Vacation with a difference in Boracay

MANILA, Philippines - Next time you visit Boracay, maximize your vacation by taking part in environmental activities to help preserve natural resources and sustain the tourism industry in one of the world’s best beaches.

The Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI), local government unit of Malay, Aklan, in partnership with Pioneer Group Foundation Inc. (PGFI), recently launched a two-day Coral REEFurbishment project which aims to raise awareness and educate the public on the importance of coral transplantation and encourage tourists to do their share in protecting the beautiful island of Boracay. The event successfully mobilized a good turnout of volunteers for coastal cleanup and coral transplantation activities.

There are three ways by which you can help preserve the island of Boracay while on a holiday:

Volunteer in the coastal cleanup. During the first day of the project, volunteers collected 50 kilograms of trash, mostly cigarette butts and empty water bottles, along the coast of Boracay.

A PGFI report said that more people leads to more waste, more boats and more threats to marine life. In 1984, there were 14,000 tourist who came to Boracay; the figure rose to 1.36 million visitors in 2013. By 2018, the number of tourists is expected to hit 2.7 million.

To sustain the island’s tourism industry and protect the beach, the BFI created the Coastal Resource Management under the Boracay Beach Management Program (BBMP) a few years ago.

Lifestyle Feature - Travel ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1BFI president Dionisio Salme said the BBMP’s priority is to preserve what they have and restore what they lost.

“If you want to contribute something for Boracay tourism, everybody is welcome to join the coastal cleanup every week,” he said.