Boracay is the Philippines’ most popular tourist destination, with glorious White Beach and the best island nightlife. Unfortunately, the tiny island became too popular for its own good: in 2018, Boracay was placed in “rehab,” closing for 6 months to ease the strain on its fragile environment and repair infrastructure and carrying capacity.
Meet the new Boracay. The most noticeable changes are” Cleaner beaches with fewer annoying obstructions, a wider main road, new sidewalks, better drainage, and more e-trikes. But perhaps the most significant change is one of attitude, with everyone from resort owners to “paraw” (native sailboats) skippers buying into Boracay’s newly forged identity as a model for sustainable tourism.