Laiya Beach, San Juan

At the southeastern tip of Batangas lies a seven kilometer strip of white sand beach situated along the stretching coast of Sigayan Bay and Verde Island passage. The place is nestled behind the peaks of Mt. Daguldol and home to several hiking destinations, such as Naambon falls and Mainit Pulang Bato. Because of its proximity to cities of Manila, Batangas and Quezon, this beach called Laiya became a popular destination for weekend retreats and corporate excursions.

Numerous resorts from upscale to budget accomodation which are mainly known to local tourists are visibly located along the wide strip of Laiya beach. They all come to life during holidays and weekends when tourists from the wide metropolis come to reatreat from their frenzied daily life. It does not take away its appeal, but, for people who may want to witness this hidden beauty must visit Laiya during low season, when the beach is calmer and much more silent. And on peak season (December to June), it is highly advised to call for accomodation few weeks in advance to avoid losing chances on room reservations. Blue sea water of Laiya Beach

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 sportif options can be found in its interiors, such as its hidden coves, falls and thick forested mountains where trails have been appreciated best for mountainbiking and trekking.Laiya BeachWatch movie online Get Out (2017)

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 is 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. Exploring Laiya

To retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and to 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.

To get there, take South Luzon Tollway, and exit at Batangas Lucena exit. Drive along the national road until you see a board “Star Tollway” turn right at Star Tollway (Batangas Expressway) up to Lipa Exit. Then head towards Lipa.

Few meters from the Star Tollway exit, you will see De La Salle University Lipa on the left side of the road. Several meters from De La Salle, watch out for “Y” junction (where McDonalds is at the center). Take the road at the right that heads to Lipa town proper. Then follow the road as it merges with another road at the right (where monument is) and watch out for Mercury Drug. Turn right at this street then straightly take this road towards Rosario and Padre Garcia. White sand beach  of Laiya

About 8.5km from Lipa, there will be a junction that leads to Padre Garcia. From Padre Garcia, Turn left towards Rosario. From the town center of Rosario, Turn left (where South Star Drug Store is) then follow this road until San Juan. Once in san Juan, turn right at the street where municipal hall is (just accross basketall court), and upon entering the road, you will see billboards indicating beach resorts of Laiya. Follow this road until you reach the unconcreted part. This means you are in the vicinity. From this point and the succeeding distance, you will see a lot of resort signboards along the road. All of them lead to resorts along the beaches of Aplaya, Laiya, and Hugom.

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Batangas Resorts and Hotels

Calatagan:

Lago De Oro Beach Club, Tel. +63-9179300052

Punta Baluarte Resort, Tel. 63-2-8924202

Matabungkay:

Coral Beach Club, Tel. 63-9179014635 or 63-9198220383

Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel, Tel. 63-2-8193080

Twins Beach Club, Tel. +63-9172782121 or +63-9165989162

Anilao:

Eagle Point Resort, Tel. 63-43-9860177 or 63-2-8133553

[Aguila Beach Resort, Tel. 63-43-727-1063 or 63-43-410-0135

Balai Resort, Tel.: +632-2402927 fax: +632-2402590)

Aquaventure Reef Club Tel. 63-2-8957932 or +63-9273877485

Dive 7000 Resort, Furlong20@hotmail.com

Solana Resort, Tel. +63-9173001086

Vistamar Resort, Tel. +63-9175044831

San Juan:

[La Luz Beach Resorts, Laiya, Tel: 63-2-726-6687 or 63-43-575-3581

Blue Coral Beach Resort, Laiya, Tel.: 833-7418, 833-9198

Virgin Resort, Laiya, Tel: 815-2584, 815-2587

Laiya Coco Grove Resort, Laiya, Aplaya, Tel. 63-2-833-4284, 2-5518766, 2-8918682

Sabangan Beach Resort, Laiya, Tel.: Tel: 914-08-48, 667-39-97

Balai Sa Laiya, Laiya, Tel. 63-2-9971474

Nasugbu:

Maya Maya Reef Club, Tel. +63-918-9097170

[Maryland Beach Resort, Tel. 63-2-4310433 or 63-2-4311081

White Cove Resort, Far East Road, Piloto, Wawa, Tel: 63-2-520-6400 or 63-43-931-3554

Punta Fuego, Peninsula de Punta Fuego, Brgy. Balaytigue, Tel.: (043)-729-0180 to 82 or 63-43-729-0013

