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For a long time, we wanted to explore the eastern part of Bohol. While flying over Bohol, I had seen apparently marvelous white beaches and an interesting landscape, and the stories we have been told by people who had been there were promising: ‘Better than Alona Beach.’ So we decided to go there....

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Joy wrote:
Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:54:54 PHT
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ico wrote:
Friday, 28 November 2008 09:38:51 PHT
Halu! I'm planning to go to Bohol next yr. cguro mga mo. of march 1st week. Paadvise nmn mga how much bahay ng transportation. and kng my mga available vehicle going to beautiful places of Bohol especially paggabi na. Hope to receive info. Thanks in advance
Che wrote:
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 10:18:57 PHT
Hi!gud day!..my family and i are planning to have a vacation in Bohol,and its our first time to have a family vacation..can you help me poh to know your best spots in Bohol?..or send me please an itinerary?..hoping for your reply..pls email me..thanks and God bless!
Pat wrote:
Wednesday, 6 August 2008 23:54:49 PHT
Hi, Are there any good beaches near Anda that are good for picking up shells and especially puka shells. Any help would be appreciated. I plan to visit the Philippines next June.
Jean wrote:
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 01:17:56 PHT
Hi, i'm planning to go to Bohol alone this August..no definite dates but it's gonna be the 3rd week of august or something..i'm hoping to be with someone..but i'd prefer to receive advices on where i should go 1st..& where should i stay that won't cost me much..
Mario Nueva wrote:
Monday, 21 July 2008 13:03:21 PHT
Nangita ko sa akong mga pariente diha sa Anda, Bohol. If anyone knows give me a call 310-834-2780 or email me
Anna wrote:
Thursday, 2 August 2007 17:06:12 PHT
I have made up my mind to go to Bohol on 27-30SEP. I am a beach lover and Boracay has been a big disappointment. I am hoping that Anda would renew my spirit and so am not looking for posh accomodation. I am travelling alone and would appreciate security with the serenity of my surroundings. I have been to the Bituon Resort site but it is in German! Anything for an english-speaking overseas-based, beach-starved Pilipina?
Jonah Lydia Guillena wrote:
Friday, 19 January 2007 19:27:47 PHT
Hi uncle Junior! Nice pose in the pictures, hehe!Yes! I could say, Bituon Beach Resort is such a wonderful resort...I've been there...really...and it did heal the stress I had for that moment.Wonderful beach plus the white sand,awesome boulders of rocks,great service to the guests and mostly, hospitable team to provide the needs....keep up the good work...well,im excited about the diving lessons..........hehe....by d way, this article is great....imagine,it's simple but the impact of its advertisement is very concise and effective....
Raoul Vecina(Vancouver,BC) wrote:
Saturday, 16 December 2006 00:23:50 PHT
Kumusta tanan taga ANda!.......I first explored Anda Bohol way back 1980's right after i got married to a Cebuana whose father comes from Anda. We were living in Cebu then but i always bring my family and my Cebu mountaineering buddies to this nature wonderland. Regular visits to Anda from 1980's until my family migrated to Canada in 1997. If ever you want the real nature experience......visit Anda,Bohol......Raoul Vecina (AirCanada,YVR)
Pearl wrote:
Thursday, 1 June 2006 23:54:38 PHT
I'm from Anda keep me updated those nice scenery in Anda cause I like it.
MT Mays wrote:
Thursday, 20 April 2006 00:17:26 PHT
Hats off to the editor for the articles on this site. Thoughtful and thorough.

The secret to helping Bohol keep its charm while the livelihood of its people is improved does require attracting business, but the greater task will be in educating local government and businesses to create long-term plans that create the future its citizens wish to inhabit. Zoning and pricing access in a way that gives local entrepreneurs an incentive to preserve the natural beauty of Bohol, East-and-West.

One of the miracles of southern Africa - to name an extreme case - is that of Botswana, squeezed between Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe - all troubled countries. Nonetheless, successive governments have heavily promoted (through selective channels) but rationed access to its natural wonders. The result is a country with high-margin, moderate-volume tourism that has replaced diamonds as the new source of sustainable prosperity.

One can not rely upon the luck of finding another 100 Herr Hohmanns, who have a transcendant vision. One must create that vision in Bohol and recruit like-minded partners from home and abroad.

For example, my company would be proud to improve the micro-finance and small-business-finance sector there, to help local entrepreneurs build responsibly, as a local partner and new resident.

