We started our honeymoon here and stayed for 8 days followed by 4 days at Eskaya resort on Panglao. Our plan was to go to a reasonably priced resort first and then finish in a very fancy one for the end of our trip and my husband's 30th birthday.
We had a lovely time in Anda and would recommend it as a relaxing get away from city life. Of the two places we stayed, Anda was actually the most relaxing as the staff while being very diligent and helpful were still laid back and friendly.
We generally spent our days reading by the pool or beach, going kayaking, snorkelling and swimming. There is no night life, other than dinner but this was exactly what we wanted.
We found the location breathtakingly beautiful - untouched white sand beach, warm clear water to swim in the sea and of course the wonderful hot sunny weather. Having left from a wintery Europe, it felt even more special.
As the other reviewers have mentioned this is a 3 star standard resort and is amazingly good value for the standard of service that is offered. It is very clean, the staff are all friendly with excellent English especially the waiting staff. The food is good for the price, quite simple home cooked dishes. We opted mainly for the Filipino dishes as we found these to be the best on the menu.
Some general advice to travellers like us who had never been to Bohol or indeed the Phillipines before. Plan carefully what you bring with you. We had packed in a hurry and had thought that there were lots of toiletries, snacks, etc that we would be able to buy in a local shop. However, once you get to Bohol, we found that we were totally reliant on the resorts we stayed at - food, travel everything. There are local shops about a km walk away but they are rural village shops, nothing like the west, with a tiny selection of goods. We had hoped that we could buy some things like large bottles of sun lotion, conditioner etc and none of these were available. They didn't have fridges in them, so no fresh items or items like cheese, chocolate, bread, fruit or vegetables either.
Anyway, it did not matter too much at Anda as the food was very reasonably priced and good.
Some other tips would be, take advantage of the in house services like manicures and massages, these are done by local people and again and were a nice way to spend the day.
We would probably advise against doing the inland tour as it effectively means you are stuck in a taxi for almost a day and the tour is very prescriptive. The chocolate hills are impressive, but where you are taken is one outpost set of steps where you walk up and down and then are driven away. In hindsight, we would have been better, just asking our taxi driver to or from the resort to do a little detour to drive through them and stop at a few points. Also, the river tour we wished we hadn't taken as it involved a very crowded ferry with a terrible buffet (the food was really old and dirty looking) Most of the time is spent on the meal. Then a karaoke style singer man arrives and does covers of songs. Finally the boat moved off but only went up river for 10 minutes and stopped at a strange and sad place which was sign posted on plastic trees as being the Ati tribe island. It was clear it was not as everyone mainly very tiny children were dressed up in grass skirts and were effectively being made to beg from everyone by carrying around bound up lizards and presenting them to people and asking for donations. We felt really uncomfortable.
The tarsier park was ok and it was good to see the cute creatures,however as they are nocturnal, you feel bad for them on display trying to sleep with crowds of people taking pictures.
Definitely avoid the snake visit. This was the saddest place, with lots of caged depressed animals in tiny cages. I really hope this place gets shut down for the sake of the poor creatures.
The butterfly park however was great. Knowledgable staff, nicely run and the butterflies were beautiful.
I think there were some local caves which would probably have been a better visit and would not have take us away from lovely Anda for so long.
Overall, a fantastic,beautiful tropical paradise.
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