Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Boracay nosedives in TripAdvisor's latest 'Top 25 Beaches' list

So much ado about the crowning glory of Philippine tourism. From a high of no.2 in 2011, to a slight dip to no.6 in 2012, now Boracay plunged several spots towards the bottom of the list at no.24 in TripAdvisor's annual listing of the world's "Top 25 Beaches." Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, Italy clinched the top spot.

SKIMMING ON WATER (Boracay Island, Philippines)
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.

boracay tripadvisor 2013

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.


  1. I think this attack from many tourists in one virgin place is the worst thing that can happen...
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  2. It will only be a matter time before Puka Beach will be a secluded beach in Boracay. A proposed development on Puka Beach is underway. And nothing will be left unspoilt here.

    1. oh, that's sad. and then there's boracay new coast on the other side. tsk! tsk!

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  4. I think there's nothing to worry about. The increasing numbers of the establishments like restaurants, hotel and resorts in boracay (developments) only shows that the tourism in this paradise island is also increasing. As a Filipino, we should be happy for that. On the government's part, they should be aware and think of how can they preserve the beauty of the island.


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