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Boracay

Posted by on Jun 5th, 2008
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If you have seen Boracay from posters and postcards, it probably has an image of an island paradise to you. However, Boracay has became way too commercialized in recent years due to its popularity, and moved down my “must-go” destinations. Imagine wanting a quiet romantic time, yet from the time you set foot on this island, you will be bugged by thousands of vendors who will pester you non stop to make a purchase, especially so, if you are a foreigner. Gone too are the idyllic beach hotels, and are promptly replaced by international hotel resorts franchises.

boracay sunset

However, if you love the beach, the sea, and sun, hanging out in the crowd, and over commercialization, huge selection of international cuisines, wild nightlife, 24 7 (well almost …) partying, then Boracay will make a perfect vacation for you.

Boracay is famous for its long white sandy beaches, and is also a popular outlet for water sports activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing etc. Other than the sandy beaches, Boracay is well known for the nightlife and party scene. There are numerous bars and clubs along the whole stretch of beach, mostly located at station 2 of Boracay. Spas are also readily at most places; you can even find freelance masseurs “patrolling” the beaches!

boracay beach

Best Time to Visit

Refer to this article: Best time to go visit Boracay

Where to Stay

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Hotels on Boracay are sectioned off into 3 stations.

Station 1: BIG commercialized beach front resorts and hotels, and where you find the BEST white sand beach on the island. Prices are generally high, and abundance of food selection available. The northern Station 1 area is quiet and peaceful, but it can get a bit noisy and crowded near Cocomangas, Club Paraw and Beachcomber.

Station 2: Mid-Range accommodation – this is the area where most bars congregate. There’s never a shortage of activities, events and fun in this area. The clubbing scene of Boracay!

Station 3: Good budget accommodations for backpackers are located. Considered a chill out location with lots of foreigners – place can get real noisy and near the market.
I suggest Dave’s Straw Hat Inn for its value for money. It even has higher standard of services and facilities than many higher priced resorts. Located in a relatively quiet area, but not without places to eat, drink and to socialize. A pedicab or tricycle means that it is 5 minutes away from all the party areas. Sand quality might be slightly worse than Station one tho’, but nevertheless, still a gorgeous beach.

Orchids Resort is also a good choice for budget.

Marzon Resort is a good selection for beachfront choices.

Editor addon

Ryan: TRAVEL ADVISORY- Where NOT to stay while in Boracay – Boracay West Cove Resort – Manny Pacquiao’s Resort over Boracay’s last remaining coral reefs. A clear and blatant violation of our environmental laws. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS RESORT. DO NOT SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTALLY DESTRUCTIVE TOURISM.

Boracay Nightlife

boracay performance

The nightlife scene on Boracay is just as important as the famous Puka Shell beach, you will never find a shortage of places to party with numerous bars and clubs located along the whole stretch of the beach. Here are some of the highlights:

Club Paraw – Mostly local crowd. A simple, no fuss place to hang out with good music.

Cocomangas – Has been the most happening bar for many years. Bouncers make sure of the right crowd gets in!

Gulli’s island – Very popular with the “City” crowd.

Juice – Seems like a place with lots of expats. Mainly house music.

Hey Jude: The most “wannabee” and “never-will-be” bar in Boracay. Good to hang around to see and be seen but very plastic, no soul. If you are a social mountaineer this is the place to be in. Expect to pay as much as P 800 beach entrance fee to get in on some special nights! Dress code for guys: no shirts allowed. The bigger your six-pack the better to show it off.

Beachcomber – no soul, bland but also good for social climbers and mountaineers. Good house music though.

Summer Place – good vibe, no fuss, good eclectic music, good eclectic crowd.

