Anda is located in the eastern part of Bohol. It’s famous for the long white beaches and its tranquility compared to Panglao which has turned to a bit touristy now. There are different beaches, cave pools and day activities to try in Anda. But if you love to sun-bask or relax by the seashore with less people, you should visit this one.
Quinale is the main or public beach. It could be crowded during the weekends by Filipino families. However, it has still maintained its calm vibe. I hope it stays that way.
How to get there in Anda:
From Cebu to Tagbilaran or Manila to Tagbilaran – You can check www.bohol.ph for ferry and domestic flight schedules.
For domestic flights : PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia
For fast ferry trips : Super Cat, Ocean Jet, FastCat, Starcraft
Arrival : Tagbilaran Port – If you’re in a budget, you can walk through the port area until you get to the main gate. Go outside the Port Gate and hail a trike, where the fee only costs P25 for the whole trip to Dao Terminal. Dao Terminal is where you can find a V-Hire to bring you to Anda.
Once you arrive in Dao Terminal, look for the V-hire station going to Anda. It’s a scheduled trip. Regardless if it’s full or not, the V-hire will still leave.
The trip from Tagbilaran to Anda takes up to 2-3hrs. You can tell the driver/”konduktor” about your hotel/lodge and they will take you there.
Where to stay in Anda:
If you’re in a tight budget to visit Anda, I’d suggest you stay at Anda Lodge but you can also check the neighboring inns around which has the same price range per room. And if you prefer a more quiet and romantic spot, you can also check out Anda White Beach Resort and other expensive resorts. You can always refer to Agoda, Booking, Traveloka, Tripadvisor, Airbnb and other booking websites for rate comparison.
Anda Lodge (Poblacion, Anda, Bohol)
Contact # : +63-999-480-8055
Price : Starts at Php500 / Php600 per night with AC and own bathroom
JA Travellers INN (Poblacion, Anda, Bohol)
*just located a lil bit across Anda Lodge
Contact # : +639078672999/ +639192443250
Price : Starts at Php800
Anda White Beach Resort (Bacong, Anda, Bohol)
*5-10min drive/30min walk from Quinale Beach (Poblacion)
*if you prefer to walk, it’s a bit far from the main road and you can possible see some little snakes or big lizards crossing the lil rocky road
*got a van pick-up for around Php2,500/3pax from Tagbilaran
*Day-use : Php600/person – consumable + pool use w/ towel
Where to eat in Anda:
Hangover Restobar (in Kim’s Garden) / Coco Loco / Carenderias in the Market Center (Across Anda Lodge) / Bakeshop (behind the Carenderias) / Anda de Boracay Beach Resort (Restobar)
Mostly, local or hotel restaurants close at 8PM. For people who’s into veggies and stuff, try the Veggie Sandwich at Hangover Restobar near Quinale Beach. Near Hangover, there’s another resto but when we passed by the place, it was always closed. Across is a snack bar called Coco Loco. They serve refreshing drinks and certainly, it’s just 3-5 minute walk from the beach.
If you need to go back to the other beaches (like Anda White Beach Resort, La Petra Beach Resort and other exclusive resorts located minutes away from Quinale Beach), you can get a trike/motorbike for Php50/person to take you there.
If you prefer to use the exclusive van from the high-end resort, usual rate is Php2,500/3pax. For a normal trip to leave Anda, the earliest possible time is 5AM. You can let your guesthouse/lodge know because they can book a seat for you and you will be picked up the next day from the place where you stay (fee is Php130/pax).
Things to do in Anda :
Look for James – He’s a known local tour guide in the Poblacion area and he can be found in the market place (where the Carenderias are located) or by the Quinale Beach (Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take note of his phone number).
Sun-basking : Quinale Beach / Talisay Beach and other beaches along the coastal town (You can see both the sunrise and the sunset on each sides of the beach) ; Visit Cabagnow Cave Pool and other cave pools nearby ; Visit Lamanoc Island ; Book a day trip for snorkeling, free-diving or scuba diving
Hotel Booking (thru Agoda/Booking/Traveloka/Travelbook/Tripadvisor) – check rates
Exclusive Van : Php2,500/3-5pax (depends on the van driver)
Economy Fast Ferry Rate (Cebu-Tagbilaran) : Php360
Regular Fast Ferry Rate (Tagbilaran-Cebu) : Php500
Cebu Port Terminal Fee : Php25
Trike (outside Port gate) to Dao Terminal : Php25 for the whole trike trip
Van (Dao Terminal – Anda): Php130
Trike to or from exclusive resort to Poblacion : Php50
Trike to a nearby spot : Php8
Cheapest Lodge/Inn : Php600/2persons (Php300/person) x 2 nights = Php600
Dive rates : Php1,200-Php1,500/person
Food (Carenderia) : Php25-Php50
Food (Resto) : Php150-Php350