Palawan is Officially Named as 'Best Island in the World' for 2020!
Gari Sy Rivera | July 10, 2020
International travel magazine and website Travel + Leisure has released the results of its annual World’s Best Awards for 2020, and taking the number one spot in the Best Islands of the World to Visit category is no other than the Philippines’s beautiful Palawan once again! Now winning the list for the 4th time, Palawan has won in 2013, 2016, and 2017 respectively. Along with Palawan, other islands from all over the world such as Greece, Italy, Hawaii, and Thailand and were top contenders.
The results of the Best Islands of the World to Visit category have been announced through the magazine’s Top 25 Islands in the World feature online. Other Best of the World’s categories include Best Cities, Best Hotels, Best Tours, and more. Like these other lists, Palawan was announced the winner and top contending islands received the most votes from Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey held before 2 March 2020.
“It’s dramatic at sea level, with mountains rising directly from the ocean palm-edged beaches,” Clemence writes, describing best island-titled 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.”
“The landscape and scenery are just gorgeous,” a voter says, “It offers the most beautiful beaches, resorts, and scenery anywhere.”
Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat expresses Pinoy pride in a statement, “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,” she adds, “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.”
Taking the 14th place in the list of top 25 islands is another Philippine gem, an ultimate summer go-to, our beloved Boracay. Boracay has been awarded as the Best Island in the World by Travel + Leisure in 2012, and it’s no surprise that the breathtaking island known for its pure white sand and clear waters takes a rightful spot in the list!
Visit Travel + Leisure’s Top 25 Islands in the World feature for more on the Best Islands of the World to Visit category.