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Anda is a town and resort on the eastern shore of Bohol (Anda on the map). Legally and in fact, the Anda consists of 16 villages (barangays), located on the small anda Peninsula and stretched along the coast for more than 10 kilometers, and in this guide the resort is considered taking into account all the villages included in it.
Anda is a developing resort that few people know about yet, and most tourists vacationing in Bohol have not even heard of this place. Meanwhile, this is a very worthy and interesting place to visit with the best beaches in all of Bohol (not counting the beaches of Panglao, of course). The peninsula on which the resort is located is mountainous, and there are many caves in these mountains, some of which are open to the public and are tourist attractions.
There are hotels, comfortable resorts with their own territory, and even some tourist activities, but in general you need to understand that this is a poorly developed resort-village. If you prefer to be in the center of events and at least some tourist traffic, then in the Andes you will be bored, and it is better in this case to choose as the main place of rest Alona Beach, and here you can come to relax for a few days.
Beaches Of The Andes
The beaches of the Andes are not without reason considered the best in Bohol. They are all Sandy, with fine white sand, and almost all publicly accessible. As elsewhere in Bohol, the tides are strongly affected, the water goes 100-200 meters from the shore. There are some algae under the water, but the beaches are mostly clean, they are cleaned. There is no water Entertainment.
In the Russian travel blogger space, there is a misconception that the tides depend on the time of day. In fact, this is not so, and it is never possible to say unequivocally, for example, that at a particular resort there are tides in the morning and ebbs in the evenings. To determine the level of tides in the Andes (Bohol), special calculation algorithms based on statistical data are used.
The main and longest beach in anda is Kinal Beach (Quinale Beach, aka Anda White Long Beach). It is located in the very center of the city, stretches for about a kilometer, and then after a small rocky area continues for another kilometer.
In addition to the main one, there are a dozen other small beaches with a length of several tens to hundreds of meters. You will have to get to them by rented transport or hire a tricycle/motorcycle taxi. Here are the beaches that can be accessed without hindrance: Talisay Beach, White Beach, Bituon Beach, Dapdap Beach, Bugnao C E Beach, Lara Beach or Bonbon Beach. The roads to the rest of the beaches are partially blocked by resorts, and to rest on them, it is best to settle in hotels on these beaches.
Infrastructure in the Andes
The tourist infrastructure in the Andes is just beginning to develop, and until recently there was not even an ATM. Today (in 2023) in the city there are already two ATMs, a bank branch and a currency exchange. Nevertheless, it is best to come here with already changed currency. The only cash exchange is in the Center (downtown is called Poblacion) in the Anda Market building, but the exchange rate is unfavorable, at least much worse than in Alona Beach, Tagbilaran and Cebu City. If you need to withdraw money from an ATM, they give out 10,000 pesos for one operation, and each time they keep 250 pesos of commission (see Philippine currency and exchange rate) in addition to your bank's fees. It is impossible to pay with a bank card anywhere in the city.USD,
Mobile internet and WiFi in hotels here is very bad, works with constant interruptions and is slow. Sometimes it disappears altogether for several hours and even days due to bad weather. Electricity also sometimes goes out during bad weather.
In the city center on the reverse side of the Anda Market there is a food court Anda Food Center, where you can eat relatively cheap, but not very clean and not at all tasty. Also on the Main Street near the center there are two inexpensive kiosks-hamburger, Jepoy's Pizza near the market (not recommended), Cafe Coco Loco in the alley on the way to the beach, and this is where all the points of inexpensive catering are exhausted. Yes, oddly enough, in the Andes there is no abundance of inexpensive cafes for locals, as in other cities and resorts in the Philippines. If you do not like the food in these places, you can eat in restaurants at hotels, but the prices there are quite high by the standards of the Philippines. For example, for reference, in a restaurant at the cheapest hangover Guest House, scrambled eggs for breakfast cost 180 pesos (USD).
