‘I want to live in a Nipa in the middle of the Ocean!’
The Sandbar in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental is now famous among Filipino tourists who want to get a feel of Maldives without technically travelling for 3386 miles. Surely, this ambience — three Nipa houses proudly standing in a 2.32 square miles of white sands (sometimes dry,sometimes wet) in the midst of the blue and green seas; and torn among these mighty sun, moody clouds, and rolling power of the tides —is majestic.
Before visiting this place, here are the Three Good-to-Know
1.) Book a boat in advance
The Sandbar got instant fame due to a romantic film shot in this area. After that, the arrival of tourists were unexpected. It would be best if you book a boat in advance. You can coordinate to the municipality of Manjuyod, local friends you know, or to this local fisherman I know- Ariel with only phone contact (+63) 9367416721
2.) Check high-tide and low-tide time
If it is already high-tide, you can no longer see the white sands as these are already submerged in water. Growing up from the city afar from the seas, I already forgot about the high tide/low tide concept taught in elementary. I did not realise that I could have used it in my itinerary planning. We went there around 8:30am when the sun is high and unfortunately..the sea is high.
When visiting The Sandbar, please get updated on high tide and low tide forecast for the place. You may check with google, the municipality, or the fisherman.
3.) Only Invite Positive Friends
It is better to enjoy the place with positive friends. You can take selfies, do jump shots, take pictures of each other, and compliment each other. With negative friends, all you may hear are complains. In what happened to us, failing to meet the low tide could be a big deal to negative people. Good thing was– all of my friends are positive people. We still enjoyed the place. And we will just come back.