Palawan named 2020’s ‘Best Island in the World’

The New York-based Travel+Leisure magazine has once again decided Palawan as the “world’s best island” by popular vote. The island claimed the top rank with a score of 94.84 from the Travel+Leisure readers.

Palawan was awarded this same title thrice, in 2017, 2016, and 2013.


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Travel+Leisure writer Sara Clemence writes of Palawan: “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.”

“Palawan reclaimed its rightful place in the World’s Best Awards. The citation as the Best Island in the World is all the more important because this is voted upon by the readers of the prominent Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat of the accolade. 

“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,” added Puyat.

Boracay also made it to Travel+Leisure’s annual list of the world’s top island destinations, ranking at 14th.

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