I usually crave for the beach whenever I would get tired of the busy city life and stressed from all the corporate pressures. And being located in Manila makes it difficult for me to reach the far-flung white sand beaches of Boracay or the blue green waters of Pagudpud. Thankfully, there’s the Laiya Beach in Batangas always ready to welcome my soul.
Situated in the town of San Juan in Batangas, Laiya can easily be reached by riding any bus bound to Lipa. It’s normally a two to three hour bus ride. From there, I usually ride the jeep that has a drop-off point in the public market. Camping in Laiya is a must-try so buying food and water supplies in the market has always been my routine. From there, it’s just a twenty minute jeep ride to the simple beaches of Laiya.
Accommodations in Laiya are fairly cheap especially during off-peak seasons. There are a wide variety of beach resorts that offer value for money lodging places. Among these are Casa Remo Apartelle, Laiya Coco Grove Resort, and Blue Coral Beach Resort to name a few. However, just recently, posh resorts have also been gaining popularity in the area, putting luxury in a place as simple as Laiya. Acuatico and Acuaverde Beach Resort are two of the hotels someone looking for luxury can choose.
Beach bumming and camping by the shores of Laiya is best enjoyed with the company of trusted friends. Sharing stories and talking just about anything under the sun while waiting for the sunset is a priceless moment. But if the thought of just bumming around and doing nothing is too boring, other water activities can also be enjoyed there. Banana boat riding has been a trend in Laiya, and so is snorkeling by the clear blue waters a few kilometers away from the shoreline. But don’t expect to see schools of colorful fishes similar to those in Coron or Bohol. The underwater in Laiya consists mainly of beautiful corals and strafishes. Good enough for a quick fix beach for me and my friends.