Excerpt from the Business Mirror Editorial on April 2019
‘Calm, warm waters, gently sloping sand. Very relaxing. Possibly the most beautiful beach in Asia.” That’s how Boracay was described in the TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards, which cited 24 others in its Asia’s Best Beaches category. Surprisingly, Boracay only bagged the ninth spot among the region’s top 25 beaches. The Radhanagar Beach of Havelock Island in India topped the list, while Yapak Beach, the second-largest beach in Boracay and named after the prevalent white puka seashells, was listed last at 25th.
The TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards ranks beaches, destinations, attractions, among others, based on millions of traveler reviews and opinions.
Boracay received over 6,000 reviews with 62 percent excellent rave reviews and 24 percent very good rating, with most of the comments acknowledging the successful rehabilitation of the island. For example, TripAdvisor reviewer mariasusnaf2018 said: “Boracay still has it! After the six months rehab the Boracay White Beach is cleaner and clear. It has maintained its popularity among tourists and locals. It’s really lovely during sunsets. The burst of colors is awesome. I saw garbage bins, which were absent before.”
“The best beach in the world. Experience the new, renovated and clean White Beach of Boracay. It is excellent for watersports and I can swim here the whole day. Be careful with the sun and always use your sunblock with high factor. Food are excellent everywhere you go,” said jguzon from Oslo, Norway.
President Duterte ordered the six-month closure of the 10-square-kilometer island paradise starting April last year because it was turning into a “cesspool.” Boracay’s intensive rehabilitation managed to rid the beach of pollution and ﬁx its unregulated sewage system. It reopened its beaches to tourists on October 26, 2018. Since then, sustainable tour-ism has been the battle cry of the Department of Tourism in promoting the country’s destination and in rallying tourism stakeholders to do their part in balancing development and conservation.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat earlier described Boracay’s closure as a “blessing in disguise.” She said: “The challenging act of closing down Boracay, a ﬂagship destination and the country’s top sun-and-beach destination, has evidently become a blessing in disguise for secondary tourism spots to have a share of the limelight and attention they truly deserve.