No doubt, Bohol is one of the most beautiful and popular vacation destinations in the Philippines. In fact, in 2016, tourist arrivals hit 1-million mark, a surge by 39.7% from the previous year. This achievement is something that the island province should definitely be proud of.
So, you’ve been to Bohol, yes? Perhaps, you have visited the breathtaking Chocolate Hills; went for a fun Loboc River cruise; got acquainted with the cutest primate on earth, Tarsiers; and, had a soothing sun bath in the powdery white sand beaches of Panglao.
Now, you think you’ve experienced all the fun activities Bohol has to offer? Well, think again.😀 The fact is, there’s a whole lot more in Bohol waiting for you to discover.
In this post, I am sharing a travel guide to some places in Bohol that, perhaps, not as popular as the places where the above-mentioned attractions are located, but offer great experiences all the same. I take you to the southeastern part of the island province – Alicia, Anda, and Candijay.
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Alicia, Anda, and Candijay
Together with Mabini and Guindulman, the municipalities of Alicia, Anda, and Candijay form part of the Southeastern Bohol. They are bordered to the north by the Municipality of Ubay, the Bohol Channel (Bohol Sea) in the east and south, the town of Pilar and other municipalities of Central Bohol to the west. Tagbilaran City is a two-hour ride away, west.
Just like other places in Bohol that have been attracting tourists, these municipalities used to be a pretty laid back community. Locals just had their daily routine of farming, fishing, livestock raising. However, today, they have become more and more active in the sector of tourism as their places are receiving more visitors – local and foreign alike (thanks to social media). In fact, as of this writing, the Alicia is set to open another activity that tourists can try – Caving.
Things to do in Alicia
Trekking to the summit of Alicia Panoramic Park (aka Binabaje Hills) provides a bird’s eye view of this part of the province. With its rolling hills covered by a sea of green, you surely find it refreshing.
The municipality of Alicia offers a day tour that allows you to trek to the summit of this park. The entrance fee is 40 pesos; the obligatory tour guide fee is 500 pesos, which is good for 5 people and below.
Join trail run
Caving (soon to open)
Where to stay in Alicia, Bohol
Alicia is a small town that is yet to rise as a prime destination for tourists. So you cannot expect high end accommodations as of yet. However, you can find a number of decent homestays at reasonable prices (price ranges from 300 to 500 per night).
Note: It is recommended that you contact Miss Godelia Lumogdang, the tourism officer of the Municipality of Alicia, prior to your visit. She will help you not only in ensuring your trek schedule but also in assigning a registered tour guide, as well as a place to stay. (contact #: 0933-865-5650)
Things to do in Anda
Take a dip at Combento Cave Pool
Take a plunge at Cabagnow Cave Pool
Have fun under the sun in Anda Beach
Where to stay in Anda, Bohol
Things to do in Candijay
Enjoy the sea of greens at Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
Be amazed by the beauty of Can-umantad Falls
Have a soothing bath at Canawa Cold Spring
Where to stay in Candijay
Sample Itinerary + Budget
|8:00 AM||ETA @ Mactan-Cebu International Airport|
|9:00 AM||Arrival at SM Cebu from the Airport (ride MyBus)||50|
|9:30 AM||Arrival at Cebu Pier 1 from SM (ride a taxi)||80|
|10:00 AM||Depart for Tubigon Port||250|
|11:15 AM||ETA at Tubigon Port|
|11:30 AM||Quick lunch at the Port||100|
|12:00 PM||Depart for Carmen (ride a van)||40|
|1:30 PM||Van transfer/ Depart for Alicia||60|
|3:00 PM||ETA at Alicia Public Market|
|4:00 PM||Start Alicia Panoramic Park Trek||40|
|9:00 PM||Accommodation; Lights out||350|
|5:00 AM||Prepare for the day’s activities, breakfast||100|
|6:00 AM||Depart for Anda||150|
|7:30 AM||Combento Cave Pool||20|
|8:30 AM||Cabagnow Cave Pool||50|
|9:30 AM||Anda Beach|
|10:30 AM||Early lunch||100|
|11:30 PM||Depart for Candijay||130|
|12:30 PM||Cadapdapan Rice Terraces||100|
|1:30 PM||Can-umantad Falls||100|
|2:30 PM||Canawa Cold Spring||100|
|3:30 PM||Depart for Tubigon Port||200|
|6:45 PM||Dinner at the Port; Depart for Cebu||350|
|8:00 PM||ETA at Cebu Pier 1|
|9:30 PM||ETA @ MCIA||250|
- To save more time and to go all of the attractions without too much hassle, it would be a lot better if you just find a habal-habal driver that is willing to ferry you to all of the destinations (just like me, I only had one habal-habal driver/tourist guide that brought me to all of my destinations, except for the ride from Alicia town proper to the jumping off point of the Alicia Panoramic Park). Note: If you’d ask for a recommendation for a habal-habal driver, I would recommend Kuya Edwin Balahay at +63912-405-9855
- Instead of buying a bottled water from time to time, it is a lot better if you just bring a tumbler with you and just do a refill at places where potable water is available. This way, you save some amount and at the same time, you help the environment. (What I did was, I had with me a tumbler that I brought all the way from Davao, my hometown, and I just refilled at drinking fountain, or at a restaurant where was free water from a dispenser or from a water vending machine sold at a much lower price).
- You are a visiting tourist, it is incumbent upon you to respect the people and their culture as well as the environment. Be friendly as much as possible and leave no traces, bring back with you your trash.