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Did you see the movies by blogger Christian LeBlanc and Most people did and marveled at the spectacular Maldives-like footage of the sandbar nearby Atmosphere Resort.

This insanely beautiful sandbar located less than 2 hours north of the resort has quickly become one of my favourite places to get away to. A peaceful paradise that seems a million miles away from everywhere, it’s like a dream world you can share with just your favourite people – you can hire a boat for your family and friends and you might be lucky to not see another soul all day! That is, unless you decide to head out early and ask the boat crew to cruise out into the Tanon Strait to find the dolphins.


Bais, a city north of Dumaguete, is situated on a part of Negros where the coastline curves back on itself creating a bay. In the middle of the bay sits the gorgeous and pristine Manjuyod Sandbar. The sandbar is only a 15-20 minute boat trip from Bais pier, there are cottages on stilts you can rent for the day/night or just chill on the boat and sand with a picnic lunch and take advantage of the beautiful panoramic views of mountainous Negros and neighbouring Cebu Island.

The Tañon Strait is the longest and deepest Strait in the Philippines which is unsurprisingly, also the natural habitat of several whale and dolphin species. You may encounter the Pan Tropical Spotted Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins and Long Snouted Spinner Dolphins, Melon Headed Whales, Short finned Pilot Whales, Pygmy Sperm Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales, Dwarf Sperm Whales and even a Blue Whale has been spotted a few times. You can pair these two trips to make one epic day that you would surely remember forever.


Watch the footage here:

“The Maldives of the Philippines” by Lost LeBlanc

“Dumaguete – Negros Island by drone!” by

/Becky Stanbridge

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  • Ghana says:

    Can you stay overnight?

  • Barb Barker says:

    Can you tell me how to book and how much the stilt houses are? We are going in early April.

    • Ulrika Kroon says:

      Hi Barb, you can contact the Bais City Tourism Office, (035)541-5161 / 402-8174 or
      Most people will rent a boat for the day which costs between 2500 and 3000, not sure how much the cost is for overnight but they will be able to tell you. Cheers!

  • Ana says:

    Hi we’re interested I Going to this famous sandbar. How do we get there. How.much is the charge of the boat how.much is the entrance to the sand bar

    • Ulrika Kroon says:

      Hi! If you stay overnight at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, we will give you a rate depending on how many you are as a daytrip. The sandbar is 2 hours away from here. To find out the rates for entrance and boats of you go on your own, we are sorry but we don’t know. The best would be to contact the tourist office in Bais. Thanks!

  • aaliyah says:

    how far is this place from dumaguete airport? thanks 🙂

  • Anamaria says:

    Do you rent out the cottages on the sea as seen in the clip? If so for how much per night for 2 people?

    Thank you

    • Ulrika Kroon says:

      Hi Anamaria,
      The municipality in Bais rents out the cottages, not Atmosphere as we only do day tours. You would have to inquire with their tourist office. Thanks!

  • Gemma says:


    How long does the city of Bais tourism response to an email?
    I sent two emails but have not heard from them. Can you recommend a nice beachfront hotel that is closer in the area? I was looking in to Liquid Dumaguete but it is a long drive from the resort to Bais. Thank you!

    Warm regards,

    • Ulrika Kroon says:

      Hi Gemma,
      We don’t know how long that takes – we run trips to the Sandbar and we are close to Liquid but none of us are close to the sandbar. Villa Pedro Boutique Hotel is around 1 hour away and has good reviews:
      They may also be able to help you with excursions to the sandbar.

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