Bais Dolphin Watching located 45 minutes drive from Dumaguete, Bais is a small seaside town on the Tanon Strait, a stretch of deep blue water between Cebu and Negros islands. The Tanon Strait protected seascape and is a natural breeding ground for major populations of whales and dolphins.
Home to nine major species of Marine mammals, it is recognized as having one of the biggest concentrations of cetaceans in the world. 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.
Boats leave Capiñahan Wharf, Bais early in the morning, around 8 to 10am and cruise along Bais Bay then out to Tañon Strait for a 2-3 hour watching tour. After an incredible sea mammal experience, you can then head to Manjuyod White Sand Bar, known as the maldives of the Philippines. Here you can savor a native lunch of grilled pork and fish while looking out into the blue sea and sky and the white sands of Manjuyod. This place is also ideal for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling and scuba diving on the nearby reefs.
The experience is best if you choose to go with an accredited tour operator who will not only ensure that you have a safe and comfortable experience, but will also provide you with experienced marine experts that can guide you on the unique ecosystem and marine biodiversity of the Tanon Strait.
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.
What to bring with you
Sunscreen, Flip Flops, Towel, Hat, Binoculars
How to get there
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If you are feeling adventurous and want to get there yourself, you can take a 45 Minute Ceres Bus from the Main terminal in Dumaguete to Bais City and a short tricycle ride to Capiñahan Wharf where you can find many private boats and guide to take you on a day tour.
SCHEDULE(may be changed upon request)
6:30 AM-7:00 AM Capiñahan Wharf, signing of passenger manifesto
7:00 AM-8:00 AM Departure from Capiñahan Wharf to Tañon Strait
8:00 AM-10:00 AM Dolphin/Whale Watching 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Travel to Manjuyod Sandbar 11:00AM-2:00 PM Lunch and Swimming (a simple lunch of grilled food can be prepared on the tour boat. Tourism officers can assist visitors in buying the necessary ingredients./You can choose to bring your own lunch as well.) 2:00 PM-2:30PM Visit Talabong mangrove forest 2:30 PM-3:00 PM Head back to Capiñahan Wharf
Boat rental from 3,000 to 6,000 Peso depending on Party size
Day tours from Dumaguete including Manjuyod Sandbar around 5,000 per person
7.00 am to 4.00 pm daily