Negros Island is undeniably full of incredible natural wonders. From its green mountains and brilliant hills; the cascading waterfalls at the heart of the forest; the huge rocks situated at the side of the flowing river; the sunrise appears overcast the horizon; a magical night of stargazing; to the powdery white sands and the crystal-clear waters of the ocean and the view of this bright orange sun just about to hit the water of the horizon. This is something that we shouldn’t missed out living and seeing these incredible places where we live in.
My love for travelling will always be a part of me and I shouldn’t miss any get away especially a yearender one. This year-end trip is an astounding one for me for I didn’t expect to visit the sandbar so called, “Maldives of the Philippines”.
Manjuyod Island is a 7 kilometer stretch of white powdery sand located towards the North Bais Bay in the Tañon Strait that becomes visible only during low tides. The sandbar has 4 wooden houses built on stilts which appeared to be floating when high tide comes, that is why they compare this sand to Maldives. These cottages can be rented for an overnight stay, booking through Bais City Tourism Office and this will costs you Php 4,000.00 which includes the boat ride to and fro.
This insanely beautiful sandbar can be reach for about 15 minutes from the Bais pier. The Manjuyod Sandbar is an estimated 600 hectare total area of purely white sand including the submerged area and surrounded by different kinds of marine organisms. Manjuyod Sandbar is a certified a tourists attraction.
If you’re planning to visit the Manjuyod Sandbar, it is advisable to book in advance for a boat to take you there. Bais Tourism Office can be reach at (035) 541-5161 / 402-8174. Boat rate if you booked from Bais Tourism Office is Php 2,500.00 for a group of 15 and Php 3,000.00 for a group of 20. This rate is basically for an entire day of use since the boat will serve a cottage for you for a day trip tour. The tour package includes dolphin watching at Tañon Strait.
If you didn’t booked a boat through Bais Tourism Office you may contact:
Ralyn Mae A. Santos
Note: If you book on different pump boat owners rates has a slight difference, make sure to negotiate.
We arrived at the sandbar just in time that it is not a high tide yet. Though we missed the dolphin watching because the weather didn’t permit us though, seeing the sandbar from where the boats dock excites me so much. The sand is not as white as Boracay Island does but I can say that this pristine island will never disappoint you. All you see is the crystal water, next the blue sea, the cottage, the boats and it’s the only beach that palm trees are nowhere at sight.
How to get here:
From Bacolod City board a Ceres Bus to Bais City. Ride a tricycle from Bais City center to Capiñahan Wharf. The trike ride will just cost you for Php10.00 per head.
1. Upon planning a trip to Manjuyod Sandbar, be aware of the peak and the slack season. Peak season runs from the months of October to May. The summer months from April to May often characterized to be very hot months. It is recommended to go there during November to February when the temperature is tolerable and June to September during slack season.
2. Check your calendar and see the time of low and high tides. It’s good to see the sandbar on the low tide first to high tide.
3. If you have a dolphin watching tour, be sure to left the port around 6 am. That’s the time dolphins are out. Unluckily, I was looking forward to see the dolphins on my trip but we left the port around 10 in the morning.
4. Buy food in Bais Market before going to the Port. The boat drivers can cook the food for you while your group enjoy the beach. Your food will be ready at lunch time.
5. There are seafood vendors in the area too, where you can buy seafood products like oysters and sea urchins that’s php 300.00 per bucket and fresh from the sea.
6. Don’t forget to bring your sunblock and a floppy hat for your protection. I definitely turned dark after dipping in the water.
7. Aside from swimming, you may also try the Manjuyods’ Banana boat ride for Php 100.00 per head good for 5 persons.
“Some stars doesn’t belong in the heavens, sometimes they’re in our hands.”