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DIY Travel Guide to Layag Layag Beach Camp with Budget and Itinerary

The province of Batangas is undeniably known for being a home to such sick-awesome summits and beaches which are frequently visited most especially during summer vacation. Few years back, a lot of summer destinations have boomed on social media and one of which is the Layag-Layag beach. I’ve seen a lot of people posting about it and I must say it’s really enticing! Curious about what this beach has to offer, I called my friends, hit the road and crossed  this out in my never-ending beach list.

About Layag Layag Beach

Layag Layag Beach camp is a secluded beach in a cove of Brgy. Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas. It is among the top favorite destination of the people from the metro as it is just two to three hours away from the city. The beach is characterized by a stretch of grainy creamy white sand and crystal clear azure waters with a brimming marine life beneath.  Thus, if you want a legit basic camping adventure by the beach, this is the best place to be. 

Jumping off to more or less eight to nine feet deep clear waters!
Water’s pristine. Sand’s white. Underwater’s rich and good for snorkeling. What’s not to love about this beach?
Here’s one of the best spots for snorkeling. Be careful, though. There are walo-walo (sea snakes) and sea urchins down there. 

Things to Do in Layag Layag Beach

  1. Swimming
  2. Sun bathing
  3. Cliff Diving
  4. Snorkeling and Freediving
  5. Island Hopping
  6. Sunset watching
  7. Star gazing at night
  8. Camping

Sample Layag Layag Beach Day Trip Budget

*note that the suggested budget takes into consideration the number of travelers whom someone could share expenses with. This would prolly be around three to five people in a group.

Bus fare – Php 160.00 x 2 = Php 320.00 roundtrip
Tricycle fare – Php 60.00/head (minimum of 3 pax, Php 200.00 if special trip) x 2 = Php 120.00 roundtrip
Boat ride to and from the boat parking – Php 300.00/ head
Environmental fee – Php 20.00
Entrance fee – Php 50.00
Food – Php 300.00
Wash up fee – Php 50.00
TOTAL: Php 1,160.00

Optional Expenses:
Island hopping fee – PHp 1,500 per boat
Snorkeling gear – Php 150.00

Sample Layag Layag Beach Day Trip Itinerary

3:30 AM – Expected Time of Departure to Nasugbu
5:30 AM – Expected Time of Arrival Nasugbu Town Proper/ Shopping for goods and food/ Breakfast
6:00 AM – ETD to Brgy. Papaya
6:30 AM – ETA Brgy. Papaya/ Meet local boatmen
7:30 AM – Island hopping
9:45 AM – ETA Layag Layag Beach set up camp
11:00 AM – prepare food for lunch
12:30 NN – LUNCH
1:30 PM onwards – free time (swim, photo ops, snorkel, cliff dive, etc)
5:00 PM – Back to Brgy. Papaya to wash up
6:00 PM – ETA Manila

How to Get There


1. From Buendia or Pasay, ride a bus going to Nasugbu then get off Nasugbu town proper. Travel time is around two to three hours.
2. From the town proper, ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Papaya, Nasugbu 3. Coordinate with the locals as regards boat transfers When getting away from the beach, make sure that you’ll coordinate with the local boatman ahead of time as regards when would you like to be picked up. On weekends, there’s a tendency that they can’t pick you up on your prior agreed time due to the volume of the guests that they also entertain. Once you have arrived at Barangay Papaya, take a tricycle to the town proper where you could take a bus back to the City.

Private Car

If you choose to drive through Cavite with your own ride, you can enroute to Ternate-Kaybiang tunnel and take a left turn past Puerto Azul and take a turn to the right upon seeing the waiting shed with the ‘Brgy. Papaya this way’ sign.

Things to Remember When Visiting Layag Layag Beach

  1. Make sure to buy from the town market should you decide to prepare your own. You can actually borrow cooking utensils, buy charcoal, water and ice from the locals. You may also choose to have them cook your food for you and you can either wait for it to be done or have it delivered to you to the cove.
  2. There are no toilets. You should bring malong or something to get you covered with whatever you need to do.
  3. There  are no cottages Trees are the only ones that will provide you shade. Might as well bring tents if you are to spend a night on the beach.
  4. Tent pitching is free.
  5. It gets too hot in this beach! Make sure you’ll bring sun protection and reef-friendly sunscreen.

Leave No Trace

Bring your own garbage bags and take them with you as you leave the cove! It saddened me big time when we visited the beach. The other side of it has become a dumpsite. There were also trash on the waters. The locals are doing their best to maintain the island but the number of tourists (and their trash) has become out of hand already so this might help them a lot. The cleanliness and maintenance of the beach has been an issue in the previous year. The beach took a break from the tourists because the locals had to rehabilitate it.

Due to the surge of the tourists who come to this supposedly hidden gem of the town, the locals could no longer take their time to do their periodical clean up drive. To prevent beaches from closing down, let us try our best to do something about it so the next generation could also get to see and experience the beauty that we once enjoyed.

Contact Details

For a hassle-free Layag Layag Beach trip, you may contact the following to arrange the boat transfers for you:

Ate Nove +63 905 577 5576
Kuya Raymond +63 945 529 0305

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.

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