Canawa Cold Spring in Candijay, in my opinion, is the best cold spring on Bohol Island in the Philippines.
It’s a popular spot for the Filipino locals to hang out though you won’t see many tourists here, which can be a good thing sometimes.
Here is my complete guide including how to get there, entrance fees, and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE IS CANAWA COLD SPRING?
Canawa Spring is located in the Candijay region in East Bohol.
The springs are best visited from the tourist area of Anda in East Bohol. It takes approximately 50 minutes to drive from Anda to the cold spring.
HOW TO GET HERE
The best way to reach this awesome cold spring is by scooter.
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 115km drive that takes approximately 2.5 hours to reach this cold spring.
Exploring Bohol by scooter
CANAWA COLD SPRING ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee to Canawa Cold Spring Candijay is 20 pesos.
There is a small parking lot at the entrance to the cold spring and you’ll find a ticketing booth here to pay the entry fee.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT CANAWA COLD SPRINGS
As I mentioned earlier, Canawa Cold Spring is a more popular spot for the locals as opposed to tourists and it’s set up to accommodate families and larger groups.
There are two main springs at Canawa, one is a man-made pool with concrete walls and a somewhat dam-like structure, and the other is a natural pool that is almost completely surrounded by lush trees.
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The natural pool at the back is far more beautiful than the man-made pool that you see when you first arrive. So don’t be deterred by this concrete section, just be sure to keep wandering along to discover the enchanting blue pool at the back.
A long rope stretches from one side of the cold spring to the other, so you can use this as an aid if swimming isn’t your strong point.
There is also a high tree branch above this natural pool that can be climbed and used as a jump-off point into the spring. Be sure to check the landing is clear of debris before doing any tree jumping into the pools.
A small snack shop can be found at the entrance to Canawa Spring if you would like to buy something to eat and drink before heading down.
There isn’t much in the way of food options in Candijay so either pack your own lunch or suffice with a bag of crisps.
Canawa Cold Spring Bohol is definitely worth a short visit while you are exploring the Candijay region.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST IN CANDIJAY
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 that have air-conditioning, free wifi, and breakfast that are included for all guests.
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.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY, SEE MY COMPLETE GUIDE ON WHERE TO STAY IN BOHOL.
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE PHILIPPINES
When visiting the Philippines, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Philippines sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the ocean or lying out on the sand.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the beach.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
MORE PHILIPPINES TRAVEL GUIDES
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- Coron: Coron Island Hopping
- Boracay: 15 Things To Do In Boracay
- Siquijor: 3 Day Siquijor Itinerary
- Bantayan: 15 Things To Do In Bantayan
- Malapascua: 11 Things To Do In Malapascua
- Camiguin: 13 Best Camiguin Tourist Spots
- Romblon: 12 Epic Things To Do In Romblon
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- Carabao: 7 Best Things To Do In Carabao
- Dumaguete: Best Dumaguete Tourist Spots
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