Patungan Cove is privately owned and we were so lucky that we had the opportunity to soak up the sun in this resort which is less crowd and teeming with tranquility. The cove is located in Sta. Mercedes (Patungan) at the farthest end of Maragondon, Cavite.
Part of our excitement in getting there was setting foot in Kaybiang Tunnel, the new 300-meter tunnel and the so-called Ternate-Nasugbu Road which connects Cavite and Batangas. We stopped beside the highway and had picture taking.
The well-paved road from Kaybiang Tunnel leads us to a breath taking vista. Again, we had a pit stop beside the highway and watched the vast expanse of sparkling blue water. Wow! It was so fascinating. Again, time to own our snapshots of this jaw-dropping scenery.
Then we head off to our destination. There was no signage along the way, no people to ask to. We saw a small road which we thought will lead us to the right path. By a stroke of luck, we did. There were security guards at the entrance and we were signaled to stop. I asked them in a humble tone, “Sir is it possible if we could swim?” It took twenty minutes before we were given a “pass.” We were told to look for Dhags Mojica and there we set off happily and excitedly.
Barangay Sta. Mercedes is a laid-back community where fishing is one of their sources of living. This barangay abounds with wooden houses and wooden fences, evidence of a simple and tranquil provincial life. I never thought that Cavite which is now booming because of urban development (with sprouting subdivisions and commercial centers) still has this kind of community.
Barangay Sta. Mercedes is far from downtown, better yet, far from civilization. So far away from monster modernization. Taking a vacation with kind-hearted people and beautiful sea view will surely take your stress away from your system! I just love it here!
Dhags Mojica wasn’t there when we reached the resort area. We were entertained by Charmaine and showed us the cottages, Php300-small cottage and Php500 the bigger one and in the beach front. Of course we want to have the best spot to stay for the day so we chose the latter. Surprisingly, the resort had no entrance fee. After thanking Charmaine, we put our stuff into the table, ran to the sea and waded happily in the water. What a perfect escape from the heat of summer.
Just like Katungkulan Beach Resort, the sand in Patungan Cove was gray and very fine. Indeed, we enjoyed walking on bare foot. It was just fine playing with the buffeting waves because the water was shallow. My hubby and Pao had fun swimming farther and playing like children with the waves.
Patungan Cove seemed like an exclusive resort because it has no summer crowd. The community was clean. And the people were so nice and friendly.
It was a beautiful day to chill. Allow me to say it again, I love this place. Though the resort is devoid of posh facilities, everyone of us enjoyed a lot. I was so thankful to those bikers in Katungkulan Beach Resort for telling us about Patungan Cove. We discovered another beach resort and had an unforgettable experience away from the busy scene of crowded beaches near Manila.
This place is a good side trip after a trek to the monolith of Pico de Loro. But as of this time, it was so chaotic to go inside Patungan Cove because this is privately owned.
It was a stoke of luck for discovering a beautiful beach like this which is seldom visited by beach goers.
So thankful, really!