Maragondon: Kaynipa Cove Awaits to be Discovered
Caylabne, Puerto Azul, and Boracay de Cavite. These are just some of the beautiful beaches that can be found in the town of Ternate. But yet, there is one small cove that is just waiting to be discovered: the Kaynipa Cove. Among its features are its breathtaking view, fine white sands, and gentle waves. But what sets this beach apart from the other beaches is its affordability, as well as it is (currently) being secluded.
The beach is actually not part of our itinerary because we originally intended to go to El Fraile (Fort Drum). But the unrelenting weather did not allow us to go and reach the historic fortress.
We left the small barrio of Patungan (Brgy Mercedes) early in the morning on a small fishing boat. Like in our previous expeditions, Mang Victor is our guide. The seas were calm at the start, but as we go further from the shore the seas slowly went wild. Fearing that the strong waves would eventually ‘crush’ our boat, we were advised to abort and return to shore. Trusting with the man with more than thirty years experience on the open sea, we followed his advice, and at the same time dismayed with the unpredictable weather. But we’re offered a consolation: he told us of a cove where we can dock.
Even from the distance, we can see a tiny strip of white sandy shore. When we reached the shore, we were further amazed and appreciated its beauty. But the first thing that we noticed is its quietness.
The beach is located in Barangay Sapang and is situated between the famous Caylabne Beach Resort and Boracay de Cavite. The cliffs and the lush green forest that surrounds the beach compliments its breathtaking view. And being inside the cove, the waves coming here are calm which makes swimming ideal. It still has ivory sands and clean water, considering its proximity to the Manila Bay. Its serene environment gives you a feeling of being touched by nature. At one end of the cove are rocky terrains and rock formation that was carved by nature since long ago. A perfect place for snorkeling.
Aside from our group, a couple was also here enjoying its beauty. They pitched a tent and they were staying here for two days when we met them. And of course, we did bathe on its waters and enjoyed the beach to the fullest.
At the distance the El Fraile, Corregidor and Bataan are visible. But we regret not staying overnight to witness the beautiful sunset.
Aside from the constructed cottages, the only other man-made structure here is the house of Aling Toying. It has already been her home since childhood, and usually, their only source of income is through her husband’s fishing. Thankfully, the visitors are giving them additional income. And being the only human inhabitants, they are the ones keeping cleanliness and order on the beach. With a Marine base just nearby, they can call their help when direly needed (and they are discouraging visitors from bringing liquors, and she doesn’t want being photographed. 🙁 )
We didn’t have proper breakfast, but Aling Toying prepared meals for us. The island lacked any stores but they have stocks of canned goods and other foods. At PhP300, she satisfied our six grumbling stomachs. We only asked for corned beef, but she added eggs and daing as a bonus. She also waived our cottage rent. She also allowed us to pick some fruits from the adjacent coconut trees so we may have something to drink.
WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED
If you want a quiet, secluded place and be in touch with nature, the Kaynipa Cove is waiting for you to be discovered.
This is also perfect for the budget-conscious, given the higher cost of staying in Caylabne and Puerto Azul. Meanwhile, the Boracay de Cavite or Katungkulan Cove is not open to the public, being a training ground for the Marines.
Take the bus going to Ternate-Maragondon and get off at the town of Ternate. From here you have two travel options:
- Rent a tricycle and tell the driver to get you off at Kaynipa (c/o Aling Toying). The one-way fare costs PhP300, good for 4. Note: Get the driver’s cell phone number so you can call him/her when you need to go back.
- Rent a boat on a public beach of Ternate. The rate ranges from PhP1,200 to PhP2,000 depending on the boat’s size and the distance to be traveled.
Note: Lacking any direct road connections, the cove lacks any parking. So it’s advisable to park at Ternate and follow either the two options.
- 250 – Cottage Fee
- Aling Toying’s Contact Number: (0998) 270 4336