The idyllic island of Palawan in the Philippines has been ranked the World’s best for the second time running. Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted the aquamarine waters of the Palawan archipelago the most beautiful out of a long list of impressive contenders including Ischia in Italy and Santorini in Greece.
Perhaps a major contributor to this accolade is the island’s Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River National Park – the second longest navigable underground river in the world. Its astonishing cave system comprises of ancient forests, extraordinary wildlife and cavernous limestone chambers that feature large quantities of stalactites and stalagmites.
Palawan’s pristine clear waters and white sandy beaches are so stunning that they have been used to set famous scenes in films such as ‘The Bourne Legacy’, ‘The Beach’ and James Bond film, ‘The World Is Not Enough’. Celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Rachel Weisz have also vacationed on the island.
The picturesque destination has also been voted the most beautiful by award-winning luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveller, in January of this year.