Palawan has been voted as the best island in the world in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2020.
The New York-based travel and lifestyle site’s readers rated islands based on their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.
- PALAWAN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES
Palawan emerged on top with a score 94.83 out of 100
2. PAROS ISLAND, GREECE
3. MILOS ISLAND, GREECE
4. SRI LANKA
5. KOH LANTA, THAILAND
Palawan is now a four-time winner of the world’s best island award previously held the top spot in 2013, 2016, and 2017.
T+L’s Sara Clemence said in her article 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.”
In a statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said, “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.”
Meanwhile, Boracay Island, another popular tourist destination in the Philippines, was ranked No. 14 in T+L’s World Best Island list, and fifth in Asia this year.