Palawan is voted ‘Best Island in the World’
The US travel and lifestyle publication, Travel + Leisure has announced this year’s winners of its prestigious annual ‘World’s Best Awards’ survey. The breathtaking islands of Palawan in the Philippines received the coveted prize of being named once again as the ‘Best Island in the World’. Palawan features over 2,000 islands, offering guests stunningly beautiful beaches, secret lagoons, underground rivers, and exotic wildlife to explore and discover. In addition, Boracay Island was named third in the ‘Best Island in the World’ category, firmly securing the Philippines as a must-see holiday destination.
Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippines Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand said,
“We are delighted that Palawan and Boracay have been recognised as the first and third ‘Best Islands in the World’! These islands truly represent the essence of a tropical island holiday escape, complete with a backdrop of beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and a fun and lively atmosphere. The Philippines provides lasting memories of the most stunning scenery and with over 7,107 islands to explore it’s a destination for every traveller.”
Palawan is located in the western part of the Philippines and stretches between Mindoro in the Northeast to Borneo, Indonesia in the Southwest. Here, quaint vishing villages, UNESCO World Heritage sites, jungles and beaches perfectly combine to create an idyllic setting and holiday adventure. Guests can swim, snorkel, kayak and dive to discover marine animals, or hike and trek to witness the abundance of wildlife.
Palawan’s main airport is Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) and there are two smaller airports in Palawan, which are further north, catering to the majority of travellers. On Busuanga Island, the Busuanga Airport (USU) accommodates for the town of Coron and the resorts of the Calaman Archipelago. Whilst, El Nido and the Bacuit Archipelago are served by the small privately owned Lio Airport also referred to as El Nido Airport (ENI). Guests on the offshore luxury resorts can use Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI).
AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL) offer several daily one hour and 15 minutes flights between Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and Puerto Princesa (PPS). Cebu Pacific offers flights from Mactan Cebu International Airport (CEB) and Iloilo International Airport (ILO), which take approximately 50 minutes, whilst PAL also connects Puerto Princesa (PPS) and Iloilo (ILO) via a one hour and five minutes flight. AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific and SkyJet provide flights approximately one hour in duration between Manila (MNL) and Busuanga (USU) and PAL flies directly and takes one hour and 30 minutes between Cebu (CEB) and Busuanga (USU). Alternatively, guests can choose to travel on a ferry service between Manila, Iloilo, Mindoro and Palawan.
This latest award win for the Philippines, follows Boracay receiving the much sought after accolade of the ‘Best Island in the Word’ by Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards 2016. Palawan, was named second in the same awards.
The Philippines is fast becoming a popular destination for tourists around the world as it caters to a wide variety of travellers across all budgets. The country offers various accommodation options and a magnitude of activities including swimming, diving, hiking, zip lines, kayaking and many more catering to all travellers. This is proving to be a successful combination, as, visitor arrivals in May this year were above 500,000, an increase of nearly 20% on last year during the same period.
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