Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ghetto S Travels: Dolphin Watching at Bais City, Philippines


Hello pretties!  Please do remember that another Ghetto also exists---other than my better half ghetto, Ghetto B:)  I know I have been in outer space for a while and I terribly miss you:P  Please forgive me *bats eyelashes...

Anyhoo,  since its so summer already here in our country, please allow me to share with you where I had my summer vacay.  Maybe you might be interested in going there too sometime.

I grew up in Bacolod but I never knew that I can actually see dolphins swim in their natural habitat just four hours from there.  Not until I was in Manila already.  So since I  decided to spend my April holiday in Bacolod, I made plans of seeing those dolphins with my family.  I know this experience will be different and unforgettable.  As I checked some websites, I found out that the best times to go there w ould be during the months of April to October when the water is relatively calm.  Dolphins are rarely seen when the waves are strong.  I thought…

Dolphins in natural habitat = APRIL to October

Ghetto S in natural habitat(Bacolod) = first week of APRIL

Light bulb:  Why not go see the dolphins?!  And so we did. Allow me pretty ones and handsomes to share to 
you the details about my Dolphin Watching trip at BAIS.

Dolphin Wacthing is available at BAIS City.  It is more or less 4 hours drive from Bacolod by private vehicle via Mabinay.(Please make sure to drive carefully because the road in Mabinay is Zigzag)  If you are from Dumaguete, I think it is more or less an hour drive.  If you don’t have a car, there are cars for rent available in Bacolod.  I think around 1500-1800 for a van that can carry 8-12 people.  Gas consumption is more or less one full tank for back and forth travel. 

We left Bacolod at about 4pm and arrived at Manjuyod at around 8pm. Manjuyod is a town beside Bais about 15 minutes drive.  We decided to stay in Manjuyod because my brother has a friend who owns a resort, Aroma Campuyo Resort.  The resort is simple and nice.  The beach is not that much since its not a white sand beach but still the resort is big and very affordable.  The cottages are air conditioned and clean plus they serve food like sinigang, crispy pata, tapsi and etc.  We got a family room for 1300 with 6 beds and plus 150 pesos for an extra be.  This is a basic air conditioned room with one bathroom.  Not bad, right?  
Click HERE if you wanna check Aroma Campuyo Resort at Manjuyod.


And also, even though the resort is not located at BAIS, they actually have a Dolphin Watching boat that you can rent for 3500Php for the whole day.  The boat can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.  (I suggest that you stick to this number and not risk the danger of being overloaded)  if you are more than 15, there are bigger boats that can accommodate around a maximum of 40 people.  These boats already have a griller, which will allow you to make “ihaw” and a CR, just in case you need to go to the loo anytime.  Unfortunately, the boat was already booked for the next day when we arrived at Manjuyod so I strongly suggest that you make early bookings because it would really be unfortunate if you go there and find out that all the boats are fully booked.  That would be sad.  In our case though, we decided to just set out early for Bais the next day and see if there are other boats that can still accommodate us.  We woke up around 5 am and set out for Bais.  While in Bais, we asked help from the police station to help us find the Capinahan Wharf.  They were kind enough to take us there.  At Capinahan Wharf, we talked to the boatmen, one boatman was renting his boat at 8000Php but would happily give it to us at 4500Pho for that day, he said that its good for 40 people, but betchabygolly wow, there was only 9 of us, we don’t need that boat!  And so we talked to another one. He owned a smaller boat which was good foor 15 people, perfect size.  He was renting it at 4500Php.  After bargaining, we agreed to take the boat at 3500 Php.  During my internet research prior to the trip, it was mentioned that these boats are rented at  2500Php – 3000Php.  The price increase might be due to the gasoline price increase or maybe they were just taking advantage of the fact that we are walk in clients—like we wont have a choice anymore.  So I suggest that you make early bookings and while booking you ask for your itinerary for the day.  I think that the mangrove tour is included in the IT which was not included in out IT.  In short "nautakan" kami. :p Oh well thats what you get for last minute planning.

