MANILA – With just few days away, tourists must know the things prohibited when Boracay reopens.
It will just be days away from the grand reopening of Boracay on October 26, 2018 and tourists (foreign and local alike) are excited to explore the highly-acclaimed travel destination. The face of the “new” Boracay after its six-month rehabilitation makes things more exciting.
However, Boracay will no longer be a beach-party place as it used to be. New rules and regulations will be implemented to preserve a more pristine island.
Here are the “do’s and don’ts” when Boracay reopens:
Limited number of tourists
The Department of Tourism says only 19,000 tourists may stay in the island. This is a change from the hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to the island previously.
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Limited entry and accommodation
The number of hotel rooms for tourists will be reduced 6,000 to 9,000 from 12,000. Only Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited hotels and resorts will be allowed to operate and accommodate tourists (SEE LIST HERE).
To ensure a limited entry and maintenance of the 19,000-only tourists, visitors maybe required to show hotel vouchers or proof of booking of DOT-accredited accommodation establishments before entering the island.
Limited beach activities
Aside from its famous white sand and crystal clear waters, Boracay has been famous to tourists as one of the best party islands in Southeast Asia. However, when it reopens some beach activities will be prohibited:
- No smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages along White Beach
- “Laboracay” or the annual Labor Day party will be banned.
- Diving in waters surrounding the island will be temporarily disallowed.
- All water activities will be temporarily suspended.
- No dining by the beach.
- Installation of electric lights on the beachfront is prohibited.
- Fire dancing that uses kerosene lamps will be prohibited.
- Souvenir shops and hawkers along the beachfront will be prohibited.
Other things that will be banned
Contrary to previous reports of a casino complex construction simultaneous with the island closure and rehabilitation, casinos will be banned in Boracay.
Some livelihood like piggeries and poultry farms will also be prohibited. Hot coal roasting (lechon) will likewise not be permitted.
Hotels that are not connected to the island’s sewerage system or those that do not have its own treatment facilities will not be allowed to reopen.