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|
|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|
|Beach essential: shades|
|Ready to head home|
|Pose for one final shot|