It was in August 2017 when I got to go to Kalibo, Aklan. Naturally, Boracay was in the list of places to go given that it was already very near Kalibo. It was my first time in Boracay and I had high hopes to enjoy this very beautiful and very famous island. Thinking it was just a beach resort destination, I was surprised at how big it was and how many businesses and residential areas were there. It’s my fault for not researching beforehand.
The water and the sand were truly lovely! I enjoyed the walk along the beach and the fire dance performances at night (it’s what excited me the most about going). There were lots of activities to choose from so one will not run out of things to do.
The water was so blue and the white sand was so fine! It was then that I saw what was making Boracay famous to tourists from all over the world. Indeed, there were lots of foreigners around at that time, although I don’t think the resort ever runs out of visitors unless there’s a typhoon. Unfortunately, it meant the beach being very crowded too.
We went for an island-hopping tour which was lovely until I got tempted into joining the snorkeling activity. Unfortunately, my life vest was not working with me with so I had a hard time maneuvering in the water. To top that, despite screaming for assistance, our guide was just watching and laughing at me even if I was truly having difficulty getting back on the boat. Still, I enjoyed the rest of the boat trip, the last stop being the island with a very feisty monkey.
The island was once home to several monkeys. According to the guide, though, there was a typhoon that killed the monkeys, leaving only one. It had quite a temper and was very protective of the island, scaring anyone who dared go near. I wish the local government would do something about this though. I imagine it’s so lonely for the monkey to live by himself in the island.
Despite how beautiful the island was, I cannot help but feel that it was becoming too crowded for comfort by business establishments and by tourists already. That’s why I am glad that the government took steps in trying to improve the place, going after business establishments that are not complying with regulations.
What I am unsure of is if six months closure is just right or is too much, considering a lot of people will be negatively affected like those who rely solely on tourism to be able to food on their table. I hope the government works on the rehabilitation as quickly as possible without sacrificing the quality of output so that. I also hope everyone involved will cooperate to get things done right away in the right way.
I also hope that they can do something about the unregulated providers of activities because the pricing of activities in Boracay are so crazy. Some overcharge while some charge very cheaply with the risk of not being provided with sufficient safety gears and equipment. I would love for Boracay to be a place where tourists will not feel ripped off.
Overall, my experience in Boracay was pretty okay. There were other similar places where I had more fun though. Despite that, I am eager to see what the government will do to transform Boracay to an even better and more beautiful tourist destination. That being said though, a casino is not one of the improvements I have in mind.