Biyahe Lokal set their sights not far down South in search of a destination. With client inquiries and request climbing, the team have had to search another quality Biyahe Lokal beach spot to add in their arsenal. The place has to be a Biyaherong Barat standard, meaning cheap, but without compromising the beauty of the place.
Before Zambales became a favorite, this province of coffee, lomi , and lots of beaches. We went back to the basics, we went to Brgy. Laiya-Aplaya, more commonly known as Laiya, in San Juan, Batangas.
As a part of the Biyahe Lokal team, I tagged along on an ocular and a logistics review conducted. I might as well take the opportunity to take photos and feature this Batangas beach destination to share to all fellowbarattravelers.
Travel time was cut short due to the interconnection of the South Luzon Expressway and Star Tollway avoiding the busy town of Lipa, Batangas. We took the Ibaan Exit and was surprised with the distance covered in a shorter amount of time. I haven’t been in Batangas in a while so I was surprised the convenience of the merging.
Quick breakfast stop in Benny’s Lomi Hauz at the Pasalubong Center in San Juan
Hot bowl of Lomi overflowing with toppings and ingredients.
San Juan’s streets were beginning to be quite busy when we arrived in town that Wednesday morning. We were in search of beautiful destination but, first we need to get our tummies full for a long day ahead of us so before everything else, we’re in search of a delicious “lomi” which is a popular dish on the eastern part of Batangas. Lomi is made of thick egg noodles on a hot creamy soup topped with meat, liver, egg, kikiam, and sauteed onions and garlic. Expect it to be served about 10-15 minutes since Lomi is prepared upon order.
On the way to San Juan, we passed by numerous Lomi places and we hope to find a nice hefty serving of the Filipino-Chinese noodle dish. We stumbled upon a small eatery asking if they serve Lomi, unfortunately only home cooked dishes were on the menu. However, she told us that we passed by the Pasalubong Center where Benny’s Lomi Haus is situated. Back tracking a few meters, we reached the place then delighted ourselves with a hot lomi for breakfast.
Morning view from a resort in Laiya.
A few years back, roads shift from cement to dirt as you go deeper at the heart of Brgy. Laiya-Aplaya, but now it’s more accessible, thanks to the well established roads which paved convenience for travelers. Driving to this beach side baranggay is now easier and faster.
To look for the best deals and spots, we hopped from one resort to another to look for a potential spot where our clients will be a 100% satisfied. Safety, service, satisfaction, and security are Biyahe Lokal’s top priorities so we make sure our destination meet our standards.
We ranked the top three resorts that we want to share with our clients and give them options on the type of lodging, facilities, and amenities. Two of our packages varied in room types – one having a semi-luxurious hotel type having a balcony and a loft, while the other is a dormitory type with double deck beds. Both are air-conditioned and have a private bathroom.
Les Caraibes’ dormitory type room.
Cottage in Les Caraibes Resort.
Three (3) queen-sized beds.
Yes, there’s a television but I love rooms with cabinets.
Wide and spacious room for more guest.
Adding a slight touch luxury, La Luz Resort offers more privacy and delight with their cottages and amenities. The loft type is also equipped with it’s own private bathroom and air-conditioning, but no television (who need’s the telly in a nice place like this).
Balcony of the La Luz Resort’s premier loft.
Retreat from the midday sun under this beach front parasols strictly for La Luz’ guests.
Own the beach as you relax under the umbrella.
The team finally finished the first part of their agenda which was the ocular, now the next stage is to look for a place where we will stay for the night. And of course, the Biyaherong Barat way is to look for a cheap place, preferably where tent pitching is allowed then we found this small shack in Villa Sulit. After setting up base camp, there’s nothing else to do but to enjoy the beach.
Testing the new addition to Biyahe Lokal’s tent.
Laiya’s long stretch of beach was simply just like it was the first time we sat foot in this town. The water was so cool and oh so crystal clear you can open your eyes while swimming underwater. Most of the resorts share the same quality of cleanliness of the beach. However, its popularity was so evident with the number of small resorts all over the beach which is also good for the local tourism. Our responsibility, as visitors, should keep in mind to maintain the cleanliness of their area.
The sun was shining so bright, the skies were blue, the clouds look so soft and fluffy – it was a perfect day for the beach.
Notice how clean, clear and pure the water is.
Though there are many boats parked on the beach, there are still numerous boat-free spots in Laiya.
Well, there you go. Hopefully, you enjoyed this blog as I took you to a quick ride to this pristine beach in Batangas. I haven’t been to this place after a long period but never did I imagined that it still maintained its beauty which is something the locals of San Juan is proud of.
Now, here are some fast facts that may help you on your trip:
1. To get there the faster way, take South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to Star Tollway and exit to Ibaan. Turn left upon exiting then head straight. Watch out for the “Turn Left to Blue Coral” sign, wherein you will turn left in a small road. Turn right when you reach Petron, not far is an T-junction then turn left. Heading straight will take you the town of San Juan.
2. Benny’s Lomi Haus is on the right side of the road not far once you enter town. The huge serving of Lomi cost P40.00 but if you want an extra large serving, there is a P60.00 Lomi.
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4. Enjoy and have a safe trip.