3 PH destinations voted among world's best islands

Conde Nast Traveler reveals the results of its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards survey

Three Philippine destinations have been voted as some of the 20 best islands in the world in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2015.

The travel magazine released the results of its annual survey on October 19. 

The Big Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan. Photo courtesy of El Nido Resorts

Palawan took the top spot on the list for the second year in a row, edging out other beach destinations such as Bora Bora in French Polynesia; Santorini, Greece; and Bali, Indonesia.

"This small island—one of the Philippines’ 7,107—shot to the top of our list again 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," said Conde Nast Traveler

Click here to read up on the hidden beaches of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. 

Boracay's famous sunset on White Beach. Photo by Jocas See

At the same time, Boracay took the 15th spot, being lauded for its coastlines, sunsets, and nightlife.

Click here for the best places to party in Boracay this coming Halloween.

Crystal waters in Malapascua, Cebu. Photo by Caloy Legaspi

Cebu is the third Philippine destination on the list, ranking 19th. The island is hailed for its beaches on the mainland and surrounding islands, as well as its restaurants and shopping. 

Click here to learn more about diving with thresher sharks in Malapascua, Cebu.

The top 20 islands in the world according to the survey are:

  1. Palawan, Philippines
  2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  3. Moorea, French Polynesia
  4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  5. Bermuda
  6. Great Barrier Reef & Whitsunday Islands, Australia
  7. Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
  8. Bali, Indonesia
  9. Santorini, Greece
  10. Tasmania, Australia
  11. Cook Islands
  12. British Virgin Islands
  13. St. John, USVI
  14. Mykonos, Greece
  15. Boracay, Philippines
  16. Maldives
  17. Orkney Islands, Scotland
  18. St. Lucia
  19. Cebu, Philippines
  20. Hvar & Dalmatian Islands, Croatia 

Over 128,000 people took part in the publications' 28th annual Readers' Choice Awards survey - the highest number of respondents in the survey's history.

Published October 2015