Manjuyod Sandbar In Negros- Maldives of the Philippines
Manjuyod Sandbar is a 7-kilometer white sand which belongs to the top tourist destinations in Negros Island Region, particularly in the province of Negros Oriental
Manjuyod Sandbar is technically part of Manjuyod Town. However, it is often associated to Bais City because of its proximity and popularity in the area. It is accessible via 15-minute boat ride from Capiñahan Wharf, the jump-off point to the famous sandbar.
You can enjoy walking at the sandbar during low tide or you can also swim at the pristine water during high tide. There are also wooden cottages built on stilts which appear to float on shallow blue water during high tide. There are only a few of them and they can be rented for day and overnight stays.
Also known as Sumapao Shoal, Manjuyod Sandbar serves as the major stop over for whale and dolphin watching, an activity which you can arrange at Bais Tourism Office.
Manjuyod sandbar is a certified tourist attraction, garnering thousands of local and foreign tourists during peak season. While it was already popular in the Island, it only gained social media attention recently when Canadian Travel Vlogger Christian LebLanc shared an aerial shot of the sandbar which he described as “The Maldives of the Philippines.”
Travel Negros also reposted the video (thanks to Christian) and it has received more than 800, 000 views. Check out the viral video below:
How to get to Manjuyod Sandbar:
The easiest way going to the sanbar is by renting a car or van from Dumaguete City. The rate starts at 1,300 pesos but if you want to save, you may use public transportation.
From Dumaguete City, board a bus at Ceres Terminal going to Bais City. The fare is around 50 pesos. From the city proper, you can ride a tricycle going to Capiñahan Wharf for only 10 pesos.
Dumaguete City is an hour flight away from Manila via Philippine airlines and Cebu Pacific. It is also reachable through Cebu, Dipolog, and Bohol via sea trip.
Meanwhile, Bais City is also accessible via Bacolod City. Ride a Dumaguete bus and tell the conductor to drop you at Bais City.
It is advisable to book days or weeks before your trip to avoid problem. For a group of 15, the boat will cost you 2,500/day and for a group of more than 15, you will be charged 3,000/day. The boats can be booked at Bais Tourism Office.
The Bais Tourism Office also organizes whale and dolphin watching activity. You may bring your own lunch or have it prepared by the tourism officer for 100-200/head.
Rates may change without prior notice.
You can reach Bais Tourism Office using the following information:
+63 35 402 8338
+63 917 300 5945
+63 918 265 047
Photos from Christian Leblanc, Mark Roa, Kimi Juan, Sino Pinas