Boracay, Cebu, Palawan of the Philippines named top 3 best islands in the world

Most of the winning islands stand out for their beautiful coasts, sandy beaches and azure skylines

Boracay, Philippines (Image courtesy of Trent Strohm/ flickr)

Boracay, Philippines (Image courtesy of Trent Strohm/ flickr)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Boracay, Cebu, and the Palawan Islands of the Philippines nabbed the top three spots on a list of the best islands in the world by a New York-based travel magazine.

Boracay in the Western Philippines has topped the list of the 30 best islands for its powdery white sand, shallow azure water ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and thriving nightlife scene.  

The image shows Henann Garden Resort in Boracay Island. (Image courtesy of 

Condè Nast Traveler, a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine based in New York, released the list on Tuesday, following a survey conducted on more than 300,000 readers.

Second place finisher Cebu, despite being densely populated, is famous for its beaches on the main island as well as its surrounding islands, with plenty ideal places for dining and shopping. The magazine recommended visitors to try Camotes Island in a 1.5-hour ferry trip to get a true taste of island life.


Cebu (Image courtesy of lapping/ Pixabay)

Palawan came in the third place and is famous for a long underground river, and was newly crowned as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.


Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Two European islands took the fourth and fifth top spots, according to the survey. Mallorca of Spain is a popular tourist spot for Europeans every summer with classic Mediterranean blue waters and stunning mountain views. Mykonos of Greece is a popular cruise ship stop, particularly popular among the sophisticated and upscale type of travelers.

The rest on the top 10 list include Bermuda, St. Barts in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos, Bali of Indonesia, and the Cayman Islands.