Palawan is the Best Island in the World according to renowned travel magazine, Travel + Leisure.
Travel + Leisure writer Sara Clemence said in her article, “though it’s difficult to reach from many parts of the world, once travelers get there they can dive in World War II wrecks, explore old-growth rain forests, and paddle one of the world’s longest subterranean rivers at Puerto Princesa”.
The island reclaims its title and is now a four-time winner of the world’s best island award, which were all voted by readers of the prominent travel publication.
Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism celebrates the win with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat saying, “It’s wonderful to see that our rehabilitation and sustainable development efforts last year, especially in El Nido and Coron, were well-received by tourists everywhere.”
The magazine also quoted one avid reader, saying, “The landscape and scenery are just gorgeous. It offers the most beautiful beaches, resorts, and scenery anywhere.”
Another popular destination in the Philippines, Boracay, made it to No. 14 in T+L’s World Best Island list and fifth in Asia this year.
This is the third citation reaped by the Philippines since community quarantines were enforced in various parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier, Forbes magazine hailed the country among the seven countries “that have the potential to become a major tourist destination in a post-COVID world’. Last month, Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) cited the Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan, as one of the 30 Best Beaches in the World.