MANJUYOD SANDBAR: The Maldives of the Philippines or a Gem Unique on its Own?

There are not many top tourist destinations in the country that are overpopulated and over-commercialized. Places the likes of Boracay, Palawan, etc. fall exactly to this very criterion.

But what if I tell you that there are still some tourist-worthy places in the country that are only as popular due to their relative obscurity?

If you are at the “belly” of the Philippine archipelago—the Visayas region—there is one waiting only to be discovered for the daring travelers.

But which better place to source this so-called “hidden gem” of a site than the province of Negros Oriental, home to the less proverbial Manjuyod White Sandbar.

Like what much is true to the beautiful shores in this particular region of the country, Manjuyod White Sandbar’s greatest selling point is in its less commercialized and less populated make-up.

When many people, both locals, and tourists alike, are cramping in a single space in either Palawan, Boracay, or similar venue, people who discovered the alleged “Maldives of the Philippines,” sans the luxuries, find respite in a paradise almost reserved to them.

But undeniably, the sheer beauty of the place makes for another great reason to its visit. Where in the world do you normally get to a 7-kilometer long stretch of land covered with white sands? Most surprisingly, even for an island, this place is devoid of palm trees that typically wave at arriving guests.

It is with great irony that such a beautiful place should appear almost desolate when it makes for an ideal setting for most people, particularly travelers who on a retreat from the toxic life in the city.

However, it is worth noting that the “sandbar” in its title is not just any other name attributed to the place. The overall place is, indeed, a sandbar which comes with its own caveats.

One major indicator whether your trip to Manjuyod White Sandbar is worth it or not is in the level of the tides. The best time to visit this isolated landmass is at low tide where the water has receded enough to bring out an island. One effective way you can easily offset this hurdle is to refer to a weather forecast when planning for a visit.

As an atoll in the middle of the sea, getting to the place is not as simple as chartering for a ride to and from the place with the locals. While that kind of transaction work from other places, definitely not in Bais City, Negros Oriental. To rent a ride, you would need to refer to the tourism office first.

Previously, it was mentioned that Manjuyod White Sandbar is synonymous to the Maldives but without the luxuries. Only a handful of structures can be found in the place and, even then, the service they offer tend to be very basic, to say the least.

Lastly, this strip of land over the sea is not a place for eating out. Sure, there are a few vendors who try to make some bucks selling local sea harvests like sea urchins, oysters, and even fresh coconuts sourced from the mainland. But these are not necessarily the type of foods that will make a sumptuous meal. So, to counter this problem, bring your own food.


Boat Rental – 3,500 to 4,000 depending on the size of the boat.The boat can bring for up to 15 pax for the whole day tour to Manjuyod Sandbar, Bais City Bird Sanctuary, Mangrove Forest, and Dolphin Watching.
Cottage rental in Manjuyod Sandbar: 3,000/daytime use only, 4,000/overnight; 6,000/24 hour use. If you wish to stay overnight, make sure to bring enough water, flashlights, first aid kits, etc.
Since cottages are limited in number, most tourists/groups are just eating at their rented pump boats.


1.Visiting Manjuyod Sandbar would be best during summer (December to May). You may check for the weather condition to be sure..
2.It would be best to travel in a group of at least 4-5 persons so that you can save on the cost such as boat rental.
3.It would be best to start the tour early in the morning to spot some dolphins and maximize your trip.
4.There are no restaurants in Manjuyod, so bring all that you need including food, water, etc. When visiting the place.
5.Make sure to bring enough battery for your camera or power banks as there is no electricity at the place.
6.Manjuyod is a sandbar, so there are no trees nor shades. Bring enough of sunscreen and drinking water.


The nearest airport is located in Dumaguete City. From the airport take a tricycle and ask the driver to bring you to the Ceres Terminal. At the terminal, ask what Bus to take which will pass by Bais. Tell the conducted to drop you to Brgy. Calindagan, Bais City. You may further tell the conductor that you are heading for Manjuyod so that they would know where to drop you exactly.

Take then a tricycle to take you to Canibol Wharf or Capinahan Wharf. From there you can rent a boat for the whole day tour.

Other attractions which you may consider when preparing your Manjuyod trip itinerary

Obviously, if you are visiting Manjuyod most likely you will pass by Dumaguete City. Most tourists spends a day or two in this city. Please click below for the Travel Guide.

Dumaguete Travel Guide

Another spectacular attraction found in Dumaguete City area is the Apo Island. Popular for divers because of its protected marine sanctuary.

Apo Island Travel Guide

The Mystical Island of Siquijor is just a boat away from Dumaguete City. You can have a coastal trip to the Island for just a day. You can opt to go back to Dumaguete City late in the afternoon.

Siquijor Travel Guide

You might have heard already the Oslob Whale Shark attractions. Oslob is located in the southern part of Cebu Island and is relatively near Bais City.

Oslob Whale Shark Watching

Moalboal is another attraction in Southern part of Cebu Island.It is known for its beaches, snorkeling and diving spots.

Moalboal Travel Guide

For the adventurous buddies. canyoneering will surely be a great thing to do. If you are visiting Oslob or Moalboal, you might as well want to experience this unique experience.

Badian Canyoneering Travel Guide

While in Manjuyod or Dumaguete, it would be easy for you to visit Bacolod City. You can take a night bus schedule and arrive in Bacolod early in the morning.

Bacolod Travel Guide

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