Boracay… … de Cavite

Last week, I had a my front tire replaced with an FDR Genzi 80/80-17. Handling was funny and I struggled a bit for days. I considered replacing it with the usual Dunlop tires I’ve always had but I decided to give it a shot on a longer distance ride. Maybe the tire just needs a couple of hundred of kilometers to rise to the occasion. Or maybe I’M the one who needs to log a few more kilometers with the tire to get used to it. If neither of those two works, I’m getting rid of the tire.

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I’ve always wanted to explore Cavite more and this is probably the day to head out in that direction. I’m thinking of Ternate. They say the twisties there are great and the beaches are just as beautiful. I got off work at 5AM in Sta Rosa, Laguna. At daybreak, I am already up in Tagaytay enjoying the cool breeze as much as the road . I didn’t have a set route in mind so that it won’t count as “got lost” if I do get lost. I still did, anyway.

The roads of Cavite..

The roads of Cavite..

I took a wrong turn in Alfonso. Instead to heading straight to Marogondon, a right turn took me to Indang and then the seemingly endless stretch of road in Naic. Before 7AM, I was already in Ternate and making my way up Mt Palay-Palay National Park.

my unplanned route for this quickie ride

my unplanned route for this quickie ride

bottom left pic is Isla de Balot at the mouth of Ternate River.

bottom left pic is Isla de Balot at the mouth of Ternate River.

I first came upon Puerto Azul but unfortunately, it’s closed. I continued deeper into the mountain. Not surprisingly, I was getting used to the tire. I’m getting better in negotiating the turns.

There's supposedly 4 beaches here. too bad it's closed for the day.

There’s supposedly 4 beaches here. too bad it’s closed for the day.

After 10 kms, I reached General Gregorio Lim Marine Base. It is one of the Marine Barracks in the country. Cool thing is, it is open to the public and part of the reason it is popular is because of Cavite de Boracay or Katungkulan Beach. Katungkulan is Tagalog for duty. The beach is 5 km from the main gate (which is at KM post 70).

securing a visitor's pass at the main gate.

securing a visitor’s pass at the main gate.

The beach is open to the public contrary to rumors that you need to secure a special permit or you should be endorsed by someone in the Armed Forces. There’s an entrance fee of P100 per head but I wasn’t asked to pay for it because I informed them I won’t go swimming and I won’t stay for long. According to a helper on the resort, cottages start at P350 and the room for overnight stay at P500. I wasn’t able to check the rooms and the shower areas. The cottages seemed OK. They also have a sari-sari store near the beach. Yes, you may bring food and drinks (alcoholic beverages allowed).

Cavite de Boracay, Boracay de Cavite, Marine Base Beach, Katungkulan Beach.. whatever you call it, this is it.

Cavite de Boracay, Boracay de Cavite, Marine Base Beach, Katungkulan Beach.. whatever you call it, this is it.

the trees near the cottages provide as extra shade from the sun

the trees near the cottages provide as extra shade from the sun.

As for the beach.. well, don’t expect something like that of Boracay of course just because it is dubbed as “little Boracay”. I find the sand finer than the ones in Laiya or Nasugbu though. It’s also much, much cleaner. It’s definitely one of the best beaches near Metro Manila which is only 70 kms away.

Early birds! It's only 7:30 AM and there's this many beach-goers already. Summer IS here!

Early birds! It’s only 7:30 AM and there’s this many beach-goers already. Summer IS here!

What also makes this unique is the presence of the Marines training in the area. They have the training grounds and barracks just a few meters from the beach. Expect to hear the occasional gunfire. No picture-taking allowed!

an "unsinkable battleship", the Fort Drum in the background.

an “unsinkable battleship”, the Fort Drum.

