There is still a handful of hidden gems in popular Batangas, one of which is Layag Layag Beach, a secluded cove in Nasugbu, Batangas roughly four hours away from Manila. Backpackers can escape to this off-the-beaten destination teeming with natural attractions – curved shoreline, waters so clear you can spot small fish swimming close to the shore, and towering foliage backdrop. Swimming is pleasant in Layag Layag, but parts of the sandy seabed are quite rocky with the occasional sea urchin. Sit and enjoy the sunset at the end of the day when the cove offers a spectacular view of the vibrant sky. Camping is allowed in Layag Layag Beach, but there are no stores nearby so be sure to pack enough food, drinks and supplies. Entrance is free.
How to get there
Ride an Erjohn & Almark Transit bus from the left side of MRT Taft station going to Nasugbu, Batangas. From the Nasugbu town center, take a tricycle to Barangay Papaya's port where there are outrigger boats that can take you to Layag Layag Beach.
Cover photo is a screengrab from @borgyboi_ on Instagram.
By Celia Nachura
Published December 2016