If you thought Bohol was just beaches and waterfalls, think again. The Cadapdapan Rice Terraces are hands down one of the most beautiful places in Bohol and an adventure not to be missed.
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces remind me of the rice fields in Bali with its 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.
So without further ado, here is a complete guide of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect!
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HOW TO GET TO CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces can be found in the Candijay region in Bohol.
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces are best visited from the tourist area of Anda in East Bohol. It takes approximately 50 minutes to drive from Anda to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces.
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 staying in the main tourist area of Panglao, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces is a 105km drive that takes approximately 2.5 hours.
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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CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee for Cadapdapan Rice Terraces is 50 pesos.
There is a roadside checkpoint as you near the entrance to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces where you’ll have to stop and pay the entrance fee before continuing to the jump-off point.
ARRIVING AT CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES
Incredible beauty is what you can ultimately expect at Cadapdapan Rice Terraces and it truly is one of the best places to visit in Bohol.
I made the decision to drive out to Cadapdapan Rice Terraces 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 colourful sunrise as it lit up this remarkable vista.
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 to the viewpoint
The shortcut to school it seems
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 Cadapdapan 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 Cadapdapan Rice Terraces from a birds-eye perspective.
You can spend as much time as you want at the Cadapdapan Rice Terraces 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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Aqua ducts at Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
Idyllic scenes at Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
The beautiful Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN CANDIJAY
Can-umantad Falls is a short 10-minute drive from the Cadapdapan 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 in Anda Bohol 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 cosy. Great location in Anda just 10 minutes drive from town, this property offers beachfront accommodation, a private beach, 3 swimming pools, 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 travellers 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 deluxe double room which are 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 in Panglao Island. Centrally located and close to beaches and other attractions 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 organise scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities in Bohol. 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 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 is included for all guests. Conrada can also help you book island hopping tours and other activities in Bohol. Great place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Bohol Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler in Bohol. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other attractions. 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
- 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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WHAT TO PACK FOR BOHOL
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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HOW TO GET TO BOHOL
There are two ways of getting to Bohol, one is by plane and the other by ferry.
There are daily flights to Bohol welcoming both domestic and international travelers. The main airport in Bohol is Panglao International Aiport located on Panglao Island.
Cebu to Bohol ferry
The most common route is the ferry from Cebu to Bohol which takes approximately 2.5 hours and the cost is around 600 pesos.
There are daily ferry departures from the Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal and it arrives at Tagbilaran Port in Bohol.
Once you have booked your Cebu to Bohol ferry ticket online, on the day of travel you can head directly to Cebu Pier 1 Ferry Terminal at least 30-minutes before departure and present the online booking number to the staff at the check-in counter so they can issue you a seat number. There is also an additional 25 pesos terminal fee that must be paid in cash on the day.
Siquijor to Bohol ferry
If you happen to be on Siquijor island and heading over to Bohol from here, there are daily ferry departures from Larena Port in Siquijor to Tagbilaran Port in Bohol. The ferry from Siquijor to Bohol takes around 1.5 hours and the cost is around 800 pesos plus an additional 20 pesos terminal fee.
FINAL THOUGHTS OF CADAPDAPAN RICE TERRACES
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Cadapdapan Bohol, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Happy Adventuring! 😃