Laiya: Near & Beautiful
by Danny Tariman
Whenever my family wants a quick get-away to a beach, it will almost be the beach along Laiya.
We had been to the place many times – at least 7 times already, as of this writing.
Laiya is a long stretch of creamy white beach along the San Juan bay in Batangas.
We like this beach primarily because of its crystal clean water and the nice white beach. The sand is not the fine, powdery type, but the beach does not pebbles nor small rocks which may hurt our bare foot.
Another thing that we like about this is that the western tip – where we usually go – has a rock formation near the beach. Behind this rock is a snorkeling area which offers very nice aquatic panorama. This give us a wonderful wild ‘seascape’ view without going to the deep. (Other resorts will take you to snorkel area for an hour’s boat ride). It has a good number of live corals, different species of fishes, and other sea creatures.
My son loves this place! It was here he was able to catch a live moray eel which we took home and put in his salt-water aquarium. It lived for more than 6 months until it grew so big, my son had to trade it at a pet shop in exchange for other species.
Two of the resorts we had visited offers buffet lunch – and eat-all-you-can fare – and free snacks in the afternoon. Some has swimming pools within the resort, but for me the swimming pool is not my reason for driving this distance; it is the beach.
Laiya is a good 2-hour drive from South of Manila. Take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) all the way to the Star Tollway (in Batangas). I like the drive here as I can go for its limit of 100kph for a long stretch of the highway.
To avoid the city traffic in Lipa, we sometimes pass via Ibaan road. We exit from the Star Tollway Ibaan, and drive all the way to Laiya. It is about 5km longer distance but definitely shorter driving time to navigate.
However, if you want to pass by Lipa City, you have to exit at Lipa Exit. Then find your way to the road leading to Laiya. [I suggest you open your Google Maps, for easy reference]. You may opt to stop at the Lipa Cathedral. It is a centuries-old church which ancient beauty is still preserved until today.
Another stop you may consider while in Lipa is the Our Lady of Mt Carmel church where a garden which is claimed to be the place where Mama Mary had an apparition, stands and venerated today. In one of our visits, we were very fortunate to meet a care-taker nun who had shown us preserved rose petals with image of Mother Mary, and another one with Jesus’ image.
Anyway, back to our travel to Laiya.
From Lipa, it is an easy 1-hour drive to Laiya. You will pass through the town of Rosario where the road from Ibaan meets, and then the town center of San Juan. From its municipal building, you go right and drive straight to Laiya.
Once you reach the resort, it’s clean crisp air, clean clear waters, and a restful atmosphere awaits you.
My family just loves this beach!