Cebu Pacific Air will resume its flights to Boracay island in the Philippines, just in time for the first phase of the island’s reopening to the public from October 26. It was closed for six months to “heal”.
“We would like to remind guests booked for flights to Caticlan and Kalibo that they will be requested to show proof of confirmed hotel and bookings before entering Boracay island,” CEB wrote on its Facebook page. “To avoid any possible inconvenience, we strongly advise guests who are travelling or planning to go to Boracay Island starting October 26, 2018 to check if their chosen hotel or resort has been certified compliant and permitted to operate by the Department of Tourism (DoT), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).”
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1. A limit of 19,000 tourists on the island will be allowed at any point. Only visitors staying overnight are allowed. Day tours to the island will not be allowed entry for now.
2. Up to 6,000 hotel rooms will be available. DoT maintains a rolling list of accredited lodging establishments, so you can choose from rooms that will fit your purpose, budget and taste. Further information about certified hotels can be found on fb.com/departmentoftourism.
3. Accredited hotel bookings are required before entering the island. Visitors will not be allowed to enter Boracay island without a confirmed booking. Be patient and prepare for a tedious screening process at the Caticlan Jetty Port.
4. Eating by the beach is no longer allowed. This will also means the creature comforts that go with it are banned, such as beach chairs, umbrellas, tables and bean bags.
5. Smoking or drinking by the beach is not allowed. Expect partying at the beachfront to be banned too.
6. Water activities are temporarily suspended. Non-motorized activities will be allowed on the White Beach, but diving and other motorized activities such as jet skis, banana boats and parasailing have been put on hold for now.
7. Sandcastle making is now regulated. So are fireworks and music. Expect to a more chill island vibe on the island when you get there.
8. Single-use plastic items are prohibited on the island. Instead of using plastic bags, bottles, cups, sachets, straws, cutlery and styrofoam, bring your own reusable water bottles and personal toiletries. Keep an eye out for CEB’s segregated Juan Effect-themed trash bins, which have been placed around the island.
Andrew Fernandes is the founder of Plastic Free Boracay. Join the group’s weekly beach clean-up on Sundays, 6:00am. Meet up place is Willy’s Rock in Station 1. Contact the team on Instagram: @plasticfreeboracay or fb.com/plasticfreeboracaymovement