1 year ago
There is no street on the island,
only motorbike paths.
Contrary to the southern island full of tourist resorts, 3km north here at the northern stretch of the island tourism has not reached.
No resort, no tourist infrastructure, almost no tourists - only local villages and locals.
I hope it will stay like this.
On my way up here I could learn how tourism sometimes impacts local people in a negative way.
I walked the motorbike path and suddenly there seemed to be a dead end blocked by an oversized diving resort.
I asked a local guy that I want to walk around the island and if he can tell me the path. He showed me that at the back of the resort, there is a hill and a rocky foot path goes up steeply some 10 meters and down again after few meters to the next village.
Although the local guy was very nice and was leading me further to show me his village, I felt that some locals here dislike tourists and I could understand why.
I learned that the locals feel that this resort shouldn't have been allowed but the westerner owner gave a lot of money to the local government officer in charge. Now the westerner has his cash cow, the local government officer a big new villa and the local people have to suffer either carrying there things up and down the hill or taking a long detour with their motorbike.
I so hope this kind of tourism industry will stop. The announced 6month shut down of tourism in Boracay might wake up some people especially (hopefully) Local Government officials and Western investors.
I liked the way how it is handled in Fiji where all land is still in the hand of the local communities and as a community they have the right to decide together who and how to use it and getting their share (monthly rent!). They even dismissed a big hotel chain as the locals didnt agree with the management and got another one taking over. In my opinion a good way to keep locals involved also in ongoing revenue stream instead of one off payments.