Sunday, February 8, 2015

Anda Accommodations (Now where am I going to stay?)

Summer is almost here! If you are planning to come to Bohol, I will recommend Anda. If you want to know why, check this. Its charm is in the laid-back atmosphere and there are less tourists. Despite the laid-back environment, there are actually a lot of choices of overnight accommodations for the budget tight to those who can splurge a little more.

Pricier Options

If you like to get somewhere with exclusive access to a beach and wants to have a nearby pool to lounge I would recommend the following:

J & R Residence


Room Rates:
Ocean View Family Villa - 6,500 PHP per night
Beach House - 5,500 PHP per night
Ocean Front Apartment – 4,500 PHP per night
Garden House – 3,500 PHP per night

If you have money to spend, this place would be nice for you. They have a beach front and a small pool. The place is small, and feels exclusive and calm. When I went there, I noticed most of their clients were foreigners and they were lounging around the pool looking contented and calm. I guess they do love how quiet and serene the place feels.

Flower Beach & Diving Resort


Room Rates: 2,800 PHP – 3,600 PHP per night

This place feels a little more rustic than J & R Residence but it is cheaper. They do have air-conditioned accommodations. They have a beach front and a small pool. What is great about this place is they do offer diving lessons. A place to stay for those who love to dive!

For those who have a little to spend

If you just want a good bed and don’t mind not having exclusive access to a beach front I would recommend that you go to Poblacion, Anda. There are a lot of cheaper accommodations there and what’s great is that you are nearby the Public Market, Anda Food Center, Quinale Beach Bar and the public beach!

The following is a list of Accomodation Establishments that are in Poblacion, Anda.

Little Miami Beach
Room Rates: 800 PHP – 1,500 PHP

Anda Lodge
Contact: 0999-480-8055
Room Rates: 500 PHP – 1,200 PHP

J & A Traveller’s Inn
Contact: 0919-2443-250/0907-8672-999
Room Rates: 500 PHP – 1,200 PHP

R & S Seaside Unit Accommodation
Contact: 0948-849-6971
Room Rates: 1,500 PHP – 2,400 PHP

When on a tight budget

If you are like me who don’t mind sleeping on a hard floor, you can actually pitch your tent in the public beach that is somewhere in front the town church. It was a fun experience. There was a decent public bathroom nearby. We felt secure. The place felt peaceful. We made sure we were in the town center so that it wouldn’t be a problem to ask for help if something bad did happen. ^_^. But no worries. Anda is actually a peaceful place.

For those who do want to stay in Poblacion, Anda, I highly recommend you go to Anda Tourist and Information Center. They would be able to better inform you. It is just beside the Quinale Beach Bar, in front of the town church and right somewhere the beach shore.

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. ^_^

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    Morning Hills: Sunrise vs Sunset

    This is for the people who are in for something not so touristy. Morning Hills or Himontagon Hills is located in Botoc, Loay about 20 to 30 minutes of jeepney ride from Tagbilaran City.

    The view from up the hills is great but what I was curious about was why they call it Morning Hills. People argue that it's called Morning Hills because the sunrise there looks awesome but some say the sunset is way better. I had to see it for myself.

    From Tagbilaran City, you can ride a bus or jeepney. The fare is Php25.00. You stop at the Morning Hills Store. (Yes the store is named after the site! ^_^) Near the store, there is a street that leads up to morning hills.

    Don't be afraid to ask directions if you find an intersection somewhere near a chapel. The locals will be happy to help. We were planning to walk all the way up but a man offered us a ride as he was going to his farm that is near the peak.

    A really good view welcomed us as our ride winded its way up.

    From the farm, we looked for a shortcut that the man told us about. We didn't find an actual path. We just made our own path that looked convenient and one that seemed to lead us up the peak. (or you can say we didn't know where we were going. ^_^) We had to cross over bent barbed wires along the way so we were apparently not on the right way.

    A selfie was a good excuse for me to take a rest
    without having to admit I was tired. ^_^

    Yes, it's still a long way up but I was feeling great.
    Excellent photo opportunities!!!!

    No. He is not the risen Christ. It's just my friend.
    He was on a telephone interview.
    (Yes. What a way to have a job interview.)

    We finally reached the top. It did not take too long. I'm just not fit so I always had to catch my breath. ^_^ It felt good to finally be there after years of wanting to go there.

    I think I am not doing the view justice. So just pretend you are on top of that hill, not caring about the world and just watching time fly as the sky changes color.
    (Yes. I know. Doesn't it feel relaxing?)

    We had to give the place our usual "Salute to Awesome Places."
    We look silly but who cares? ^_^

    Time for a photo session!!!! We can't possibly miss that.

    Hey there.

    This tree is a superstar. If you look up Morning Hills on the internet,
    this tree shows up in a lot of photos.

    We love drama. ^_^

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Finding Myself in My Home Province - Bohol

    What comes first? Having found yourself in a place? Or having found a place as you find yourself? Is this too much drama for you? ^_^.

    I am just a curious fellow who has a lot of hobbies. I like to go to scenic places but it doesn't have to be Paris. I like artistic things and just about anything pretty and interesting. Most of all I find joy in taking photos of just about anything. As I look at them I look back and reflect on things about myself. I regret. I laugh. I cry. I feel stupid and other times wise. Most of my pictures are from great memories with my family or friends. So here I share to you pictures of my adventures in Bohol.

    Went on a picinic (Panglao, Bohol)

    Sunset (Panglao, Bohol)

    Tourists taking pictures on the viewing deck (Chocolate Hills Carmen, Bohol)

    A view of the chocolate hills from up a mountain (Monte Suerte Carmen, Bohol)

    Bike zipline in CHAP - A great way to enjoy watching the Chocolate Hills (Buenos Aires Carmen, Bohol)

    (Guindulman, Bohol)

    A view of the Camiguin Island (Guindulman, Bohol)