Boracay. Images of white sandy beaches, palm trees, and turquoise blue waters party in my head. It’s Number One on many tourists’ “Bucket List.” We’ve been to the famous White Beach on this small island a couple of times. While pesky vendors buzzed around our head like dengue-infested mosquitoes, the breathtaking Boracay sunsets are absolutely stunning. First of all, however, take note of today’s post “Boracay Tourists Beware: Nighttime Pump Boat Ban.”
Boracay Tourists Beware: Nighttime Pump Boat Ban
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has imposed a permanent ban on wooden-hull pump boats from 6 am to 6 pm daily. Furthermore, this policy is a result of the Iloilo Strait tragedy. Likewise, the loss of 31 lives on Saturday afternoon, August 3, 2019, involved wooden-hull motorbancas.
Therefore, only eight large boats are available to sail on those hours. The limited availability of the boats makes for long passenger lines going to and from Boracay at night.
Consequently, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) urged both foreign and local tourists who have night time flights to check out early.
New Policy Issued by Marina
The SunStar Iloilo reported on a copy of the new policy from the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina.)
Here’s Coast Guard Station Commander Marlower Acevedo’s statement on the new rules.”
“In order to uphold the passenger safety among passenger motorbancas and comply with existing Marina regulations, operation of motorbancas with night-time navigation is hereby suspended. The operation of passenger motorbancas will be from sunrise to sunset only,” said Commander Acevedo.