More power to you!

Thanks for your comment. Yes, we want to see tourism developed in Bohol in such a way that local entrepeneurs can develop a viable and sustainable source of income from it, without the environmental destruction and social disruption that uncontrolled mass-tourism can bring. It is for this reason that we try to show the beauty of this island to all, including our many local visitors, such that they can appreciate it and start caring for it, and at the same time oppose mega-projects that are beyond the current capacity of the island to take up.--Jeroen.

Jeff wrote:
Friday, 14 April 2006 01:45:53 PHT
Nice little comments, but the surest way to destroy the preternatural beauty of an area is to publicize it. I suggest letting others find out about these area all by themselves and on their own--otherwise the foreigners will probably try to lease up the lands and then there goes the neighborhood and here comes the pollution.

There are even faster ways to destroy natural beauty: lack of interest, indifference, and lack of means to something about it. This website tries what it can to awaken interest in what we have, encourage a responsible way of dealing with it, stir up some pride, and tries to bring some development of the place. BTW, the email address you use translates to Uncle Greedy, which is not a flattering nickname in the Philippines, I hope you are aware of that.--Jeroen.

Drol wrote:
Saturday, 8 April 2006 10:09:51 PHT
In my entire life I have never read any articles that pick Eastern Bohol as the focus of interest, until I came across with this site and happened to browse this page. I must say that tackling such topics as Exploring Eastern Bohol is a promising catalyst that will trigger the interest of the readers and travellers alike to experience the unique beauty and quietude these not-yet-well-known tourist destinations in the eastern part can offer. This article promotes this part of the province in a significantly higher level and with a greater impact provided that it is published or posted on the internet. This also gives opportunity to make the other side of the province be known to many with its uniquely secluded and serene beauty. These areas are not yet well-developed and some are not even developed and privatized, thus some people's intention of going there to connect with nature and find inner peace will surely be attained. Since most of the beaches remain unscathed, that is, no cottages yet, it is my hope that curious tourists will not expect too much as to the accomodation and food. There is only one thing that I fear, though, upon posting this article on the internet. I would rather prefer these beaches to remain as is despite the surging number of tourists visiting so as to preserve the essence of these pieces of nature to our lives: give us a place in this chaotic world to ponder and contemplate with nature. I fear the reality that privatizing these beaches would somewhat deteriorate this important role of nature to us. To the webmaster who is good enough to touch this topic, more power to you, sir!
Phoebe wrote:
Thursday, 23 February 2006 20:23:43 PHT
about BOHOL... survey of the tourism resources in terms of: a. cultural b. activity c. services d. event Problems in the destination of bohol: a. community b. business c. local goverment
Ronie Mane wrote:
Thursday, 12 January 2006 09:24:28 PHT
I,ve there and I really love the places I visited. I also recommend visiting a new and the only photographic museum in bohol; The Holy Name University Photographic Museum. It's in the heart of Tagbilaran City, just beside BQ Mall. A small yet elegant museum.
Shakil wrote:
Friday, 25 November 2005 23:36:28 PHT
Hi - surely looks interesting. I plan to be there around the first 2 weeks of Jan 2006. Can some one suggest the "must-see" places. I love nature actually, and preferably some peace and quite.
Virginia Kelly(bernil) wrote:
Thursday, 22 September 2005 04:16:30 PHT
I can without doubt recommened Anda's Dap-Dap beach resort, if you want peace and quite its the place to go. Bas daku beach is out of this world with its soft white coral sand and shallow bay make it ideal for families and friends.Dont forget the inland pool inside the caves called kateres just off the road leading to Dap-Dap beach rich in minerals(good for the skin)my husband loves it there in Anda so much we have bought our land in Candabong, ROLL ON RETIREMENT
Lyn wrote:
Wednesday, 29 June 2005 06:08:01 PHT
Aunte mao ni ako email mrslloim@yahoo.com. thanks
Lyn wrote:
Wednesday, 29 June 2005 05:23:26 PHT
