Can-umantad Falls in Candijay is the biggest and arguably the best waterfall in Bohol. Located high in the hills away from the main tourist towns, Can-umantad Falls is an adventure not to be missed!
I visited the stunning falls right after watching the sunrise at Candapdapan Rice Terraces, which is another epic spot to check out while you are in Candijay.
I have put together this complete guide to Can Umantad Falls including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS CAN-UMANTAD FALLS?
Can Umantad Falls is located in the Candijay region on Bohol Island.
Can-umantad Falls is best visited from the tourist area of Anda in East Bohol. It takes approximately 50 minutes to drive from Anda to these falls in Candijay.
HOW TO GET HERE
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, it’s a 105km drive that takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Exploring Bohol 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, Candapdapan 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 Bohol tour which costs $90.
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Candapdapan Rice Terraces
CAN-UMANTAD FALLS ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee at Can-umantad Falls Candijay is 20 pesos.
Upon arrival, you’ll see a small ticket stand in the parking lot where you’ll have to pay the entrance fee.
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Jump-off point at Can-umantad Falls
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CAN-UMANTAD FALLS BOHOL
From the jump-off point, it’s a short 5-minute walk along a clearly marked trail to reach the falls. The way is made up of dirt trails, stone steps, and wooden bridges that cross the running freshwater stream.
There are a number of rockpools leading up to the main set of falls which are very inviting with their milky blue waters. This is your first opportunity to take a refreshing dip following the long journey to reach this tourist spot.
After a swim stop in the lower pools, continue along the trail and around the bend to where Can-umantad Falls will reveal itself.
Can-umantad is derived from the Old Bisayan words ‘kan-uman’ which means sixty and ‘tad’ means fathom. The height of the falls is said to be 60ft making it the tallest waterfall in Bohol.
Its water source originates from the blue and cool water from Pundol Spring in Candapdapan, making its way downstream to the 60ft drop and into a large basin below.
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The trail to the falls
Marveling at the falls
WHAT TO DO AT CAN UMANTAD FALLS
Swimming under the flow of water to receive a natural head and neck massage is an awesome experience to have at Can-umantad Falls Candijay. The water is quite shallow on the edges of the catch basin but it becomes deeper the closer you get to the falls.
There are plenty of seating areas around the main falls which is a perfect spot to chill out for a while and let the epicness of this Bohol attraction sink in. You can also find make-shift change rooms and toilets down at Can Umantad Falls.
If you’re up for a challenge, there is a steep set of stairs that lead up into the mountainside to a restaurant and viewpoint which overlooks the Candapdapan Rice Terraces. It’s not a round-trip circuit trail, so if you decide to head up you’ll have to come down the same way to get back to the Can Umantad Falls entrance.
Drone shot of the falls
Seating area at the falls
The beautiful falls
BEST TOURS IN BOHOL
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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