Batangas , Philippines
How to Get There
Take a bus bound to Nasugbu, Batangas. If you’re coming from Manila, you’ll reach Nasugbu Town Proper in two hours. From there, you need to ride a tricycle to reach Barangay Papaya. The tricycle ride will take around 45 minutes. Then, you’ll need to take a 20 minute boat (bangka) ride to the island.
Kuya Omar, a local there can arrange the tricycle and boat trip for you. Please contact him at these numbers: +639126473331 / +639979944986. I’ve been to Layag – Layag Island twice and for both trips, it is Kuya Omar who picked and brought us from and back to the Nasugbu Town Proper. One time, his family even arranged a nice lunch for our group.
Basic Expenses (per person)
Roundtrip Coastal Mall to Nasugbu Town Proper bus ticket | Round trip Tricycle Ride: 300php | Round trip Bangka Ride: 200 php | Stay on the beach: FREE
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What can I/we do there?
Expect ‘swimming’ on the list but there is more to Layag-Layag than just its clear water. There are a couple of other things, besides swimming that you can do there – to name a few, camping, beach bumming, cliff diving, snorkeling, stargazing, and maybe, soul searching. There are also live crabs crawling around but don’t worry, they’re very little and I don’t think they bite.
2. Do I/we need a tour guide?
No unless you really want someone to accompany you or your group while staying there. If you’re lucky enough, you or your group might be the only one on the island that day – not sure though if you consider that lucky but it’s nice to have the whole island to yourself.
3. How many hours or days should I/we spend in the island?
It’s really up to you. You can stay as quick or as long as you want but I suggest you stay at least overnight so you could enjoy the stars during the night and sunrise the next day.
4. I/We still have a lot of extra time. What should I/we do?
You could hike Mt. Palay-Palay, popularly known as Mt. Pico de Loro. You could also summit Pico de Loro then camp at Layag-Layag Beach afterwards – that’s what I did in both of my Layag-layag adventures.
5. Is Layag-Layag Island worth the effort?
Absolutely – that’s if you enjoy nature’s serenity.