Hallo aunte Linda im just found and read ur message today,and reply it right away,maybe u can comeback and read my messg,can u gave it to cousin wylma my email add and im like to send her photos,im remember she cut my her during her stay in tx, my hubby cut my long hair, that good coz im think im on style now, and i do color my hair too, im got hire and gonna start working again and now its full time,im got recently recieve id renewal work permit,im gonna make myself busy working ,make and build new friends, in that way im not to much homesick.ok untill here later,regards to all.
Lyn wrote:
Wednesday, 29 June 2005 05:05:15 PHT
Hello aunte Linda, im so happy to hear from u in the net, im read ur message ,before im visit www.boholtimes.com to find my cousin there, anyways im so happy from you, im not visit this page because every time i see the anda church it make me cry and homesick because i miss cousin jojo, familys and friends,if i have my own kids someday im not much homesick,but of course there no place like home,anyways im so greatful and happy content in my marriage we love each other,im thankful to all friends and family who help me to find my man,untill here bec im gonna call mama to let her know im found her sist in the net, im luv ya ,may the above bless all his children always. PS i do visit www.pinoy-radio.com listening music.
Daniel Tutor wrote:
Monday, 27 June 2005 20:42:37 PHT
Hi Jeroen! thanks featuring Bohol... Friends that is true Bohol is like a paradise here you can experience the best nature. i am native boholano born in the beautiful place of candijay in barangay Boyo an. Friends when you return bohol visit also our place in Candijay and explore the defferent eco toursim destination like the Candijay Mangrove Adventure Tour in baranggay panadtaran where you can see the 32 species of true mangroves and know each purpose and uses ; try to walk along the mangove trail(board walk)and observe the life of animals on the mangrove ecosystem;learn sometheing about aquqsilvi culture, a management tool to attain balance between conservation and economic goal: dive and paddle at the Cabidian river and taste the local couisine like crabs, prawn,takla , manla,agokoy and other special dishes prepared by the PAMAS people ... FYI: the movie Panday of jericho Rosales and Heart Evanghelista will be taken there this july 2005. Hope to see you there... we have also other beautiful tourist atraction like the Leadway Mountain Resort, water falls of Can-umantad Cadapdapan ,overlooking good for dry picnic of panas view Peak and swim at Kawasihan islet beach resort of cogtong bay. hope to see you in Candijay.... I LOVE Bohol...
Joderica Marie Tutor Apor wrote:
Monday, 27 June 2005 18:24:45 PHT
Hi! Jeroen, thank you for featuring Bohol. I've been experience overnight in Anda Bohol with my father Adam, momy Josie, and brod Jhoric we stay at Coco White Beach and we are exploring the sea shore white sand of Anda taking a rubber boat and we passed by the historical Lamanoc island then we proceed to the part of Candijay the Cogtong bay which diverse of true mangrove species and we visit my parents fishpond in Boyo an Candijay named KA MODING place of KUBKUB. My experience is so great I enjoyed much. I promise my self to return there! if you are looking for properties for sale, rent in affordable price just visit www.boholrealities.com ...visit us and discover more about Bohol.
Julie Barcelona wrote:
Thursday, 5 May 2005 04:32:33 PHT
My best experience in Bohol was the Boholanons sense of pride of their island. I have never met such beautiful, hospitable, and intellegent souls and minds wrap into one island in my life in the five continents of the world that I've been to. The only group of people that come close the Boholanons in these terms, I guess, are the Ivatans of Batanes Island, northern Philippines. I love both islands and the people so much that I could very well consider life after 50s in either, or perhaps both islands, someday.
Werner Moeller wrote:
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 11:34:09 PHT
Dear Jeroen, I found your article about Eastern Bohol and got some new information. About the resort you stayed, Bituon Beach, you did not mention, may be not know, that they are closed to bypassers, that is if you did not book a package in Germany you are not welcome. Probably they made an exception to you. It lookslike you did not find our resort, Flower-Beach, in Barangay Virgen, Anda, about 5 km from Bituon, opened about 2 years ago on a beautiful quiet white beach, offering high standard rooms, restaurant and now also a fully equipped dive center. Best regards, Werner

Thanks for the information on your resort. Yes, I am aware that Bituon normally only accepts visitors on pre-booked arrangements, and made an exception for us staying for a couple of days. Also, as I mention, they are strongly oriented to German speaking guests. At that time, there were only two facilities near Anda. Now there are more, and if we find time, we may come again, and also visit some other resorts.--Jeroen.