Tides Roofbar – For the Manila city social mountaineers club, this is considered like the Mount Everest of the club scene! Kilimanjaro ambiance assured at all times!

boracay vacation

My To Do List:

  • Waste time on the Puka Shell Beach
  • Take a pedicab around the island
  • Sail around the island with Red Pirates
  • Snorkel at Baling Hai Beach
  • Go shopping at the Talipapa market
  • See tribal music performances at bars and clubs

Stay Away:

  • From expensive international cuisines, overpriced!
  • From arriving in a ship during wet seasons – rough sea! Take a plane instead.
  • From Station 3 accommodations IF you expect a romantic getaway.

How to get there

My recommendation for a first-timer would be to fly via either SEAir or Asian Spirit from Manila to Caticlan. Less convenient but using larger and perhaps more familiar-seeming jet aircraft (also perhaps less costly — especially with advance booking) would be to travel via Philippine Airlies or Cebu Pacific from Manila to Kalibo, and thence onwards to Caticlan via tourist bus or hired van.

I normally fly the fastest route. Manila to Caticlan via SEair w/c has a 35min flight or Asian Spirit 55min flight. Both airline uses prop engine hesitated at first but i’m used to it since my first time in 1996 (i normally book thru Asian spirit & choose their 4 prop plane). Landing in Caticlan you’d take a short 5min ride to the jetty port and then a 15min boat ride to Boracay…from the port in boracay you get a trike to your resort. the whole trip once you take off from manila should take +-2hrs to your resort room ;)

The other route manila to kalibo uses the bigger airlines like Philippine Airline, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines. Difference w/ this route is you add another +-1.5hour landride from kalibo to caticlan jetty port

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29 Responses to “Boracay”

  1. Aimee Adams says:

    Hi,
    Nice page, helpful info, but certainly I found it unfair to suggest that station 3 accommodation is not romantic. I always find it much more romantic than the noisy station 2 where all the party people go.
    If you go south of station 3 (Angol), there are several nice, cosy guesthouses like Dave’s, Blue Mango, Island Jewel Inn etc which are clean and have all mod-cons. There are also slightly more upmarket resorts like Villa Camilla, 3-5-7 and Surfside.
    It is a misconception that a place has to be super expensive to have a romantic atmosphere.
    This quiet, clean location is ideal for romantic vacationers, away from most of the crowds and vendors.
    It’s just the stretch from the boat station to the tourist center I would avoid.

    Regards,

    Aimee

  2. gish says:

    hey can you help me with the coordination of going to boracay. Ill be coming from singapore. ok Ill be taking cebu air.. to manila/cebu (which is reccomanded) from there will drop to Seair/asian spirit to carticlan. from there.. how do i get a boat ride over? can we just get a tix there or?
    thanks in advance!

  3. rick loanzon says:

    You’ll have to update your website with some of the info provided. Philippine Airlines (which I used) now offers PAL Express which fly directly to Caticlan from Terminal 3 (domestic terminal in Manila). T3 is a world class airport situated where the old Villamor Airbase was. PAL Express flies directly to Caticlan which is the closest acess to Boracay. If you arrange with Boracay Regency the Hotel picks you up at Caticlan and arranges for your Boat ride to the island and also arranges for your boat ride back to the airport. I find Boracay the best place for a vacation, and less expensive than any other Beach Resorts in US and Asia.

  4. Appleton says:

    Thinking about going to Boracay in July. I understand that the weather may be less than perfect, but on those days that are fine, what are the conditions like at White beach? Is it OK to swim or is the water too rough/dirty Etc? Also what is the beach itself like for sun bathing? During this monsoon season, what is Bulabog Beach and other beaches like? I’d be interested in hearing from anyone with some personal experience. Thanks in advance.

    • pktan says:

      Hey Appleton,

      Yap, July is probably not the BEST time to go to Boracay, but the truth is that there’s never a bad time to the place. The water might be a little choppy for swimming, but you will still find many people enjoying their dip in the swallow waters. If it ain’t raining on the day, it will definitely be great for sun bathing!

