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LOOK: This Is How Boracay Really Looks Like Now Before Reopening This October 2018

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Belle Piccio | Sep 27, 2018

LOOK: This Is How Boracay Really Looks Like Now Before Reopening This October 2018
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Due to environmental issues, President Rodrigo Duterte labeled the popular tourist destination as a “cesspool.” Not only establishments but also residences not connected to the sewerage treatment facilities caused pollution especially on its waters to extreme levels. To save Boracay and to strictly enforce its rehabilitation he had ordered a 6-month closure of the island that started on April 25, 2018.

READ: Boracay Update #1: After A Month of Closure

Within only less than a month left. Boracay will reopen its port to tourists and guests that would like to enjoy once again the splendor of its beaches. The island’s soft opening is scheduled on October 26, 2018.

But, how’s the island right now? What are are the changes that we would expect and the ongoing rehabilitation that is taking place right now?

The road widening projects still ongoing.

Now at the beach.

Look how clear the water is!

More photos of the beach...

The powdery white sand…

Have you noticed that the shoreline is clean? We hope that it stays that way. Let’s be responsible tourists and guests of the island. Let’s help keep Boracay clean not just during its soft opening but for the years to come.

There are only 25 hotels and resorts that the government granted permits to operate starting the first day of its reopening. For the complete list and contact details, READ: First 25 Hotels to Welcome You in Boracay This October.

image by Boracay Haven Resort

This first 25 establishments has passed all the requirements needed and strictly complied with the rules and regulations set by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force. The Boracay Task Force is composed of the Departments of Environmental and Natural Resources, Tourism and Interior and Local Government.

(Boracay Island images courtesy of Tiffany Marie Somes unless otherwise stated.)


How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Caticlan Airport (estimated cost of PhP9,200++, round trip, 45-50 minutes).

From the Caticlan Airport, a van ride will only take you 5 minutes going to the Caticlan Jetty Port. A pumpboat ride from the Caticlan port to Boracay port will take at about 15 minutes.

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