Going Beyond Panglao Island #ITSMOREFUNINTHEPHILIPPINES
Bohol, Philippines; home to the infamous Chocolate Hills, Panglao Island, & those cute, yoda -inspired little Tasiers.
If you care to venture out a little more, you'll come to find a hidden gem of the island; Anda! Below is your very own 2020 guide to this emerging hotspot; from how to get there, where to stay, what to eat & see.
*From Cebu you can catch the ferry using Supercat or Ocean Jet Fast Craft for around 1,000 pesos which usually takes around 90 minutes.
After landing, we found a taxi for 600 pesos to take us 45 minutes to Dao Bus Terminal.
Your options once you arrive are either to take the yellow, open air bus that costs 106 pesos, an air conditioned van that costs anywhere from 130-150 pesos or a private car that's around 3,000 pesos. We took the bus there which took about 2.5 hours and the van back, & it was around 2 hours.
We stayed at Coral Cottages & we cannot wait to go back. It was beyond our expectations. If you're looking for a beachfront view, private beach, FREE access to snorkeling gear, & a enchanting getaway; this place is calling YOUR name.
In fact, this place is such a hidden gem it's not even on google maps!
With that being said, your land mark & queue to get off the bus (if you're taking the bus) will be a stage with a Sponge Bob painted on the side of it, (yes a Sponge Bob!).
Our host Phem was so inviting from the second we stepped onto the charming grounds of Coral Cottages. The whole team was so friendly & ready to help whenever we needed.
We even got to cook our very first meal using their outdoor kitchen & also tasted our very first grilled banana on a stick. Talk about scrumptious! (not sure why I'm always running into situations with bananas...you'll get my gesture if you've watched some of our vlogs!)
If you don't plan to do much but relax on your bum, occasionally going out for dinner a tri will be your best bet & can cost anywhere from 10php- 100php depending on where you plan to go.
Habal-Habal (motor-bike) is very cost efficient as well & allows for you to have more freedom/flexibility. This is the route we took & we rented through Jodee Scooter Rental & Tours. They were super approachable & gave us a great deal as we were renting for 4 days. We highly recommend them!
1. Combento- this cave pool is located 100 meters from Coral Cottages & the entrance fee is 50 pesos per person. This pool is truly a cave as it's 100% covered. The water is crystal clear!
2. Cabagnaw- this cave pool is located near the center of town, & is donation only. Unfortunately, when we went it was closed due to having no 'permit'. It was however very picturesque!
3. Tibaw- a 5 minute walk from Cabagnaw's, it costs 50 pesos per person & you can actually enjoy the beautiful turquoise water.
1. Talisay Beach- this is our first recommendation because NOBODY WAS THERE. We had the whole beach to ourselves. Known as a 'naked beach' because there are no restaurants or businesses in sight. It is almost untouched. Pristine water & picturesque coconuts. Very 'social media' worthy!
2. Quinale Beach- if you're looking to grab a couple drinks or something to eat while enjoying the sunset this one's for you. Right on the beach is the famous "Quinale Beach Bar" that offers a plethora of drinks & plates.
3. Bitoon Beach- 3 minute walk from Coral Cottages a cute & quiet beach awaits equipped with FREE rafts for you to float on.
4. Coral Cottages private beach- of course we spent a lot of time here & thoroughly enjoyed the FREE use of the snorkeling gear that was provided. Swim far enough out & you might even see one of these guys, like we did!
2. Save $$$ & head to Anda's Market to cook your own food at Coral Cottage's open kitchen.
3. J&R Hotel & Restaurant also has some great options in a quaint atmosphere.