Relax in the calm and the refreshing breeze of the sea and have an experience close to nature by cutting your cost”. That’s what my friend told me so she friend invited me for a simple get-together at one of the beaches in Ternate Cavite. Since it was my day off, I reckon, it was the perfect time for a beach getaway, right? Hmm… I am quite a picky commuter and even though I was coming from General Trias Cavite, the trip to Ternate was still TOO LONG! I reckon I should wake early and prepare so I can catch the bus from Kalayaan going to Ternate.
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Public Transport To Ternate Beach Resort Sucks
OMG, it seemed like I was waiting at the bus terminal forever… As I discovered, buses with “Naic/Ternate” signage are frequently full and rarely ever stop. I was getting late, my friends kept calling me wondering where I was. Arghh it’s frustrating! I waited for 2 h to find the right bus (Haha 2hrs. Here is a fact for you, public commuters constantly feel like they are awaiting 50% longer than they are. Isn‘t that crazy?
So I decided to go to SM Bacoor and ride a bus bound to Ternate. The fare to Ternate from SM Bacoor was ₱65 ($1.40). It took an hour of commuting, but finally, I was there and my friends had to stop calling my phone. I got off the bus at St. Anthony Hospital, just in front of the public market.
From here I rode a tricycle to the beach (₱50 ($1.10) fare – Very expensive, especially when it’s less than a 5 min ride to the resort). If you do not want to spend ₱50 ($1.10) on a tricycle, then it should not be much more than a moderate walk to the beach from the public markets.
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Arriving At The Ternate Beach Resort
Arriving at the beach entrance, the first thing I noticed was the entry sign is the list of the resort “Rules and Regulations.” When entering the resort, on the left side is the security cabin and a few steps from there is the Nipa house with “information” signage.
While searching for my friends, I stopped to look at the surroundings and guess what… I realized that many descriptions of this place were wrong! It’s not a white sand beach – The sand is dark gray to black, which can give the beach a dirty look at times. Also, some areas were clean, but others were utterly polluted.
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The Ternate Beach Resort Nightmare Begins!
Make sure you fully charge your phone or bring a power bank because there are no available outlets for charging. However, worse than that… the toilets were disgusting (I mean YUCK!!!). I was assuming it’s going to be great (bot the toilet, ok? I mean I was expecting the beach to be great… Duh!!).
Being near a marine base I had assumed it to be neat and clean… but it was not. What totally disgusted me is that the baths have no proper disposal of dirty water…. And I literally saw a pipe dripping with dirty water STRAIGHT to the beach!! No trash bins provided either. Empty shampoo sachets, used sanitary napkins, used diapers, and used soaps were scattered on the floor!
There are not enough trash bins on site along with the cottage areas as well, so yes, trash everywhere! Poor, poor beach. The management should act on these AS SOON AS POSSIBLE or this beach will be polluted in due time! This resort wants the experience to be 100% wholesome, but so far they are falling well below expectations. Isn’t that sad? The beach was not well maintained. Too bad! However, while waiting for breakfast, the group has fun playing games. Now, that’s amazing, but, sorry Ternate, Cavite Beach Resort, that’s not you!
Finally, I found the rest of the group at the beachfront having breakfast. They brought heaps of foods because it’s expensive to buy in the resort (For example, their 3 in 1 single pack coffee cost ₱20 while it is just ₱5 in Manila’s sari-sari store. Let me explain. The sari-sari store is the personification of the Philippines’ small retail business industry; it is the original Filipino convenience store. You can find them everywhere – neighborhood, street corners, and even in a few gated subdivisions.
They have higher prices compared to supermarkets, which is a tradeoff for proximity to their customers. It is also common to buy single units of a product versus an entire package as paying more to meet a quick need is valued over planning and budgeting bulk purchase over the long term. On average, a sari-sari store can average a net profit margin of 20%. Yes, Ternate Cavite’s store is a fair bit pricey.
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When eating, we heard that another friend had a bad experience at Ternate Cavite Beach Resort. They had brought a tent with them for the kids only to discover that they should pay an extra ₱300 for building a tent on the beach. The staff sarcastically responded by saying “unless you stay on the water?” And the manager/owner who arrived told them “if you do not like it here you are free to go” when they complained.
Hearing that story pissed us off. There’s a certain distance a resort can claim ownership of property on or near the beach… Furthermore, even if they put the tent up near the beach, the resort manager and staff should not be as arrogant as to ask for a fee or get out. OMG!!! The mere fact that tourists traveled 2–3 hours from Manila to get there, then encountered an unpleasant staff is extremely disappointing.
After having a bite to eat and a little chat, a group of us decided to visit the comfort/shower room. After waiting for more than 10 min outside because of the long line, we finally entered the comfort room… Big mistake – it was old and messy with a foul smell that was undeniably NOT perfume to my nose.
