Sunday, October 30, 2016

Manjuyod Sandbar is Maldives of the Philippines

Did you know that there's a destination in the Philippines that can be compared to the beauty of Maldives? Yes, it's located in Negros Oriental which features powdery white sands, clear aquamarine waters and wonderful view of mountains around the sandbar. This trending tourist destination is called  Manjuyod Sandbar.



Located at the North Bais Bay in the Tañon Strait, Manjuyod Sandbar showcases native wooden cottages that look like they're floating on the glimmering clear water, same set up in some resorts in Maldives. Tourists can stay here daytrip or overnight stay.

Aside from the beautiful sandbar, the sidetrip here is dolphin and whale watching in Tañon Strait. Travellers can also enjoy Talabong Mangrove Forest and Bird Sactuary which are also located in Capiñahan Wharf.



How to get to  Manjuyod Sandbar

From Dumaguete airport, take a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off in bus terminals that has Dumaguete-Bais trip
From the terminal, take a bus or van bound for Bais or Manjuyod. Travel time is around 1-2 hours. 
Then, take a boat from Capinahan Wharf at South Bais Bay in Bais Negros Oriental

Budget / Expenses

  • Tricycle Fare- P8
  • Bus Fare- P45-P50 or
  • Van Rental Fee -P1000/one way
  • Boat Rental Fee - P2500- P3000/ max is 15 pax
  • Dolphin and Whale watching- P1000 (Additional)

Travel Guide / Tips / Reminders


  • Manjuyod Sandbar is also known as Sumapao Shoal 
  • It's advisable to go to Manjuyod Sandbar during summer season like from March to May
  • The sandbar is submerged during high tide
  • Seucre your mobile phones, camera or other gadgets with plastice or put it on a dry bag
  • Dumaguete City is accessible via Cebu, Bohol, and Dipolog
  • You can find some cheap/affordable room accommodation in Dumaguete City and Bais City
  • It's better to book your flight directly to Dumaguete City
  • Don't expect too much on the this place. You can find lots of boats around the area
  • Be careful with the shellfish and sea urchins
  • For cottage rate and food package, contact the Manjuyod Tourism Office 
  • Include on your itinerary the Dolphin/ Whale tour 

Contact Details

Tourism Office Telephone Number: +63 918 265 0474/  +63 35 402 8338 / +63 917 300 5945 
Email them at baistourism@gmail.com / manjuyodtourismoffice@yahoo.com for other inquiries

If you have other review, blog or opinion about Manjuyod Sandbar, please put a comment below. Enjoy travelling!

Photos are from Jonathan aka Phos Graphi 

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