It's day two of our vacation in the Phillippines.
Yesterday, we arrived on the tiny island of Boracay, located just 40 min flight time south of Manila. It's about 7 km long and only 1 km wide.
The island is pretty special though as it was completely closed off to all tourist for several months last year. Boracay has been a tourist hot spot for many years and accumulated a significant amount of waste spoiling the beautiful white sandy beaches.
The government decided that it was time for a complete clean-up. They also used the time to upgrade the infrastructure, e.g. expanding the roads. To prevent the same thing from happening again, strict rules were introduced. For example, it's not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke on the beach. Restaurants and bars cannot extend their seating areas onto the beach.
I have to say, it worked! The beach is absolutely clean and just gorgeous. The water is super clear and shallow. It's basically paradise - white sand, turquoise water, and palm trees.
There's hardly any rubbish lying around, trash cans are everywhere. A lot of construction is still going on though. The roads are not all fully done. It will take another year or so.
I can recommend Boracay to anyone looking for a chilled out beach holiday.