Boracay Grabs Spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Islands in the World, Palawan and Siargao Make Top Islands in Asia

Boracay  Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Islands
A breathtaking view of Boracay’s white-sand beach, with Palawan’s water wonders and Siargao’s surf-ready waves —celebrating the Philippines’ triple win in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2023 island rankings. Photos from TPB Philippines.

Boracay has clinched a prime spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s (CNT) prestigious list of the Best Islands in the World for 2023, ranking No. 3 in Asia. The CNT Readers’ Choice Awards also honored two other Philippine gems—Palawan and Siargao—in its list of Top Islands in Asia.

Known for its pristine white-sand beaches, Boracay located in Aklan, Western Visayas, secured its world ranking in the top 5 of the Asian continent’s best five released on October 18. The world-famous small island was given a score of 90.74 points in the annual reader survey.

Diving paradise Palawan in Luzon grabbed the 6th spot in Asia with 89.72 points, while the surfing capital Siargao in Mindanao earned 87.37 points. The Asian rankings were earlier revealed on October 3.

The Condé Nast citation for Boracay stated: “At less than four square miles, this compact Philippine island transformed from under-the-radar to overtouristed in the span of a few rocky decades—it was even temporarily shut down in 2018 to allow for much-needed redevelopment and rehabilitation. But with its sugary sands, magical sunsets, and see-your-feet-clear water, we suspect Boracay’s popularity isn’t going to wane anytime soon.”

It’s not the first rodeo for these Philippine islands on Condé Nast’s lists. Boracay previously led the rankings for Asia in 2022 and 2019. Siargao topped the list in 2021, and Palawan has consistently found itself in the top 5 over various years.

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