News about the possible closure of Boracay has been making the rounds online and in the media. While President Rodrigo Duterte is yet to give his final decision on the matter, Boracay remains open for tourists. Though the possible closure of the island is left hanging, this week is still a good time to visit Boracay due to the sunny days in the forecast. It is also a great time to try fun-filled water sports activities and thirst-quenching refreshments.
Sunny days are in the forecast this week.
For the second week of March, hot weather is expected at a maximum temperature of 30°C and minimum temperature of 27°C. It will be sunny throughout the week with stray thunderstorms on some days. With the heat, it is advisable to use sunscreen all the time or wear rash guards to prevent sunburns. Drink more water too to avoid dehydration. Bringing your own water bottle is advisable. You can just refill it at your own hotel or in restaurants. This way, you are helping reduce trash generated on the island.
Boracay remains open
Traffic on the main road in Boracay
Amid negative reports about the place, a number of tourists still choose to travel to Boracay for the summer
. There is still a heavy influx of tourists coming to the island. Heavy traffic can be expected in major streets due to the ongoing cleanup of the drainage and sewage system. A number of structures were also ordered to be demolished as part of the cleanup efforts of the local government and national agencies. Owners of establishments along the beachfront and on the main road were also issued notices of violation and were asked to comply to avoid closure of their business.
Local food to try: buko juice and more
Quench your thirst with a fresh coconut juice.
You can beat the heat by drinking some fresh coconut juice, which usually costs from PhP50 to PhP100. You can reserve your cold beer for the night. You can also try fresh fruit shakes at PhP60 to PhP120. Another option is halo-halo
, a popular Filipino dessert which is a mixture of various fruits in shaved ice and evaporated milk.
Local activity: water sports
Riding a Flyfish can be done in pairs or groups.
Image: Astoria Current
As the summer season draws near, water sports activities become popular in the island. You can try water sports activities like a Flyfish ride (PhP600 per person) which can be done in pairs, or a banana boat ride (PhP250 per person) which can be done with at least five people. You can also rent a jet ski if you prefer a solo activity. If you prefer a more laidback way to enjoy the water, you can also do standup paddle boarding. You can rent a board at PhP300 an hour and paddle amidst the flat waves at White Beach.