We went to Laiya Coco Grove in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas for a weekend day trip company outing with my wife. I had high expectations because of the many wonderful stories I heard about beaches in Laiya, which, according to some of my friends, was 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 shortly thereafter. The sweltering summer heat ensured that everybody in the group was famished.
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 for a 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.