Cavite: Patungan Beach

Located in Barangay Patungan in Maragondon, Cavite, Patungan Beach is one of the province's little known beach destinations. It is situated inside Patungang Cove which is south of Mt. Palay Palay which is also known as Pico de Loro.

The area near Patungan Beach is home to about 100 - 200 families, most of which are fishermen hence the alternate name of the barangay -Patungan Fishing Village. According to the locals that I've interviewed, their place was once an isolated barangay, reachable only by boat, horse, or foot. Thankfully, with the completion of the Nasugbu - Ternate Highway and Kaybiang Tunnel, the barangay was finally connected to the  province. However, there are still no direct public transportation system that serves the area coming from Manila. 
The beach from a distance

Check out these photos of Patungan Beach:










Patungan Beach is not your typical white sand beach destination. It has a fine brown sand that turns a bit grayish when dry. The sea water on the other hand is quite murky due to the sand particles in it. Sad to say, despite being free from commercialization, the beach is not totally trash free. Some plastic trash and water lilies from Manila Bay and Bataan eventually finds it way to the beach. Despite of this, the locals tirelessly clean their beach at least twice or thrice daily.  
The cottages in Patungan Beach


Guess who's enjoying the waves


A perfect place to visit on a sunny day

I got to visit Patungan Beach quite by fate. My family and I were actually planning to spend a day in Katungkulan Beach during the long ASEAN "break" last November 13- 17, 2017. However, after driving for two hours from our home, we were surprised to find out that Katungkulan Beach was closed due to the heightened security alert in the Gen. Gregorio Lim Marine Base (you can only reach the beach by passing through the marine base) due to the ASEAN Summit. However, locals said the beach was actually filled with water lilies and is currently being cleaned. Whatever the true reason was, we didn't want to ruin our planned vacation so I Googled for another nearby beach destination and found Patungan Beach. Since it was only about 15 -20 minutes drive from where we are, I took the chance and I could say that it was worth it.
Carabao Island as seen from the beach

As expected there were several visitors there already, most of which tried to visit Katungkulan Beach and also looked for an alternative beach destination, thankfully the beach did not become too crowded. We rented the cottage of Ate Sally Gaa (prices at the RATES section below) and meeting her was also a blessing for us. Ate Sally was very accommodating and hospitable. She made sure that we would have a comfortable stay in her cottage so she kept coming back to provide us with extra pillows and blankets. Because of that we opted to stay overnight. She also accompanied us to buy fresh fishes and gave us several freebies like dried fish, oil for stomach pain, and several medicinal plants to bring home. I even woke up at around 2 to see her patrolling around the cottage to make sure that we are safe. To sum it up, our stay became memorable and safe because of her. 

The family

Inside the cottage
Can you guess what fish this is? (It's a cousin of the bangus)

Before heading to Patungan Beach, let me warn you first that the electricity there is only from 6PM - 10PM. Despite of this, you can still rent a videoke to make your night more lively. Lastly, don't leave without buying fresh fish or squid early in the morning. It's way cheaper here than in Manila.
My daughter enjoying the beach

Overall, Patungan Beach is one of the beaches in Cavite that I will surely comeback to. It really is perfect for family and barkada outings. 


Getting there:


From Manila, the best way to reach Patungan Beach is by driving your own vehicle. After driving through CAVITEX, follow the Daang Governor Road and the Nasugbu - Ternate Highway. Once you reach the fork, turn left. You'd see the Kaybiang Tunnel at about 15 -20 minutes from there. Continue driving until you see the cove. 
Follow this path and rent a boat

Look for that THANK YOU sign

Keep an eye out for the sign board on the right side of the road that shows the way to the beach. Once you see it, park your car at the side of the road and talk to the local in-charge of the parking. 

From there, ride a banca going to the beach. 

Rates:
Parking: P50 day tour / P100 overnight
Banca ride: P50 pax 
Cottage: P1000 day tour / P2000 overnight

Optional
Videoke P1500
Island hopping tour: P1500 = Carabao island, Mugne Island, and Iba Cove

You may bring your tent but you have to talk to a cottage owner to rent his/her area out. Usually they charge P500 for this depending on the owner. 
Ate Sally

If you want quality accommodation I highly suggest the overly hospitable Ate Sally Gaa. You may contact her here: 📱09481834018


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Comments

  1. Wow, will take note of this in my beach list near manila this summer :) Looks like my nieces will enjoy here :)

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    1. Your nieces will surely enjoy it here. =) Don't forget to bring food to grill. =)

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  2. This is a great article! I love the beach, it looks so beautiful. Would deffo love a visit there. The pictures you've added are really good. Nice write-up. Keep them coming! Where are you off to next?

