Adventures and Sports
Magical Moment: Watch Dancing Dolphins in Bais, Dumaguete
Yua Dominguez | Aug 22, 2016
Who would’ve thought that it is possible to witness and enjoy the spectacle of dancing dolphins out in the open sea? It's definitely a gazillion times better than a front seat in Ocean Adventure. It may cost a few thousands of pesos to fly over Dumaguete, ride a bus to Bais, and to hire a boat. You may be a few moolah/s poorer but I guarantee that you will come out of it richer in experience— it is an magical moment which you'd surely remember.
The unforgiving sun burned my skin as I waited along with my friends anticipating the coming of these dolphins. I was getting more anxious as each minute passed, too aware of the possibility that they may not show up at all. The sea was calm. Everyone's attention was on the water, hoping to see some movement, any movement that would indicate they were there. We were warned that we would need a bit of luck and prayer to see what we came for, so we started praying.
In a blink of an eye, their heads suddenly showed up in the deep blue waters. Everybody let out an involuntary scream of joy. I immediately laid down at the bow of the boat with my camera, making sure I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to document these playful aquatic mammals.
Some people in the group grabbed their mask and dipped their heads down in the water while the boat is moving just so they could all have a clearer view of these beautiful creatures. Seeing their skin glisten up close and observing them swim all the way to the bottom of the ocean was captivating. Pretty soon it was over and they disappeared completely from our view.
I was exhausted but elated. My heart was beating fast as if ran a 100-meter dash in a few seconds. The long waiting time for them to come out again was inescapable. The magical moment felt surreal. I cant believe this is one off my bucket list.
Check my recommended itinerary below:
- Boat tour to Manjuyod Sandbar & Dolphin watching - Php 3,500 good for 9 persons
- Private van to and from Bais from Dumaguete City - Php 3,000 (Or via air condition public bus that's about Php 60 per head/per way)
4:30am - 5:30am Dumaguete City to Bais
5:30am - 6:00am Market
6:00am - 6:15am Bais port
6:15 am - 7:15am Travel in the middle of the ocean
7:15am - 9:00am Spot for dolphins/dolphin watching
9:00am - 10:00am Go to Manjuyod Sandbar
10:00am - 12:00nn Chill at Manjuyod Sandbar
12:00nn - 1:00pm Prepare and have lunch on the boat or at the stilts
1:00pm - 3:00pm Enjoy and relax at the stilts
3:00pm - 4:00pm Go back to the Bais port
4:00pm - 5:00pm Go back to Dumaguete City
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