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Is Boracay Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 5:58 pm, December 28, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Boracay?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Boracay.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Philippines, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.

Boracay Island, Philippines

Many people do drink tap water in Boracay. Water goes through a treatment process, potable water – not pumped out of deep wells as it is in some areas. And according to some locals, they’ve been drinking water straight from the tap without any problem. But drinking unfamiliar water may upset your stomach so best to be safe than sorry and use bottled. For brushing teeth, Boracay’s tap water is fine.

It is safe to use ice from the hotel or other known establishments. Ice is delivered sealed, and they use purified water.

To protect the tap water quality in Boracay, the government included the place as another water quality management area(WQMA). The goal of the WQMA is to protect, through stakeholder collaboration. They follow the Water Quality Guidelines and ensure that the water quality is within or beyond the standard.

Source of Water in Boracay, Philippines

Nabaoy River
Nabaoy River

The Boracay has two water utilities, namely The Boracay Tubi System Inc. and Boracay Island Water Company or Boracay Water. The main water source of the Boracay Island originates from the surface of the Nabaoy River, and that according to DENR-EMB a CLASS A river of Western Visayas located in the mainland Brgy. Nabaoy. From the river, it is abstracted going to Boracay Water’s pump station; from there it traverses down to their water treatment plant located at Brgy. Caticlan and process the water (Sedimentation & Chlorination). After treatment, they drew the water to Tabon pumping station moving to the submarine pipe up to the Manocmanoc reservoir in Boracay Island.

Boracay’s 2018 Rehabilitation

The island had undergone a six months rehabilitation and restoration that started last April 26, 2018. Boracay is one of the nation’s major tourist destinations. Boracay had two million tourists in the year 2017.

A business forum held on February 9, 2018; President Rodrigo Duterte called the island of Boracay a “cesspool”. Stated plans to close the island to tourists and manage a rehabilitation on the island that happens last June 2018 to fix the worsening sewage conditions there. Duterte has directed the Environment secretary to address the environmental issues on the island.

And finally, Boracay back to life after the six months rehabilitation. They strictly enforced waste management and to ensure that water quality retains its form or turn to a better quality.

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Is Boracay Tap Water Safe to Drink? Tap water & safety quality

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.55 in USD (1.5-liter)


Boracay tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 10% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 20% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 90% Very High
  • Water Quality 80% Very High

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Boracay, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Related FAQS


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

Sources and Resources

Current Weather in Boracay


Some of the Convenience Stores in Boracay

24 SEVEN Quick Mart
24 SEVEN Quick Mart
  • Budget Mart
  • Pricelite Outlet
  • MiniStop
  • De Rose Family Mart
  • 24 SEVEN Quick Mart
  • 7-Eleven
  • Munsterific
  • Green Stop
  • Wang Mart Grocery Store
  • G&R Family Mart
  • Savemore Market City Mal
  • John - Glen’s convenience store

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

1.5-liter ₱35.00$0.67€0.61£0.54
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