I stayed only long enough to eat a cupcake and gulp down a bottle of energy drink. There’s really nothing interesting to see except for what appears like a battleship docked nearby.  On my way out, I passed by a fork on the road and asked a Marine if I may go there. He said it’s okay as long as I behave myself. Excited, I helped myself through some ruins and waist-high grass for a panoramic view of Manila Bay. Let’s continue the exploration on another post (Click here) and see the landmine I almost stepped on to.

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About Dom de la Torre

The rider is a 20-something Filipino that rides a Honda Wave 125cc underbone. He knows little about motorcycles yet loves the experience going places on two wheels. Rider Ako is a motorcycle-slash-travel blog. The rider not only shares to you travel destinations and what to see there but also the experience of getting there. You will read about the thrills and adventure when he rides solo, the romance of riding in tandem, the camaraderie riding with a group, the excitement participating in events, and anything that he thinks you might find interesting.When he's broke and the fuel's empty, he will share stories about motorcycling how he sees it through his helmet visor.
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92 Responses to Boracay… … de Cavite

  1. Hi Doms! Would you know why the beach is called Cavite de Boracay or Boracay de Cavite?

    • I just assumed that it is simply because it is the “Little Boracay” of this area (Cavite/Manila). I don’t think there’s any fancy story behind the name. The Marine sitting at the Information Hut wasn’t exactly very eager to chat. I think his nameplate reads Sgt Wiseass! lol =) you know how they are..

    • Nhie Gavin says:

      Open po ba sya tuwing Semana Santa?

  2. Gretchel says:

    Nice yis 🙂

  3. MELANIE says:

    hi… magkanu poh ang entrance fee and cottages sa cavite de boracay ung Latest poh.. tnx

    • According to a fellow rider who was there last week, cottage rental is for 350; pitching of tent is 150; and room rate (no aircon’ed rooms) is 750 for 12hrs and +50 for every succeeding hour.. HTH

  4. Vivian Balitor says:

    Baka pwede makahingi ng number para mkapag inquire kami, gusto kasi ng company namin jan mag outing..tnx.

    • Hello! Wala po eh. They don’t have one. Hindi naman kasi siya parang business na they have a staff that handles inquiries, reservations, etc like the ones we’re used to. All they have is the manpower (Marines) to maintain the place 😉

  5. don says:

    Hi Doms,

    My wife would like to go there, what is the best way going there coming from Las Pinas.

    • Kuya Don, you can take Bacoor-Kawit-Rosario then all the way to Naic and Maragondon. There’s a lot of alternate routes depending on traffic conditions. As long as you get yourself to Naic or Maragondon, Ternate should only be a few kms away! Enjoy kayo ni wifey mo! 🙂

  6. keshap says:

    closed ba tlga cla til 04/18?

  7. Arianne says:

    Sa May 10 po kami balak magpunta? Lagi po bang open yun? Tsaka from manila po, may masasakyan po ba kame papunta sa Ternate from Lawton?

  8. DMaldonado says:

    confirmation lang po ppunta kc kami ng april 21, sunday open na po ba un at tapos na ba ang balikatan, tas makakapasok ba kami dun kahit walang permit? paki answer po kasi malapit na ang 21 hehehe thanks…

  9. dimpz says:

    hello po were planning to go on april 27 overnight po sana , we nid 3 rooms po sana meron po kyang available at san po ako mgpareserve para po masure n may room kmi kc may mga bata kmi kasama po. at can i have a contact no.pls. dimpz

    • Hi Dimpz, I really wish I could help pero wala silang binibigay na contact number eh. The accommodate what they can. Agahan niyo na lang ang punta para sure na may makuha kayong room. Good luck!

  10. thanks for the info doms :D, i am having a hard time whom to talk to about the entrance fee etc. we’re planning to go there this coming may 3, hope it’s already open thanks to you doms.

  11. hello po 🙂 may plano po kasi kmeng pumunta dyan this friday. bukas po ba sila ng gnun day? tsaka ano pong pwede nmeng skyan paggaling kme sa bacoor cavite ppunta po dyan?. need ko po agad yung sgot nyo thanks po.

