1. The beaches' sand is dazzlingly white, soft like talc-powder - crystal clear seawater, Paradise feel.
2. Yapak Beach (or Puka Shell Beach) and - of course - the busier White Beach - most of the beaches are correctly clean; palm trees provide shade
3. excellent water sports facilities (e.g., kite surfing on Bolabog Beach), albeit overpriced; diving at nearby Crocodile Island
4. great food - Spanish gastronomy heritage is evident
5. beautiful sunsets enjoyed from the beach, soul seductive coconut trees
6. islanders are friendly, always smiling
7. a wide selection of hotels and restaurants
8. the tranquility of the northeastern part of the island
9. The island is not very big, thus relatively easy to explore (e.g., by motorbike, tricycle).
10. Praiseworthy is the strategic effort to ensure that the island does not fall prey to mass tourism. Still, it must survive the severe effects of COVID on tourism.
1. In the last decades, the island underwent commercialization, which resulted in losing its earlier charm. Remains to be seen what comes next. Top question: How can the size and quality of the reformed infrastructure brought in the right proportion to the visitors' number and composition?
2. Boracay is more expensive than other parts of the country; the value for money of accommodation is questionable
3. In the past, pollution, lack or disorganization of garbage shipment, a lot of plastic waste, holidaymakers litter irresponsibly - hopefully, that will change for the better
4. Ariels Point, the cliff diving spot, was a disappointment - we are faint-hearted, anyway
5. too many miserable, weakened, ugly stray dogs
6. high humidity
7. the pushy street and beach vendors with their fake and low-quality items
8. The vampire sand flies and the green algae on the beaches
9. hard to find clean public toilets
10. the jerkwater thieves on the beaches