    • Ryan says:

      The White Beach facing south would be a little rougher because of the South Swell, while Bulabog Beach would be quieter. However, since Boracay’s White Beach faces the mainland of Panay- it wouldn’t be half as bad as you think. Boracay’s beaches are really good swimming beaches. I had been to a lot of beaches in the Philippines who claim that that they are better than Boracay- but it is not – well, I guess, there is more people in Boracay at certain times of the year especially during long weekends and hollidays and most of the summer but I was not able to find any place with sand finer, and with gentle sloping bottom, and not with steep drops. The waters are swimmable even during the roughest months. The major annoyance is the fickle weather around this time and would be prone to intermittent downpours – but that says to a lot of Philippine beaches anyway. I went to Boracay in August, October, March, May, April, May, January months- the wettest would usually be around August or July. I like Boracay whatever the naysayers say. :)

      • Tim J. says:

        You’re right Ryan, I haven’t found any beach as fine as that of Boracay, and I’ve been to a lot.. I happen to dislike the negativity of this article, though I know it’s just the author’s own opinion. I’m just surprised about the “social climbing/mountaineering part” that it pisses me off. It’s like when this author passed by these bars, he’ was judging the people there based on what they earn, or their social status… when in fact, there’s nothing really like that when you’re having fun.

        Nevertheless, if you guys want to go there during the rainy season, it’s fine. Although the white beach will be a little rough, it’s still a good beach to go sun bathing (if the sun is up). Good thing about this season is that there are less people there.

        I would recommend Station 3, specially beyond Red Pirates bar, for honeymooners. There are hotels there front beach, excellent accomodation, like the Hotel Isla Boracay, nice lousy-though-cozy bars such as Coco Loco ( I like how the girls there prepare my drinks) and just like one of the comments I’ve read, hotels such as villa camilla, the sands, marzons, etc.

        I’ve stayed in the island for half of the last two years, and I’m thinking of making it my second home in the PI whenever I come back.

  5. Nigel says:

    Yes, there are numerous vendors who try to sell you items, boat-rides, etc., but I find that a polite “No” is all it takes to deter them. It is maybe frustrating that one has to do it so often, I’ll agree. It certainly doesn’t spoil my experience of Boracay.

    I would suggest that the island’s council regulates the activities of street vendors in such a way to allow them to continue operating, (especially where they might be offering a service, and not counterfeit goods), but in a controlled, and responsible manner.

    Please don’t put people off visiting the island.

  6. Helena says:

    Thinking of going to Boracay for 1 month over christmas / new year, maybe 15 dec to 15 jan… anyone can tell me if there are places to rent privately for one month? Cheers, Helena

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Helena,

      Will try to check on it. Thanks!

      Ryan

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Helena,

      Sorry for the delayed reply, my contact in Boracay took too long. Here is what she recommended for monthly rents- Windpia, (In Bulabog Area), look for Normeth Preglo, Phone Number is – +63.36.2886043.

      Hope that works for you!

      Ryan

  7. stuart whitley says:

    hi Ryan you say that Boracay has slipped down you order of top destinations, i have been there last year and i agree with you but i will go again, i am looking for that Boracay vibe good beach’s, shopping for her and romantic and flying time of about an hour from Manila [maybe we should still go to boracay LoL],,,

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Stuart,

      Well, Boracay is still unabashedly probably the Philippines crown jewel when it comes to tourism and although that title is being seriously challenged by a lot of fast rising destinations in the country, Boracay though remains to be beaten. The island has the established tourist infrastructure, and still has the basically one of the finest sand quality we have ever seen in the Philippines or around the world. It’s long stretch of white sand beach (and the shallow waters with the beach gently sloping off is extremely favorable to families with kids). Boracay will host the 2014 Asian Beach Games which is more than apropos- after all, Boracay IS the best Asian Beach.

      Good luck with your next trip, I know Boracay is a very difficult place to leave. The place just have that vibe that pulls you right back in. :)

      Cheers!