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    1. Hi Gareth! Thanks for the feedback.

      Hopefully Japan is next. =)

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  3. hi
    lovely pictures and sufficient details about the beach and surroundings for a newcomer , the lesser known beaches are always fantastic and your article proves this point

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    1. I agree! The lesser known beaches are always the best. Less crown more time to relax.

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  4. Its a lovely beach but you're a champ for surviving with limited electricity and with family :D

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  5. Looks like a nice place with friendly people. Good location away from tourists.

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    1. It is. I hope to visit it again someday. =)

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  6. Love the post. The cottage looks so quaint and clean and your pics capture the character of the area. I'd like to visit someday!

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    1. Thank you for the feedback. =) Please do visit. You'd surely enjoy it.

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  7. This is an absolutely beautiful place and I love the little cottage you rented! I could very well see myself visiting, so I'm adding this to my bucket list!!

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    1. I would love to see photos of your adventures when you visit. =)

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  8. Wow I didn't know there was a beach close to Manila! Also, thanks for detailed description how to get there. I'm saving this for when I am in Manilla :)
    Anna

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    1. You should visit this beach but honestly, there are more beaches that you can visit near Manila.

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  9. This is fascinating! I have never been but I’ll be sure to put it on my bucket list!

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous, off the beaten path- what more can you want! Looks so peaceful, perfect place to forget about your worries.

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    1. It's also a great place to visit if one is brokenhearted.

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  11. It seems like a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing this info. I think I need to add it to my bucket list.

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  12. There is nothing to compare how beautiful the Philippines is. :D I am so excited to be home in my mother land in a few days. Love the Cavite beach and it looks like tourist haven't overcrowded the place yet which is so amazing :D thanks for sharing :D

    http://itsbeyondimaginations.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog Ann. =)

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  13. Hala, feels like I can stay here if in Cavite and have at least a stay of 1-2 days! Thanks for this, will bookmark!

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  14. Loved the pictures of Patungan Beach that you have captured. I can clearly see you had a great time there with family. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Yes I did Swati. =) Thank you for visiting.

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  15. I always believe things happen for a reason, and is so cool how you were brought to Patungan Beach. It looks amazing, and so serene. I really hope I get to visit one day. Thank you for sharing and including the tips on how to get there and where to rent a boat! :D

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    1. You're welcome Kalyani. Thanks for visiting. =)

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  16. I am researching about the places to visit in the Philippines and this article was very helpful, especially for people like me who like to go off the beaten track! It would be wonderful to stay in a place like this for a couple of days!

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  17. is in not possible to go to the beach by motorcycle? all vehicles need to park to the side of the road way too far from the beach?

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    1. You can actually walk to the beach from the road. However, due to the land ownership issue, no one is allowed to pass or park in the area near the road. Visitors will have to leave their vehicles and ride a boat to the beach.

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  18. Have been there twice now and will keep going back. The villagers are exceptionally nice and helpful. We bring a lot of food to grill. There are sari sari stores there so I was able to buy some extra beer when we ran out 😀

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    1. Wow! I admire you John. I'm a Filipino but I just recently discovered this nice place. Thanks for the positive feedback about Patungan Beach. =)

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    2. Is it still open now? I'm planning to go by the end of next week...? :D

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    3. I've now been there four times Neil and have some great pics of the fishing boats I'd love to send you sometime. I will probably be working with the tourism officer of Maragondon soon to promote everything in the town. It's a very special place with everything from the cove, to the islands, to waterfalls, a river, mountain climbing and many historical sites.

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    4. I would love to see those John. Despite living in the province of Cavite, I have only visited and promoted a small part of the province. I would love to know more about Maragondon.

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  19. Can't contact Ate Sally's number. Do you have other or updated number?

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    1. Sadly, that's the only number she provided me. It is used by her some who usually goes out to fish. Please do try again. It worked last time. =(

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  20. open po ba sya tomorrow?(april 9, 2018) any entrance fee required??

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    1. Hi it's open everyday. May fee silang sisingilin for parking and boat. Wala pa namang "environmental fee" so far.

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  21. Hello po ask ko lang po, kapag nagbangka going to the resort hindi po ba nakakatakot? i mean, ilang oras po ba sa bangka para makarating sa patungan beach resort?

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    1. Hi Shawie. Wala pong resort dito. =( Only community owned cottages. Yung bangka po more or less 5-10 minutes ride lang po.

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    2. is PATUNGAN is the surename of the owner? ty

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  22. is PATUNGAN is the surename of the owner?

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    1. Hello po. Hindi po and beach po ito not a resort. Meaning it is under the management on the local government.

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  23. Some truly choice articles on this web site, saved
    to fav.

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