Palawan voted best island in the world by readers of travel magazine

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Natural beauty – Coron in Palawan

The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have once again voted Palawan as the best island in the world.

The top ten list also includes Boracay in the number-three spot.

Announcing the results of the survey, the magazine said: “For the second year in a row, the Philippine paradise Palawan wins first place as the best island in the world, thanks to its hidden lagoons, teeming ocean life, and rustic-luxe resorts.” Palawan also took the top spot in 2013.

Palawan got a high score of 93.15, with one fan saying “it’s the most beautiful place on earth.”

Others described it as “rustic”, “romantic”, “affordable” and “relaxing”.

Taking second place on the list was Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Making up the top five were the Galapagos Islands and Santorina in Greece.

The other featured islands were Bali, Maui and Kauai in Hawaii, Ischia in Italy and Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia.

Palawan is made up of the eponymous main island, in addition to some 1,800 surrounding islets and island outposts.

The magazine said: “And with its verdant mountains, a five-mile-long underground river, limestone caves and spectacular scuba diving, its appeal is as clear as its turquoise waters.”