Esther’s Beach Resort, Apacible Blvd., Tel.: 63-43-931-1269

JohnDel Beach Resort, Apacible Blvd. Tel.: 63-43-9311387 or 2162228

Villa Rebekah Resort & Restaurant, Apacible Blvd., Tel. 63-43-9311108

Batangas City:

Days Hotel, Tel. 63-2-9144970, 63-2-914-4971, 914-4972, 635-5099, 635-7499

[Hotel Pontefino, Tel. 63-43-723-3466 or 63-2-4213466, 4219710, 4372103

Alpa Hotel, Tel. 63-43-7231025 or 7230140

Avenue Pension House, Tel. 63-43-3001964

Batangas Plaza, Tel. 63-43-7237701 or 63-43-9808700

Bauan

Portulano Dive Resort, Tel: +63-9178124257

Batangas City

Batangas City- located in the southern part of Luzon, lies a small plain on the west bank of the Calumpang river about 1.6 km from the cost of Batangas Bay, which emerges through straits ultimately unto the south China Sea. The city is connected with Manila, about 110 km north, by good roads and by coastwise shipping to Mindoro Island.

Anilao- A diver’s Paradise

anilao_sunset_view.1.jpgThis remote area of rich underwater assets is only 3 hours drive from Manila. It is the closest weekend paradise for divers based in the city. Located in the southeast tip of Batangas and nestled in the midst of the quiet town of Mabini, Anilao possess no presence of powdery sand beaches but the ocean facing it promises a tantalizing life of sea water creatures.

There is about 35 dive sites around Anilao. Some of the most popular are Sombrero island, Bonito island and Maricaban. Sombrero island is a marine sanctuary preserved to protect aquatic animals. Another spectacular site is Mapating Rock- a drop off to about 130 ft. Sharks and pelagic fishes, Damselfish, groupers and blennes are common inhabitants of the area.

Due to Anilao’s steep location, resorts are built mostly along the hillsides of the mountains overlooking the sea. Steep roads, and vertical steps inside the resorts can bring exciting health benefits to weight watchers but quite dangerous for children. Thus precaution should be maintained.

To get there, from Batangas, take a jeepney ride from P. Burgos St. to the little town of Mabini. From Mabini, take another jeepney ride to Anilao which takes about 20 mins.

Activities:

Diving, water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, island hopping

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Matabungkay, Batangas

The package of having a beautiful sunset, white beach, and the provincial atmosphere made Matabungkay a drive-away beach destination for tourists coming from Manila. The area has little to offer other than swimming and watching the sunset but good enough for an inexpensive trip. Unlike other beaches, Matabungkay offers reasonable options for low-budget vacationers. Families who are unable to afford costly restaurants bring their barbeque sets and cook their food the way they want at the beach or at their rented open cottages. Others spend their day barbecuing on the shaded raft floating several meters off the shore. These floating sheds are rented out by villagers which they remark a purely Matabungkay way of picnicking. For upscale tourists, they can choose from luxurious resorts located along the right strip of the beach. Matabungkay's dramatic sunset

This once fishing village drew young campers and beach lovers in its early years. Resorts popped out like mushrooms and created a huge traffic on local tourism. Due to this heavy flocking of local revenu, villagers drew their attention on complementary options such as selling merchandise, renting out floating sheds and boats for touring other islands. Previous to what they were used to, fishing then became an alternative source of their livelihood. During peak season, other than tourists, Matabungkay is crowded with locals persistently chasing tourists to buy their merchandise. They are somehow nuisance if you principally come for a peaceful holiday.Matabungkay Beach

To avoid inconvinience, be sure your resort has policy on prohibiting these vendors from getting in the resort’s vicinity. The best attitude when approached by these people is to simply say, no thank you. Never ever ask anything about their merchandise otherwise the whole clan will come up to you offering their baskets.

To get there, take south superhighway and exit at Santa Rosa or Silang. Turn right and follow the sign to Tagaytay. From Tagaytay, head to the direction of Nasugbu. After km 92, turn right to Nasugbu and Lian. At the shell station turn left to Lian and Calatagan. Follow the road to Calatagan until you see a big signboard at the right side that indicates Matabungkay beach resorts. Turn right and drive up to the end of the cement road pointing the beach. There you will easily find your way.