The famous white sand beach in the Philippines has once again opened its doors to tourists after the 6-month temporary closure mandated by the government for rehabilitation. Just like everyone else, I was equally excited to see the ‘NEW’ Boracay. I have visited this island quite a few times before and seeing Boracay now feels different. Somehow you can compare Boracay to someone who’s now becoming a matured person. “Nagwalwal. Naabuso. Bumabangon.”
The government implemented new systems and at the same time brought back Boracay’s timeless beauty. Tourists should keep in mind that it’s still on its reset stage, though, so we should bear with them and be patient as they exert all efforts in making things better for their visitors.
Here’s a quick look at a few new things in Boracay.
Most of us are already aware that not all of the hotels and accommodations are open yet. So, before going to Boracay, please check the list of compliant hotels and only book from there. When you arrive at Caticlan Jetty Port, you will need to line up at their Tourist Verification Counter to verify if your accommodation is accredited first. This system is still not organized (at least on the day when we visited), so be patient.
You’ll be happy to know that the boat ticket (Php25), terminal fee (Php100) and environmental fee (Php75) are still the same.
Most of the boats will anchor at the new floating docks at Cagban Port.
There’s a new Boracay art sign at the port where you can take pictures, as well.
Expect ongoing road constructions everywhere. The road from Cagban Port to Boracay stations is currently one-way. Transportation will have to use another way to return to the port. These constructions are expected to finish by 2019.
The main road still doesn’t look good, but don’t get turned off just yet. It might be chaotic on the main road, but wait until you see the beach again!
It’s beyond beautiful. When you say that beaches should always be tranquil and peaceful? That is Boracay now.
The locals are more disciplined, too. They strictly follow businesses operations and the 25+5 shoreline easement rule. Even the locals who offer braids can’t go to the beach anymore. Instead, they have to braid your hair at designated stations to avoid penalties.
You won’t smell anything unpleasant when you walk at D’Mall at night, either. They have successfully solved the sewage system problem in most areas and there won’t be any loud music or drinking by the beach. Boracay is not your party place anymore (at least for now?).
When you walk at night, you’ll see gaps where it’s dark because some establishments are still closed. Also, some places only have temporary opening hours.
You can also observe that people have generally become quieter. The whole place gives off a more serene and peaceful vibe.
There are lifeguard stations now, too. You will also see warning flags in some areas.
Water sports activities are still limited, so people tend to spend more time chilling at the beach now.
Boracay is getting back on its feet. Let’s hope that in a few more months, we’ll see its entire beauty in all aspects.