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Palawan voted most beautiful island in the world

Palawan is both a province and an island and is located to the central west of the Philippines, stretching from Mindoro to the North East and Borneo in the South West. The province of Palawan has a total of 1,780 islands. This is approximately one-quarter of all the islands in the total Philippines archipelago.

Palawan has taken the mantle as the Philippines best island and has also been voted the most beautiful island in the world in 2015, by the very reputable travel publication, Condé Nast Traveler. Just like it’s rival Boracay, there isn’t much I can write about Palawan to do it justice, but I will give it a try.

Palawan is blessed with amazing natural attractions

Palawan is split into two major islands, north and south. In the north is the Calamianes Group of Islands consisting of Busuanga Island, Coron Island and Culion Island. Coron “town proper” is actually the capital of Busuanga, with Coron Island itself being the island south of Busuanga.

Coron Island is the major tourist attraction of the northern area. It is laden with beautiful lagoons, lakes, pristine white sand beaches, with abundant coral and marine life. There are also shipwrecks and amazing limestone cliffs and karsts rising high out of the water.

In the south of Palawan province, you have Palawan Island. The capital of Palawan Island is Puerto Princesa. The main destination for tourists on Palawan Island is Puerto Princesa and El Nido, which like its counterpart Coron in the north, is equally as beautiful and simply defies words.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

One of the main highlights of Palawan Island, of many, is the Puerto Princesa subterranean river, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. At 8.2 kilometers in length, it is the longest navigable underground river in the world.

El Nido is probably the most popular place for tourists in the whole province of Palawan, and it also is one of the most historical places in the Philippines. El Nido has been inhabited by humans as early as 2,680 BC, or even as much as 22,000 years ago (source: Wikipedia). With over fifty white sand beaches, extensive marine life, lagoons, and a number of endangered animal species, El Nido is truly one of the most unique places not just in the Philippines, but arguably the world. Palawan is also the only non-volcanic island in the entire Philippines.

Plan your stay and make it worthwhile

There really is so much to see and do in the whole province of Palawan that you really do need several nights, if not more, to really fully explore it. I have absolutely no doubt this is the best of the best the Philippines has to offer. It is well worth the time to explore as much as you can.

Palawan easily has the best resorts in the Philippines. There are a number of travel companies offering packages to see all the landmark areas of Palawan province. I recommend this as the best way to see this tropical paradise. Just make sure that they are reputable and duly registered. You can check out the best 20 places to visit in Palawan here.