A kid displaying dexterity at skimboarding on the shores of Boracay.
I'm not privy to details in regard to how the site actually comes up with the list. All I know is that it's based on the subjective opinions of TripAdvisor members worldwide. Nonetheless, it's a reflection of people's perceptions and experiences. And whether we like it or not, opinions matter.
If it's any consolation, though, Boracay remains atop the Asian listing, which the site has expanded this year from 10 to 25. While two other Philippine beaches made it to that list -- Secret Lagoon Beach in El Nido (no.9) and Yapak Beach (Puka Beach), also in Boracay (no.10) -- the list is dominated by beaches from Thailand and India. And I mean dominated!
So why isn't Boracay such a darling anymore, especially at a time when the Philippines is supposedly starting to get noticed internationally as a must-visit travel destination? I don't know what their reasons are but it's undeniable that there's way too much tourism in this fragile island already. And the assault on this supposed paradise continues with unabated "developments" and construction projects all over. I'm not sure how much more Boracay can take. I'm scared.