Richard and Irene Van Raay wrote:
Tuesday, 15 February 2005 18:58:46 PHT
Hi Jeroen, We found your article on Anda very interesting as we have been thinking of setting up a small resort similar to the German resort there. We visited last year and will be there again in May. We want to find a reasonably priced block to start a scuba resort for Australians and others. Could you tell us more about the government blocks you mentioned? We heard that a small resort there that was not complete just sold. My wife is originally from Guindulman. If anyone knows of any likely properties they could contact us it would be appreciated. We will see you all in Bohol in May

Regards

Richard and Irene (Granada) Van Raay

Erlinda Jandayan Climaco wrote:
Tuesday, 8 February 2005 06:54:47 PHT
Mabuhay!!! I was exploring the intenet with my daughter, searching for family relatives with the anme 'Climaco', and I was amazed to see that I have many out there. I am from Cogton in Bohol. It's my home and this summer 2005 I will be going home with my two children who have not been in 12 years, so I will amke sure they will enjoy the beautiful sites of my home land. I am living in London with my family, we planned to go Thailand this year, but hopefully next year, as my children's father is from Thailand. To everyone who is planning to go to Philippines, GO TO BOHOL..im sure u will enjoy the beautiful sites such as Chocolate hills and the smallest monkies in the world, but also the hospitality of the people. I love my Cogton!!! Thanks for reading, God Bless you all! - Erlinda Jandayan Climaco
Moisel ybanez Bernales wrote:
Tuesday, 1 February 2005 15:40:25 PHT
You know my friends, there are lots of good beaches in the east of bohol, not only duero, candijay, anda etc. You know, try to visit mabini-- places like marcelo, tambo and baybayon-where caves and seas were enchanting to one's eye. Not only that, Lumislis Island- overlooking minol and cawayanan is best picnic place. You can see there sea turtle laying their eggs under the white sand! O what your waiting for?? visit na sa Mabini!!!!!
Eli Licayan wrote:
Sunday, 30 January 2005 21:49:48 PHT
Anybody going to Anda should pass by Bunhayag Peak, in Canhaway, Guindulman. On the highest point, one can have a grand vista of the panoramic view of Guindulman Bay, the Anda Peninsula, the Cogtong Bay, the silhouette of the Camiguin Island, the Valley that runs from Guindulman Bay to Cogtong Bay. It's really grand! Just ask the owners of Bituon Beach Resort - they bought a piece of land there where a hotel will be constructed(according to the residents of Bunhayag). Just inquire at the Guindulman Municipal Hall. It's a 5-10 minute ride from the public market to Bunhayag. I was there in 2003 and decided to buy a piece of land where I can build a vacation dream house.
Charmaine Abenoja wrote:
Wednesday, 13 October 2004 02:13:33 PHT
Hello! I, along with 2 other friends, will go to Bohol this weekend (Oct 16-19). I read so much about Panglao and of course the usual Choco Hills, etc. But what we really like to do is to explore the least known places. I read somewhere that Camiguin Island is just 45mins away from Anda. Can someone from Anda/Bohol verify this PLEASE?! Next question is, if that's true then how can we get there? Wots the best way from Anda to Camiguin? Thank you very much! - Charmaine
Richard Era wrote:
Saturday, 3 July 2004 15:40:25 PHT
I would say that Bohol is a very nice place to visit. You can see a lot of beauty spots there. It's been 5 years since i left my hometown DUERO.
Lyn wrote:
Tuesday, 2 December 2003 21:49:33 PHT
Yes indeed Kawasihan beach is beautiful! I was born and grow up there in Cogton my mom is Bol anon and born in Cogton, my father is from Mindanao. Kawasihan is really a unique beach but be sure to bring water shoes because there are some sea orchins. By the way your my relatives too because my root is from Cimagala family, Jayoma, Nituda, Gultia and Jandayan.
Morris Cimagala wrote:
Friday, 14 November 2003 13:55:01 PHT
I enjoyed reading your narrative about Bituon Beach Resort in Anda. We certainly don't lack of gems of tourist destinations in Bohol although some of them are still underpromoted. When you flew over the Anda peninsula, it was possible you could have noticed a strip of sand bar nearby. This is Kawasihan, which is part of nearby Candijay, more specifically, Barangay Cogtong. I had the opportunity to visit the place, by way of a group picnic, when I was still a child and it was one of my most unforgettable experiences. I suggest you contact the Mayor of Candijay if you're interested to explore this place. More power to you! Bohol needs people like you who are a big help in promoting its tourist potential.
Vikki wrote:
Monday, 10 November 2003 22:52:23 PHT
Thank you for featuring Anda in your website.

