Boracay island re-opens its doors

After six months of rest and rehabilitation, the world’s Number 1 Island destination re-opened its doors to tourists on 26 October 2018. Boracay’s White Beach looks as pristine as it was in the 1970s and 1980s before it became an international attraction for its powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. The work is far from over on many parts of the island, however, as is still undergoing major construction concentrated on the main road where widening, digging, paving and installation of drainage system and new lighting posts is ongoing.


New Boracay Island Do’s and Don’ts

Limited entry and accommodations

  1. Only 19,000 tourists may stay on the island
  2. Tourists may be required to present hotel reservation slips before entering the island
  3. The number of hotel rooms for tourists will be reduced to 6,000-9,000 from 12,000 rooms

Beach activities

  1. No smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages along White Beach
  2. “Laboracay” or the annual Labour Day party will be banned
  3. Diving waters surrounding Boracay will be temporarily prohibited
  4. All water activities will be temporarily suspended
  5. Dining by the beach will be prohibited
  6. Firework displays will be allowed only until 21:00 hours
  7. No installation of electric lights on the beachfront
  8. Sand castle making will be regulated
  9. Souvenir shops and hawkers along the beachfront will be banned
  10. Fire dancing that uses kerosene lamps will be prohibited
  11. Casinos will be banned on the island

Water lines

  1. TIEZA will be the sole regulator of Boracay’s water lines
  2. Hotels not connected to the island’s sewage system or do not have their own treatment facility will not be allowed to reopen


  1. Piggeries and poultry farms will be banned on the island
  2. Hot-coal roasting of meats will be prohibited