By: Cheza Mae Ran A. Rioveros
Geared up your auto breaks going to the vicinity at the southeastern tip of Batangas lies a seven kilometers trip of white sand beach situated along the stretching coast of Island passage. Because of its proximity to cities of Manila, Batangas and Quezon, this beach called Laiya located at Batangas first class Municipality of San Juan became a popular destination for weekend retreats and corporate excursions were midst of clear blue waters and fine white sand as you wanted to experience serenity.
For only three-hour drive away from those hustle and daily excruciating life from the wide metropolis Laiya Aplaya is the best place for your weekend retreat Hang out.
Visibly located along the wide strip is the numerous resorts from upscale budget accommodation which are mainly known to local tourist. A combination of privately owned homes and resort facilities are made to serve the desires of its residents and guests. Visitors can enjoy beach activities a midst lush natural landscaping and charming tropical beach homes. Parents can enjoy watching their children while building sand-castles and experiencing the rushing of waves on their feet for the first time. The only noises are the lapping waves, rustling leaves and the occasional call of the local fishermen to partake of the catch of the day.
If you come to stay for a few days, don’t expect “a la carte” in your resort’s restaurant. Dining is mostly buffet. A few foreign dishes is served but the majority of eating pleasure in most resorts is Filipino. Options such as bringing a picnic basket and renting an open shed are enough for day trippers. Those who don’t have time to prepare, however, may avail some of the resorts’ lunch packages which are already inclusive of shed and entrance fee.
Aside from swimming, snorkeling, boating, and kayaking, not much water activities are available in Laiya. Diving and other hi-tech water activities are not yet facilitated unless interested tourists request to be chartered to Anilao, a diving sanctuary at the other side of the coast, or to the famous diving destination- Verde Island. Although Laiya’s main attraction is its long strip of white beach, other sport if options can be found in its interiors, such as its hidden coves, falls and thick forested mountains where trails have been appreciated best for mountain biking and trekking.
Resorts are lead along the beaches of Aplaya, Laiya, and Hugom, enjoy the fresh breeze and warm blue water of the sea, coming to Laiya is a perfect idea for weekend retreats. The beach is wide, all covered with white sand, and the water is warm; wonderful enough even for a short refreshing trip.