Away for the Weekend: Laiya Coco Grove Beach Resort in Batangas

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We went to Laiya Coco Grove in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas for a weekend day trip company outing. I had high expectations because of the many wonderful stories I heard about beaches in Laiya, dubbed by some of my friends as a premier strip of beach in this resort town.
First glance at Laiya Coco Grove Beach Resort: the off-white sand looked pretty, the water looked pristine and inviting, and the sky was a bright blue hue. Many lovely cottages and colorful wind-blown banners dotted the beach front.The long drive seemed worth it, after all.
We arrived there at around 10 AM. We were cued that team-building activities and games would start in a short while. The activities were finished close to lunchtime so buffet lunch was served in a short time.
Feeling full after lunch, we rested for a brief moment, took some photographs then proceeded to change to our swimming outfits.
My initial good impression about the place was vaporized when we went down to swim. The water looked a little murky, the beach was rocky and painful to our feet. There were also a lot of floating moss-like debris. I don’t have sensitive skin but I was itchy all over in about five minutes.
Disappointed with the water and with nothing left to do, we hired a boat and went island hopping, hoping to swim in clearer water. Not much luck, though, because water was still dirty. We took a dip anyway and just enjoyed the vast open sea. Upon our return to our hut, we proceeded to clean up and change after a brief stroll along the beach.
We went home later in the afternoon, tired but, as they say, satisfied (somehow) with our trip. 
Just arrived at the beach
Team Ynah
Bright blue sky, clear water and off-white sand
Stopping by in one of the cottages while exploring the beach
Bright and sunny day
Ready to head out to the beach
First team activity
First to finish wins
Interesting tree
Lovely sky
Beach essential: shades
Ready to head home
Pose for one final shot
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15 Replies to “Away for the Weekend: Laiya Coco Grove Beach Resort in Batangas”

  1. It looks like a heaven, I love sun tanning on the sand, but those rocks sounded painful. I am not a great swimmer so water wouldn’t bother me but I hope at least boat ride was fun!

  2. Sorry you guys didn’t get to enjoy the water but it looks like you had fun nonetheless.

  3. Looks like you had an amazing time! I’ve been to Batangas but I’ve never been to Laiya before! It’s a really nice place and I’ve heard so many good things about it.

  4. Ok, I have to admit that I had to google Batangas. Now I know you were in the Philippines. 😉 Too bad with the water but at least it seems like you had fun and that’s the most important thing, right? I love island hopping and just to jump into the water. It’s so much fun!

  5. It seems that you all enjoyed your day trip to Batangas regardless of the murky waters. Your photos show that you are all smiling and happy. Life is to short to let one negative ruin your day and you most definitely did not. Well done!

  6. What a beautiful trip and the team building exercise looks like it was a hoot! It stinks that the water was murky and difficult to walk into with the sharp rocks. I once cut my feet up pretty bad on some coral in the Caribbean. The ocean is filled with secrets, some beautiful and some painful.

  7. It looks like a very nice experience! Beautiful trip and amazing photos!

  8. Laiya is one of our favorite go-to beaches from the South. The place is so serene and perfect for family vacation. Thanks for sharing dear.

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