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.
Manjuyod is a year-round destination, especially the snorkeling area, but the best time to visit Manjuyod Sandbar is during the dry season – March to May, so you can witness its sparkling, turqoise water.
WHAT TO BRING TO MANJUYOD SANDBAR
There are no stores, restaurants or other establishments in Manjuyod Sandbar, bring your own food and drinks.
Bring a coral-friendly sunblock, you can purchase one from my friend’s online shop – Beach Born.
Secure your gadgets, keep them in a water-proof bag.
Bring garbage bags for your trash, take the trash to the mainland, and dispose it properly.
MOBILE SIGNAL: Globe and Smart are both available.
MODES OF PAYMENT: Everything is on cash basis, so stack up cash.
ATM’s IN SAGAY: There are ATMs in Bais town like BPI,Metrobank, PNB,Robinson’s Bank,etc.
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 5-7 persons) and PHP 5,000 / USD 100 (boat good for up to 15 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 + TWIN LAKES
- Explore the twin crater lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao, situated 1,000 feet above sea level
- Marvel at the crystal clear lakes reflecting the emerald tones of the surrounding forests
- Enjoy panoramic views of the Tanon Strait, Mt. Guintabon in the east and Mt. Guinsayawan in the west
- Trek through the forests teeming with life with over 184 species of terrestrial vertebrates and 180 species of forest trees surrounding the twin lakes
- See the most important sights of Dumaguete City with a visit to Siliman University, Handumanan Souvenir Shop, Sansrival Cafe and Dumaguete City Boulevard
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
MANJUYOD SANDBAR TRAVEL TIPS
- Time your visit during low tide to better appreciate Manjuyod Sandbar.
- Stack up cash.
- Bring your own food and drinks. No commercial establishment in the island.
- Bring a dry bag to protect your gadgets.
- If you are traveling alone, best to book a tour package. RESERVE HERE.
- Do not leave or throw your trash anywhere! Take them with you please and dispose them properly.
- Do not collect sand as souvenir
- Wear coral-friendly sunblock.
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