I envy my husband for being able to see the beauty of Boracay during the late 80’s with only nipa huts as their lodging. Look at how pristine the waters were… how clean the shores and how virgin the island was back then.
(Photo courtesy: Pinas Dekada 80s)
Fast forward to present-day Boracay – Today, a significant part of Boracay’s waters are green with algae all season round. This is a photo my husband took when we were there last month. This was how the waters looked like at Station 1. The constant appearance of algae is an obvious sign of damage in the ecosystem. This is also a major health hazard. This was one of the main reasons why we opted not to swim at the beach. The risk of having e-coli was not worth the momentary dip.
What ever happened to the crystal-clear waters of Boracay?
Boracay is undoubtedly beautiful… but improper care/maintenance or lack of it will be its undoing as well as ours. We can’t expect others to do it for us. Boracay is ours. On our shoulders is the sole responsibility to keep it pristine and world-class.