Boracay is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. Because of its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, it has been listed by renowned travel magazines as one of the world’s best islands.
In 2012, international travel magazine Travel + Leisure awarded Boracay as the “Best Island in the World.” Two years after in 2014, the resort island was named at the top of the list of “Best Islands in the World” published by acclaimed international travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler. Further, the magazine also included the island in its list of “Top 10 Destinations to Watch”.
However, due to the influx of tourists, exploitation of its resources could not be avoided, resulting to the worsening environmental conditions in the island, which have prompted the government to act immediately.
In February 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to initiate full closure of the island for six (6) months effective April 26, 2018 to give way for its rehabilitation.
Amid the nearing closure of the island, tourists have sought for other destinations that will also offer attractions similar to the island.
We have compiled a list of destinations that could be Boracay-alternatives.
Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol
The Alona Beach is one of the most famous tourist spots in the Bohol province. Alona Beach is quickly becoming one of the top travel destinations in the Philippines because of it’s wonderful white sand beach, beautiful blue waters, world class diving and tours.
Get to know more about Alona Beach, things to do when in the vicinity, hotel and accommodation options, tour rates and packages and how to get there here.
Kalanggaman Island is dubbed as the “Best Sand Bar in the Philippines.” The island used to be an ‘undiscovered’ gem in the Visayas, however, it is now currently gaining attention because of good reviews from travel bloggers and tourists. It is located in the municipality of Palompon in the province of Leyte.
The island is suited for a 2-day escapade if you want to stay away from the stress of the city life.
Get to know more about Kalanggaman Island, things to do when in the vicinity, hotel and accommodation options, tour rates and packages and how to get there here.
Malapascua is one of the crown jewels of Northern Cebu, particularly located in Daanbantayan Island in Cebu. It boasts of world class diving spots and Boracay-like shore due to its white sand beaches, making it a popular travel destination for both local and foreign tourists, divers and non-divers alike.
Bantayan Island is just two-hours away from Malapascua. The place is serene, perfect for your much needed relaxation and as a secret hideaway. It is still uncrowded, but slowly gaining popularities because of its stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear emerald waters, lush tropical flowers and vegetation. Benches and hammocks, where visitors can rest and have some time to appreciate nature and the scenic view of the sea, are provided for visitors.
Get to know more about Bantayan Island, things to do when in the vicinity, hotel and accommodation options, tour rates and packages and how to get there here.
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