- The island of Palawan was named as the ‘best island in the world’ twice in a row
- The award was given by a US-based known travel magazine’s readers
- Cebu and Boracay also made it to the list of top-ranking go-to islands
On its second year, Palawan continues to lead the pack of the best islands in the world as number one on a leading US-based travel magazine, the Conde Nast Traveler.
For the second year in a row, the Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015 in CN Traveler revealed that the island of Palawan is still the best in the world.
Other treasured and popular islands from the Philippines also made it to the list – Boracay and Cebu to be exact. Boracay was at the 15th spot while Cebu ranked 19th.
Arturo Boncato Jr., the Secretary for the Department of Tourism (DOT) expressed delight in the recognition of Palawan.
“The DOT is continuously focused on developing destinations in the country together with all stakeholders: NGAs, LGUs, private sector, and all our much-valued markets; to exceed expectations in many fronts,” he said.
“…Accolades such as this always come as a pleasant surprise. And a great push to continue working for the industry and the country,” he added.
Palawan received the highest readers’ overall rating of 85.937. It was described as being “home to one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.”
“Palawan’s natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system,” Conde Nast said.
In 1999, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has made the subterranean river a world heritage site.
Palawan beat other known islands such as Bora Bora and Moorea in French Polynesia that are known for its crystal blue waters; a haven for snorkeling.
On the other hand, Conde Nast highlighted Boracay’s sunsets and “thriving nightlife scene” as well as its powder-like white sand and noted that Cebu was the best island to go to if you wanted “to get a true taste of island life.”