Not all of the shower rooms are functioning. Oh, how I hate it! Seems the resort owner is not concerned with the sanitation and cleanliness of their property… Nevertheless, the staff member assigned to the comfort room was friendly and helpful, and quietly fetched a glass of water from the water pump for us. He even apologizes for the inconvenience. Good job, Kuya!!!!
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The Good Side Of Ternate Cavite
Now, I will show you the good side of the Ternate Cavite Beach Resort. Let us explore more of the beach and find a few good things to remember about Ternate Beach Resort. We decided to take a leisure walk from one end of the beach to the other.
We climbed the stairs going to the top cottages where the view was relaxing and inviting. They also have 5 cottages where you can relax and enjoy the view. We then explored the upper hills taking pictures. The beach area near the entrance of Ternate Beach wasn’t the most inviting area to swim. The water wasn’t clean, the beach was littered and there were a few Jellyfish here and there also. But, a little further up the beach, you can find a rocky area where the water is clear and the waves are inviting.
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The aqua rides are just great to enjoy like banana boat, Jet Ski, kayak, and aqua bike. It’s challenging to walk through and over the larger rocks. The views from, there are refreshing calming… But passing through those rocks to the other side isn’t easy. I’m about to slide a few times because of the moss.
As a group, we decided to take the two large beachfront Nipa-hut cottages at a rate of P1800 each so our friends are able to look after the kids. The huts are made from wood, bamboo, and paid (Nipa palm – the leaves of which are used for thatching roofs).
Surprisingly, after lunch, there was a cool breeze to freshen things up after the scorching heat of the morning sun. Buko time! A few of us couldn’t resist hydrating ourselves with coconut juice (₱20). We devoured the coconut meat, then put the homemade jellies in the coconut shell!. Oh! Very refreshing not to mention it’s one of the tastiest and healthiest natural drinks around (Yummmm). And you know what? Three coconuts are not enough for me (I love my buko).
Since the cottage has curtains on four sides that we can opt to tie to have fresh air or to use as a cover if we want some privacy, a few of us stretched out comfortably with our bags as a pillow. I love the smell of fresh sea air, it reminded me of a simple and uncomplicated life in the province. Before I knew it, the gentle sea breeze had slowly lulled me to sleep. An hour later, I woke and joined my friends on the beach.
I assumed a lot about the place because of what I saw from social media and word of mouth. It’s not how I expect it to be but I enjoy and feel the moments. As they say “In every place, the opportunity to visit only comes once in our lives and sometimes there’s no second chance to go back”.
Ternate Beach Resort Facilities
Ternate Beach Resort’s seawater is not as clear as I would have liked, but it is not dirty either. Even though the sand was dark and the water was unclear, I can say that we enjoyed swimming a lot. They have some recreational activities like:
Banana Boat – 1 hour – ₱3,500 / 30 minutes – ₱875
Kayak – 1 hour – ₱300.00 / 30 minutes – ₱200
Aquatrike – 1 hour – ₱400.00 / 30 minutes – ₱200.00
Speedboat – 1 hour – ₱2,600.00 / 30 minutes – ₱1,300
Beach Volleyball – ₱50 (rent) ball
Bonfire – ₱500 (4ft} (add ₱100 for every ft)
Events, Amenities & Accommodation
- Prenuptial Pictorials Beach Wedding
- Corporate Seminars Company Outing
- Team Building Reunion and Get together
- Church Events and Retreats, Camping
- Birthdays and Debut Christmas Party
- Grilling areas – strategically placed throughout the resort for guests’ accessibility.
- Parking area – Ternate Beach Resort’s parking area is spacious and safe. They are located within the vicinity of the resort to ensure the protection and safekeeping of your vehicles.
- Shower rooms & CR – is not well maintained and clean but usable. Be ready with the urine smell.
ROOMS AND ACCOMMODATION
The Ternate Beach Resort offers a selection of lodging that suits your budget, quantity, and need from fully air-conditioned rooms for those who prefer a homely atmosphere to the tents for the rugged nature lover to cabanas for vacationers who like the view of the beach. May it be a day tour or an overnight stay, Ternate Beach Resort has just the right accommodation for you.
How To Get To Ternate Beach Resort
Address: Brgy.Bucana, Ternate, Cavite (55 mins drive from CAVITEX and 5 mins drive from Ternate Cavite Terminal (before/near Puerto Azul) (22km. before BoracayDeCavite/MarineBase). Ternate Cavite Beach Resort is not that difficult to find. But, here are a few directions just in case.
Don’t forget your insurance! You never know when you’ll need it. We suggest getting travel insurance. Which coverage includes medical, trip cancellation, your belongings from theft or damage, baggage, car rental coverage, and much more.
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