The sunny reefs of Palawan were named as part of its appeal. Credits to DOT.

CNN Travel picked Palawan as one of 10 of the world’s most beautiful islands.

CNN Travel listed the World’s Top Island destination in the Philippines alongside popular spots in Europe, Asia, and the United States in a feature published on September 25.

CNN’s Jen Rose Smith wrote about “the sunny reefs of Palawan” as one of “the travel secret behind the evocative power of beautiful islands.”

CNN Travel noted the protection for the UNESCO-listed Palawan Biosphere Reserve for the “gorgeous haven of pale sand and clear water“.

Smith writes:

“Rugged cliffs and mangroves are scenic foils for Palawan’s many secret beaches, from the coves of El Nido to this exclusive paradise getaway.

But the island’s most remarkable hiding place might be in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where an underground river slips through a maze of limestone caverns.”

Palawan hosts a multitude of tourist attractions in Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron and the emerging San Vicente, an identified tourism enterprise zone. Credits to DOT.

The CNN Travel writer goes on to recommend for visitors to “Ride a tidal river deep into a limestone cave system, then bask away the afternoon on a postcard-ready beach.”

Joining Palawan in the CNN list are: Milos, Greece; Bartolomé, Ecuador; Fregate, Seychelles; St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles; Jura, Scotland; Komodo Island, Indonesia; and Kaua’i, United States.

The Philippines’ Department of Tourism notes that Palawan hosts a multitude of tourist attractions in Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron and the emerging San Vicente, an identified tourism enterprise zone.

“Our rehabilitation efforts to preserve the beauty of Palawan did not go unnoticed. We are thankful for this CNN citation of our tourist destinations,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a media release sent to Good News Pilipinas.

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