With my parents dragging me to this beach my whole life, I should be tired of the scenery by now. But every time I visit Laiya, I still look forward to swimming in the clear sea water and waiting for the sun rise early in the morning.
Laiya is located in San Juan, Batangas in the Philippines, around 3 hours away from Manila. There are several resorts in the area, ranging from cheap to luxurious. Although I’ve been to Laiya many times, I’ve only experienced staying at the Kabayan Beach Resort. The price for the rooms are very reasonable. And as far as we know, it is the only resort in the area which has a swimming pool AND allows guests to bring their own food and cook. While they also offer cooked meals, we prefer to save money by cooking for ourselves. :D
There isn’t much to do in the beach though – aside from swimming, kayaking, and beach volleyball, although I also find it fun to walk along the really long beach strip. This is even more enjoyable early in the morning when the sand is quite cold. If you get up early enough, you might even come across fishermen with their day’s catch. Somewhere along the beach where there are no resorts, you’d find them selling fish at a cheaper price!
The sand in the beach is light-colored (I can’t say if it’s really white) and very fine. Although there are small rocks along the shore which makes it a pain to walk on the shallow water.
Of course I would still like to go to other beaches, but Laiya has become sort of like a default summer getaway for our family. The atmosphere is very relaxing and quiet, and with cheap accommodations this is definitely a place to go to escape from city life on a budget. The next time I go, I’ll make sure to bring an underwater camera. :D