Boracay Closed to Tourism for 6 Months

Boracay in central Philippines and one of the most famous and well visited holiday spots in the country will be closed to tourism for at least the next 6 months.

With well over 2 million visitors in 2017 in an area of just 4 square km’s, Boracay has been getting increasingly crowded and infrastructure strained over the past few years. For those who’ve been there recently it’s, frankly, starting to resemble the Aussie Bogans’ playground of Kuta in Bali (The Ugly Australian is such a blight on our beautiful island neighbour that even Australians pause before booking a holiday there.”). To be fair, the issues in Boracay are related more to genuine infrastructure capacity, rather than the Aussie tendency to foul their own nests. But I digress…………

President Duterte issued the order in February (“I’ll give you six months……Clean the goddamn thing!”). Residents will be allowed to come and go, but both local and foreign tourists will be blocked at the mainland ferry port starting April 26. The nearby airports of Caticlan and Kalibo will continue operating as they are located on the mainland, but Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air have both confirmed they will offer refunds and rebooking.

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