A Guide for Manjuyod White Sandbar, Philippines

Manjuyod Sandbar Philippines Intro

Just few places in the world are so unbelievably beautiful and (yet!) not extremely touristic and Manjuyod White Sandbar is undoubtedly one of them! The place is called by many people «the Maldives of the Philippines» and since I have yet to visit the Maldives I can do nothing but believe them! Reaching this little paradise is neither the easiest nor the trickiest thing ever but it has to be well planned in advance. The reason is not only because it is more likely for you to have to rent a boat for going there (and this may be impossible to be organized in advance) but also the arrival time can change the entire experience completely! But let’s start from scratch with the Manjuyod Sandbar Guide !

Manjuyod Sandbar Guide Philippines

-Where is the Manjuyod White Sandbar?

This unique place is located on Negros Oriental island, central Visayas,  in the Philippines. Bais is the closest city where you can find the pier, some local places to eat, a market and just 1-2 hotels where you can spend the night before or after your adventure. The town center is very small but still has its own Jollibee and a velvet local feeling! People are friendly too as anywhere in the Philippines anyway!

white Sandbar Philippines


-How to get to Manjuyod Sandbar?

First of all you have to arrive at Negros island. Flights from Manila, Cebu and other Filipino cities/ islands operate to Bacolod (Negros Occidental) and Dumaguete (Negros Oriental) cities. Also, there are ferries from Cebu for both cities but going to Bacolod can take 20hours when for Dumaguete only 4-5! In addition, ferries can be found from Guimaras, Siquijor, Bohol, Iloilo and other surrounding islands. After reaching the island it is time to find your way to Bais. Fortunately, the public buses starting from Dumaguete to Bacolod (and vice versa) usually stop in Bais but make sure to ask beforehand if so as they may take a different route! Dumaguete- Bais is a short  1-hour ride and Bacolod a good 5-hour (however, we spent more than 6 hours when we did it as the weather was pretty bad that day so be prepared or…just choose any other day!). Both routes have beautiful sceneries and pass through local villages that worth the ”hassle”. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself standing for the most part of the journey; the buses are the primary transportation method for the locals. From Bais city you have to take a tricycle to reach the pier; this can take up to 10 minutes- negotiate the price if you can! The boats usually leave from the Capiñahan Wharf but this depends on the provider you have booked from. Some providers even offer you a free pick-up and/or drop-off from/to the bus stop or a nearby hotel so it might worth asking!

Manjuyod Sandbar Guide Philippines


-What about the tour?

The entire tour offered by the providers includes whale/ dolphin watching along with the sandbar experience and they sometimes offer food on board (as there is nothing here!). However, you can opt the sandbar experience only (as we did).  Prices start from £10 per person (and sometimes even less!) but we managed to rent a private boat for less than £17 in total! We were there at the end of the season so it might have  affected the prices. Contact us for our guide phone number, however locals in Bais city will approach you anyway to offer you tours – they know why you are here, this the main attraction in the area! Keep in mind that the prices offered by the hotels are usually higher as they usually earn commissions.

boat to white sandbar

-What s the best time to start this adventure?

The earlier the better. The sea covers the entire sand stretch in only few hours so the earlier you arrive here (even at 7am, aka thoughout the low tide) the wider the sandbar will be (for photos, observing, exploring etc.) and as soon as the sea water hides everything you can swim, snorkel or just sunbathe on the boat. That way you will enjoy both sides (high and low tide) of this mesmerizing place. Also if you skip the dolphin watching tour you can be here earlier than most of the boats and enjoy your place at your own pace!

Manjuyod Sandbar hotel

the Maldives of the Philippines

I have to admit it, I am convinced! Can I stay here for ever?

Theoretically, yes you can as these cute houses are part of a hotel. However, there is no electricity during the night and you have to take care of your own food well in advance! Other than that, they are quite affordable (around £50 per night, 2018) so you may reduce the «for ever» to ”few days”?

white sandbar Philippines Hotel

Any other tips? Can I stay around the Manjuyod Sandbar?

Most of the people do the whole trip in one day aka arriving early morning and leaving straight after. However, I found this to be too tiring so we arrived the day before to wander in the town for a while and to rest in one of the very few hotels. So yes, you can stay around Bais but book early to avoid disappointment if you decide to be here the night before or spend the night after your trip.


As a result of sleeping here the night before, we managed to be on the go very early and to see the place in every tide condition. I think that was the best decision ever!  Of course it is doable as a day trip from Dumaguete but you can be overwhelmed by the variable methods of transportation and very late for the low tide too. Take food and plenty of water, your camera and snorkelling masks (some huge starfishes live here!), sunscreen and a hat / sunglasses as the sunlight is harsh and… enjoy!

Manjuyod Sandbar where to stay

Manjuyod Sandbar Guide Philippines


Long story short that was my guide for Manjuyod Sandbar, Philippines and hopefully you found it easy to follow! I strongly believe that you should consider visiting the “Maldives of the Philippines” before it becomes an extremely touristic spot- and it has the dynamic to do so. If the mass tourism “discovers” it, the place might turn to a new Phi Phi and loose all of its magic. But… fingers crossed not!
What do you think? Does it look like a place you could spend time? Have you ever visited a sandbar?

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  1. Kashlee Kucheran

    The Maldives of the Philippines… that sounds WAY more budget friendly for my wallet 😉
    Great post, it makes me want to head over there while I am in SEA this winter!

  2. Kavita Favelle

    How beautiful! And I loooove the look of those simple chalets on stilts for people to stay overnight. Really appreciate your tips on travelling there, and also about the advantage of getting there early to see it without the crowds and also have longer before the tide comes in. Gorgeous!

  3. Doreen Pendgracs

    Any place that is referred to as “the Maldives of the Philippines” sounds like a great place to me! I’d love to visit the Manjuyod White Sandbar. And, yes. I visited a great sandbar in Grand Cayman.

  4. Jim Jones

    Love this place – looks amazing! My first reaction was also “Can I stay here forever???” The lack of electricity and the food thing kind of kills it for me long-term, but this would be the perfect spot for a “get away from it all” vacation.

  5. alison netzer

    What an amazing place. Manjuyod White Sandbar is my dream come true. I could handle the no electricity for a couple of nights in order to stay in such a gorgeous place. What an experience.

  6. Neha

    if you had not mentioned I won’t have ever guessed that these houses are part of a hotel. I would definitely like to live here. The place looks perfect for swimming and enjoying the tides. I always wonder that Philippines has so many such naturally beautiful places, how does one decide what to include and what not.

  7. Sandy N Vyjay

    The Manjuyod White Sandbar is really fascinating. Have read about it and find it really unique. Another of the seemingly inexhaustible treasures of the Philippines. Would love to stay in one of those beautiful looking huts and spend a day there.

  8. Amrita Sen

    Wow, the place looks absolutely gorgeous. I have heard about so many places in Philippines, but this one is new again. The huts look dreamy and so beautiful. Well may be I would love to spend there a couple of days, if not forever, 🙂

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