DAY 2: February 16
Sadly, the breakfast buffet is only available from 6:00 am. No breakfast for us. We had to leave at around 4:30 am to Ceres Bus Terminal. From there, we got on the earliest bus to Bais that we could.
The travel to Bais is about an hour and a half. At Bais, we met with our contact person from whom we availed of a tour package.
Package: 800 PHP per person
1st destination – 1st half of the Manjuyod sandbar
2nd destination – Dolphin watching
3rd destination – 2nd half of the Manjuyod sandbar
From the bus stop, we still had to ride a tricycle that will take us to the port. It was 50 PHP per person.
At the port, there was a small boat waiting for us. It carried a total of 4 tourists, me and my girlfriend and another couple.
Our 1st stop: My first time on an actual sandbar! I was amazed! There’s a piece of land that you can stand on in the middle of the sea! The water was so clear, you can actually see some marine life like crabs!
There are vendors on boats as well. They sell oysters and sea urchins! Yummy!
Our 2nd stop: Sad, we were not able to see any dolphin. As per the local, the best time to go dolphin watching is when the sea is calm. Dolphins would play around and the boats will sometimes try to catch up to them.
They also said summer is when the sea is calmest and where dolphins would show up more often.
Our 3rd stop: The 2nd half of the Manjuyod sandbar. It was amazing! Same as the 1st but wider! It actually reminded me of how the Maldives was set up.
There were cottages on stilts! When we got there, the water was knee to waist high. But, there are times that the sand floor will show up. But still, it was a great experience! You can rent the cottages for parties too.
You can order oysters, sea urchins etc. They also offer banana boat rides and other variations.