Palawan named second best island in the world; Cebu, 25th

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FILE PHOTO: Aerial view of beautiful lagoon in El Nido, Palawan. (Source: Getty Creative)
FILE PHOTO: Aerial view of beautiful lagoon in El Nido, Palawan. (Source: Getty Creative)

Amid pandemic travel restrictions and other challenges faced by the tourism industry, Philippine tourist spots are still recognized as world-class destinations. Just recently, an international travel site ranked Palawan second in their “Travel’s Top 50 Best Islands in the World” list, while Cebu bagged the 25th spot.

Big 7 travel released their list on July 28 based on “aggregated scores from previous media results and contributions from the Big 7 Travel editorial team.”

The travel site praised Palawan for its “white sandy beaches and tropical jungle.” It specifically brought attention to El Nido, a cluster of 45 islands just off the tip of Palawan, which is famous for its Secret Lagoon. “As soon as you step foot onto here you’ll instantly agree it’s one of the best islands in the world,” the post read.

As soon as you step foot onto here you’ll instantly agree it’s [Palawan] one of the best islands in the world.

According to Big 7 travel Cebu Island is "a tropical paradise in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu Island and 167 other islands in the Visayas." It described whale shark diving in the south of Cebu as an “unforgettable experience.” The site also encouraged its followers to try coconut nectar wine, also known as tuba in the Philippines, which according to the site, is “best consumed fresh when it is still sweet.”

File photo: Aerial view of sandy beach with tourists swimming in beautiful clear sea water of the Sumilon island beach landing near Oslob, Cebu. (Source: Getty Creative)
File photo: Aerial view of sandy beach with tourists swimming in beautiful clear sea water of the Sumilon island beach landing near Oslob, Cebu. (Source: Getty Creative)

Those interested in travelling to Palawan, Cebu and other Philippine tourist destinations, however, should note that strict health and safety protocols while conducting leisure travels are still being implemented to curb the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

Here's a rundown of Big 7’s Top 10 Best Islands: 

  1. Lummi Island, Washington 

  2. Palawan, Philippines

  3. Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

  4. Sommarøy, Norway

  5. Korcula, Croatia

  6. Fraser Island, Australia

  7. Pemba Island, Zanzibar

  8. Barbados

  9. Flatey, Iceland

  10. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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