Manjuyod Sandbar Itinerary

Nature is always full of surprises. The Manjuyod Sandbar in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental (~50 km north of Dumaguete City) is just a few of them. It is nicknamed as the “Maldives of the Philippines” (see video LeBlanc’s Maldives of the Philippines) due to its powdery white sand and houses built on stilts in the middle of the sea. But don’t be fooled by nature. These houses are actually standing on a white sandbar. What makes it even more awesome is that this sandbar only appears during low tide and disappears during high tide hence the illusion.   The Manjuyod Sandbar is geographically located within Bais Bay in the famous Tañon Straight. If you are lucky, you might encounter few wild dolphins on your way. ?  

How to get to the Manjuyod Sandbar?

  Although it is called the Manjuyod Sandbar, drop off point is in Bais City. This about an hour away from Dumaguete City. If you are commuting, it is recommended to take the Ceres Bus Liner to Bais City and get off crossing BPI right before the city plaza and Mercado. Then take a tricycle to the Campiñahan Wharf or Canibol Wharf.   A whole day boat rental is at around PHP 3,500.00 to PHP 4,000.00 good for 15 persons. Travel time from the wharf to the sandbar only takes an approximate 15 minutes depending on the weather. Be sure to bring food and drinks as there are no stores available on the sandbar.   TIP: The rent includes Dolphin Watching. Make sure you won’t miss this chance. But be advised that depending on the season, there might be a chance you won’t find any dolphins.

 

Itinerary

5:00 AM – ETD Dumaguete City for Bais City
6:30 AM – ETA Campiñahan Wharf / Canibol Wharf
7:00 AM – Start Dolphin Watching Tour
8:30 AM – Arrive at the Manjuyod Sandbar
8:30 AM – Free time / Swimming
12:00 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – ETD back to Campiñahan Wharf / Canibol Wharf
5:00 PM – ETA in Dumaguete City Hotel  

Make sure you arrive early so that you will be able to experience Manjuyod Sandbar low tide as water during high tide can reach an average of 2 meters deep.   Alternatively, you may also directly book your trip the Manjuyod Tourism Office at +63.35.404.1136 or email them at manjuyodtourismoffice@yahoo.com. You need to contact the Manjuyod Tourism Office if you want to rent out one of the huts as these are the property of Manjuyod and not of Bais City.