June 26, 2010
Laiya, San Juan
A weekend getaway with my former team-workmates now turned good friends. Thanks to you guys!
There are a lot of resorts in Laiya, Batangas ranging from simple beach huts to the most complete (restaurants, first class air conditioned rooms, conference halls, activity area, etc). I suggest that you go resort hopping, check your budget and their food choices too.
The Laiya shoreline is about 5km+ with combination of sands and stones and its characteristics changes if its high tide where some portion became visible but not good for swimming, and most of the time its too murky. Should you prefer the expensive resorts, then expect that they are doing some maintenance routine to clean up their front shoreline. You may want to check the safety line net across the shoreline which protects the resort from any dirt’s to make your swimming and snorkeling clean and safe. If there’s none, then don’t complain seeing floating dirt around. For those who are interested, a fish sanctuary is located in front of one of the resorts on the west end (La Luz beach resort). Here, guests can do snorkeling and actually see good marine life from waters barely a meter deep and just 20 meters from the shore.
Recommended place at Laiya: Acuatico, La Luz and Balai
These are the places where the pre-nups and wedding ceremonies is being held and its good for your photography location shoot.
Driving Direction from Manila:
Via Lipa, Batangas: From Manila, take the South Luzon Tollway all the way to the south end. At the end of the tollway, take the exit that points to Lucena and drive along this national road until you reach the Calamba boundary. About 1.5km from the boundary of Calamba, turn right and take the Star Tollway (Batangas Expressway) up to the Lipa Exit at the end of the tollway. Upon exit, head eastward towards Lipa.
At Lipa, you are to head for the town of Padre Garcia. This may be easier said than done however as going through Lipa to go to Padre Garcia may prove to be a challenge. Lipa has circuitous streets, several one-way streets, and few road signs, so follow these directions carefully when going through Lipa:
About 1.4km from the Star Tollway exit, you will see the De La Salle Lipa on the left side of the road. Several meters from De La Salle, there will be a junction. Head straight east towards Lipa town proper until you see a monument on a Y junction on the right side. Follow the road as it merges with the road on the right and immediately keep an eye for Kapitan Luz Street which is barely a few meters from the monument and turn right at this street, then turn left at Kalipulako then right at P. Torres. P. Torres street should lead straight out from Lipa towards Rosario and Padre Garcia.
About 8.5km from Lipa, there will be a junction that leads to Padre Garcia. Turn left towards Padre Garcia and about 300 meters from the junction (after the market) turn right and head for San Juan. About 7km down the road to San Juan, there will be a Y junction where the main road will veer to the left while another road will appear straight ahead. Follow the road to the left (eastward). Once in San Juan, turn right (southward) on the road immediately after the San Juan Municipal Hall, this road would have those signs that point to the numerous beach resorts of Laiya and Hugom. This road will now bring you through the towns of Ticalan, Abung, Kalubcob and Bataan (all straight southward) until you reach the point where the road turns westward. At this point, you will see a lot of beach resort signs along the road. Each of them lead to resorts along the Laiya coastline.
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