5 Things to Expect from Boracay When it Reopens for Tourists

by - August 31, 2018


Are you ready for when Boracay opens on October 26?

Powdery white sand, cerulean blue seas, and boats sailing into the sunset - these are just a few things people associate with the party island of Boracay. Tourists who frequent the island are no stranger to the green algae floating in the water and tides rising all the way up to the beachfront establishments' doorstep. On April 26, CNN reported that the local government finally closed off the island to tourists to give the island a chance to recuperate. It seems that the rehabilitation is on track. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo said that the island is set to have a soft opening on October 26. Until then, what should we expect from Boracay when it reopens for tourist?


Clearer Waters and Pristine Beaches

We can all look forward to lounging around under the sun, sans algae and illegal shanties. Tourism Secretary Puyat assured the public that the Bulabog Beach, then called a "cesspool" by The President, now has clear waters and that illegal shanties have removed from Puka Beach. Seems like the island's "last frontier" can keep its title after all.


KEEP THE PARTY INDOORS

Boracay's status as a party island attracts hordes of tourists every Labor Day. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu's interview with Rappler last August 23, suggests that you shouldn't bank on "LaBoracay" returning to the island just yet. People can still party within establishments, but not on the beach," he explained.


Fewer Tourists

During peak season 110,000 tourists flock to the island that can only accommodate 35,000 people, according to a 2008 study. Cimatu admitted that final details are yet to be determined but the local task force is set to reduce the visitors to a number that the island can safely sustain.


SHELL OUT A BIT MORE

With fewer tourists coming in, local businesses will be forced to make up for lost revenue by charging higher prices to the tourist who visits the island. ABS-CBN claim some establishments are already using the time for improvements ahead of the soft opening.


Improved Infrastructure and Better Waste Management

Let's face it, the shutdown will be for nothing if the government fails to implement these two. As with anything, only time will tell!

Will Boracay be the same party island that we love or will it transform into a peaceful respite once it reopens?

If you want to be among the first few people to find out, flying to the island is still the fastest way to get you there, and by far the most efficient mode of transport. Local carrier Philippines Airlines has regular flights from Manila to Boracay's two main airports - Caticlan for those who think they've waited for enough and Kalibo for those who believe that anticipation builds excitement. 

Traveling somewhere else? Keep up with more destination tips here in my blog, like this one for wanderlusters venturing to Bali for the first time.

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