It was already our last day but we still had the entire morning to explore Negros Oriental. Thank goodness Manjuyod Sandbar is an hour or two away from Dumaguete City and without a doubt, we made sure to visit the so called “Maldives of the Philippines.”
Normally, people who go to Manjuyod Sandbar also go for the Dolphin watching. But since our time was very limited and the Dolphin watching area is an hour away from Manjuyod Sandbar, we didn’t push it through because if so, then we probably ended up running late for our flight. Knowing me, I wanna avoid hassle as much as possible.
We woke up really early to prepare and catch the earliest bus ride to Bais City. I was expecting an air-conditioned bus because I plan on sleeping but the moment we arrived at the Ceres Bus Terminal, a regular bus was about to leave so we hopped on for us get there as early as possible. It was a crazy bus ride to be honest. The bus was jam-packed with a lot of passengers like the kind of bus commute you can see along EDSA.
We arrived at Bais bus stop after an hour and 15 minutes ride and Kuya Hadji was there waiting for us. We contacted him for our Manjuyod Sandbar experience for P1,500 which I think is very reasonable. Though it really turned out expensive because it was just me and Sean. The boat can accommodate up to 5 pax so I think it would’t hurt that much in your pocket if you are a group of at least 3. You may contact him at +63 977 420 8051. If you have more time, you can also do the Dolphin watching and pay an additional P1,000.
As soon as we arrived at the Canibol Port, what welcomed us is this beautiful scenery. The sea was very calm like it was inviting everyone to sail and enjoy the rest of the day. It was a sign of a good weather and I couldn’t be more grateful for that! I literally asked Kuya Hadji to stop the tricycle so I could take a good shot of this picturesque moment.
Manjuyod Sandbar is only 15 minutes away from Canibol and you can actually see it from the port. It wasn’t really low tide that morning. I think it was between ankle-knee high. But still, it was such an amazing experience to be just right there. It was a long stretch of beach submerged in water. And since we were really early, the place was all to ourselves and we can do freely anything we want. Get naked? Nahhh. LOL.
And then a small boat approached us selling ready-to-be-eaten Sea Urchin for only P20. You have to douse some vinegar and then scoop it out. We were wondering like how the heck they catch Sea Urchins? It’s too spiky and dangerous. And then we tried it. It was good, actually. Buying one was also a simple gesture of help since it was Kuya’s means of living.
Day 3 – 06/17/2017
[03:30 AM – 04:00 AM] Wake up and get ready
[04:00 AM – 04:15 AM] Trike from Harold’s to Ceres Bus Terminal
[04:15 AM – 06:00 AM] Bus ride to Bais terminal (will be picked up by Kuya Hajid)
[06:00 AM – 06:15 AM] Trike from Bais terminal to Canibol Wharf
[06:15 AM – 06:30 AM] Boat ride to Manjuyod Sandbar
[06:30 AM – 08:00 AM] Manjuyod Sandbar experience
[08:00 AM – 09:00 AM] Get back to Canibol Wharf and freshen up
[09:00 AM – 10:30 AM] Travel time back to hotel and siesta
[10:30 AM – 12:00 NN] Check out of Harold’s Mansion
[12:00 NN – 01:30 PM] Lunch at Jo’s Chicken Inato
[01:30 PM – 02:00 PM] Cab going to Dumaguete Airport
[04:55 PM – 06:10 PM] Dumaguete to Manila flight
- If you have entire day to spend, then I suggest you go for the Dolphin watching as well. I heard it’s fun watching them swim around. And wait for the low tide so you can actually see the ‘sandbar’ at Manjuyod.
- If you have limited time, then I suggest you get up and leave early so you can witness the beautiful sunrise in Canibol Port.
- Try the Sea Urchin! It won’t do you harm! Plus, the mere fact that you go to Manjuyod Sandbar only means that you are adventurous. So, what’s stopping you?