Boracay - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Boracay


FALSE: Boracay photos in 'disente' vs 'bastos' times

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) The 'disente' photo was taken in March 2018, while the 'bastos' photo was a stock photo that has been used in some articles shortly before Boracay's closure in April 2018

Tourism slumps in Boracay after gradual reopening

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Recent statistics showed 81 tourists arrived on the island from June 16 to June 30. Meanwhile, Kalibo International Airport, resumes some commercial flights.

BORACAY. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Proposed increase in Boracay environmental fees needs further study–provincial board

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan says that all Aklanons and non-resident workers in Boracay Island should be exempted from paying the environmental fee

Passengers line up to pay various fees going to Boracay Island. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Boracay task force revokes accreditation of resort visited by virus case

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:52 PM

The Malay municipal government is studying whether a case should be filed against a Bureau of Fire Protection employee and the resort for breach of quarantine protocols

OPEN. Boracay reopens to Western Visayas tourists on June 16, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Western Visayas tourists can visit Boracay starting June 16

Jun 11, 2020 - 6:53 PM

All modified general community quarantine rules will apply, such as mask-wearing and physical distancing

MUCH AWAITED REOPENING. Boracay will be open to Western Visayas tourists starting June 16. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Duterte extends Boracay task force term until 2021

May 28, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The task force has another year to demolish illegal structures and improve drainage systems in the world-famous island

Beach-goers enjoy Boracay shores on the eve of its opening on October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Boracay lockdown costs Aklan more than P11-B in lost revenues

May 14, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The estimate is based on tourist arrivals in Boracay Island during the same period in 2019

Habal-habal driver who offered P100-M reward to 'kill Duterte' arrested, too

May 13, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Ronald Quiboyen is reacting to the controversial arrest of a 25-year-old public school teacher from Pangasinan, who offered P50-million reward to kill the President

REWARD MONEY. Police arrest Boracay habal-habal driver who offered a P100-M reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo courtesy of Malay PNP

No swimming! Boracay navigates life after strict lockdown

May 06, 2020 - 9:01 PM

As residents of Aklan try to get back on their feet, the provincial government says it's going to prioritize assistance to local farmers and producers of agricultural crops

Workers stranded in Boracay appeal to Aklan gov't, home LGUs to let them return

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:10 PM

The workers come from Cebu, Iloilo, Samar, Negros Oriental, Romblon, Antique, Nueva Ecija, Zamboanga del Norte, and Pampanga

CLOSED AGAIN. The island is closed once again while the province is under enhanced community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Boracay waste down to about 50% amid coronavirus lockdown

Apr 01, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Aklan province reports its 4th case of coronavirus. All of them have history of travel to Metro Manila, the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in the country

BEFORE COVID. File photo of tourists in Boracay. Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Aklan stops all public transport, including boats bound for Boracay

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Though there is still no outbreak in Boracay, there are already 3 coronavirus disease cases in Aklan province

Foreign tourists stranded in Boracay due to lockdown, restrictions

Mar 24, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Despite mercy flights to get them out of the resort island, some 500 holidaymakers are still trapped there

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Task force scraps LoveBoracay 2.0, other scheduled events due to coronavirus scare

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The provincial government also cancels the 64th Aklan Day celebrations

CANCELLED. Task force cancels events lined up in Boracay. Background photo by Louie Lapat/Rappler

Duterte backs out of Boracay visit over coronavirus threat

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:12 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte will not proceed to Boracay after 'careful review' of the coronavirus situation in the Philippines

CHANGE IN PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at Malacañang on March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

'Ligo tayo': Amid coronavirus, Duterte jokes he'll swim in Boracay with Puyat

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also brushes aside a 'no-touch' policy between him and the public

ANOTHER JOKE? President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

Boracay combats coronavirus impact with discounts

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Hotels and restaurants in Boracay lower prices by as much as 50%, but this may still not be enough to convince wary tourists to come back

Boracay tourist arrivals decline by 40% due to coronavirus

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:32 AM

The China market is the hardest hit, from 59,768 arrivals in February 2019 to 490 tourists this year

CORONAVIRUS MONITORING. Background photo by Louie Lapat/Rappler

11 Boracay tourists return to South Korea

Mar 01, 2020 - 10:40 AM

A Boracay official says the South Korean tourists, who arrived in the island on February 25, did not exhibit flu-like symptoms

