Beach, Please: Here's What Boracay Looks Like Without the Crowd

If you think you've seen the best of Boracay, wait until you see these breathtaking photos of the island in tranquilty. Undisturbed and unpopulated, Boracay is magnificent in its serenity and isolation. And the proof is in the photographs of Facebook user Jack Jarilla.

As in many parts of the country, the province of Aklan, where Boracay is located in the municipality of Malay, has been placed under enhanced community quarantine to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. This did not stop Jarilla from using his lens to capture the island as it sits today.

Jarilla uploaded his photos on his Facebook account last April 7, and the photos have gained over 5,500 shares and 2,500 reactions at press time. 

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PEP.ph got to chat with Jarilla via Instagram Direct Message on April 11. He said he took photos of the beach's awe-inspiring view on the day he did a property shoot for a client. "All the photos were taken during the lockdown. We were not allowed to go to the beach, but I had a chance to take these photos when I had a property shoot." He continued, "So I had a chance to walk, especially because there was no public transport."

Here are Jarilla's photos that will surely put Boracay, after quarantine, at the top of the list of beach-deprived combers:

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Jarilla has been living in Boracay for 20 years. In his interview with PEP.ph, he described how life is under quarantine in one of the Philippines' most popular summer spots .

"No one is allowed to roam around, no swimming, no walking on the beach," Jarilla shared. "We were issued quarantine passes, which we are only allowed to use to buy food or other necessities. Curfew is at 8 p.m., so it's not what we were used to."

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In 2018, during its months-long rehabilitation, Boracay was just as deserted, but this one is not the same. "The last time was during the six-month closure," said Jack. "But this is different because you are not allowed to go out and most of the shops are closed. It's like a ghost town." 

Before its rehabilitation from April 26 to October 26 last year, Boracay welcomed 45,000 tourists every day

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