Bohol is synonymous to chocolate hills, pristine beaches, tarsiers, virgin forests, rewarding river cruise and near infinite wealth of century old churches but make no mistake if you think that is all there is to see in this island province. Herein lies majestic waterfalls and infamous rice terraces that Cordillera is known for and these are no lesser replica of the said wonder but just as equally grand. What made it even more exciting is they can all be found in the small municipality of Candijay and easily wandered in half a day trip.
Candijay is situated in the eastern most tip of Bohol and home to a diverse undeveloped eco-tourism spots. The town itself faces the most diverse mangrove ecosystem in the whole province ( the Cogtong Bay ) but sadly slowly plummet due to illegal ways of fishing and mismanagement of the local government. The government did made an effort to rectify the damages by a series of coastal resource management program.
Candijay comprises 21 barangays:
- La Union
- San Isidro
- Tubod (Tres Rosas)
After a relaxing stay in the pristine shores of Anda, I decided to chase a waterfall in Candijay — the Can-umantad Falls and visit one of their rice terraces. I read they can easily be navigated for half a day so it is a perfect side trip before going back to Tagbiliran city.
I took a tricycle from Anda going to Guindulman for Php 20.00 and then catch the bus in Guindulman en route to Ubay. The public market in Lungsodaan is where I get off and the fare is only around Php 10.00. The estimated travel time from Anda to Lungsodaan is less than an hour excluding the waiting time for your transportation of choice.
Naturally, there are plenty of habal-habal drivers in the public market you can negotiate to take you to those said spots and make sure they really know the way because I made a mistake of settling for a driver who are not familiar with the area. I made a deal of Php 150.00 per pax and this already includes the waiting time. Haggle if you must but make sure you are not robbing these drivers their means of living.
Candijay's main attraction is the majestic waterfall of Can-umantad. Towering at around 60 feet this is known to be the highest waterfall in the province of Bohol and rightfully deserves a visit for waterfall chasers & nature lovers alike. The cascade is quite unpredictable during dry season so it is best to visit this waterfall during rainy days. I was lucky enough to witness a strong flow in the start of summer around March but my friends who visited it in the previous month aren't fortunate enough.
Unfortunately, I learn by accident there are two routes to reach the waterfall because the driver I hired didn't know the way. I trek for almost half an hour the reach the spot and climbed out a torturous cemented steps for 20 minutes to exit out into the rice terraces. If you have the time and patience this is actually a good route to have a dramatic entrance to the waterfall.
|another rice terraces can be seen on this route|
|the first peek of the waterfall|
I admire the effort they made here to pile stones one after another to give the area an enchanting feel and I noticed such aesthetic is a common practice in the waterfalls I've been to. A couple of minutes more following the river upstream will bring you closer to the waterfall and be amazed.
|the first glimpse of Can-umantad Falls in her full beauty|
|Can-umantad Falls ( best angle )|
There's really not much to do here if you decided not to take a dip. You can take stairs in the left path exiting to the Cadapdapan rice terraces.
There are actually many hinterland rice terraces location in Candijay ( namely in barangays Tambongan, Canawa, Tubod, Abihilan ) but Cadapdapan is the most ideal side trip if you choose to chase waterfall because you can start or end your trek here. This is more like a bonus treat for all visitors of Can-umantad and an equally impressive spot I'd say.
|Yes! there are sun flowers here like in the Cordilleras|