Anda has a Tourist Information Office, Anda Tourist Information Center, located near the center on the beach (Information Center of Andes on the map). There you can take a useful free map of the peninsula with marked attractions, ask about interesting sights and infrastructure, although they answer questions there with great difficulty.
Hotels in Andes where to stay
Hotels in anda with equal quality in comparison with other popular places in the Philippines are quite expensive. There are very few budget options, there are only a few hostels at all, and the bed here stands as a full-fledged room at other resorts. It is better to book accommodation in advance, but if you are traveling on a budget and need to find something inexpensive on the spot, you can try The Hangover guest house in the center on the way to the beach. A tiny room without air conditioning and windows costs 499 pesos, and this is the lowest price in the city.
As for the place to choose a hotel, the entire Anda town, along with its villages, stretches for more than 10 kilometers along the coast, and hotels are also found throughout this length. Some expensive hotels and resorts with their own territory have their own beaches, but are far from the center. Look for the most budget options closer to the city center, so that at the same time you can quickly get to inexpensive cafes and shops centered around Anda Market.
You can find and book accommodation in anda on these sites, or through the search form from Agoda:
- 🛌 Search for hotels in Andes on Trip.com (💥 our choice)
- 🛌 Search for hotels in Andes on Hotellook.com
- 🛌 Search for hotels on Ostrovok.ru
Map of the Andes with hotels, attractions, transport
You can download ⤓ points of interest, important transport points (bus stations, airports, etc.), districts and beaches from our map in KMZ/KML format. These files can be downloaded to the navigator or smartphone for use with offline or online Google Maps applications, Organic Maps and others that support this format, and use them to navigate and explore resorts.
Weather in the Andes, tourist seasons
As on the whole island of Bohol, you can relax in the resort of Anda all year round, and here the low and high tourist season also stands out.
- The high tourist season runs from January to May. This is a dry season with moderately high temperatures. There is little rain, the sun almost always shines, and the temperature is not too hot, within 28°C. Ideal months are April-May.
- The low tourist season runs from June to December. This is the wet season or rainy season, when it rains often, high clouds, it is very hot up to 40°C. In fact, at this time you can also relax, there is just a chance that the rest will be spoiled by prolonged rains and clouds. On the other hand, the weather in the rainy season changes rapidly and there can be both bright sunshine and torrential rains in a single day.
The best time to observe Dolphins and whales is from March to June.
Several times a year, mainly in the low season from June to December, tropical storms form in the Philippines, which sometimes turn into destructive typhoons. They mostly pass through the northern part of the country, only partially affecting Bohol and the Andes. But at this time, the weather deteriorates greatly, and they can completely suspend sea traffic, sometimes aircraft flights are canceled. Keep this in mind when vacationing, and if your airport of departure home is in Cebu or Manila, it is better in low season 1-2 days before departure to move there, so as not to be cut off in Bohol.
Seasons in the Andes by month, when is the best time to go
* best time to visit;
acceptable time to visit;
not recommended time to visit
Current Andean weather and forecast
- 29 Сен0:00+28°C5м/сВлаж. 82%
- 29 Сен9:00+27°C2м/сВлаж. 87%
- 29 Сен18:00+26°C3м/сВлаж. 89%
- 30 Сен3:00+29°C6м/сВлаж. 77%
- 30 Сен12:00+26°C5м/сВлаж. 90%
- 30 Сен21:00+26°C6м/сВлаж. 89%
- 01 Окт6:00+30°C7м/сВлаж. 72%
- 01 Окт15:00+26°C5м/сВлаж. 88%
- 02 Окт0:00+28°C5м/сВлаж. 81%
- 02 Окт9:00+28°C3м/сВлаж. 84%
- 02 Окт18:00+26°C3м/сВлаж. 87%
- 03 Окт3:00+30°C6м/сВлаж. 69%
* - прогноз указан по местному времени. Данные получены с https://openweathermap.org. Если отображаются устаревшие даты, обновите страницу с помощью F5+Ctrl.
