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On Wednesday, April 4, President Rodrigo Duterte declared that Boracay island will be totally closed down to tourists for the next six months to allow the rehabilitation of the island. Known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the famous island has been also struggling with a bad sewerage and environmental issues.

We know that some of you were dismayed by the news, but we still have 7,600+ islands out there. Allow us to list down some beach alternatives that you may want to check out this summer.

1. El Nido, Palawan

Pangulasian Island. Photo by El Nido Resort

Just like Boracay, El Nido is also known as one of the most gorgeous islands in the Philippines. Popular for its pristine beaches and limestones, the island will surely give you an unforgettable vacay. The waters are ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and diving. There are also bars that you can visit for a quick nightcap.

2. Fortune Island, Batangas

Fortune Island. Photo by Choose Philippines

Looking for a place closer to Manila? Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas might be your next summer destination. Traveling to the island may not be easy, but you’ll realize it’s worth it once you get there. Aside from typical activities like swimming and cliff diving, you can also trek to the lighthouse or explore its underwater beauty by snorkeling. P2,500 is enough for a 2-day, 1-night trip.

3. Bantayan, Cebu 

Bantayan Island. Photo by Philpad

Yup, you might’ve seen this island because of the movie Camp Sawi. But even before the release of the film, Bantayan is known for its Boracay-like sand and peaceful waters. There are also over 40 resorts and inns around the island, so you don’t need to worry about the place to stay. Campers are also welcome there!

4. Cagbalete, Quezon

Cagbalete Island. Photo by Travelphotolab

Do you want to go to the beach without spending too much money? Then, pack your bags because this place is perfect for you and your fam. Six kilometers from the town of Mauban, Quezon, Cagbalete is a hidden paradise that has white sand and clear waters. If you’re up for some camping, you can rent a tent for as low as P300. You can also bring your own food and drinks because it might be a little bit pricey when you buy at the island.

5. Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan Island. Photo by Caramoan.ph

Located at the far eastern end of Camarines Sur in Bicol region, Caramoan Island has been one of the top destinations in the country during summer. Get mesmerize by its aquamarine waters, fine sands, and marvelous limestone formations. There are two options to get there. You can book a flight to Naga City airport, then ride a jeep going to Naga City and another one-hour travel to Sabang Port. You can also take a bus bound for Naga City from Cubao or Pasay.

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