Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan Are The Top Three Best Islands In The World

February 26, 2018

Find out why Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan were named the best islands in the world.

Luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler named Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan as the top three best islands in the world. The winners were determined via a survey done for the Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017 where 30,000 travelers from all over the world participated in.

Karst limestones in Palawan

Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan Are The Top Three Best Islands In The World

    According to Conde Nast Traveler, the 30th annual Reader’s Choice Awards survey set another new record with millions of ratings and hundreds of thousands of comments submitted by travelers that served as votes in coming up with the winners.


    Boracay Island has been named the best island in the world for the second time in a row. Conde Nast Traveler described the tiny island as being as close to a tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia.

    White beach in Boracay

    The island is characterized by gentle coastlines and breathtaking sunsets. Boracay also offers a load of activities such as parasailing, diving, and island-hopping to cater to those who want a little action instead of just spending a leisurely day on the island’s powdery white sand.

    By sundown, Boracay comes alive with its bustling nightlife. Party-goers will love the rows of bars serving cocktails and alcoholic beverages along the beach. Expect island music to keep the night energetic and awake. Nonetheless, if you want to take things slow, there are cafes in Boracay where you can quietly enjoy a cup of cappuccino and a slice of dessert.

    Also read: Sur Beach Resort Boracay: A Slice Of Paradise


    Cebu is the most densely populated island in the country. Similar to Manila, it is very metropolitan but without much of the clutter and pollution. 

    Sta. Fe beach in Bantayan Island in Cebu

    Travelers can look forward to historical churches and sites on the main island. Cebu also prides itself on its notable restaurants, five-star hotels, and first-class shopping destinations.

    The main island, as well as the surrounding islands, is also home to some of the most pristine beaches in the Philippines. Try visiting Bantayan Island or Camotes Island if you want less crowd and true island vibe.

    Also read: 20 Top Things To Do In Bantayan Island


    Palawan is composed of thousands of islands and is popular for its natural attractions, lakes and lagoons, and karst formation. 

    Mouth of the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan

    Its three most popular destinations are Coron, El Nido, and Puerto Princesa City, home to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Palawan also prides itself on some of the best diving sites in the Philippines.

    A popular delicacy in Palawan is the tamilok or the woodworm, commonly harvested from dead mangrove tree trunks. It is actually a shell-less mollusk and is commonly eaten fresh, dipped in spicy vinegar sauce.

    Also read: Puerto Princesa Travel Guide: Things To Do + Where To Stay


    The Philippines, being a tropical archipelago, is also home to other beautiful beach and island destinations aside from Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan. 

    Some of the best diving sites can be found in Batangas, Negros Oriental, and Davao, just to name a few. There are also natural wonders and mountain retreats for those who are looking for an adventure other than beach hopping.

    Source: Conde Nast Traveler
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    1. Ang gaganda naman talaga ng mga isla natin sa Pilipinas. Yung iba hindi pa gaano napupuntahan ng mga turista. Kaya dapat nating alagaan ang mga ito. Huwag tayo tapon ng tapon ng mga basura sa dagat. Maging good example tayong mga Pilipino sa mga turista na dumadayo.

    2. I like your list po and yan din yung tatlo lugar na gustong gusto ko puntahan dito sa pilipinas. Bukod kasi dito sa atin sa pinas kahit yung galing sa ibang country dinadayo din nila yan.

    3. Madami nga po akong naririnig na maganda nga po talaga dyan. Kaya kahit nandito lang ako sa pinas. Gustong gusto ko padin talaga makapunta dyan.. Kahit sino namn talaga gusto makarating dyan kaya dinadayo ng mga tao dito kahit sa ibng country ganon din ginagawa nila..

    4. No doubt about this, we really have the best here in the country. Boracay, Cebu and Palawan are deserving of this recognition. But there are still more from the different islands of our country that are worthy to be part on the top of this list

    5. Indeed Yan talaga yung 3 na hanggang ngayong patuloy na Dinadayo at hindi nakakasawang puntahan dahil sobrang magEenjoy ka, sobrang ganda ng mga View, Beach, Resort, Resto, Pasyalan at iba pa .. kaya super sulit po talaga na puntahan ng paulit ulit .. at hanggang nqayon pati mga Turista patuloy tinatangkilik ang lugar na yan