Long time ago when I was in high school and even when I was in college in the mid 80's and early 90's, Bohol was inexistent to the minds of the people living in Manila or to anyone not very familiar with the history of our country. Whenever they asked me where my province is and I proudly say Bohol, they would always say "Saan Yun?" (where is that?) and it would always annoy me and hurt me a little thinking how they look down on my province when in fact it is heaven for us coming from that side of the Philippines. I would always say "malapit sa Cebu" (near Cebu) just to give them the visual location of my province and they would say "Okay." uninterested. Then suddenly in late 90's when Cesar Montano ( the actor) kept mentioning about his province ( Bohol-that is) people started to take notice. Now, Bohol is the talk of the town and it makes me laugh sometimes. Anda is like a hidden treasure. some of the people coming from other towns in Bohol do not know where Anda is, would you believe? ridiculous as it may seem but it is true. they think Anda is like far far away land in the east.. and IT is.. I love going home every summer and sitting on the right side of the bus in the early morning where I can see the sun rising and the smell of the sea against my nose.. So liberating. So very much a part of my childhood, my person. There are lots of things I can say about how I feel about my home province . Even if I just stayed there for the first 14 years of my life. I would always long and look forward to summer because it is the time of the year to go back to Bohol..after all, Bohol is where the heart is. salamat doro.

Isay wrote:
Monday, 13 October 2003 21:46:12 PHT
Thank you very much for featuring my beloved town!!! I'm lucky to come from Anda, where weekends (and lunches) are usually spent on the beach. And mornings begin with a stroll -- beachcombing and getting the complimentary catch of the day from the fishermen... I'm not quite sure yet how to feel about the world discovering my quaint little town, (summers usually bring busloads of visitors from as far as townsfolk of the Chocolate hills), but hopefully, it will redound to the benefit of the villagers. Thanks again and keep up the good work.
Rey Anthony Chiu wrote:
Saturday, 13 September 2003 20:49:42 PHT
Another must-see is the historical and archaeological sites declared by the National Museum. The cliff burial grounds and the carved wooden coffins, the flattened skulls and the centuries old mandibles piled in the caves overlooking the seething seas of a steep cliff tells of a history earlier than that of the Tagbilaran. and have I told you of the hematites....?
Nonoy wrote:
Friday, 18 July 2003 23:01:49 PHT
I'm from the Eastern Visayas but I've never been to Bohol. I love travelling and I'm planning to visit Bohol next year, most likely visit Anda's beautiful beaches. I prefer backpacking and staying on budget accomodation. Can anyone give me an idea on how much accomodation costs in Anda? Also,if there be new accomodation establishments there, please let me know. I'm attending a university in Japan and my friends are likely to go with me on a backpacking trip to Bohol and East Visayas. I'd like to make friends with people interested about traveling to Bohol and anyone who is willing to share to me about Bohol and other places in the Visayas. Thanks. apscalbtokyo3@yahoo.co.jp
Rito Ruiz wrote:
Friday, 23 May 2003 23:43:01 PHT
I'm from Bohol and I have never been to Anda before. I'm amazed after seeing your photos of the scenic beauty of the place. You bet the next time I'll be in Bohol, I'll visit the beautiful and peaceful Anda. Thanks for showing Anda's hidden beauty.
Terry wrote:
Friday, 16 May 2003 07:26:53 PHT
Wonderful! Beautiful pictures, nothing can compare. But we need to explore more into the hinterlands and you will see unspoilt beauty, and you will discover that a British and a German are already there before you, building their houses on the hillsides where they plan to retire in the future, and maybe, just maybe, open their place or the whole area for tourists of their nationality someday.
Bolanon wrote:
Sunday, 4 May 2003 18:35:57 PHT
The coast of Anda facing the bay with Guindulman can be quite rough at times with waves reaching as high as a few meters. I wonder if anybody has yet to discover the surfing capability of the Anda sea.
Albert wrote:
Thursday, 1 May 2003 22:28:20 PHT
Whenever I'm on vacation to the Philippines, I always go to Bohol & my stay is always an enjoyable experience. The Beaches shown on the pictures are very interesting. Thanks for your effort & in spreading the good news. Will be visiting Bohol again.
Annthonia R. Prossi wrote:
Sunday, 23 February 2003 22:05:48 PHT
Hello, Anda is an idyllic little piece of paradise. I spent my childhood summers there and nothing much has changed since my last visit in '97 - folks are warm and gentle, beaches so pristine you could turn rocks under and find a cluster of seashells. Thank you for writing about my mother's birthplace.

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