      Ryan

  8. Ryan says:

    DOT installs new Virgin Mary statue at Willy’s Rock (now called Boracay Rock)

    Quote:
    The Department of Tourism (DOT) installed a new grotto and image of the Virgin Mary at Willy’s Rock on Thursday afternoon due to the clamor of residents and tourists to restore it.

    The original image was removed by the owner of Willy’s Beach Resort after her family converted to the Born Again faith. The rock protruding along the wide expanse of the white sand beach was named Willy’s Rock since the owner reportedly rented it from the Malay local government.

    In an earlier interview with Panay News, Socorro Ruchanie “Bebot” Gadon said she will replace the image with a tablet with the inscription of Exodus 20:1-5.

    Gadon’s move gained the ire of the Catholic Church here that vowed to restore the image of Virgin Mary at the rock.

    The Malay Sangguniang Bayan declared the rock as government property. This paved the way for the reconstruction of the grotto and the installation of a new image of the Virgin Mary.

    Malay Vice Mayor John Yap carried the image since he donated it.

    Around 3,500 Catholic faithful, residents and tourists witnessed the ceremonial re-enthronement of the two foot statue.

    The rock was also renamed into Boracay Rock.

    DOT officials vowed to promote it and its new name around the world.

    Boracay parish priest Fr. Maglore Placer said tourists could now again take pictures of the rock with the Virgin Mary’s grotto.

    The rock is considered a landmark the Boracay and is the most photographed scene.

    Source: Panaynews

  9. Ryan says:

    TRAVEL ADVISORY- Where NOT to stay while in Boracay – Boracay West Cove Resort – Manny Pacquiao’s Resort over Boracay’s last remaining coral reefs. A clear and blatant violation of our environmental laws. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS RESORT. DO NOT SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTALLY DESTRUCTIVE TOURISM.

  10. johno says:

    Hmmmmm
    Boracay…..i was really looking forward to visiting a much hyped up island but was shocked with the overcrowded local shanties that inhibit the island ( Downtown Manila with beaches full of Green Sludge ). There is obviously no law on where and how to build housing, the roads are so narrow with tricycles outnumbering the population, access roads to resorts on all 3 stations are ridiculous and luggage needs to be carried from the drop off points to your resort ( 5-10 min walk which after hrs of travelling to get there is very warming )
    Beaches full of Algae, children play in it, asians tourists wear it in there hair whist swimming…..hmmmm
    Over priced boat hire, No Safety rules when it comes to water activities.
    Tricycle Hire over priced and very dangerous, with drivers constantly hassling people for business.
    Local men that act as if they have never seen woman before and hanging in groups (undressing with there eyes ) every woman who walks past them.
    Maybe the Government should go to other holiday places of Sth East Asia and see how other Countries lay out their beauty, how to manage and how to attract torism properly.
    Will we be going back to Boracay…..Hahaha
    The Philipines has the opportunity to be the number 1 holiday destination in South East Asia, however it needs to focus more on quality before foreignors have faith coming here.

    • Ryan says:

      Johno,

      Actually, we asked about the algal bloom in Boracay, apparently, this is due to the currents from the mainland and a natural occurence especially during the summer months. If you mean by sludge as a residual, semi-solid material left from industrial wastewater, or sewage treatment processes=- it is NOT sludge. Algal Bloom by all definition is not sludge. As for the tricycle rides, I don’t think they are that dangerous, have taken it a lot of times around the island and we were fine. as for the prices, like any popular destinations in Southeast Asia, we encountered a lot of same minded trike drivers. As for the safety, I have tried coming back to my hotel at 4am once, pissed drunk and the trike driver dint hassle me for more money. I guess I am just lucky. Though I have been to Boracay so many times, I still have to experience the hassle of hiring a trike driver nor my safety compromised at all. For the overcrowded “shanties”, I think you mean the ones close to the local market? I dont see them as shanties at all, if you do then all the destinations in Southeast Asia’s got the same. I’ve seen far worse “shanties” right close to the Sultan’s Palace in Brunei but they were not called as such. For sure, you don’t expect to build mass, concrete housing in the island do you?

