MANILA, Philippines – Conde Nast Traveler magazine has awarded Palawan the “Top Island in the World”; beating 147 other islands worldwide.
The “Top Island in the World” category is part of the magazine’s 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The award was announced on their website on Monday, October 20, after tallying the votes of over 76,600 readers.
“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,” the magazine said as caption in a beautiful photo of the island.
As posted in the magazine’s website, Palawan was given a rating of 88.750 by the readers. Reports said that the good rating received by the island is mostly because of “the declaration of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.”
“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 added.
Palawan island bested other world-famous islands, including Bora Bora in French Polynesia ranked 25th, Maldives which ranked 19th, Bali in Indonesia ranked 17th, and islands of Santorini and Cyclades in Greece which ranked 7th.
Among the top 5 islands are Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique which ranked 5th, Kauai and Maui islands in Hawaii which ranked 4th and 3rd respectively, and Kiawah Island, in South Carolina which ranked second place.
Boracay Island in Aklan province ranked 12 and given a rating of 82.683.
The magazine described Boracay as “This itty-bitty island (10 square miles) in the Philippines is as close to the tropical idyll ideal as you’ll find in the Philippines, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region”.
“The aptly named White Beach is Boracay’s main draw, with powdery white sand and shallow azure water ideal for swimming and snorkeling,” it added.
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey started in 1988. The latest survey done for 2014 got 76,659 responses from readers.
“Individual candidates are judged on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor,” Conde Nast explained how they did the rankings.