Yay or Nay: Bais and Manjuyod Sand Bar
|High tide at the sand bar|
A quick one-hour flight to Dumaguete and a two-hour drive brought us to Bais, a city located off the east side of the Negros Island. The city is home to the most successful azucareras in the country.
We stayed in Casa Sandoval, a pension house along the main highway in Bais. The rooms are a bit small and old but clean. For its low price, you get what you paid for. The owner was very kind and accommodating, however, the receptionist at the time of our stay was useless and inefficient to say the least. I feel like it's either he did not undergo proper training, or he did but just refused to be an efficient staff while the boss is away. He was always on his phone but when you have concerns about the room, he couldn't timely address them. Requests were ignored... not not fulfilled but totally ignored. Other than this staff, the place is okay.
Our tour commenced early the following day with a dolphin watching activity on Bais Bay. At first we thought we wouldn't be able to see a single dolphin but the moment we reached the spot where they all congregate, we were left in awe. It was as if an entire population of dolphins went our way--it was fun!
|Dolphin-watching on Bais Bay|
|Water is waist-deep|
|Fresh buko and uni for sale|
|Lunch is served!|
|The only piece of visible sand bar we saw during our visit|
Nay for the many boats crowding the sand bar; nay for seeing a potential to be a party island; nay for the loud music (yes, Tita here, hello?!!!); and nay for coming here not in the peak of the summer--we did not see the beautiful and expansive sand bar we've been seeing on social media posts.
Here is a video that sums up our experience in Bais and Manjuyod Sand Bar. Enjoy in HD!