Palawan in top island list

MANILA, 1 October 2019: CNN has recognised Palawan as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world a designation that prompted a big thank you from the Philippines Department of Tourism.

Palawan gained the ninth slot, and with sixth-placed Komodo Island in Indonesia they were the only two islands in Asia to earn a mention

According to a Philippines New Agency, DOT welcomed the recognition of Palawan for its pristine beaches and clear water.

“Our rehabilitation efforts to preserve the beauty of Palawan have not gone unnoticed, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said late last week.

In the CNN citation, Palawan is described as “protected within the UNESCO-listed Palawan Biosphere Reserve, the island is a gorgeous haven of pale sand and clear water.

“Rugged cliffs and mangroves are scenic foils for Palawan’s many secret beaches, from the coves of El Nido to this exclusive paradise getaway.

“But the island’s most remarkable hiding place might be in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where an underground river slips through a maze of limestone caverns.”

Palawan, which was also featured in the popular Spanish series Money Heist for its postcard-ready landscape, is home to impressive limestone cave systems.

The coastal province of Palawan is home to a variety of tourist attractions in Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron, and the emerging San Vicente, a tourism enterprise zone.

CNN list:

1 Milos, Greece;
2 Bartolomé, Ecuador;
3 Fregate, Seychelles;
4 St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles;
5 Jura, Scotland;
6 Komodo Island, Indonesia;
7 Senja Island, Norway;
8 Mo’orea French Polynesia;
9 Palawan, the Philippines;
10 Kaua’i, USA.

Last July, Palawan, Cebu and Boracay were included in the 2019 Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

At the T+L list, Palawan ranked second on the 15 Best Islands in the World list.