Friday, November 28, 2014

Anda - Variety in a Small Town

Where Anda, Bohol Philippines
Public Transportation You can get to Anda in one ride or two rides from the Dao Bus Terminal of Tagbilaran City.
  • One ride - You can take a bus or van that will take you directly to Anda. (Fare: 100-150 pesos)
  • Two rides - Take a bus that will get you to Guindulman Public Market. (Fare: 90 pesos) From the market take a rila (those vehicles that look like tricycles but bigger and actually has 4 wheels) (Fare: 30 pesos)

  • What to do
    Anda is a tourist friendly place. They have a tourist information center located by the public beach behind their church. You should go there to get better information.

    Tourism in the place is not yet highly commercialized. There aren't any water sports nor much night life. If you like mountain views, explore caves, cool down in a waterfall, snorkel, scuba dive or chill under a shade by the beach, Anda is for you.

    Where to stay
    I've never slept in a hotel or inn in Anda. I have only slept in a tent with my friends in their public beach. It was fun too but if you like the comfort of a bed, do not worry. There are a lot of establishments that could accomodate you for the night.
    What I did in Anda

    1I went to Anda with two friends. We arrived at noon. We walked along the shore. (It's a long walk if it's low tide.) We pitched our tent and at night my friends had a swim. You should know this. The water at the beach behind the church is shallow. If you like deep water then this beach would not be for you but there are other deep waters in Anda.

    2We woke the next day and was surprised just how wonderful the sunrise is at that place. It was the best sunrise I've seen so far! We took a rila and walked up to Anda Falls. We had a silly time in a man made pool below the falls.(Make sure not to go there on a pool cleaning day! We had to swim around while the pool was drained. ^_^)
    3From the falls, we walked down and took a rila back to the town center. We walked to Kabagno Cave Pool. It was a little confusing to get to the cave but the locals were nice to give us directions. The entrance to the cave is practically a hole on the ground but it's the biggest and deepest cave pool I've seen in Anda. If you want to take a swim there, you can rent a rope ladder from the residents nearby. After that we, went to Banilad Spring which is a walking distance from Kabagno Cave. Now ready to go home, we went back to Guindulman at noon to get a ride home.
    For such a short time in Anda it felt like I've been there for a long time and seen so many things. I'd like to go back there and see the rest of what they have to offer. ^_^

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