Condé Nast Traveler readers rank Boracay, Cebu, Palawan top three islands outside the US
As a part of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, readers of Condé Nast Traveler have ranked three Philippine islands as the top three in its annual ranking of the 30 “Best Islands in the World.”
Topping the list was the island of Boracay, famous for its white sand beaches and clear, cerulean waters. Traveler described it as a Southeast Asian tropical paradise with “gentle coastlines and transportative sunsets” that, come sunset, turns into an energetic nightlife destination.
The densely populated island of Cebu came in second for its expansive beaches on the mainland and the surrounding Visayan Islands.
“Not as wild as Phuket in Thailand, Cebu City is more personal, with plenty of up-and-coming restaurants and shopping,” Traveler wrote, suggesting to readers to “get off the grid” and visit the Camotes Islands, a couple hours east of Cebu.
The breath-taking tourist destination Palawan was third on the Traveler’s list. The small, but charming island is home to the famous Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a “natural wonder” that travels five miles through an underground system of caves.
“Guided boat tours take visitors down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction,” Traveler wrote.
The following renowned islands that made the top 10, from top of the list, were Mallorca, Spain; Mykonos, Greece; Bermuda; St. Barts; Turks and Caicos; Bali, Indonesia and the Cayman Islands.
Despite the increasingly tense political climate (portions of Mindanao are currently under martial law), tourism to the Philippines saw a 2.3 increase in 2016, according to the Philippines Statistics Authority. More than 300,000 travelers took part in the survey, according to Traveler’s website.