Bais City Dolphin Watching and Manjuyod White Sand Bar for less than Php1,500
I know what you're thinking... Sand bar and Dolphin watching at less than Php1,500...really? I know it sounds impossible but the answer is yes. Really.
Last December 2019, we went to Dumaguete City for work. Dumaguete is located in Negros Oriental in Visayas. For months, I've been planning to travel around after work to take advantage of the free airfare. I've been searching for ways on where to go and what to do in nearby places. I came across this website that says there's a place in Negros where I can go dolphin watching. I've never seen a dolphin before and I refuse to take part in "ocean parks" that abuse these beautiful creatures just for profit, which is why I was so psyched to find out that there's a place where I can see them in their natural habitat. I was searching for the cheapest tour that fits both my budget and my schedule until I came across this Facebook page that offers dolphin watching and sandbar tour with free lunch for only Php850 per person. At first, I was skeptical because I thought it was too cheap. I checked out their reviews and it seemed legit. There were pictures of families eating on the boat and watching dolphins swim in the wild. I gave it a try. I reserved my slot a few weeks before we went to Negros. It was super worth it! You can check them out on Facebook:
Once you've made your reservation, they will contact you on the day of your tour. The start of the tour is in Bais City. Here's the complete guide on how to get there:
- From Dumaguete, you will need to ride a Ceres Bus in order to get to Bais City. The trip is only for an hour or two depending on the traffic. Fare is at Php68 only for one way.
- You will alight on the bus stop near Mercado de Bais beside Jollibee. Text them when you're there and they will pick you up.
- You will ride a tricycle in front of Mercado de Bais to the port for a boat transfer.
I walked from my hotel, Manhattan Suites Inn, to Ceres bus terminal since it is just a 5-minute walk away. We left for Bais City at around 5 am. Since it was still early, we arrived after an hour in Bais. I contacted the point person for the tour and they picked me up in front of Mercado de Bais. Turns out only 3 people signed up for the tour that day (I was glad that the price of the package didn't change even though there's only 3 of us).
Start of the Tour
We went to see the dolphins first. It was a bit hard to spot them because they swim too fast. Once we got nearer, the experience became truly magical. We were super close to them we can almost touch them! (Better to get in front of the boat to get a clearer view of them in the water!)
Here's a sneak peek of my dolphin watching experience:
We went to Manjuyod Sandbar afterward to relax and eat lunch. I wasn't able to take a picture of our buffet lunch but it consisted of steamed prawns and crabs, rice, and grilled pork chop. We were also given coconut juice and sodas.
Kuya with his paninda in Manjuyod Sandbar at hightide
What to try
You should definitely try eating fresh sea urchins and clams. I bought half of a sea urchin for only Php20 each and I loved it! They are also selling fresh clams at Php300 per dipper.
Sea urchin for Php20? Yes, please!
Fresh Sea Urchins, yum!
You can also try an extreme sport. For only Php150 per person, a motorboat will drag you around while you are holding on for dear life in your inflatable chair. It's fun and not that expensive!
Don't forget your sunblock!
Breakdown of expenses
- Fare to and from Bais City (68 x 2) = Php136
- Tour package per person = Php850
- Tourist tax = Php100
- Tricycle tip = Php100
- Payment for Shower facilities= Php20
This quote is exclusive of flights and hotel accommodations. You may check out skyscanner.com for cheap flights and booking.com for affordable hotels.
Hop on a plane and go see them dolphins on your next weekend get away!