Panorama at Willy’s

All the establishments in the background are in the ‘demolition zone!

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Diniwid Beach

Back in December 2017 and today.

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Diniwid Beach December 9, 2017. Sandy beach and Nami Resort still existing.

Back in Feb. 1 2018 a fire destroyed the Nami Resort in Diniwid. The black hole in the vegetation and the destroyed buildings are reminders of that event.

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Diniwid today, April 14,2018

Also the beach has changed. Sand has moved to some other place and there is algeas

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Diniwid Beach. Sand washed away.

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Last Rise Up

TODAY, SUNDAY, 8 APRIL 2018

No one can imagine how it will be when the island finally will be closed. They suspend all watersports from April 15 on. Crazy. They even don’t want people have a dive in the ocean anymore. Not even children! By now about 70 000 people live on this island, without tourists. This is a town – a chaotic one, but a town – on an island, with schools, with banks, hospitals, stores  and services of all kinds, and all depend on the tourists. 70000 people, residents, workers, employees and summer holidays are ahead. It’s getting really hot. And they will not even allow the children to play on the beach, to dive in the ocean? They just don’t care! They will send in police forces and maybe even armee troops.

However, besides of that, today it was almost like business as usual. At least on the White Beach. Tourist enjoy these last days. It was especially crowded on the White Beach – like a last rise up.

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White Beach, Sunday, 17 days before closure.
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White Beach yesterday

Even for kiteboarding at Bulabog Beach was quite ok today. Around 13 knts at this time of the season is not bad. Only the water in the bay was not nice today. This we have to admit – Boracay has it’s problems and it is caused by an unregulated growth deliberated by authorities in charge, and not taking care of the wast- and sewage problem caused by that!

Pics Bulabog today:

approx. 20 kiters on the water.

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Kitecenter banana bay. All those buildings face demolition. They are too close to the beach.
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Sometimes even Bulabog has a paradisal appearence. Definitely not today, though. The rainfall last night flushed all the shit into the bay.

As a matter of fact – only the beaches and ocean can be paradisal. Boracay as a town – into which it has developed during the last 10 years – is indeed a shitty place. There is nothing nice in this city center that streches from White Beach to Bulabog Beach and along the Main Road. Everything is chaotic, dirty, ugly. You will not find any style in structures. The short walk from Bulabog to White Beach and vice versa, is not a pleasure and not healthy! You have to transit heavy traffic, air pollusion, bad roads with (dangerous) or no sidewalks. Not what one would expect from the tourist destination No. 1 in the Philippines!

The small Resort Aissatou at Bulabog is actually the only resort that offers a beautiful garden open to the front beach. The neat hotel however sits discret in the back. The owners (German/Filipina) do business, but they do also love and respect nature. This example shows that it possible to built nice and even beeing successfull in business.

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Aissatou Garden