Dolphin Watching & Manjuyod Sandbar: Maldives of the Philippines - Dumaguete

Updated: Apr 2, 2019


​​Address: 

Taft St, Valencia, 6215 Negros Oriental, Philippines

Boats:

3500php - 10 person

5000php - 16 person


HOW TO GET THERE:

By car/scooter

-From the airport

-then right on Dumaguete North Road (outside airport)

-drive straight ahead passing:

*San Jose

*Amlan

*Tanjay

-Destination is on Bais

By Bus

-From the airport

-Take a tricycle outside to Ceres Bus Terminal (10php-20php)

-Board a bus to Bais (55phd)

-get off at Brgy Calindagan.

Friendly Advise:

​It's better to use MAPS or GMAPS if you're confused about the streets



Manjuyod sandbar is an island that floats when the tide is low and sinks when the tide is high, also known as "Maldives of the Philippines". Located in Dumaguete, which is popular for its dolphin's sight seeing. This sandbar is like a magical island that emerges on the surface of the ocean.


THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TRIP:

* There are no shower nor urinal bathrooms available there.

* You can bring your own food and snacks since there's no stores out there.

* Bring your towel, soap, shampoo and change of clothes. None of these are provided.

* It is best to visit during low tide to better appreciate Manjuyod Sandbar.

* Bring a dry bag for important stuff storage.


You might be confused as to why I put on the destination jump off as Bais, Negros Oriental instead of the next town over which is Manjuyod, Negros Oriental. Mainly because Bais is the usual beginning point to go to Manjuyod Sandbar. The port for the boats is found in Bais too. After parking our scooter in Bais, Negros oriental, we head over to the boat we rented.


BOAT RENTAL:

PHP 3,500 / USD 70 (boat is good for 15 persons)

You will definitely save a lot and this boat rent is good for a day tour to Manjuyod Sandbar and Dolphin Watching.  


Note: Rent a boat ahead of time or join with some other groups that you can still fit in so that the rent fee is not as expensive.

DOLPHIN SIGHT SEEING AND MANJUYOD SANDBAR TOUR:

NOTE: *Be sure to book a tour before going. Walk ins are mostly not accommodated.


The first thing we did is to chase dolphins, it took us about 30 to 40 mins before we get to see the dolphins, but all the waiting that we had is worth it since we saw a lot of dolphins!


There are others that are even showing off and dancing, jumping, swimming past our boats. Probably hundreds of them was there. It is indeed one of the best experience I've had here.

After the dolphin sightings, our boat went straight to the Manjuyod sandbar and we spent the rest of the day there.




This sandbar have been famous not only in the Philippines but all over the world. Its untouched beauty is what makes it attractive from travelers around the world. Located 15minutes away from the port of Bais. Found in the middle of the ocean, this floating island is also popular for travelers who wants to relax and be away from the busy town.


Be sure to bring food and water with you because you'll be on the ocean for a day with no stores to get food from. Our boat owner prepared us plates and utensils on the boat that we can use. Together with our group (people behind us), we finally get to Manjuyod and the tide is high and the waves are strong, sadly we can't see it's white sand but we can definitely see how crystal clear the water is. All of us just decided to go for a swim.



Enjoy more of the island feels with this popular buko juice that are being sold by the boat vendors. Isn't it amazing? you have the whole island for yourself and you get to buy food and drinks to this boatmen that lurks around.

or also try something different and exotic? The sea urchin that are also being sold by the boatmen around the island for the cheap price!!!




We spent more an hour or two here in Manjuyod Sandbar and enjoy more of it. We swam and feel the pure white sand of Manjuyod under the water and play along with the waves as it gently hit our faces.


Thank you Manjuyod Sandbar that you gave us such wonderful experience we will never forget. Travelers, I hope you take care of our nature so that more of the coming generations will get to see what we have seen. 


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