Boracay Island Council approval sought. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

11 South Korean tourists in Boracay being monitored for coronavirus

Feb 29, 2020 - 9:23 AM

The tourists come from Daegu, a city in North Gyeongsang province and the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea

BORACAY. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To ‘cushion’ effects of virus outbreak, DOT wants Duterte to visit tourist spots

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:28 PM

The tourism department plans to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol, as the tourism industry continues to suffer from the coronavirus scare

TRAVELING SOON. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a tour around the facilities of the Sangley Airport in Cavite City during its inauguration on February 15, 2020. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

84 travelers denied entry at Malay border checkpoints

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:39 AM

Meanwhile, 9 persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus in Aklan are discharged from hospital


Coronavirus impact on tourism may be worse than Boracay closure

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Almost 60% of island hopping and water sports activities, as well as majority of vendors, tattoo artists, and beach masseuses will be affected by the temporary ban

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Boracay eyes travel ban on mainland China tourists

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:09 AM

'Isang case ng coronavirus sa Boracay, sira na ang isla,' says town councilor Maylynn Aguirre-Graf

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

11 Chinese tourists in Aklan under observation for exposure to coronavirus

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:44 PM

Four of them came in close contact with a confirmed case in Hong Kong before flying to Manila, then Boracay, authorities say

PRECAUTION. The Provincial Health Office of Aklan says it is coordinating with the health department and the Bureau of Quarantine in monitoring arriving passengers at ports and airports in the province. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Aklan health authorities send back to Wuhan 80 Boracay-bound tourists

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:28 PM

The tourists are part of a group which left before a lockdown was imposed by Chinese authorities on the city known as the epicenter of the raging coronavirus outbreak

VIGILANCE. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

1 Chinese tourist dead in Boracay boat mishap

Jan 21, 2020 - 3:51 PM

The 26 others on the island hopping boat, mostly Chinese tourists, were rescued and in good condition, says the Philippine Coast Guard

RESCUE. Philippine Coast Guard personnel rescue tourists after their boat capsized off Barangay Balabag in Boracay on January 21, 2020. Photo from PCG

Task force orders mayor to stop charging Boracay pontoon fees

Jan 11, 2020 - 5:21 PM

National Task Force Boracay puts on hold the charging of P30 for the use of the pontoon bridge

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Typhoon Ursula prompts Aklan town to suspend total tricycle phaseout in Boracay

Jan 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'Nahirapan ang ating mga [e-trikes] na maka-recharge dahil may mga lugar sa isla na wala pang kuryente,' says acting Malay, Aklan Mayor Frolibar Bautista

SUSPENDED. The local government of Malay, Aklan, suspends the total tricycle phaseout in Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal/Rappler

Boracay Island still recovering from Typhoon Ursula

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The island resort is facing 3 problems – electric power outages, uncollected garbage and limited fuel

Photo by BFP Malay

Fire breaks out in Boracay before New Year

Jan 01, 2020 - 2:55 PM

A fire officer says strong winds coming from Sibuyan sea fanned the fire and caused the flames to spread quickly

NEW YEAR FIRE. A fire broke out at Sitio Tulubhan in Barangay Manocmanoc in Aklan hours before New Year's Eve. Tulubhan is a fishing community with a handful of resorts on the opposite side of the famous White Beach. Photo by Red Yu/Rappler

Malay PNP issues travel safety warning for Boracay tourists

Dec 30, 2019 - 4:12 PM

A warning by the Malay police says: 'Avoid having drinks with people you barely know to avoid possibility of date rape or theft. Have good, clean fun with a group to avoid untoward incidents due to intoxication'

Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

No fireworks display in Boracay to welcome 2020

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Since fireworks are not allowed near the ocean, New Year's Eve celebrations are set to be held in mainland Malay instead

Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Acting Malay mayor pushes total tricycle phase-out in Boracay

Nov 23, 2019 - 4:57 PM

The town of Malay is phasing out all gasoline-powered tricycles by December 31

PHASE OUT. File photo of a tricycle in Boracay.

