the Beach Bar. Here, you can get maps, inquire about accommodations, and book your activities for the duration of your stay.
Ms. Jovilyn (Juvie) A. Mapesos
Anda Tourism Information Center
Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
|Anda Tourist Information Center on Quinale Beach|
Anda de Boracay White Sand Resort
Sawang, Poblacion, Anda, Bohol
Contact: Charlie Bonifacio
+63916.692.9194 / +639220.127.116.11
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Nestled amid the expansive powdery white shores of Quinale Beach, Anda de Boracay White Sand Resort is perhaps the most popular resort on this stretch. Rooms are made of sturdy local materials, plus, it is the only resort on this side of Anda that has a pool, a spa, a gym, and a bar ad restaurant. There are fan rooms as well as big rooms perfect for big groups and families. Rates start at Php 1,500 for an air-conditioned room. Food is not a problem as its restaurant serves delectable cuisine with prices ranging from Php 70 to Php 350.
|Anda de Boracay White Beach Resort|
|Anda de Boracay White Beach Resort's restaurant on the second floor of the main building|
|A view from the restaurant|
|A room on the second floor has two beds (one adjacent to the living room and one inside a bedroom)|
|Clean, tiled bathroom|
|The one bedroom unit at the second floor has an al-fresco dining area|
|Kalamay from Jagna is love!|
|The sand at Quinale Beach is as fine and as white as confectioner's sugar|
|The quiet Quinale Beach|
Blue Star Dive and ResortIpo Candabong, Anda, Bohol
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For divers and snorkeling enthusiasts, this resort is the best option. It has no wide beachfront, rather, vast colorful reefs and beautiful marine life just a few steps from the cliffside stairs. There's a small pool perfect for hot afternoons and a Jacuzzi where you can watch the sunrise. Room rates range from $75-$90.
Those who are not in-house guests can still enjoy and explore the resort's reefs with its Php 500 day tour package. Php 350 is consummable on food and beverage and the remaining Php 150 serves as entrance fee.
The highlights of this resort are the dive shop and the iconic Anda Dreamliner--a 65 feet long dive boat equipped with state-of-the-art naval or marine technology. The boat is complete safety gears and amenities to make your dive or snorkeling trips comfortable. There is also a kitchen and a clean comfort room onboard.
Food is not a problem, too, with its signature restaurant and bar complete with a wood-fired oven that cooks delectable Italian pizzas.
|Blue Star's mango-shaped swimming pool|
|A deck by the cliffside|
|The stairway to the marine sanctuary|
|Blue Star's bar|
|The resort is perched on beautiful rock formations|
|Blue Star's wood-fired oven|
East Coast White Sand ResortCandabong, Anda, Bohol
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If you love the sea--both above and below--East Coast White Sand Resort will definitely give you the best of both. Unlike Blue Star Dive and Resort, this cliffside resort has a picturesque cove where you can just bathe in the sun after diving or snorkeling. It also has two infinity pools that command a view of the calm blue sea.
The standard rooms is perfect for couples, while the family cottages are huge enough for a group of four. There's free WiFi and breakfast, too. Room rates range from Php 3,000-Php 6,500.
You can also rent the entire resort as in the case of teambuildings and conferences. A group of 25 guests at a time has the option to do an "all-resort-buyout."
|An infinity pool near the tennis court|
|The rooms and cottages sit on a cliff overlooking a beautiful cove|
|The second pool and the Jacuzzi|
|The cove lures you to take a dip|
|On the way to the view deck|
|The other side of the cove|
Candabong, Anda, Bohol
More than 25 years in existence, this resort is no doubt the very first beachfront resort in Anda. While it is old and rustic, it still has the captivating charm and homey vibe it is known for since its humble beginnings. The wide expanse of white sand bordered by beautiful rock formations are also a plus point for this resort. Room rates range from Php 1,500-Php 4,800.
|A verdant lanai and a cottage|
|Natural pool by the beach|
|The sand may not be as fine as Quinale's but it is white and inviting|
|Toni on the rocks!|
Bacong, Anda, Bohol
Contact Person: Armie Calugay
It has a pool, a bar, and a restaurant which serves the freshest buko (coconut) juice in the vicinity. They pick the buko from the tree right in front of the pool as soon as you order. There are hammocks where you can enjoy a nice read or just take a nap.
Service also deserves two thumbs-ups! Fast, friendly, and efficient without being too intrusive.
|Island View's pool|
|Fresh buko juice, anyone?|
|The shore is fabulous! We had it all to ourselves!|
|The sleeping area at the deluxe room|
|The bathroom is spacious, too!|
|The living and dining areas|
|The other room|
|King-sized bed and a glass window by the bathroom|
|Sleek and clean|
|Island View Beachfront Resort's restaurant on the second floor|
What to do in Anda:
Anda boasts a number of coves and beaches that are lined with resorts of all sorts--from budget to luxurious. Among them are Quinale Beach, Dapdap Beach, Flower Beach, and Talisay Beach. Of these beaches, I find Talisay the most outstanding for its fine white sand and laid-back vibe. Quinale Beach on the other hand is a public beach that is a famous for camping and day tour. Entrance fee is Php 10.
|Quinale beach gets full on weekends with locals and tourists camping or having a day tour|
Visit Anda's cave pools
During our trip in Anda, we were able to see three cave pools along the way. The first one was the Cateres cave pool, which is located near Bohol's Dapdap Beach Resort. The water is clear and blue, but it may be hard to get in and out of the cave pool as it doesn't have a ladder and the rocks around it are steep and sharp.
|Cateres cave pool|
Lastly, we all went to Cabagnow cave pool in Brgy. Bacong. Of the three, this is the biggest and most dangerous to get into, but it is also the most stunning. The water here can go up to 25 feet, and from where we stood we could already see its bottom teeming with fish and rocks. You can freedive and snorkel here but be prepared for a challenging exit.
|The huge pit at Cabagnow cave pool|
|This is it! Cabagnow for the win!!|
I was surprised when Juvie, the tourism officer who toured us around said that the replica of the Black Nazarene that is usually used at the annual procession in Quiapo is now housed in Sto. Nino Church in Brgy. Poblacion. I got goosebumps when I learned about this as I am a big devotee of the Black Nazarene. I was able to see him up close and touch his image. A shrine is being built beside the old church for the Black Nazarene.
One of the finest murals in the province of Bohol is also found at the ceiling of this church. This is the testament of the masterpieces of Raymundo Francia who painted the mural
|The interiors of the church|
|The replica of the Black Nazarene|
You can also check out Lamanok Island and its beach, mangroves, and caves with prehistoric hematite graffiti art.
If you are just having a day tour at Quinale Beach, you need not worry about getting hungry as the local government unit manages the Beach Bar, a restaurant and bar right on the public beach. You can order a la carte (price starts at Php 110) or you can ask them to prepare a group meal perfect for sharing with friends and family. You can also rent tables, chairs and tents (for dining) for a minimal fee.
|The LGU Beach Bar|
|Sweet and sour pork|
|Breaded fried chicken|