How to get to andu
Anda is located on the eastern shore of Bohol, 100 kilometers from Tagbilaran and the main seaport Tagbilaran Ferry Terminal, and 110 from Alona Beach and the airport (anda on the map). They get here through one of the seaports of Bohol, or through the new Panglao International Airport. The nearest most convenient airport for arrivals from Russia and other countries is Cebu-Mactan airport. See more information, how to get to Bohol here...
And here are brief instructions on directions:
How to get from Tagbilaran and Tagbilaran port to andu
Upon arrival at the Port of Tagbilaran, take a tricycle, jeepney or taxi to The Dao Integrated Bus Terminal. From here, during the day, large buses leave for andu, the journey is 3 hours, the cost is 100 pesos.
- Tagbilaran to andu: 05:20, 07:20, 08:50, 10:20, 11:30 , 12:45, 15:00, 16:30 and 18:00.
- Andes to Tagbilaran: 04:45, 05:50, 06:45, 08:40, 10:40, 12:20, 13:40, 15:00, 16:30.
In addition to large buses, there are also passenger minibuses (V-hire). Cost 130 pesos, depart from Tagbilaran from 09:00 to 18:00 every hour.
If you do not get to the recovery time of any of the direct buses, and do not want to wait, then you can take the bus to Ubay (Ubay) via Jagna (Jagna), and get off at the turn in Guindulman (tell the driver that you are in andu, you will be dropped off at the right place). From this turn to the city center is 13 kilometers, which can be overcome by passing transport or wait for very rare mini-jeepneys.
How to get from Alona Beach / Pangldao to andu
From Alona by bus for 50 pesos, or jeepney for 20 get to the Bus Terminal Dao Integrated Bus Terminal, and then follow the instructions as above.
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Transport in the Andes, what to move
The Anda town itself is very tiny, it is easy to get around it all on foot. But together with all the villages belonging to it, it stretches for more than 10 kilometers along the coast and the Anda Provincial Road.
There is no public transport here, it is replaced by tricycles and motorcycle taxis (Habal-Habal), which are used as taxis or minibuses. But unlike large cities and popular resorts, where this type of transport is found at every turn, here it will have to be looked for. Therefore, if you need not just to drive along the main road, but to go to the sights, it is better to immediately agree on a trip in both directions with waiting, or hire transport on time.
Here you can rent a low-power scooter (Motobike) or a bicycle, but the prices are high by Philippine Standards. For Motobike ask 500 pesos/day (USD, but you can bargain for 400/day. A good mountain bike can be rented for 300 pesos. Rental is in front of the market near the pizzeria Jepoy's Pizza and on the main road near the church Anda Parish Church.
But there is another option: inexpensively you can rent a motorcycle at the pier in Tagbilaran immediately upon arrival or at the resort of Alona Beach, and from there you can come yourself. They ask from 500 pesos per day, but really bargain up to 350 pesos (the price of 2023).
Attractions and activities in the Andes, things to do
The Andes Peninsula is filled with various interesting natural formations, and is especially known for its calling card – a lot of karst caves with natural swimming pools. In addition to the caves, you should definitely visit the island of Lamanok (Lamanok Island). In addition, other attractions are scattered around the peninsula, which objectively are not worth visiting, unless you look at them on the way for a minute or two. This, for example, an ancient ballet Tree, a hundred-year-old acacia, a coastal Hill, etc. You can get a free map at the Tourist Information Center, where all these places are marked, and they also have signs on the road.
When you see all the local attractions, you can go to interesting places in the center of Bohol. Of course, be sure to visit the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, drive along the main tourist route, the highest waterfall Canumantad. There are no inexpensive group excursions here, so you will either have to rent a motorcycle or hire a driver with a car. Read more about all the sights of Bohol with indication of opening hours, costs and ways to get to them here...