    • All public transpo only reaches up tol Maragondon or Ternate. You need to rent a jeepney or van or trike for the remaining 15-20 kms up to the resort. I think it would be more convenient if you will rent your transpo for the whole trip lalo na pag maraming dala or may kasamang mga bata.

  12. james says:

    mam i have two dogs po, isang toy dog and one golden retriever. do u think allowed ang pets dun?

    • Sir James, mukhang wala naman po prob sa pets. wala naman akong napansin na announcement posted dun. Eto, yung ride ng LMC group nung 2010, may nahagip sa camera na aso sa beach mismo:

      Lalake po pala akech.. hehe!

  13. gwenny says:

    open kaya sila all throughout ng May? kasi mgrent kme ng van bka masayang pgdting dun closed pla db.

  14. DMaldonado says:

    nagpunta na kmi ng april 21 hehehe grabe ang daming tao lahat ng cottage wlang available kaya table and 4 chairs 250 only, para sa lahat hindi totoo na kpag wlang kakilala na marine soldier dun hindi dw mkkapasok nye hindi totoo yun.. first come first serve tlaga wlang reservation. hingi na lang kayo ng discount sa gate.

    • Thanks for sharing DMaldonado! Masarap talagang puntahan yan lalo pat ang init init ngayon. Buti naman pala prepared din sila to accommodate extra guests.

    • Hello DMaldonado, how much entrance 100 or 150? may discount ba sa mga bata? thanks in advance for the info 😀

      • DMaldonado says:

        pag araw 100 lng entrance sa gabi 200, dapat magaling kw makiusap sa marine dun sa gate para mkahingi ka ng discount 80 to 90 ang discount nila, sa bata naman kung 7 years old pababa wag nyo na lng isama sa bilang actually hindi nman tinitingnan sa loob ng sasakyan eh, isa lang ang representative nyo na baba sa sasakyan nyo pra makipag usap sa marine officer para sabihin na kung ilan kayo at ilan sasakyan ang dala nyo at yun humingi ka ng discount ok na yun. pasensya na sa explanation ko may hang over kasi ako hehehe

  15. mai says:

    Pupunta kami bukas dito, well sana open sya. waaaaaa! Thanks for sharing this blog to us. nakatulong po ito ng malaki sa akin. 🙂

  16. bea mea francisco says:

    Good afternoon sir, ask ko lang po kung ano po yung schedule ng Balikatan Exercise para ma-settled namin kung kelan kami pwede pumunta. Salamat! 🙂

  17. Cris says:

    hi sir,

    is it true di na daw sila nag oopen ng weekends? We have sched pa nman on April28 ng reunion swimming there our whole clan which manggagaling pa ng qc, fairview at bulacan mga relatives namin. Do usuggest di na kami tumuloy?

    • I’m sure they were open even on weekends. If that’s a new policy, di ko pa yan nababalitaan.. My take on it is bakit sila magko-close ng weekend eh yun nga yung dayoff ng karamihan.. Pero di ko talaga masabi if dapat kayo tumuloy o hindi. I wish the end result is in your favor.

    • DMaldonado says:

      hi ask ko lang natuloy ba kayo ng april 28 sunday? open ba sila ng sunday? kasi yong mga kakilala ko ppunta sa sunday bka close sila pag sunday? thanks

  18. Flip says:

    hi doms! tanong ko lang kung may kasamang electric fan ung rooms nila? tyka kung may ihawan na pwde gamitin sa resort. thanks

  19. Coco Layug says:

    Hello! Open kaya sya ng weekend? Pag nag check in kami ng mga 5am? 12nn ng kinabukasan out namin?

  20. jay says:

    is der any contact info about this beach? i just want to know if there’s a room for overnight etc.

