It has already been said before, and possibly many times over since—Boracay is one of the hottest destinations in the Philippines. While access to this beautiful island has been temporarily cut off from tourists following the previous administration’s rehabilitation campaign on the area that lasted for several months, momentarily earning the title “Paradise Lost,” not to mention the recent onset of the pandemic that closed the area for its potential to draw the crowd. But the landmass that is known for its fantastic white sand beaches and milieu of clear seawaters easily rebounded from its temporary seclusion—eventually emerging as one of TIME Magazine’s 50 World’s Greatest Places in 2022.
So, yes, Boracay’s path to healing as a result of human pollution may have exceeded the anticipated months-long government-imposed recuperation because of the arrival of COVID-19, stretching its significant isolation to nearly three years. Quite a long time even for avid travelers to consider other more accessible places over it—to which there are plenty all over the world. But with this absence comes the makeover that makes the famously amazing atoll spotless as it originally was. Via TIME, there had been reports from locals stating that Boracay has now a renewed set of flora and fauna, especially sea turtles.
However, while it takes someone who already loves Boracay, be it the locals or tourists, to not ever forget its existence, it is more so for the Department of Tourism (DOT) whose task is to promote the country its tourist-worthy destinations, like Boracay.
Acknowledging TIME’s inclusion of Boracay in its campaign, DOT Secretary was quoted as saying—”The DOT affirms its pride and honor as Boracay Island once again proved its allure as a tourist haven. Such recognition will surely help us attain our goal of regaining our position in the global market.”
Further, “Surely, the Philippines has a multitude of sites and tourism activities that we could offer to the world. And, in addition to natural resources, we look forward as well to developing and promoting the talents of our people and the products that have the potential for national and global marketability.”
Although Boracay’s inclusion in the list was largely owed to its natural beauty, other places to join the roster also included settlements, but are nevertheless worthy of people’s admiration in one way or another, such as the capital cities of South Korea and Qatar.
Want to experience Boracay in all its revamped beauty? Why not book a Boracay tour package, now while you’re at it?