I have read somewhere that the boat will actually be used whole day, like 7am-4pm.  But in our case, we went back to land early.  In fact, I think too early.  We started the trip at 8am and finished at 1pm.  So I suggest again that know where they will be taking you for the day.  Of course, since we were last minute bookers, I did not know our right and I kind of forgot about what I have read from the internet too. 
So here is what happened…we arrived at the Wharf 6am, after making a deal with the boatman, we went to the market to buy cooked food for breakfast,  fresh seafoods  to be grilled for lunch, cooked rice for lunch and some supplies like water, utensils and charcoals.  We arrived again at the Wharf around 730am and set off to go see the dolphins.  We had breakfast during the boat trip,  theres a table so eating Is not so hard afterall. 

GHETTO S SUGGESTS: 

If you can, do bring the stuffs that are needed like the untensils, water, chips and charcoals from the origin city(Bacolod or Dumaguete)  and only buy cooked rice and fresh seafoods at the Bais Market to save time and money.  And yes, there is a griller aboard the boat so you can grill during the boatride.

Leave your hotel/resort early.  Be sure to be at the Wharf around 5am or 6am.  The earlier, the better, the more likely you can see the Dolphins.  Please take note that there are times that you will not be able to see the dolphins.  These are when the weather is bad, the waves are strong and if you arrive really late.  The first 2 are beyond your control, you can only pray for good weather and calm waves but the last one would depend on you.


We were very lucky at that time because God was good and he made the sky blue and clear.  We arrived at the Tanon Strait at around 8am.  Our boat went around and around… until we spotted them!!! Swimming and playing with us!!! 

The boatman told me that they can only chase dolphins an hour after you first spotted one.  He says this is because of the high price of the crude oil.








This is our boatman’s information:
Ma. Cristy Dolphin Watching – Bais City
09275486866/09324605844

The experience was definitely priceless.  The dolphins were soooo cute and amazing. 

After dolphin watching, we are now headed to the sandbar. 


This pristine 7 kilometer stretch of premium white sand can be accessed via a short 15 minute boat ride from Capiñahan Wharf in the South Bais Bay, Bais City Negros Oriental. It is basically an island towards the North Bais Bay in the Tañon Strait that emerges only during low tides. On the island you can find native wooden houses built on stilts – and which, during high tide, appears to be floating on the water. These cottages could be rented for overnight staysand can be booked at the Bais City Tourism Office








This place reminds me of Maldives!  There are 4 villas in the sandbar which are solar powered.  You can rent it for 1500Php a night only.  I think its not air conditioned but who cares?  You will have full access of fresh air anyway.  Isnt it way better than air con?  Don’t worry, electricity for the lights is available.  Take note though that at night,  you will actually be in the middle of nowhere.  No land access.  So I guess if youhave kids with you, I advice not to take the sandbar villas.  You can make reservations for the sandbar villas 


So anyway, after lunch aboard the boat, you are now free to swim at the sandbar.  Don’t forget to bring your snorkling gears if you intend to go snorkling because unlike the boats in Puerto Galera, they don’t rent out snorkling gears at Bais.    After swimming at the sandbar,  the boat will now bring you back to the wharf where you first took off.  That’s basically your day.  For me, it is worth every dime you pay msot especially if you have a good number of people with you.

I hope I have included every information that you need for the trip, in case you wanna go Dolphin watching at Bais in the future.  If you have any questions, please feel free to write it at the comment and I will gladly answer them (if I know tha answer that is) hahahaJ

That’s all  for now pretties and handsomiesJ 

Ciao

Ghetto S

5 comments:

  1. this is an amazing experience! i love the sandbar! the water is very clear, this is sooo relaxing!

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  2. Hi Issa!:)

    Yes indeed...amazing! Experiences that you can really say is all worth it:) Take Care

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  3. Thanks for this nice feature of our place. Hope you visit us again soon.

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  4. we are planning to visit this place next month. I got more excited after seeing ur blog. thanks :)

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  5. The dolphins are so cute... and the girl watching the dolphins.. ;-)

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