  21. arnel casitas says:

    sir punta kami sa sabado jan mga ilang km ba simula dito sa fairview yan sir or simula manila?tnx

  22. pwede poh bang mkuha ang contact number para poh mka pag pa reserve poh kmi tnx poh

  23. karen says:

    pano po pag magcommute lang from manila papunta po jan ?

  24. maricel says:

    were planning to go thier next week…….mga how manny hours travel from bacoor po?

  25. karen says:

    magkano po ba magrent ng trike dun? sure po ba na may rentahan ng trike ?

  26. karen says:

    magkano po kaya yung bayad sa trike ? and sure po ba na may trike dun ?

  27. karen says:

    thank you po sa info 🙂 sobrang nakatulong po 🙂

  28. karen says:

    thank you po sobra 🙂

  29. karen says:

    pede po ba magtayo ng tent dun ?

  30. karen says:

    thanks po 🙂 gusto po kasi talaga namin makapunta dun kahit 3 lang po kami 🙂 salamat po 🙂

  31. elvie esplanada says:

    la naman ko say san beach, maganda naman and malinis, pero ang sabi nyo kasi 100 ang entrance un pala 200. may 10, 2013 lang kami pumunta dyan.

  32. neil says:

    goodpm po
    were planing to go there at june 2,at 5 am in the morning, i want to ask lang po if you are open na on that time thank you so much po pls rply asap i need your soon as you read this,godbless

  33. obets says:

    bukas po ba ng june 1 to? balak sana namen pumunta dyan ng june 1 saturday nextweek. pede po makahingi ng contact number ng resort if meron?. Thankss !

  34. Joemar says:

    Balak namin pumunta sa June 12, available po ba ang place?

  35. may contact number po ba kayo sa place na ito, we are planning po sana na dun gawin ang aming team building this coming December po?

  36. Akilegna anartak says:

    Good afternoon po open pa po ba ang boracay de cavite?balak ko po kasi dun i celebrate ang bday ng baby ko sa april19 open po ba yun sa date na to?

  37. Tricia G. Llarena says:

    Day time rate : is it really 100 or 200 ?
    And do they really open during sundays ?
    we are a group of 30 employees from a reputable drug store..

  38. Fort Drum was once a rocky islet called El Fraile.

  39. vin says:

    gudam,sir pa post namn po if ever my info n kau about sa balikatan exercse..
    tnx

  40. lorena casbadillo says:

    Hello po,ask ko lang po kung open cla ng mahal n araw April 18,2014 plano po ng chuch nmin mag outdoor.

  41. Milanie dongallo says:

    Good day po! Ask ko lang po kung open sila april 12 balak po kase namen pumunta ng date na un,,

  42. Rowell Torrijos says:

    Hi Confirm Ko Lang Po Kung magkanu Yung Latest Fee Nyo ? (ENTRANCE, COTTAGE & if ever yung ROOMS with & w/o Aircon ..) Salamat pO

    • Rowell Torrijos says:

      && Is It Ok If We Bring Foods And Alcoholic Drinks There .. Hoping That You’ll Take Some Faster Action Regarding To My Concerns Thanks ..

  43. Daisy says:

    Hi! This is Daisy! Ask ko lang po, open po ba ang boracay de cavite ng easter sunday (April 20)?
    Balak kasi namin pumunta ng fdaamily ko dito for whole day?

  44. elizabeth sino rico says:

    hi! pwd b km ngaun 4 ng may at ask ko lang po kong ok ding ba un alcohol jn baka kc mag dala km at masayang lang..

  45. lloyd cercado says:

    hi , gusto po kasi namin pumunta dyan kaso di namin alam kung ano ung contact number ! ano po ba ung contact number ? thanks 🙂

  46. lloyd cercado says:

    hi , ask ko lang po kung mag kano ung bayad

  47. Genelyn Floranza says:

    Gud am po open po b on june 12, we’re planning to have our company outing there… Thanks

  48. Adrian says:

    Bukas pu ba sila this coming april 17 gusto po sna nmin magswimming dun ee

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