Palawan tops best islands in the world

Cherry Salazar
Palawan tops best islands in the world

The island of Palawan in southern Luzon was voted the best in the world by readers of international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

Palawan, raking 88.75 points, has gained international acclaim when its Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, one of the longest underground rivers in the world, was recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012.

The magazine recommends visitors in Palawan to take boat tours in the underground river down "where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction."

Also in the list compiled by CN Traveler is Boracay, located in the western Visayas region of the country, which placed 12th with 82.68 points.

Boracay is "as close to the tropical idyll ideal as you’ll find in the Philippines, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets," described the New York-based magazine.

Its white sand beaches and nightlife scene draw tourists, both local and foreign, regularly.

Among the top ten islands in the list are Kiawah Island in South Carolina; Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, and Kangaroo Island in Australia; Santorini and Cyclades in Greece; Maui and Kauai islands, and Big Island in Hawaii; Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique; and St. John in U.S. Virgin Islands.