PALAWAN ISLAND, Philippines – TRAVEL+LEISURE 2017 # 1 Best Island in the World

PALAWAN ISLAND Philippines TRAVELLEISURE 2017 1 Best Island


PALAWAN ISLAND – 2017 TRAVEL+LEISURE Voted the Best Island in the World

MANILA– The Philippine government, through the Department of Tourism (DOT), on Tuesday, welcomed the inclusion of Palawan, Cebu, and Boracay among the popular destinations in the 2019 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

“This citation by a major publication validates our efforts towards attaining a sustainable tourism industry and now, more than ever, encourages the DOT to work even harder on this advocacy, creating a tourism environment that is recognized and lauded not only today, but for the generations to come,” DOT chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

Palawan, ranked 2nd on the 15 Best Islands in the World list, while Cebu and Boracay were voted 7th and 9th, respectively, on the Top 10 Islands in Asia category of the international travel magazine.

Palawan, described by T+L writer Rebecca Ascher-Walsh as the perennially popular island on the list, is home to San Vicente that hosts the longest white sand beach in the Philippines.

San Vicente is master-planned as an integrated tourism destination project by the DOT and is envisioned as a sustainable investor’s haven that will be a catalyst for inclusive economic growth in the province.

Aside from the emerging San Vicente, hundreds of species of birds and the country’s longest subterranean river can also be found in the province.

In its past review of Palawan, T+ L hailed the island province for its “warm, convivial locals” and cuisine, which “a veritable melting pot of international flavors.”

In Asia, Ascher-Walsh said the Philippine islands of Cebu and Boracay remain as “longtime favorites, thanks to its top-notch reef and wreck diving, white-sand beaches, hiking trails with waterfalls, and welcoming locals.”

“We are thrilled that Palawan has improved its ranking this year and is inching closer to regaining its top spot in T+L’s World’s Best Awards. Hats off as well to Cebu and Boracay for being recognized among the best in Asia,” Romulo-Puyat said. (PNA)

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11 thoughts on “PALAWAN ISLAND, Philippines – TRAVEL+LEISURE 2017 # 1 Best Island in the World

  1. free agent says:

    Take the 2go ferry from Manilla. Scenery is great , I found the people quiet and shy. Would not return to the Phillipines.

  2. Sharon Maxwell says:

    Awesome and beautiful travel video! Although I'm Pinay here in US, Philippines will always hold a special place in my heart, I'm going back to Philippines in December, cant wait!…I miss Cebu and the beautiful beaches and my family! The wonderful scenery, natural beauty, people and gorgeous women seem to be gaining more world popularity and they are always a big part of the Filipina culture and foreigner's travel plans! BTW, My US husband and I actually met online while he was traveling using an online vacation and Philippines dating app. If anyone is planning on traveling to the Philippines soon, it might help you. Just thought I'd share if anyone is interested in Filipina dating or that type of thing: God bless! Mabuhay Pilipinas!

  3. Kristine Marie says:

    hindi naman gaanu pinakita yan sa Bourne Legacy, dagat lng nakita dun at Ending credit pa, susme. Hollywood doesnt want anything to do with showing the world the majestic beauty of this Paradise on earth. it’s their lost not ours!

  4. Arelle White says:

    Great place, visiting the place for the first time in 2010 got me mersmerized by it's towering cliffs in El Nido. Ended up living there for 3 years in a beautiful beach front at Verde Safari beach. I you want to have a home in paradise or simply invest, go to They're the only realty office in el Nido town.

  5. Galo Chan says:

    May it never become another Boracay. I haven't been there yet, but if El Nido doesn't establish some healthy boundaries, the local environment will get severely hurt just like Boracay and Maya Bay in Thailand, all for money.

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