Palawan has once again proven to be the world’s most beautiful island after it got the top spot on the Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual list.
According to the travel magazine, the finalists in their World’s Best Awards survey is determined through feedback from their readers based on international travel experiences. They gave Palawan a score of 93.15 points which placed it at number one.
"For the second year in a row, the Philippine paradise wins first place as the best island in the world, thanks to its hidden lagoons, teeming ocean life, and rustic-luxe resorts,” T+L said.
“There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in the natural wonders of this Philippine archipelago, which many of our readers described as ‘rustic,’ ‘romantic,’ ‘affordable,’ and ‘relaxing.’ As one fan succinctly wrote, ‘It’s the single most beautiful place on earth.’ Palawan, which consists of an eponymous main island, in addition to some 1,800 surrounding islets and island outposts, is a repeat winner on the list, first scoring the No. 1 spot in 2013,” they added.
Aside from Palawan, Boracay is also included in the list at the third spot. Below is the full list of finalists:
1. Palawan, Philippines
2. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
3. Boracay Island, Philippines
4. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
5. Santorini, Greece
6. Maui, Hawaii
7. Kauai, Hawaii
8. Ischia, Italy
9. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
10. Bali, Indonesia
Meanwhile, here are some famous tourists spots in Palawan:
It’s no secret that this tourist spot is one of the most popular places to check out when in Palawan. The Underground River is located north of Puerto Princesa and boasts an 8.2 kilometer stretch of subterranean rock and limestone formations. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the New7Wonders of Nature.
This tourist hot spot is on the northernmost tip of the province, but despite being separated from Palawan’s main island, Coron actually has lots to offer when it comes to beautiful beaches and island hopping tours. This island is also known for its breathtaking snorkeling sites.
White, sandy beaches and snorkeling aside, El Nido has gorgeous coral reefs, picturesque lagoons, and limestone cliffs.