If you thought Bohol was just beaches and waterfalls, think again. Cadapdapan Rice Terraces are hands down one of the most beautiful places in Bohol and an adventure not to be missed.
Cadapdapan Bohol reminds me of the rice fields in Bali with their tiered architecture and vivid green hues. And on the plus side, there were absolutely no other tourists in sight when I visited these rice fields in Bohol, unlike that of the herds of tourists that you’ll encounter in Bali.
I have put together this complete guide of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE ARE CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES?
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces can be found in the Candijay region in Bohol.
They are best visited from the tourist area of Anda in East Bohol and from here it’s a 50km drive that takes approximately 1-hour to reach the rice terraces.
If you are staying in the main tourist area of Panglao, it’s a 105km drive that takes approximately 2.5 hours to reach Cadapdapan Rice Terrace.
HOW TO GET HERE – DIY
One option for getting to these Bohol rice terraces is to rent a scooter in Anda or Panglao, depending on where you are visiting from.
There are limited scooter rental stores located in Anda but I know of one place where you can get your hands on some wheels for around 500 pesos per day. His name is Joey and he can be contacted by phone on +639123982873 or Facebook Bernaldez Joey.
If you are coming from Panglao, you can rent a scooter from one of the many scooter rental stores dotted around the main town. Scooter rentals are around 300 – 350 pesos per day with a full tank of gas.
Exploring the island by scooter
BOOK A TOUR TO CANDIJAY
If you hate long rides on the scooter, the next best option is to book a tour to Candijay which is a full-day trip from Panglao. This tour includes three epic locations – Anda White Beach, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, and Can-umanted Falls.
If you are a group of 1-4 travelers, the cost of the car and driver for this private tour is $80 (which you can split the cost between you and your friends) and an additional $3 per person for entrance fees.
If you are a larger group of 5-9 travelers, there is also a van option available for this tour which costs $90.
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The tiered rice terraces
CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee for tourists is 50 pesos.
There is a roadside checkpoint as you near the entrance to the rice terraces where you’ll have to stop and pay the entrance fee before continuing to the jump-off point.
Aqua ducts through the terraces
ARRIVING AT THE BOHOL RICE TERRACES
Incredible beauty is what you can ultimately expect at these rice terraces and it truly is one of the most remarkable vistas in Bohol.
I made the decision to visit early one morning to catch the sunrise at 5:30 am. I left my accommodation in Anda at 4:15 am and made it just in time to wander out into these gorgeous Bohol rice fields and witness a colorful sunrise.
The receptionist at my accommodation gave me a local tip the night before I left on this adventure and showed me on the map a secret viewpoint away from the main tourist viewpoint.
When I arrived on my scooter in the dark, I didn’t think I would be able to find the entrance to this other viewpoint but I was successful in my efforts. There is a small hut on the side of the road just a few hundred meters past the ticketing checkpoint. See the image below of where to find this exact jump-off point.
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Look for this hut to find the trail
The shortcut to the rice terraces
EXPLORING CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES
The narrow dirt trail leads right out into the center of the Cadapdapan Bohol and I remember it being so silent and peaceful. I spent some time just standing amongst the tall rice fields enjoying the sunrise and shooting some photos of a cluster of coconut palms out in the terraces.
I continued along the trail to a nearby hill that is almost perfectly round in shape which resembles something similar to the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. There is a small rice farmer’s house at the base of the hill where I bumped into the owner and I asked if I could pass through his backyard to the viewpoint. He said yes of course and pointed me in the right direction.
This incredible viewpoint not only overlooks the rice terraces but it also boasts extensive views down the valley and to the ocean. If you don’t have a drone, this elevated viewpoint is by far the best spot to view the terraces from a birds-eye perspective.
You can spend as much time as you want at this location but I would say one to two hours is enough as there are more Bohol tourist spots worth checking out which I have outlined further down in this post.
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Idyllic scenes at Cadapdapan Bohol
Viewpoint in the rice terraces
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN CANDIJAY
Can-umantad Falls is a short 10-minute drive from the rice terraces and Canawa Cold Spring is a further 15-minute drive from the falls.
You can visit all three of these Bohol attractions in one day making it the perfect day trip from Panglao or Anda.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ANDA
Anda in Bohol has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa
Amun Ini Beach Resort is the best 5-star accommodation nestled amongst palm trees in Anda. Featuring a private beach, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, and ocean views! The rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen tv, sitting area, mini-bar, en suite bathroom, and balconies with sea views. Amun Ini offers free snorkeling and kayaking equipment and breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Parklane Bohol Resort & Spa
I personally stayed at Parklane Resort & Spa and can’t recommend this place enough! The staff are overly friendly with a lot of useful information about Anda and Bohol, the hospitality was great, the food was excellent and the rooms were cozy. Great location in Anda just 10 minutes drive from town, this property offers beachfront accommodation, a private beach, 3 swimming pools, a restaurant and bar, and a wellness spa. There are double rooms, family rooms, and deluxe suites available, each with a flat-screen tv, air conditioning, private bathroom, balcony with ocean views, and coffee/tea making facilities. Best place to stay for families, couples, and friends.
Budget: Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort
The cheapest accommodation in Anda, perfect for solo travelers and friends. Anda Divers Enjoy Garden Resort features an in-house restaurant and bar, outdoor swimming pool, and beautiful gardens. You can choose from a double room or a deluxe double room which is spacious with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, free wifi, and a seating area with a desk. Continental breakfast is included for all guests.
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WHERE TO STAY IN PANGLAO
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation on Panglao Island. The hotel offers a private beach area, swimming pool, restaurant, and pool bar. There is a garden villa, pool villa, family villa, and honeymoon villa available at Donatela Hotel. The rooms are air-conditioned featuring a balcony, flat-screen tv, dining area, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar, private bathroom, bathtub, and plunge pool. They can also help you to organize scuba diving, snorkeling, and other activities. Great for families, friends, and couples.
Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort
Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach on Panglao Island and it’s close to shops, restaurants, and other nearby tourist attractions. The accommodation features an outdoor pool, restaurant, snorkeling activities, and wellness spa. There are double rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites which have air-conditioning, free wifi and breakfast are included for all guests. Conrada can also help you book island hopping tours and other activities. Great place to stay for families, friends, and couples.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other tourist spots. The rooms and fan-cooled with shared bathrooms and towels are included. There’s also a shared lounge with free coffee and a tour desk.
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BOOK A BOHOL TOUR
Another great way to see all of the best Bohol tourist spots is to book a Bohol Countryside & Panglao Highlights Tour.
This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Bohol with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings. I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Bohol!
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The Bohol Tour includes the following:
- Chocolate Hills Bohol
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Panglao Watchtower
- & much more
Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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