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This Week in Boracay (August 17 to 23, 2019)

Good news travelers: more and more resorts are being allowed to operate in Boracay.

By: Karen Bermejo | August 17, 2019
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This week will finally be sunny in Boracay. Tourists can now enjoy the beach and other water sports activities during their visit. Visitors can also now have more options for accommodation as there are additional compliant resorts on the list. However, tourists are also reminded to follow the rules and regulations of the island. They are also urged to be more patient as there are still areas and roads under construction. For more travel updates in the island, read on.

Weather: The sun is back

The sun is finally back after some weeks of rain [1]. This week, island visitors can finally enjoy the beach or go sunbathing. With 30 °C maximum temperature throughout the week, you'll surely enjoy a long swim. Since it is still habagat (southwest monsoon) season however, expect strong winds at the White Beach with bigger waves. Boat trips from Caticlan Port may also be transferred to Tabon Port because of habagat. This is also the period when waves at the other side of the island, particularly in Puka Beach, are calmer. And while Puka Beach doesn’t have fine sands like the White Beach, its shoreline is filled with crushed Puka shells.

Traffic news: Better road safety urged

Residents of the island are urging authorities to ensure the safety of everyone on the island including tourists amid the ongoing road rehabilitation. Some concerned residents submitted a letter of appeal to the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force [2]. In the letter, the residents stated that they support the ongoing road rehabilitation but are appealing to authorities to put necessary precautions along the road being rehabilitated to avoid accidents. As stated in the letter, the residents claimed that there have been “multiple incidents where people have gotten injured while walking, with motorbikes falling, flat tires and e-trikes stuck in deep puddles of water.” Currently, the task force is implementing the second phase of the rehabilitation which includes the road widening from Elizalde Compound to City Mall in Barangay Balabag.

Travel Updates

Additional compliant resorts granted permit to operate

Boracay visitors now have seven additional options of where to stay during their visit [3]. The seven hotels were already given a go signal to operate after complying with the requirements set by the task force. In total, there are already 372 establishments on the island that are allowed to operate which comprises 13,207 rooms according to an advisory from the Department of Tourism. Meanwhile, the task force is eyeing for 100 percent compliance among resorts and hotels on the island.

Intensified information campaign planned

Following an incident where a tourist was seen letting her child defecate on the beach, the task force for Boracay will step up its efforts in informing about the do’s and don’ts of the island [4]. The task force is intensifying campaigns against littering as well as urinating, defecating, or spitting in public places. Due to the incident, authorities also suggested installing more restrooms and portable toilets along the 4-kilometer White Beach and other parts of the island. Authorities are meanwhile investigating the incident to identify the tourist involved in the incident. The task force likewise assured that the water quality in the island is still within standards.

Traveling to Boracay anytime soon? Visit Yoorekka to be in the know about the latest travel updates of the island.

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About Karen Bermejo
Karen writes to earn a living, tell stories and promote her advocacies. She’s a traveler and a volunteer. Her adventurous soul makes her more comfortable to sleep on the couch of a stranger than pay bucks for accommodation. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world, master a foreign language and learn how to swim. To keep her sanity while chasing her dreams, she chases waterfalls on weekends.
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