If you’re heading to the south of the Negros or Cebu then a Manjuyod Sandbar tour package is probably on your list. Here’s all the info for visiting.
Manjuyod Sandbar is located just off the coast of Bais in Negros Oriental.
It is possible to stay in Bais and arrange a tour yourself. However, most tourists choose to stay in the larger towns of Dumaguete or Dauin and book a Dolphin Watching & Manjuyod Sandbar Private Tour.
The catamarans to Manjuyod depart daily from Capinahan Wharf in Bais, and it’s around a 15 minute boat ride to the Sandbar.
When booked as a tour, it should include transfers to and from your accommodation to the port, dolphin watching, lunch, and time to explore Manjuyod Sandbar.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Whilst in the area, don’t forget to also check out Apo Island.
General rental of a boat and driver for the day is 3,500 Pesos.
The price is per boat and is the same amount whether you book for 2 or 20 people.
Best Time To Visit Manjuyod Sandbar
October to January is recommended as the best time to visit if you want to catch the low tides and see the famous sandbar.
However, if you want to see dolphins, then March to August are apparently the best months. (We were very lucky to see dolphins when we visited in February
An early start is recommended to see the sandbar and if you can make it for sunrise it is said to be stunning.
This is definitely one for your Philippines Itinerary.
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This natural sandbar stretches over six km at the lowest tide and is famous for its beautiful, soft, white sand.
The first thing you must check before you visit Manjuyod Sandbar is the timing of low tide.
You can either check the tides online if you know what you’re searching for or check with your accommodation. They will have all the up to date information on the tides throughout the week.
We visited at the lowest tide possible during our stay in Dauin in February, arriving at around 10am, but even then the water was at 0.4 metres deep.
So unfortunately we didn’t get to see the sandbar peeking up from the water. Although the location itself was still fascinating as it’s uniquely situated out in the middle of the beautiful blue ocean.
It’s an amazing place to hang out with the locals as they float around selling coconuts.
There are also banana boats that you can take a ride on around the outside of Manjuyod Sandbar. Also a few stand alone stilt houses make for a great photo backdrop.
All in all, although the water levels slightly dampened the experience, we still highly recommend a visit to Manjuyod Sandbar as one of the best things to do in the Philippines, if you’re travelling through Negros!
Dolphin Watching At Manjuyod Sandbar
On our Manjuyod Sandbar trip, we ventured out early in the direction of Cebu to find some dolphins before the Sandbar stop. And dolphins were what we found!
After around an hour of watching the waves, convincing ourselves we had seen a dolphin fin pop out of the water, you can only imagine how excited we were to finally find an actual pod of wild dolphins.
They leapt in and out of the ocean, playful as we’d imagined, and followed the boat for a good ten minutes. They were definitely showing off and it was amazing to see.
With the dolphin watching tour, it’s not always guaranteed that you’ll find the wild dolphins. Our trip was the first time the dolphins had been spotted that whole week.
So keep your eyes peeled and don’t set your expectations too high.
C Bubble Diving Resort features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Dumaguete.
Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a terrace.
The air-conditioned rooms provide a sea view and come with a wardrobe and free WiFi.
Guest rooms in the resort come with a kettle. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Buffet and à la carte breakfast options are available daily at C Bubble Diving Resort.
Featuring a bar, The Bricks Hotel is located in Dumaguete in the Visayas region, 1.3 miles from Robinsons Place Dumaguete and less than 0.6 miles from Dumaguete Belfry.
Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
The property is close to popular attractions like Quezon Park, Dumaguete Cathedral and Dumaguete Public Market.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy a à la carte breakfast.
Situated 1.1 miles from Robinsons Place Dumaguete, ZEN Rooms Basic White Knights Dumaguete features accommodation with a restaurant, a shared lounge and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience.
Both WiFi and private parking are accessible at the apartment free of charge.
Popular points of interest near ZEN Rooms Basic White Knights Dumaguete include Dumaguete Belfry, Dumaguete Public Market and Quezon Park.
The nearest airport is Dumaguete Airport, 3.7 miles from the accommodation.
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