There are not a lot of tourist activities in the Andes, but there are enough classes for a few days of stay. In addition to visiting the caves and the island of Lamanoc in the Andes, you can go diving, snorkeling, riding in the mountains on quad bikes, watching or participating in one of the annual festivals, and of course endlessly relax on the beaches.
There are at least 9 dive sites in the Andes, and many diving centers. Diving centers are both in the center on the beach of Kinal Beach (Quinale Beach), and work on separate beaches at resort hotels. Prices start at 1,200 pesos for a dive near the shore, and 2,000 from a boat at popular sites. Snorkeling can be done on any beach, or drive to the Linawan Marine Sanctuary, where the underwater world is protected and not damaged by human actions.
Here are the festivals and their dates:
- Dujanon Festtival-3rd Monday of January.
- Miss Anda Search (local beauty contest) - March 10-12.
- Barrion Fiesta-April 30-May 15.
- Santacruzan-last Sunday in May.
- San Agustin Fiesta is the last Sunday in August.
- Semanta Santa sa Ands-holy week before Easter.
- Kasadya sa And-Christmas holidays, take place almost all of December.
As for evening entertainment, then their variety is not very rich. In the evening, you can dine in the popular tourist Quinale Beach Bar, where the tables are set directly on the sand. Another point of concentration of tourists is The Hangover Restobar bar, which is located in the alley on the way to the beach. In the evenings, almost all Europeans living and vacationing in the Andes gather here. The owner of this institution is German, so the menu and drinks are appropriate: a lot of meat and draft beer at 75 pesos per mug. But if you find yourself in the Andes on a Friday or Saturday, you can catch a party thrown at the Quinale Beach Bar on the beach, or at the Zenith Resto Bar & Inn in the center.
And now a little more about the most important sights in the Andes, and how to visit them:
Center Of The Andes / Poblacion
The city has several architectural and cultural attractions that you can not miss. You can get around them all on foot while walking around the city. These are Santo Niño de Anda Parish Church, Holy Infant Parish, Black Nazarene shrine, veteran's Landmark. They are not of particular interest, but since there is nothing else in the center, it remains to visit only these places.
🕐 Working hours: around the clock, during the day.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.
🚶 How to get there: you can get around on foot.
Caves Of The Andes
In total, there are more than 20 explored and accessible caves in the mountains on the peninsula. Some of them are paid and conditionally equipped, some are completely wild and need to be visited only with a guide and appropriate equipment. Caves filled with the purest water stand out. You can swim in them, but the water is cool. The most popular and easily accessible to visit: Cabagnow Cave, Combento Cave, Cateres Cave.
🕐 Working hours: during daytime.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: entrance to the caves for swimming is paid, 30 or 50 pesos.
🚶 How to get there: some of the caves are located along the beaches, and some further in the mountains, where you have to get on a bad dirt road. We noted the position of the most interesting caves on our map of the Andes.
In fact, this is not an island, but a peninsula, but since you can only get there by boat, it was customary to call this place an island. This is the main attraction in the Andes, just a must-visit. But whether it is worth visiting from Alona Beach and Tagbilaran, the answer is ambiguous.
There are several caves, the most interesting of which are the cave of an ancient man and the cave of shamans. In the first cave paintings were found, and the latter has long been used and is used today by local shamans. Visiting the island is carried out only with a guide who will guide you along the route through all the caves, and tell you about their features and what they were used for. Here you will see mangroves. Learn more about Lamanoc island here...
🕐 Working hours: from 08:00 to 15:00, seven days a week.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: 300 pesos (USD), which includes access to the island, boat and guide. Additionally tip the guide 50-200 pesos more at will.
🚶 How to get there: Lamanoc island is on the Andes Peninsula (Lamanok on the map), the nearest resort is the Anda town, 8 kilometers away. It is visited only with guides, which are provided when paying for the entrance. After payment, you will walk along a wooden bridge to the pier of rowing boats, where you will be put on a boat and taken to Lamanok Island, and further along the island you will walk along the route, which will take 1-2 hours.