PHILIPPINES — Borocay Island closed on April 26th for rehabilitation.
The Philippine island which is famous for the white sand beaches and coral reefs last year is considered a rival to islands like Phuket, Krabi and Bali.
Known as a haven for travelers, rapid development and pollution had threatened its idyllic shores forcing President Rodrigo Duterte to order the island to be closed to tourists for six months.
Duterte said that inadequate sewage treatment on the island had turned its beaches into a “cesspool” and directed that the island be closed to tourism starting on April 26.
The New York Times once described Boracay, previously known for its laid-back party culture, as Asia’s next tourism hot spot, and since then it has landed on the covers and “best” lists of travel magazines.
Foreigners, most of them Chinese or South Korean, crowd its beaches and shops, and local officials say the island drew two million visitors last year.
It’s popularity saw the race for tourist dollars fuel rapid development but improvements that came wasn’t adjusted to the sewage system in the island.
But if you are planning to go to Borocay, the good news is that it will open back this 28th October, hopefully with better things to come. – MelancongSentral.com