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Manjuyod Sandbar | Maldives of the Philippines

Dubbed as Maldives of the Philippines, the Manjuyod Sandbar is now trending on different social networking sites because of its sublime beauty. This glorious tourist spot in Negros Oriental features powdery white sands, clear aquamarine waters and wonderful view of mountains around the sandbar.

Manjuyod Sandbar | (c) Jonathan  aka Phos Graphi

Around the Manjuyod Sandbar, you can find native wooden cottages that look like they're floating on the glimmering clear water, same set up in some resorts in Maldives. Cottages are available on the island for daytrips or overnight stay. You need to contact  Manjuyod Tourism Offic if you want to book cottage.



Manjuyod Sandbar is located at the North Bais Bay in the Tañon Strait with an area of about 600-hectares. This 7-kilometer stretch of white sandbar can be reached from Capiñahan wharf, the jump off point, via a short 15 minute boat ride. 

Aside from exploring the sandbar, you can also enjoy dolphin and whale watching in Tañon Strait as well visiting the Talabong Mangrove Forest and Bird Sactuary which are also located in Capiñahan Wharf .

You can indulge into different water activities like swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving

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

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