Escape from the City’s Hustle and Bustle
It’s good to be back in the Philippines and what better to do when you are back in your home country than to travel again and I have decided to make one trip within my home province, Bohol. Bohol, as everyone knew, is one of the famous tourist destinations in the Philippines. We have everything you need here.
My family lives in the city and having a trip going to towns and beaches is just hours away. These past few weeks, I was a little bit stressed thus, an escape from the city’s hustle and bustle is the best way for me to rejuvenate and basically, an R&R.
There is this one place that I haven’t gone to yet and it has made a good impression to tourists. Its name has become famous due to its fine and powdery white sandy beaches and take note, I am not talking about Panglao Island. That day, I have decided to go to the town of Anda. I started my journey at 0800H. It should have been early but I woke up late. I arrived in Dao Integrated Bus Terminal at 0845H. Upon entering the terminal, a barker asked me where I’m heading and I told him to Anda so, he escorted me to the van for hire/ public van for PhP130. At exactly 0900H, we left the terminal and the trip started. For about 3 hours, we reached Anda passing through different coastal municipalities such as Baclayon, Alburquerque, Loay, Lila, Dimiao, Valencia, Garcia-Hernandez, Jagna, Duero and Guindulman. But it took a little more than expected since we had a sidetrip to Candijay as far as Barangay Panadtaran since one of the passengers was from there.
First, I got off to the plaza and just beside the plaza is the Anda church. It is a custom for me and my family that when we travel to new lands, the church should be one of the must visit places.
After praying and making wish since it was my first time to visit this church, I went to the waiting shed near the plaza where most habal-habal/ motorcycle for hire drivers were. I asked one of them which is a good place to visit and they told me to try Anda Falls.
After I negotiated the fare going to/from Anda Falls, we headed there for PhP50/ trip. Going there was hard with a very rough road. During rainy season, it is not advisable to visit this place. Even the local drivers won’t take risks.
Passing through wide, wild green plants and trees and very narrow path were the adventures you must encounter just to get to the falls. After 15-20 mins, finally, we reached the falls. It is located in Barangay Casica and that is the reason it is called Casica Falls. You need to pay PhP10 for maintenance and environment fee but it is worth it.
I stayed there for just 20-30 mins, the air was fresh and cool, too but I needed to see the famous beach that everyone is talking about. I hopped in back to the motorcycle I’ve rented and went to the popular so-called Little Boracay in Anda.
Few minutes, I was already in Anda de Boracay White Sand Resort. There is an entrance fee of PhP50 but consumable in their restaurant. They also offer rooms to stay in for the night. They have swimming pools, conference halls, cottages, shower area, and stores.
After I had my lunch and spent my time in the resort, I went out to stroll the beach.
Then, I reached Quinale Beach which is a public beach for free. The beach here was more cleaner compared to that of the resort. Here, I enjoyed sitting and waiting for the time to come for my trip back to the city. You could also set a campsite here or have your tent fixed. I saw one when I was there. Everything was relaxing and perfect.
I could definitely spend one day just bumming in the beach. But I needed to head back to the city because I am waiting for something big to happen within this week. You will know it when I have the confirmation. Stay tune.
The time came for me to say ‘goodbye for now’ to the beach. At 1400H, I walked going to Anda Public Market and waited at the bus stop. Last bus trip going back to the city is 1530H but make sure to be in the bus stop before 1500H to be safe. I arrived in Tagbilaran City at 1730H, it was exhausting but the experience wanted me to go back and stay there for a long time. Soon, I’ll be back in Anda. I don’t know when but for sure I will.
PhP130 – V-Hire fare from Tagbilaran to Anda
PhP100 – Motorcycle roundtrip fare from/to Anda Falls
PhP 10 – Casica Falls Entrance Fee
PhP 80 – Bacon Sandwich for Lunch in Anda de Boracay
PhP 80 – Bus (Ceres) fare from Anda to Tagbilaran