Maldives isn’t as unreachable as we thought because its powdery white sands, crystal clear water, and beautiful underwater wonders can actually be experienced in Manjuyod White Sandbar.
Manjuyod White Sandbar is a popular destination in Negros that has been dubbed as “The Maldives of Negros” due to it possessing the same pristine waters and extremely fine white sands as the white sand celebrity of South Asia. Nothing gets nearer to the Maldives experience as this one and what’s more, it can all be experienced without having to spend too much.
The Manjuyod White Sandbar is a 600-hectare island submerged underwater and only appears once the tides have receded. There are a plethora of activities waiting for guests which will surely give them the tropical getaway of a lifetime. Houses-on-stilts also stand over the water to help guests experience its pristine beauty much more closely and for a longer period of time.
The magical island only appears when the tide is low and the depth in the sandbar can vary from ankle-level to no water at all. The white of the sands gives it a very alluring and pristine look that creates the perfect backgrounds for those holiday Instagram snaps. Boats usually have to wait for an hour or two depending on which time of the day they approach the sandbar.
While waiting for the water to subside, guests can take the time to just swim around the vicinity of the boat and explore the submerged island. Fishermen also go around in their boats near the sandbar selling fresh seafood caught from the surrounding waters. These seafoods can be ordered and prepared in advance for you but if you want a raw and authentic seafood experience then you can also order on the spot.
There are a variety of activities that guests are given the privilege to enjoy to make the most out of their time in The Maldives of Negros. Some water activities include banana boat rides, snorkeling, swimming, and the most famous albeit rare, dolphin watching. The appearance and number of dolphins in the area is largely dependent on their migration so you’ll have to rely on luck on this one.
There are also numerous activities that you can do on the sandbar if you just stay creative. Others brings balls or a frisbee that they can throw and catch on the white sandbar.
RATES & OTHER INFORMATION
|No. of Pax||Dolphin Watching and Sandbar||Sandbar Only|
|1 to 5||3,500||2,500|
|6 to 10||4,000||3,500|
|11 to 15||4,500||4,000|
|16 to 20||5,500||5,000|
|21 to 25||6,000||5,500|
|26 to 30||7,500||7,000|
|31 to 35||8,000||7,500|
|36 to 40||8,500||8,000|
- Daytime Use: P3,000 per cottage
- Overnight Rental: P4,000 per night
If you want to rent one of the cottages at Manjuyod Sandbar, daytime use costs around P3,000 (60 USD). On the other hand, if you want to stay for the night, rental is at P4,000 (80 USD).
- Contact number: 0935-342-5015
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Manjuyod-White-Sand-Bar-And-Bais-City-Dolphin-Watching-2054656308095357/
HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact location: Bais City, Negros Oriental, Visayas
FROM BACOLOD: Ride a bus from the Ceres South Terminal going to Bais City. Once in Bais City, take a tricycle and ask the driver to bring you to the port where you will ride a boat to Manjuyod Sandbar. Be sure to contact your boat ride beforehand to avoid any problems.
FROM CEBU: Find your way to Cebu South Bus Terminal. Look for a bus that’s bound for Dumaguete. This bus will be driving to the south and crossing to the Negros Island through a ferry. You can choose to stay in the bus or take a seat in the passenger’s area of the ferry.
FROM DUMAGUETE: Ride a bus that’s bound for Bais City in the bus terminal. If you want to increase your chances of witnessing some dolphins, travel as early as possible. Once you reach Bais, ride a tricycle which will take you to the port. Be sure to contact your boat ride beforehand to avoid any problems.
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