      I think access roads are fine, 5-10m walk is a good trade-off compared to having hundreds of boats unloading right on White Beach where it used to, the latter far more dangerous and inconvenient to swimmers. As for local men oggling tourists, I dunno if you are talking about Boracay at all OR all the beach destinations in Asia – heard of Goa in India? It’s far worse. As far as I know, rape cases are extremely low in Boracay.

      Your comment is of course still valid, if you can detail any experience that you may have had please do so as to let other tourists and travelers know what they are going to be dealing. That is one of the purpose of this site. Otherwise we cannot accuse a destination without providing proof.

      If there is one thing that I do not like about Boracay quite frankly, is the unhampered development and construction of hotels and resorts. This is straining the island and not to mention the hordes of tourists that come there. There are too many people coming to Boracay and the island cannot sustain that. What the government and local stakeholders should do is to arrest the growth of more hotels in Boracay and try limit the number of tourists coming to the island. The environmental beating that Boracay is taking at the moment is the most pressing issue. As with Boracay or any other destinations in the country, environmentally sustainable tourism should be followed and enforced.

      Hope that sets the record straight. :)

      Cheers

  11. johno says:

    Ryan,

    Lets be upfront about Boracay and what i wrote previous….there is no need to reply as its our right to report unbiased and from well travelled points of view..

    People of the world dont see things in the same perspective as Filipino’s, and unless that is recognised then The Philipines will continue to attract very few tourists….!!!!
    Do I need to state the statistics of other Sth East Asian’s tourism numbers..!!!!
    We both know that the tourism dollar can be extremely rewarding, however unless things change on Borocay then nothing will change.

    I wrote to give an honest account of what myself and others thought of our stay there…
    I mentioned that Green Sludge we call Algae………your reply was very disturbing, and as this is a health concern to swimmers, divers and any person who venture into the water….I would expect a more educated answer….

    Normally if Algae is found it is investigated, cleaned up, monitored and the source of it is managed so it doesn’t return……….not covered up, not hidden, and its definitely not classed as seasonal from currents…
    Further People are not allowed to swim in these waters until it is cleansed..
    Please read some feeedback located in other reports on Boracay..which are not watered down…..and which people can read and further report on..

    An excerpt from the link provided by Lenker in another topic:
    globalcoral.org/….htm
    1-Recent work shows that nutrients are the major control on algae abundances, and reducing nutrients is the only step effective in cleaning up reefs. Certain species of algae have been identified as indicator species for high nitrogen or for phosphorus. In particular, proliferation of slimy mats composed of cyanobacteria (also called blue green algae, although they come in several different colors), are often an indicator of high sewage inputs or of unusually elevated phosphorus to nitrogen ratios.
    In many places in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean we have been able to identify sites where sewage is soaking into the sea from the distribution of cyanobacterial mats. Algae abundance and types are a far more sensitive and visible measure of the health of the reef with regard to sewage contamination than the concentration of coliform bacteria, and allows the early signs of deterioration to be identified and corrective measures applied to avert contamination before reefs die and people get sick.
    2-That report is pretty damning. It means that while the algae may seem harmless, my initial instinct upon seeing it yesterday was correct — that there is something WRONG and it’s not a sign of the water health here. It makes sense the algae would show up right after our busiest time since it is due to over-abundance of nutrients that allow the algae to grow (human and other waste – ick!). I sure hope something is done to rectify it and that it doesn’t get worse, because right now, it’s not nearly as bad as those photos – pretty mild and hardly collecting or anything. No buildup, just blooms floating in the water.
    The other point the report highlighted is that though the natives have accepted the algae as a seasonal thing, it was not always present here and has proliferated on a seasonal basis ONLY after a great increase in visitors to the island.

