Why I like white sandy Quinale Beach in Anda

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Differently designed hut opening to the beautiful Quinale Beach
Differently designed hut opening to the beautiful Quinale Beach

Showers and changing room. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Showers and changing room. CLICK TO ENLARGE
You can’t miss Quinale Beach. It’s there, a stone’s throw from the municipal hall. It can be seen just across the wide open space infront of the heritage church and with its stands of mantalisay trees, its white sandy shore is just perfect that I can hardly resist to dip at its warm waters.

Anda is fast becoming Bohol’s tourism hub with primarily, its beaches as its main attraction. Though almost a 100 kilometers from Tagbilaran, where the provincial airport is but no flights to USA. Its more laid back than Panglao Island, less touristy and on a weekday, you can have the beach all to yourself.

Mantalisay trees
Mantalisay trees
A little trivia: it was where WWII soldiers landed. A bust of a soldier marks the site. And that is what I like my beach to be. Less people, less trash and you can just swim, relax and bum.

Seaweeds, broken shells and dead leaves are strewn on the sand but less plastic. When you do wade into the water, it is shallow, ideal for those bringing children. A couple of meters into the sea, where the white sand is still apparent, its just above the knee. Although where there is a color transition, that portion gets deep.

Beach 'huts' lining the strip
Beach ‘huts’ lining the strip

But, oh, the cream colored, yet powdery sand can feel good to the feet. There are a few rocks and pebbles and a portion has some sea grass. I was told that there are very few sea urchins and its something that one shouldn’t worry about. If you tire of being swayed in the water? Its really nice to just sit under the unusually styled huts or the trees and feel the strong breeze.

But what makes this more special? Some people would argue a very pristine, virginal kind of place but less, to no amenities at all. But for a visitor like me who would just want a dip, a small amount of convenience, even if no frills can be a boon.

Quinale Beach Bar
Quinale Beach Bar

Quinale Beach is owned by the local government unit (LGU). So that means you don’t pay exorbitant entrance rates. Although I saw some P10 signage, that is dirt cheap, I wasn’t asked to pay. For a government owned facility, this one is in good condition.

It has a bar, yes, it serves affordable food and drinks served by friendly and smiling staff dressed in floral shirts and shorts/skirts. It has several open showers lining up a few meters from the water and there are changing rooms and comfort rooms. What more can you ask for? Its a cheaper alternative that I actually found useful and budget friendly.

Refreshing buko and lechon kawali for lunch at the beach
Refreshing buko and lechon kawali for lunch at the beach

After swimming? I had lunch of lechon kawali with crispy skin dipped in a mix of soy sauce, vinegar and siling labuyo and a freshly opened buko (young coconut) with its refreshing juice and tender white meat while playing my feet in the sand.

Small pleasures.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London).

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. Open for work, collaborations and inquiries for site features.

16 thoughts on “Why I like white sandy Quinale Beach in Anda

  1. yup! and while its far, mas maganda since you don’t have to contend with busloads of koreans or chinese or not so desirable tourists 🙂

  2. Hopefully dili ni sya ma-commercialized bai. Anda is definitely my next destination in Bohol!

  3. bai, padung na jud na diha. mao better to go there before it becomes another tourist trap 🙂

  4. Interesting place. I agree to you though that a less commercialized beach is one that I desire the most when you just want to swim and be a bum! I Hope I still get to see a clean and pristine beach as this one when I get back to Bohol! Great blog and More power po!

  5. I find the beach hut design very interesting. Good for photo ops. And the bar looks decent. Nag-pa-pile up na mga non-Luzon destinations ko haaaay….

  6. Hi, can you recommend a beach resort that is near Quinale beach bar? My family and I are going there next month.

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