A Dump or Paradise: What is Boracay Really Like?

A Dump or Paradise: What is Boracay Really Like?

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  1. Mako

    You had the worst time to visit Boracay. Streets were in so much mess due to overhaul infra works. They opened the island too early.

    But last month ago during my last visit, everything is so much better, with wide sidewalks enabling people to walk safely. The beach is better and cleaner too.

    1. Travelling Tam

      How interesting! That is great to hear. It definitely didn’t seem finished but at the same time, looked very far off so I am surprised they have completed the renovations so soon. I’m glad though. Thanks so much for your perspective!

  2. Aby Chan

    Thank you so much for this Post. I’m wondering: you said “seedy looking nightclubs-cum-brothels”: could you please elaborate? Are the nightclubs now full of prostitutes?

    1. Travelling Tam

      Of course not all of them and to be honest I didn’t go inside any but there were plenty I went past that had seedy things going on. There were ladies hanging outside the doors asking men if they wanted sex quite openly. It was just an observation from the outside 🙂

  3. Christine

    I’ve heard so many good things about Boracay from my cousins who live in Manila and vacationed there. Thank you for being honest with your experiences so people can have an idea of what to expect.

    1. Travelling Tam

      To be honest, it may really suit some people. Just wasn’t for me. Especially as I went to other places I much preferred 😊

  4. Vanessa Shields

    That is such a bummer that you didn’t have a better experience but that is the reality of travel. It’s not always how we expect or imagine. Great post and perspective on your experience!

  5. Amy Seder

    This is a really good read. All I had seen of Borocay are the beaches – thanks for sharing the reality!

  6. Kalilah Hayward

    Ah, I appreciate your honesty! It’s good to hear different perspectives! I had actually never even heard of Boracay before today haha

    1. Travelling Tam

      It’s one of the most popular islands in the Philippines to be honest but I was slightly confused as to why haha. Thanks for your comment!

  7. Ana Grozea

    Wow did not expect that. I only heard about the good parts… the instagramable parts. and to be honest, if you open google and type in Boracay, you will get only white sands and blue waters. Sometimes harsh is good, because all is way to pretty on Instagram .. and let’s face it we’ve all been “there”, in some idyllic destination. it’s not always rainbows and butterflies.

    1. Travelling Tam

      You’re right. It surprised me as I also only saw pristine beaches of Boracay on Instagram and on blog posts. Travelling has a lot more rough edges than what is portrayed on social media! Though as I mentioned, perhaps I was just at the wrong part or there during the wrong time. Who knows! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  8. Pack The Suitcases

    Appreciate this post – it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea either and I’m sure you’ll have saved someone from spending too long there!

    1. Travelling Tam

      It’s definitely something I would have liked to have known in advance so thought it was worth writing about! Thanks for reading!

  9. Alicia Overseas

    Thanks for sharing this information! I haven’t ever thought about visiting but I’m not sure I would consider it now. I love hearing a different perspective of a place and I find it so refreshing when someone shares a negative experience because we can often just sensor out the places we didn’t enjoy!

    1. Travelling Tam

      Thanks for your comment Alicia. I hoped it wasn’t too negative but I agree – it’s important to share the reality of my experience as travelling isn’t all roses and time to time places do disappoint us. Nothing wrong with that!

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