The White Sandbar, also known as Sumapao Shoal, is located at Manjuyod and is of close proximity from Bais. You can reach the stretch of the beautiful white sand through a 15 – 20 minute boat ride from Capiñahan Wharf in Bais.
The whole day boat rental rate is P2,500 for a maximum group of 15. The sand bar is basically in the middle of the sea and upon reaching the area, you may walk around and take photos, swim, or sunbathe.
Another option is, like what we did, we went to buy at the wet market and had the boatmen cook and prepare our lunch for an island living vibe. There are also vendors selling fresh coconut juice and sea urchins roaming around the sand bar.
There are a few native cottages built on stilts that can be booked for overnight stays.
There is a designated boat in the area for the toilet where tourists may also change clothes for beach and aura outifts or into dry clothes after the sand bar experience.
We advice to get to the sand bar between 10am to 1pm as the water level is really low during these times with the usually submerged spots visible like a little island in the middle of nowhere.
At Tañon Strait, you can go for the dolphin and whale watching but it is dependent upon the water current and waves. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t get the chance to go dolphin and whale watching since the waves are a little too strong when we visited. Before heading back to Bais, you may also come visit the Bird Sanctuary and Mangrove Park depending on your preference.
How to get there:
From Dumaguete City:
Take Ceres Bus at the terminal in Barangay Calindagan or take a jeepney at Dumaguete – Bais terminal to Lo-oc Road.
From Bacolod City:
Take Ceres bus from Ceres North terminal for 5 – 6 hours for 235 pesos per person. In Bais terminal, you can ride a tricycle for 100 pesos good for 4 persons to the Capiñahan Wharf.