We all know of Boracay's beauty and promise to vacation-seekers. But one mom and long-time resident of the Island shares why it may not be the best idea to take your family there on vacation. Read the blatant truth about problems that have been plaguing the former pristine paradise in recent years.
Having lived in Boracay for a long time, I find it sad to see the island that I love become what it has today: a lost city on sand.
What comes to mind when we think of the island: crystal clear waters, fine powdery white sand, spectacular sunsets, breathtaking hideaways, friendly people…oh yes, that’s Boracay! Absolutely idyllic for your next family holiday. But wait! Recent visitors will know that there’s dirt, pollution, and congestion too.
Here are 5 reasons why you might want to think twice about bringing your family to Boracay.
Reason #1: The beach is dirty
Boracay Island’s famous White Beach is hailed as one of the most beautiful in the world, where you can eat, stay active, let your kids play, socialize, fall in love and be merry all on one strip of fine white sand.
However, this ultimate lifestyle has attracted far too many people over the last 15 years and has directly and indirectly resulted in the 4.5-kilometer beach’s degradation.
Now you will find cigarette butts, pieces of plastic and styrofoam, broken glass, and other non-biodegradable trash on the sand, which could be harmful to your children and certainly is to the environment.
Reason #2: The water is polluted
There are just a few beaches in the world where you could swim and gaze at your feet at the same time due to the crystal clarity of the water. One of these blessed beaches is Boracay Island.
Yet the island has been struggling to stay clean and clear in the midst of socio-environmental nuisances in order to meet the demands of its growing population (i.e. too much gas emissions and possibly oil spills from too many transport and activity boats operating on the sea, used water streaming from the adjacent establishments, the degradation of sea-enriching corals brought about by illegal fishing and reckless snorkelling or diving, etc.).
In fact, news has spread on possible findings of E. Coli in this tourist spot.
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