The Top 3 Best Islands in the World recommended by international travelers are in the Philippines.
Renowned tourist island destinations Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the global survey of over 300,000 travelers conducted by established traveler magazine, Condé Nast.
The 30th edition of the annual Readers’ Choice Awards released in October set a new record of millions of ratings and over 100,000 comments reviewed to create the lists of winning favorites.
Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) readers ranked the islands of the Philippines on top of the 30 Best Islands in the world outside the U.S.
CNT refers to Cebu as “famous for its beaches on the mainland as well as across many of the surrounding islands.”
CNT recommends Cebu City for providing a more personal experience in shopping and restaurant-hopping, compared to Phuket in Thailand.
Global travelers recommend Palawan for its Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, one of the newly crowned seven natural wonders of the world.
The island in southwestern Luzon offers one of the world’s longest underground rivers through five miles of a subterranean cave system.
CNT recommends guided boat tours where visitors are taken “down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction.”
Palawan also offers water adventures around its marine sanctuary waters teeming with the world’s coral and fish species, another reason the island made top ranking in various traveler surveys.