Palawan, tagged as the last ecological frontier of the Philippines, is once again voted as the World’s Best Island for 2017 by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine with a score of 93.15. It also ranked first in 2016 and 2013.
Readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine were asked to note down their travel experiences around the world. For the islands, they rated based on the island’s activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value according to the magazine.
Palawan is a narrow archipelago in the western border of the Philippines with more than 1,700 islands. Its coastline is about 2,000 kilometers long punctuated with numerous beautiful coves and bays. Dense tropical rainforests, plains and rolling hills complete the very scenic landscape of the archipelago. Its waters is very rich in marine life with beautiful reefs and coral atolls. Limestone cliffs abound. Palawan is a tropical paradise.
The most popular places in Palawan to visit are El Nido, Puerto Princesa and Coron.
El Nido is located in the northernmost tip of Palawan. It is the gateway to Bacuit Bay which is composed of 45 islands and islets. It is popular for its steep karst cliffs. Its most popular sites are the Big and Small Lagoons in Miniloc Island and Taraw Cliff in Matinloc Island.
Know more about El Nido in two of my previous blogs.
Puerto Princesa is at the mid section of Palawan Island. 80 kilometers from the city center is its most popular attraction, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park which is one of the longest underground river in the world. Considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also known as the Puerto Princesa Underground River. On January 28, 2012, it was officially declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Coron is composed of the eastern part of Busuanga Island, Coron Island and 50 minor islets. It is known for its beautiful limestone cliffs, Japanese warship shipwrecks and vast coral gardens. Its popular attractions are Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake and the Twin Lagoons.
BORACAY ISLAND, a world-renowned island destination in the northwest tip of Panay in the Philippines ranked third with a score of 89.67. In 2016 it ranked second. It is approximately seven kilometers long. The most popular spot of the island is the White Beach, a four kilometers stretch of fine white sand. This area is lined with hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, dive and water sports shops, and shops selling souvenir items especially Boracay shirts. Boracay is also known as the beach party capital of the Philippines especially during the peak seasons like Holy Week, Christmas and New Year. Like many parts of the Philippines, Boracay has beautiful sunsets.
The Ten Best Islands In The World for 2017 and their scores as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine:
- Palawan, Philippines 93.15
- Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 90.83
- Boracay Island, Philippines 89.67
- Galápagos Islands, Ecuador 89.20
- Santorini, Greece 89.19
- Maui, Hawaii 89.17
- Kauai, Hawaii 88.72
- Ischia, Italy 88.53
- Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia 87.75
- Bali, Indonesia 87.61