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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Layag-Layag Island: 500 Peso Budget Batangas Beach Camping Destination (Brgy. Payaya Nasugbu Batangas)

Before one of my best friends leave for Europe, my friends and I were determined to go on an out of town trip.  They had a lot of ideas for out-of-the-country and out-of-town trips but they were all too expensive for me (being a full-time student).  Lucky for me, my friends were very understanding so they agreed to let me organize the trip so I can pick any destination and activity that I want.  I was locked-in on Batangas as our ideal destination.  It is near Manila and budget-friendly too.  I was considering other destinations like Fortune Island when one of us came across Layag-Layag Island.

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Prior to our trip, we tried to search for Layag-Layag Island on Google Maps and even on our GPS Systems but we couldn't find it.

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Can you see Hamilo Coast from here?
And the reason for that is that this place isn't exactly Layag-Layag Island but a portion of Brgy. Papaya in Nasugbu Batangas.  We went here by a small fishing boat.  But, you can also reach here by hiking. 

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The real Layag-Layag Island is that little hill right there.

layag layag island nasugbu batangas
The water here is so clear that you could actually see school of fishes swimming near the shore line.

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That Obscure-Shaped Rock is a Home of the Black Fish.  Spot it?
However, it is very rocky because this isn't really a public beach.  This is privately owned by the Sy Family who use this area as a sand resource.

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This is our sunset view. 

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Not bad right?  You can see the sun slowly going down and there's a lighthouse there too.

layag layag island nasugbu batangas
You can occasionally see ferry ships pass by from Manila or Bataan.  This is also the point where the sea water enters the cove.  So you can see waves crashing and intersecting with one another.

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We enjoyed the sea breeze and the beautiful sound of the waves.

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One foot steps sink in the sand so it doesn't hurt although not powdery like in Boracay.  We were told by May the sands would again be replenished and it would again be cleaner and less rocky as part of the natural cycle.

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This is our morning view.  There's no view of the sunrise but you can see the romantic hues in the horizon.

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We also noticed that the tide is lower in the morning.

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But, the sea water got back up very quickly.

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They were also lots of holes by the beach in the morning.  We spotted small crabs and hermit crab steps on the sands.

Overall, we Travel Tripsters are so glad to have discovered Layag-Layag Island.  We're also lucky enough to be the only group (just 4 of us) camping at the site during our overnight stay.   I'll be posting more about this so stay tuned.
Layag-Layag Island
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