Watsons’ loyal shoppers share what it’s like to be treated to a luxurious vacation in Boracay

Nov 18, 2019 - 2:55 PM

All 20 raffle winners were given a 3-day, 2-night stay at Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa

Despite resistance, Boracay resumes demolishing noncompliant structures

Nov 08, 2019 - 10:57 AM

(UPDATED) Foreign owners of business establishments use water hoses to prevent the demolition of their buildings which the Boracay task force says violated the easement rules

Photo courtesy of YES the best FM Boracay

A year after reopening: Rehabilitation of Boracay still ongoing

Oct 26, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Boracay rehabilitation management group says the objective is to restore the former glory of Boracay Island

ARRIVAL. Workers arrive at this side of the port at around 8 am on October 26, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Fire razes over 100 houses in Boracay

Oct 25, 2019 - 9:26 AM

The 3-hour blaze reaches general alarm and destroys homes Sitio Ambulong, Barangay Manocmanoc


Malay town acting mayor declares Boracay a discipline zone

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Frolibar Bautista list achievements of his first 100 days as acting mayor

FIRST 100. Malay acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista reports about his first 100 days in office and his future projects for mainland Malay and Boracay Island. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Boracay rehabilitation body to reassess public emergency services

Sep 29, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The move comes after 7 members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team perished in an accident while training

DENR suspends all dragon boat races in Boracay

Sep 27, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends all dragon boat race activities in Boracay in the wake of a deadly accident that claimed the lives of 7 members of a local dragon boat group

Water utility says no untreated wastewater flowing into Boracay beach

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Boracay Tubi System says it has complied with the water quality and effluent standards set by DENR

TREATMENT. File photo of a treatment facility of Boracay Tubi Systems. Photo from

PCG reminds groups to observe safety measures at sea after Boracay incident

Sep 26, 2019 - 1:21 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard gives the reminder after the initial investigation showed that the dragon boat team members had no life vests when they trained in Boracay waters

RESCUE OPERATIONS. A Philippine Coast Guard team help move members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team to its vessel on September 25, 2019. Photo from PCG

Family mourns death of Boracay paddler

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:14 AM

'Mabait siya na anak. Tinanggap na namin ang nangyari, hindi naman natin ito kagustuhan,' says the mother of Mark Vincent Navarrete, one of the 7 confirmed casualties in a drowning incident in Boracay Island

RESCUE. The Philippine Coast Guard rescues members of Boracay Dragon Force Team whose boat capsized in Boracay waters on September 25, 2019. Photo from PCG

7 dead as dragon boat capsizes off Boracay

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:16 AM

(4th UPDATE) The 14 other members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team were rescued and brought to the hospital, says the Philippine Coast Guard

RESCUE EFFORTS. The Philippine Coast Guard rescues 14 members of the Boracay Dragon Boat Team whose boat capsized in Boracay waters on September 25, 2019. A total of 7 people died in the incident. Photo from PCG

House bill proposes creation of Boracay Island Council

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:30 PM

House Bill No. 4175, authored by Aklan Representative Teodorico Haresco Jr, says the council should be directly under the Office of the President

REHAB CONTINUES. A bill is filed at the House of Representatives for the creation of a Boracay council. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Supreme Court affirms Ati ownership of 2-hectare land in Boracay

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The private claimants take the wrong appeal route, which is the High Court's basis in upholding the authority of the NCIP award of ancestral domain

LAND DISPUTE. The Ati Indigenous Cultural Commnunity stakes its claim on a 2-hectare land in Bgy Manoc-Manoc in Boracay island in Aklan. File photo by Purple Romero/Rappler

DENR, Aklan gov't to help in Boracay garbage hauling payment

Aug 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The Malay government is facing difficulty in paying ECOS P95 million for its collection, hauling, and dumping services from January to June 2019

Boracay robbery suspect returns stolen money, apologizes for crime

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:40 AM

A waiter in Romblon returns P2.7 million in cash, a cash metal box, a bank passbook, and a checkbook to the person he stole these from


East Asians dominate Boracay arrivals

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The Malay Municipal Tourism Office records show that from January to July over 1.3 million foreign and domestic tourists have visited the world-class resort island

BACK in BUSINESS. File photo of tourists on the pristine white Boracay beach. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal