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10 Tips to Enjoy the 'New' Boracay, From DOT Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat

As the famed Boracay island prepares for its reopening, learn the different and new ways to enjoy the island.
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This week's news of Boracay's 10-day dry run opening has everyone excited to visit the pristine island soon.

While new rules have been implemented, there are various other ways to enjoy the island life. Perhaps the most credible source on how to do just that is the Department of Tourism secretary herself, Berna Romulo Puyat. Here, she lists her top 10 things to do on the island.

1| Sit on the sand and watch the sunset at the beach.

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Nothing beats watching the candy-colored sky while lounging in the white sand or on a beach chair. We wholeheartedly agree with Puyat on this one.

2| Swim at White Beach or Puka Beach.

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Fortunately, this time, these world-famous Boracay beaches won't be too overrun with tourists and the water not too murky for one to enjoy a simple dip.

3| Binge on seafood like lobster, deep-sea fish, prawns, and shellfish.

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One of the spots Boracay is best known for is its seafood market called D'Talipapa, where visitors can come and select their own fresh seafood, which will be prepared and served to them on the spot. While the market offers more competitive and inexpensive prices, however, dining at restaurants in the vicinity is another great way to get your seafood fix.

4| Purchase homemade soaps produced by the Ati tribe.

Puyat made sure to promote the local products made by the native islanders. This soap business is an effort by the livelihood center in the Ati Village, which gives community members a means to support themselves.

5| Ride an e-trike or e-jeep.

One of the major means of transportation in Boracay used to be the tricycle, which visitors used frequently to get from one point in the island to another. These vehicles are getting a much-needed eco-friendly update with the introduction of e-jeeps and e-trikes. Additionally, the Department of Transportation has collaborated with ride-hailing platform Grab in creating hop-on, hop-off buses, which visitors can ride for free until the end of the year.

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6| Post memes on sustainable tourism on social media.

The DOT secretary is not one to shy away from a friendly Instagram post. In August, she shared a video of herself on one of Boracayâs beaches with the caption, âAng love ay parang kalikasan, nawawala kapag nababalewala. When a media outlet called her out for "pondering on lost love," she clarifies that it was meant to be funny.

7| Take a morning walk or run or do yoga on the beach.

Once associated with raucous parties, Boracay is shifting its image. With that, Puyat encourages everyone to take time to focus on one's health and wellness by exercising to refresh the mind and body.

8| Shop and dine at D'Mall.

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One of the biggest commercial establishments in Boracay, D'Mall is reportedly back in business with some of the stores along the strip said to be already operational.

9| Visit the wetlands especially those adopted by Aboitiz/DOT, San Miguel Corp, EDC.

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During Boracay's closure, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) partnered with companies such as the Aboitiz Group, the Gokongwei group, the Lopez-run Energy Development Corp., and San Miguel Corp., to clean up the nine wetlands on the island and maximize their potential by transforming them into ecotourism sites. It would be a waste to leave the island without seeing the fruits of that collaboration.

10| Use trash bins and join beach cleanups.

Of course, Boracay's rehabilitation would all go to waste if visitors don't take action themselves. Puyat encourages them to join beach clean-ups and be mindful of their surroundings. Something as simple as disposing garbage in proper receptacles will make a huge difference in the long run. Local airline Cebu Pacific has donated new trash bins meant for segregation so tourists can do their part in keeping the beaches clean.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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