Pulang Lupa | Things to do in Patnanungan-Quezon

Pulang Lupa in Patnanungan, Quezon, Philippines Pulang Lupa in Patnanungan, Quezon, Philippines Pulang Lupa in Patnanungan, Quezon, Philippines Pulang Lupa in Patnanungan, Quezon, Philippines | Photo by Joseph Abello
Pulang Lupa is a stretch of rocky beach on the eastern part of Patnanungan. The beach got its name from the vibrant red color of the boulders on its shore. Another unique feature are the patches of fine, pitch black sand in some areas of the beach. The coast has a row of grassy cliffs overlooking the sea, making a great spot for camping. The cliff edges, however, have been heavily eroded by incoming waves and are only held together by the sturdy root systems of agoho trees. Still undeveloped, Pulang Lupa has no facilities and the only structures are a few small houses nearby. Reminders: (1) You might not be able to readily get an accommodation in the island; better visit Patnanungan on a weekday and proceed to the municipal hall for assistance. (2) Be prepared for the 5-hour boat ride. Bring your own food and drink.
Open: Everyday, open 24 hours.
Address: Patnanungan Island, Patnanungan, Quezon
Fee: Free
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Nearby attractions

Compra Beach
4.75 km away

Compra Beach is a two-kilometer coastline with fine golden sand and a dense forest of agoho trees. Located on the east side of Patnanungan, it has one of the best views of the sunrise on the island. The area also has an expanse of coral reefs, which makes a great spot for snorkeling (bring your own gear). There's a small fishing community nearby where you can buy fresh fish if you chance upon a good catch that day.

White Beach in Patnanungan
4.83 km away

A 20-minute walk from the town center of Patnanungan are three contiguous beaches with fine white sand, clear blue waters, and an unobstructed view of the sunset. Leria's Beach, Dolor Beach, and Darmo Beach, which make up Patnanungan's White Beach, are all privately owned but are open to the public for free. Largely devoid of man-made structures, the beaches are ideal for camping and snorkeling (bring your own gear). During low tide, the rocky parts of the coast are exposed and you can observe a wide variety of small marine animals including snails, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and starfish.

Ik-ikon Island
8.27 km away

A small, rocky island on the northeastern side of Patnanungan, Ik-ikon Island is known for its abundant population of sea snakes. By day, the snakes are often seen sleeping inside hollows of sharp rocks. They descend to the water at night to hunt for food and crawl back in their hiding places before daybreak. A few families live on the island during fishing season, usually from February to September. There’s a small patch of white beach where small boats can dock. While not the most ideal beach camping site particularly if you’re afraid of snakes, Ik-ikon makes an interesting stopover on island hopping tours.

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Patnanungan Island, Patnanungan, Quezon

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