Saturday, October 18, 2014

Acuaverde - Laiya, Batangas

Still the easiest place to go to when you want a quick beach trip, Laiya, Batangas is a mere 3-hour drive from Manila. It just gets a little tricky when you reach Lipa, but it will be a wonderful ride as long as you can manage overtaking some tricycles and jeepneys which stop wherever. It's their place, we're just visitors, so shush and just think of the beach for some peace of mind.

Acuaverde was the chosen place for this trip. Our previous destination was La Luz and going there again is just plain biased. Time to choose a new spot! Acuatico was a tad too expensive for a day trip at Php 2,000+  while Acuaverde (under the same company handling Acuatico) offers Php 1,050 with lunch and afternoon snack and full use of their amenities. Believe it or not, our main question was if they had a pingpong table and when they said yes, inclusive of the payment, ZOMG, let's pack our bags now! They had beer pong tables as well - one that looks like the original beer pong table and the other looked like a basketball court. Set-up depends on you, as long as you get beer.

They also had Foosball and darts. The staff was really kind and accommodating, their bar though offered "kiddie" alcoholic drinks - I can't taste the alcohol! The restrooms were clean (major requirement!!!), had bidets (omg, I'm in love!), and were well-stocked with toilet paper!

See, we tried almost all of their items. Their table tennis and Foosball were very much utilized, then went on kayaking until the guard blew his whistle. Apparently, we were going too far from the shore already. (Haha.) He said their manager was shocked when they saw us really far and quickly ordered him to blow the whistle and call us out. The water was so clear and beautiful you just wanted to keep on paddling away! (We're not suicidal. The water was just really beautiful. So blue, so calm, and so deep.)

We also rented jetskis for Php 2,000 per 30 minutes (Subic offers it cheaper but the beach here is more beautiful anyway). This was a third party provider but just go down to the beach and you have the jetskis and other water sport items readily available.

Oh by the way, the area around Acuaverde is a swimming beach. The water is clear and you can just lounge lazily or even take a swim around. There are no painful rocks you might step on and the water was, I repeat, really clear. I was actually surprised the beach was this clean and nice!


The beach was wonderful. The sun was out, the sand was fine, and the water was inviting. It was a perfect day with perfect company. :)

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