    Without going into further discussion on my original report i hope this feedback has a positive impact so as the source of the issues can managed correctly………..
    Until infrastructure is sufficient to accomodate Boracay maybe the Officials can control the vast quantities of vendors, tricycles and drivers, and non Boracay Nationals… Diving Schools…..wow, more dive shops than I have seen anywhere else in the world for such a small turnover of tourists…….

    I would love to return to Boracay some time in the future, however unless things change I will venture North from now on.

    I hope this sets the unbiased record straight..
    Cheers..

    • Ryan says:

      Hey johno,

      I appreciate your concern, and believe me, you are not the only one concerned with the state of affairs in Boracay. Unfortunately, if we are to seek totally unbiased analysis of the algal bloom in Boracay, we would have to find a marine scientist to put in a final verdict. I have asked the people in Boracay several times already about this occurence but so far the replies that I got was it was a natural phenomenon.

      I have noticed that the algal blooms in Boracay happen most frequently during the summer, and according to a study by NSW Office of Water (in Australia) –

      “Marine algal blooms can appear as red water discolourations commonly referred to as ‘red tides’ or a range of other discoloured water, from green, yellow and brownish to an oily or milky appearance. These algal blooms are commonly mistaken by the public for sewage or some other form of pollution.”

      Also in the same report-

      “the number and intensity of marine algal blooms is believed to be increasing world–wide due to:

      Expansion of aquaculture in coastal areas
      Coastal eutrophication and unusual climatic conditions
      Movement of shellfish stocks and transport of resting cysts in ballast water.”

      The report does say however that specific types of algal blooms can be highly toxic not only to the marine or freshwater environment but also to humans and animals. However, it can be discerned from that report that moreso it seems that it is more of a natural phenomena around the world.

      You may find the report for what I mentioned here at – .water.nsw.gov.au

      A lot of travelers, not just you are concerned about algal blooms. I was taken aback myself when I first saw it. But seeing from the report, the water temperature (25c is optimal – and in summer, it comes back big time) is recipe for algal bloom, and it clearly does not have anything to do with Boracay’s sewage. However, I am open for any other information that you or anyone that can disprove it otherwise.

      As for the infrastructure, I can only sigh, the stuff that you mentioned are just too true and too sad! It seemed that the LGU that handles Boracay just left the entire island for the corporate wolves to devour.

      One of the reasons as well that I usually recommend other places in the Philippines than Boracay, is to help lighten the burden in the island. And with thousands of islands and islets, it’s not hard to find a great substitute to the island. Of course, I am still a big fan of Boracay’s finest sand which I still have yet to find any beach matching its quality. Try the beaches of Samar, Leyte, Surigao as well as Siquijor, Negros, Romblon. Pagudpud and Batanes got great beaches as well as Cagayan Province. Palawan’s southern part begs to be explored too.

      Good luck in your trips and hope you can send share your feedbacks very soon. (I am curious about what you are going to say about Pundaquit’s beaches)

      Cheers!

    • Tim J. says:

      The algae bloom you see along the white beach occurs only every summer, as it always had 20 years ago – when not so many people and establishments are there. I stil have pictures and memories of my childhood there. The same scenario, and OBJECTIVELY, environmental reports agree that this is but a natural phenomenon. Making conclusions about it by just observing it with your naked eye, must always come with inquiries from local folks or at least for people who really know. The algal bloom on the white beach is nothing. But local authorities need to take action on the pollution that’s happening on the other side, the Bulabog beach. This is what is really alarming kid.

  12. wayne england says:

    hiya all how much is the ferry across after the flight ?? and also is there anywhere on this island to camp any sites or a beach out of the way.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Wayne, the ferry from Caticlan to Boracay is pretty cheap (it should be under PhP100 including the Environmental Fees). As for campsites in Boracay, I know for one that there are not much on the White Beach tho I spy some people pitching tents there sometimes. You would have a better chance camping in the other beaches I think (Possibly Puka Beach and Balabag).

