A Handy Guide To Enjoy The “New” Boracay

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February 28, 2019

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Of the many islands in the Philippines, Boracay is the one that truly stands out. Much more when it faced its biggest challenge — its six months closure last year. After welcoming tourists from around the world for over three decades, Boracay has closed its door for tourists. With its popularity, it has made rounds on the international scene landing on various international media pages. The world followed its rehabilitation journey and such, we made this welcome guide to reintroduce Boracay to all coming tourists.

A picture of the White Beach (Front Beach) in Boracay Island
The serene White Beach (Front Beach) in Boracay Island

Yet, out of all the destinations in the country, this little island of only over 1,000 remained extraordinary. The closure may have been hard but the community – from business owners, workers, and residents made their sacrifice for the island. Four months after its reopening last October, Boracay is slowly gaining its reputation as the crown jewel of Philippine tourism. Local and foreign tourists started to flock as soon as it opened its door.

With its reopening, however, comes the bigger challenge. It’s sustainability. Even though Boracay is now open to accept tourists, sustaining the changes means abiding by the new rules.   

If you’re already planning your summer outing this year, here’s a handy guide you can check to enjoy the “new” Boracay.

Remember The Tourist Cap

On the re-opening of Boracay, there was a limit on the number of visitors. This is to ensure that the number of tourists is within the carrying capacity of the island. Don’t fret yet since you can still be within the allowed figure. After a rigorous study, only 6,405 tourists could enter the island each day. Given the minimum number of their stay, at least 19,000 tourists can stay in Boracay at any given time. According to the local tourism department, the current average is only 5,000 tourists per day. However, it can spike up this coming summer season.

Book Your Hotel Early  

Tourists visiting Boracay also need to secure their hotel bookings in advance. This is to make sure that they will stay at compliant accommodation establishments in Boracay. Upon arriving at the port in Caticlan, tourists must present their hotel reservation slips before they can enter the island. Also, make sure to have a copy of the document available at all times, especially at the port. For those staying with a host of relatives, they will need to show the identification card of their host.

When you arrived in Boracay, you should also keep in mind that its rehabilitation is still ongoing. You will surely notice the wider roads from the port. However, there are still portions along the main road from D’Mall to Station 1 that are still under construction. Be a little more patient since it’s for a better Boracay.

A New Guideline in Boracay Prohibits Wild Beach Parties

A crowd of party-loving tourists
Beach Party

Since last year, The LGU of Boracay no longer allows Laboracay parties held during Labor Day week. The new guidelines of Boracay do not allow wild beach parties and dining by the beach after the reopening. But guests can still throw parties at the premises of their hotel. Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages along the beach area are also strictly prohibited.

Limitations On The Beach

If you’ve been to Boracay before, you will no longer see beach beds or any structures along the 25+5 easement of the White Beach or on any other beaches of the island. You can still enjoy it if your hotel has a wider beachfront area that is not within the easement. You can also expect wider beach areas and also more people lying with their sarong or banig (handwoven mats).

The new guidelines set by the local government of Boracay prevent beach hawkers from selling merchandise to tourists. They are not even allowed to be on the beach. Booking for water sports activities, souvenir shops as well as the massage therapist and hair braiders already have certain spots where you can go. Fire dancers that use kerosene are also prohibited to be at the beach. Making sandcastles also regulated.  Of course, littering anywhere is also strictly prohibited with corresponding penalties. To ensure that everyone is well informed, several signages with all the rules and regulations of the island are positioned in various areas.

Choose A New Place To Stay

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Welcome to Pinnacle Resort & Villas

With a lot of new things happening on the island, it is also just apt that you discover the newest place in the quiet part of Station 1 — the Pinnacle Resort & Villas Boracay. The resort offers a tranquil vibe with a lot of open spaces for its guest. The resort has 91 rooms divided into Deluxe, Superior, and Family villas. They likewise have the presidential and premiere suites both offering a great view of the White Beach.  The resort has its own private path to the beach which is just two minutes away. Each of their rooms has comfortable and ergonomically designed amenities perfect for a splendid vacation with your loved ones.

We hope you like this guide to the New Boracay. Now that you have all the essential information you need, don’t wait anymore and book your stay at Pinnacle Resort & Villas Boracay and enjoy the new Boracay!

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