Paniman Beach in Cavite: A Hidden Gem near The Metro

Paniman Beach in Cavite

Paniman Beach in Cavite is a hidden sanctuary that will heal your lockdown fatigue. And yes, you can have a private beach for a day!

With all the fuss that is happening regarding travel in the time of COVID-19, which includes travel certificates, swab tests, and all the other regulatory requirements, it is easy to see why it is so hard to travel in the time of the pandemic.

Thus, it is a relief to see that there are still places where one can escape from the grind of the metro even in the time of the pandemic! Best of all, it’s just a 90-120 minute trip from the heart of Metro Manila itself!

Paniman Beach is found inside the Puerto Azul golf resort, which is also host to the rather more developed Caysubic Beach. It is open from 7 in morning to 5 in the afternoon, and it is seven kilometers away from the main entrance of the Puerto Azul golf resort.

Paniman Beach in Cavite

The beach has a lot of abandoned cottages and huts; it has soft sand that has a typical volcanic light gray/gold color – you won’t even realize that you are in a provincial beach and that you are just an hour away from Manila’s borders!

It also has the bells and whistles of a tropical beach: Towering palm trees, greenery for miles ahead, amazing rock formations, and gentle waves for days – wouldn’t you want to have that chance?

Best of all, it is found inside a cove – which means that it is large, mostly clean (despite its proximity to Manila), and has a lot of room to go around and explore for long walks!

While the appearance of the bathrooms, toilets, and changing rooms are broken down, they are all in working condition.

The best part is that the staff are accommodating and considerate, which lessens your stress and helps you have a greater experience! Of course, as part of the #BuyLocal movement, you can buy fresh buko juice and bananas inside Paniman Beach!

Let’s be clear here: You are paying for the silence, the opportunity not to have to wear a mask for a period of time, and the chance to have a proper beach outing.

If you want some quality time with your family/significant other/own self in a private setting (and do not want to deal with crowds and bureaucratic procedures), then this is the place for you.

Once you are inside the beach, make sure that you follow social distancing guidelines and you are good to go!

Paniman Beach in Cavite

Here is a sample itinerary for a day trip to Paniman Beach:

6:00 AM: Trip to PITX
6:30 AM: Board the bus to Ternate, Cavite from PITX
8:30 AM: Arrival at Puerto Azul, taking the motorcycle ride to Paniman Beach
8:45 AM: Arrival at Paniman Beach, registration and payment of fees
9:00 AM: Settling down and breakfast
10:00 AM: Walking around and exploring the nearby coastline; buying coconuts and bananas
12:00 PM: Lunch, socials
1:30 PM: Swimming
3:00 PM: Packing up
3:30 PM: Board the bus from Ternate, Cavite to PITX

If you want to go to Carabao Island, then here’s an alternative itinerary:

6:00 AM: Trip to PITX
6:30 AM: Board the bus to Ternate, Cavite from PITX
8:30 AM: Arrival at Puerto Azul, taking the motorcycle ride to Paniman Beach
8:45 AM: Arrival at Paniman Beach, registration and payment of fees
9:00 AM: Settling down and breakfast
10:00 AM: Walking around and exploring the nearby coastline; buying coconuts and bananas
11:00 AM: Going to Carabao Island
1:30 PM: Going back to Paniman Beach, lunch, socials
3:00 PM: Swimming
4:00 PM: Packing up
4:30 PM: Board the bus from Ternate, Cavite to PITX

Paniman Beach in Cavite

Here is a cost rundown for those who want to do DIY from PITX:

Roundtrip bus tickets from PITX: 180 pesos (90 pesos one way) – tell the driver that you are going down at Puerto Azul. No one is asking for health certificates both before your board the bus and as you go into Ternate proper!
Buko/young coconut (local produce): 3 for 100 pesos, 1 for 35 pesos
Banana (local produce): 5 pesos per piece; can negotiate for bundle
Motorcycle service: 150 pesos from the gate to the beach (total of 300 pesos)
Entrance fee: 300 pesos (includes unlimited use of huts; in other beaches, a cottage is worth 250 pesos)

If you bring your own food and drinks to Paniman Beach in Cavite, the trip per head should only come at 830 pesos per head. This includes everything above (plus the young coconut and three pieces of banana – that should keep you energized for a day!)

Take note that boats that will bring you to Carabao Island come randomly at different times of the day to the beach.

The trip to Carabao Island is worth P1500 for a roundtrip journey (maximum of 5 pax). If you want to go as a couple, you can tell the boat operator and have a bargain for P1000.

Here’s to hoping that Paniman Beach in Cavite will help you refresh and make you stronger for the challenges of the year 2021!

Happy New Year to all! Stay safe and healthy!


About the Author

Earl Carlo Guevarra, 27 and a proud Zamboangueño, is a teacher of English based in the heart of Manila. When he’s not teaching children the fundamentals of grammar, he writes essays and poems, many of which have been published locally and internationally. He also loves fruit shakes and video games.

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2 thoughts on “Paniman Beach in Cavite: A Hidden Gem near The Metro”

  1. Hi, Sir Earl! Just want to ask if you have a contact person from Paniman Beach. I am really interested in going this April, but I want to confirm first if they allow children or not.

    1. Hi po! Sorry for the late reply. I do not have a contact person from Paniman Beach, but you can reach out naman po through the management of Puerto Azul, as they manage the property. As for children, it will depend on the IATF guidelines. Hope that this helps. Thanks! 🙂

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