Bais Dolphin Watching

The waters off the coast of Bais are well known in the area as one of the best spots to get a glimpse of these marine mammals in their natural habitat. Most people dolphin watching in Bais combine this activity with a stay on the Manjuyod White Sandbar.  This can be done as a day-trip from Dumaguete if you plan ahead and go early but you may want to consider a night's stay in one of the areas resorts.  Adventurous types can even spend the night in one to the iconic elevated bungalows that line the sand bar.

The Bais Bay-Tañon Strait is home to 9 out of 23 species of marine mammals to have been sighted in Philippine waters.  This area is acknowledged to have one of the biggest concentrations of cetaceans in the world. Bais City is an excellent place in the Philippines to go whale and dolphin watching because of this unique eco-system. The city is located along the coast of Tañon Strait, a body of water that lies between the islands of Negros and Cebu. The flat calm water of the strait makes it a suitable breeding and feeding ground for whales and dolphins.

Dolphin & Whale Watching

Travel time from Dumaguete takes 45 minutes to 1 hour with busses traveling regularly to the area. Once in Bais City, get off at the city plaza and take a tricycle that will bring you to Capiñahan Wharf.  You'll board your boat and be taken on a cruise along Bais Bay and past the Manjuyod White Sand Bar as you head out to the Tañon Strait.  The most common species to see are long-snouted spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and spotted dolphins.  These pods of dolphins will swim right alongside your boat as they go about doing their fishing.  Pygmy killer whales, dwarf whales, and pygmy sperm & pilot whales can also be spotted in these waters.

After cruising the Tañon Strait your boat will set anchor on the Manjuyod White Sand Bar to stop off for lunch.  This area is also perfect for lounging in the sun, snorkeling,or taking a swim. There is even scuba diving to be had at a nearby reef. It truly is a special experience look out to the waters that stretch out to the horizon and only be waits deep in water.

The best time for Bais dolphin watching is from March to October when the waters are the calmest.  The winds in the rainier months can causes the dolphins and whales to emerge less regularly and makes it harder to spot them. This really is a full day trip. If you are coming from Dumaguete expect to leave town no later than 7:00 AM and not be back until the sun is setting.  

Bais Hotels

There are two hotel in Bais for travelers who want to get a fresh start in the morning.  La Planta Hotel is located in the Bais City's business district with well appointed air-conditioned rooms that cost between P1,000 to P1,700.  Rooms at the hilltop Bahia Hotel cost around P700 for basic accommodation in one of their double rooms.

Bais Dolphin Watching Cost

Bais City is a little over an hours drive from Dumaguete City with regular jeepneys and buses that travel to the area.  You'll probably be happier, however, if you just go ahead and hire a van to take you there.  Van rental from Dumaguete to the Capiñahan Wharf costs around P1,500 and will be right there ready to take you home after a long day out on in the sun.  Your tour will begin at Bais City's Capiñahan Wharf.  Boats good for 20 persons cost between P4,000 to P6,000. A smaller 15 persons boat is P3,000 but expect a bumpier and wetter ride. You can also get our to see the dolphins on a small banca that is good for 1-4 people for P2,000 and a reservation fee of 500 PHP.  This offer is only available by going to the Bais Tourism Day Tour through the tourism office. 

 

Bais Dolphin Watching

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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Bais Dolphin Watching