Philippines Palawan was named the Top Island in the World by the readers of an award-winning US travel magazine.
Palawan lead the survey by Conde Nast Travel Magazine in its 27th Readers Choice Awards. The readers gave it a rating of 88.750.
There were 30 islands that made it to the top island destination list released Monday. Aside from Palawan, another tourist spot, the Boracay Island in Aklan also made it to the top island destination list, settling the 12th spot with a rating of 82.683.
The magazine mentioned that Palawan’s natural wonder is “one of the longest underground rivers in the world” known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, and a host of islands, resorts, and diving spots acclaimed worldwide.
“This small island—one of the Philippines’ 7,107—shot to the top of our list this year with a recent claim to fame: It’s now home to one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. Palawan’s natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system. Guided boat tours take visitors down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction,” the magazine wrote.
Other islands on the list were Kiawah Island, South Carolina; Maui, Hawaii; Kauai, Hawaii; Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique; Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, Australia; Santorini and Cyclades, Greece; St. John, US Virgin Islands; Kangaroo Island, Australia; and Big Island, Hawaii in 2nd to 10th place, respectively.