contributed by: Janel Bajaro
“Despite the long-hours of travel to Laiya, San Juan, one would still find it as a haven that would sure to ease stressors away.”
Among the remarkable places in Batangas province are the beach resorts in Laiya, San Juan Batangas. Laiya is an eco-friendly destination where citizens look after and enjoy the beauty of nature. There are so many activities in Laiya: trekking up in its Mt. Daguldol and site several bird species, snorkeling, diving in its marine sanctuaries, boating to spot dolphins and other marine lives. It has a shoreline of white sand roughly seven kilometers long with clear blue waters.
The place is just about two-hour drive from Batangas City proper and only a 140 kilometer drive from Manila. This place was said to be swift becoming a much loved tourist destination as it serves for an ultimate, wholesome getaway for all kinds of people who need a break from city life.
In Laiya San Juan, Batangas there are so many beach resorts to choose from. There are expensive ones and some are economical. There are some residential offers too especially during peak seasons in Laiya, where in the residents does offer their houses for guests with the lowest amount of Php2000.00 per day.
It was April last year when I first visit Laiya, San Juan. I was invited by someone to join with his family for an overnight swimming. It was actually unforgettable for me, a place with rocky roads yet a wonderful. I had a two-day stay in the place. During this first visit the roads going to those resorts in Laiya are dusty and rocky. These rock-strewn roads were just one of the former disadvantages of the place, yet when you have reached the beach area all your time spent in traveling will all be worth it.
After few weeks, it my family decided to experience the place. We stayed in an up and down house near the shoreline which we rented for Php7000.00 for two days. The house can accommodate more than twenty five persons just enough for our family’s clan. I saw my younger cousins enjoyed the whitish sand of Laiya, while the older ones enjoyed the clear blue waters of San Juan.
I just can’t resist the enchanting beauty of Laiya waters that on my 20th birthday, I invited my friends for a swimming party in Laiya. I was so surprised to see that the previous rough-roads of Laiya, were all gone. It was all fixed and cemented. It is more comfortable for us to travel now.
Last April 2009, I went again to this place with Ate Jenny, Kuya Ryan and Ate Jovy, which unfortunately we got to experience the hardship in looking for a good beach resort where we can possibly stay for the night until the next day. Since it was peak season, there is no vacancy on every beach resort we’ve visited; therefore what we did is we stayed in a residential house which is a bit far from the shore. That is why the residents in the place taught us that it was better if we had a reservation by next time. It was all fun although we find it very tiring and disappointing at first.
We stayed in the house for the night and we decided to look for an available cottage nearby the sea so we can stay there the following day. We searched a lot, and after an hour of searching we found a good one. I had fun searching for a cottage since we are just walking and walking on the whitish sand of Laiya. My friends and I decided to reserve the cottage we have found for tomorrow’s use.
Afterwards we returned in the house and ate our dinner at about eleven o’ clock in the evening. For that reason, we just had gone swimming at the beach by midnight. I enjoyed so much in view of the fact that I really love overnight swimming. Early in the morning, we decided to leave the house that we rented at as early as six o’clock. We were awakened up by somebody who sang in the videoke from the nearby house and it was really funny and a bit annoying.
Right after we transferred in the cottage near the sea shore we went swimming again, and by that time it was more fun. We have gone snorkeling which I really enjoyed so much! It was my first time to experience snorkeling which I was able to see the underworld. We stayed in the water snorkeling for an hour. Then we all went home by six o’ clock in the evening with happy thoughts on our minds.
Indeed Laiya, San Juan was really an inviting and comparable to world class beaches here and abroad which is just perfect for summer getaway for everybody.