Philippines has world’s ‘top three islands’
The islands of Boracay, the Cebu and Visayan Islands, and Palawan in the Philippines took out the Top 3 spots in the ‘Best Island in the World’ category of Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 2017 for a reason: they are simply stunning. The publication’s readers ranked the 30 best islands in the world, outside of the US, from far-flung gems in Southeast Asia to volcanic outcrops in the Mediterranean.
Tourism Attaché at the Philippines Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand, Norjamin Delos Reyes, said he was incredibly excited to hear the Philippines received the top three spots for the best islands in the world. “We are so grateful to see that our beautiful islands are receiving so much appreciation from travellers around the world,” Reyes said.
“Boracay, Cebu and Palawan are three fantastic examples of our 7,107 islands in the Philippines. These particular islands certainly showcase the perfect ‘tropical paradise’ and each island offers a slightly different travel experience. Of course, they all have jaw-dropping beaches, but there are also amazing activities on offer, cultural heritage sites, and incredible cuisine. There is so much to be explored in the Philippines and we look forward to welcoming more travellers to our islands.”
Boracay is just under 10.36 sq km and located in the Western Philippines. It consists of stunning beaches and memorable sunsets and is famed for its four kilometre-long White Beach, which is one of the island’s main draws. After closing for six months, Boracay is back and more beautiful than ever, boasting powdery white sand and azure waters and offering the perfect tropical paradise backdrop worthy of the #itsmorefuninthephilippines hashtag.
For extra relaxation, travellers can indulge in a treatment at one of the many spas and wellness houses. There’s an assortment of activities to choose from that make the most of the natural environment of the island, including 25 dive sites, windsurfing and kiteboarding, cliff diving, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, horseback riding and golf. Once the night draws near, the thriving nightlife comes to life, offering cocktails, fresh food and live music.
Fly from Manila to Caticlan. From there, pump boats transport passengers to White Beach.
2. Cebu and Visayan Islands
Cebu and Visayan Islands are a fusion of island life, historical sites and a metropolis. Cebu is famed for its beaches on the mainland as well as its many surrounding islands. Cebu City is influenced by Filipino, Spanish and Western cultures, which is reflected in the architecture and design. Here, a dynamic culinary scene and smart shopping options also await travellers.
Some of the cultural highlights include: Fort San Pedro, Basilica del Santo Nino, Magellan’s Cross, Casa Gorordo Museum, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, Taoist temple and many more. The surrounding islands offer travellers various diving spots and opportunities to hike and trek.
Many airlines operate to Mactan Cebu International Airport from neighbouring countries such as Singapore. The airport is located on a different island, therefore it takes about 30 minutes by taxi to get to Cebu City.
Palawan is an archipelago of nearly 2,000 islands, offering guests an unforgettable holiday in paradise. Travellers can explore the various smaller islands incorporating secret lagoons and caves, snorkelling, kayaking and trekking.
To the west, Palawan’s natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, travelling eight kilometres through a subterranean cave system. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site, which travellers can explore and discover via guided boat tours, where they can see karsts and natural rock limestone formations. For wildlife lovers, the Calauit Game Reserve and wildlife sanctuary are popular, and Rasa Island and Tubbataha reefs are known to offer some of the best diving spots in the world.