  13. Aimee says:

    No campsites in Boracay I’m afraid. You might find a small resort which would let you pitch a tent for a small fee. Even Puka Beach discourages this now.

    There a very valid points mentioned, such as tricycles overcharging. There is now a free guidebook given to tourists at the jetty port clearly stating prices. Now the local authorities need to step up and find a way to enforce the rules.

    As for the algae, it is nothing new. Talk to the old folks and they will tell you it has been here for generations.

  14. Johno says:

    Hello Ryan,
    I hope this supports what i have written and reported on previous occasions in this forum. Hopefully some good will come from your Government admitting the real issues at Boracay Island.
    Reported in World News Online: July 9th 2010.

    MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines’ once pristine island of Boracay has become extremely overdeveloped, with its famous beach now choked by sewage and too many bars, the country’s new tourism minister said Friday.

    In a candid interview with AFP, Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim suggested it was time tourists visited equally beautiful beaches in the country other than Boracay, which the government said drew 650,000 tourists last year.

    “If you go to Boracay you’d love the beach, you’d love the night life and the good restaurants. But it’s so dense, it’s so dense,” Lim said.

    “It is now, you know, too commercial. It’s become Phuket,” he said, referring to the much larger Thai beach resort island.

    Lim, who joined President Benigno Aquino’s cabinet when it took power on June 30, said the 10.3 square-kilometre (four square-mile) central Philippine island of Boracay was a different place a generation ago.

    The sprawl that followed the tourist dollars caused the seawater off the four-kilometre (2.5 mile) white-sand beachfront to sprout algae, which was fed by sewage from the hotels and restaurants, he said.

    “Thirty years ago they tried to set the rules but they were not successful. The local government did not cooperate… so people started overbuilding,” Lim said.

    “Of course, bad sewage — that’s why (you are seeing) algae at certain times of the year. It’s green. It’s the result of the sewage seeping out.

    “The algae there is not yucky, it’s moss. Maybe fish eat it. But it’s an indication that there’s a problem below the surface.”

    Asked if the problem, which first made world headlines in the mid-1990s, had been solved, Lim said: “I’m not sure. I don’t think so, that’s why at certain times of the year the algae forms.”

    Lim said environmental and zoning regulations were not being enforced, leading to structures even being built inside the high-water mark.

    “And they continue to build. They’re building huge hotels in the mountains.”

    Lim suggested the government may in the end be unable to halt overdevelopment.

    “We have world-class laws but nobody follows them,” he said, adding tourists may just have to look elsewhere.

    “The thing about Boracay is the quality of the sand, (it is) very white. But there are other places that have better quality sand, but (they are) very expensive,” Lim said.

  15. Kaye says:

    i agree ( and pissed about it ) that the island is over crowded. i have not read any article about the situation of workers there. it’s terrible. unthinkable. in some houses, there live 8 persons with no space for personal stuff, share bathroom, a kitchen for stove that uses only wood, no 24 hour water supply, for 500-1000 pesos per person. my dog and cat has better space in the house than these workers. no proper waste disposal. proper waste segregation is imposed on the island but the local government can only monitor huge hotels. most of them are paid equivalent to a glass of fruit shake a day (P150) with no security of tenure, health care plan, or social security. educated people work for two and leave for better compensation abroad. people who have no way to leave stay and contented with “a fruit shake a day”. it’s better than nothing at all.

  16. Will says:

    Do not go Nami Resort because they will steal your money when you go out just for a minutes. My friends and I have been there for just 2 days and our wallet have been stolen by their staffs. The only reply was nothing because we have been told it was quite often happen in their resort and they can not do anything for the tourism. Really disappiontment. :(

  17. ray says:

    who’ll be going to boracay on aug? hws the weather over there?

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