Undeniably, nothing can encompass nature’s magical prowess, and Manjuyod Sandbar is one perfect testament to that. Devoid of luxury trappings, even coconut trees are nowhere in sight, Manjuyod Sandbar is like a white gem that emerges from the seafloor when the tide recedes.
Although geographically located in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, the usual jump-off point is the municipality of Bais. From Capiñahan Wharf in South Bais Bay, we reached Manjuyod Sandbar via an outrigger boat within 15 minutes. It is a typical stop-over during the Bais dolphin and whale watching tour. And it is highly advised to visit the sandbar early in the morning to catch its momentous appearance. There is no sign of plush resort here, only three native cottages dotting the sandbar, and they all offer a gorgeous tropical isle scene.
During our visit, the balmy weather seemed to clad the entire region even if a destructive storm was expected to hit Dumaguete in a day or two. So we wasted no time and hurriedly frolicked in the beach and basked in its sandy shores just in time before the dreamy island disappeared.
At noon, our charming chalet amusingly floated in the water and the calm waters were gently crashing on its pillar down below. And we all blissfully dined here with a dreamy view of the sheer mountainside plummeting into the sun-sparkled, cerulean sea.
HOW TO GET TO MANJUYOD SANDBAR
From Manila, there are daily flights to Dumaguete. At Dumaguete Airport, take a tricycle to Ceres Bus Terminal. Board a bus to Bais, and get off at Brgy. Calindagan. Bus fare is about PHP 55 / USD 1.10. Bais City, ride a tricycle to Canibol Wharf or Capiñahan Wharf, the jumping off point for island hopping in Bais and Manjuyod. Rent a boat for island hopping, PHP 3,500 / USD 70 (boat is good for 15 persons) and PHP 5,000 / USD 100 (boat good for 16 persons). The Manjuyod boat rate is for whole day rental already that includes boat tour to Manjuyod Sandbar, Bais City Bird Sanctuary and the Mangrove Forest. Make sure to bring packed food and drinks as there are no restaurants on the islands.
Alternatively, you may contact Manjuyod Tourism Office at +63 919 488 2950 or landline: 035 404 1136 / Email: [email protected] if you need assistance or if you want to stay overnight ate one of the cottages in Manjuyod Sandbar. You may also get in touch with Bais Tourism Office at +63 918 265 0474/ +63 35 402 8338 / +63 917 300 5945 / or [email protected]
MANJUYOD BOAT RENTAL RATE
The Manjuyod island boat rental rate is for whole day rental already which includes boat tour to Manjuyod Sandbar, Bais City Bird Sanctuary and the Mangrove Forest, boat rental for island hopping is about PHP 3,500 / USD 70 (boat is good for 15 persons) and PHP 5,000 / USD 100 (boat good for 60 persons).
MANJUYOD SANDBAR TOUR ITINERARY
|7:00 AM||ETD to Bais from Dumaguete|
|8:00 AM||ETA Bais City. Rent a boat.|
|8:30 AM||Star of Tour : Mangrove Forest, Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod Sandbar|
|02:00 PM||End of tour. ETD to Bais|
|03:00 PM||ETD to Dumaguete City|
MANJUYOD SANDBAR TOUR BUDGET
|PHP 3,500 / USD 70||Boat rental|
|PHP 55 / USD 1.10||Bus to Bais from Dumaguete|
|PHP 55 / USD 1.10||Bus to Dumaguete from Bais|
|PHP 3,610 / USD 72||TOTAL|
WHERE TO STAY IN MANJUYOD OR BAIS
Casa Sandoval Pension House & Restaurant
National Hi-way, Talungon, Negros Oriental, Bais
Velez Pensionne House
Mabini cor. Roxas Street, Bais
La Planta Hotel
Mabini Street, Bais, Bais
WHERE TO STAY IN DUMAGUETE CITY
Islands Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa
Hibbard Avenue, Bantayan, Across ABC Learning Center, Dumaguete City
Dumaguete Royal Suite Inn
L. Rovira Rd., Bantayan, Dumaguete City
Pancil, Looc, Dumaguete, Sibulan, Dumaguete
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