The Condé Nast Traveler named on Tuesday, October 9 Philippines’ very own Siargao as the Best Island in Asia.
The luxury travel publication revealed the results of its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, breaking down the top islands in the world by region instead of doing a 30-spot worldwide list as it has done in previous years. The Philippines took 3 out of the 5 spots for Asia, with Siargao topping the list, followed by Boracay – which is set to reopen after a 6-month rehabilitation – and Palawan.
The announcement was made by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and posted it to their official Twitter page.
— Visit Philippines (@TourismPHL) October 11, 2018
Siargao in Surigao del Norte has been known for its diverse crowd heading to its pristine shores, its other natural wonders such as the Magpupungko Tidal Pools, Sugba Lagoon, and Guyam, Daku and Naked Islands, had enticed even non-surfers to have a lot to enjoy there.
The ever-famous Boracay was recently closed off to tourists in April for a 6-month rehabilitation. It is set to reopen on October 26, though beach parties will be banned, and diving and water activities will be suspended while the corals and marine life recover.
Palawan in southern Luzon is known for being home to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island is a repository of untapped natural beauty, the most popular being the islands in El Nido’s Bacuit Bay – a favorite island-hopping destination. Palawan’s Coron island in the north is also known for its wreck-diving sites.
Rounding out the top 5 islands in Asia are Langkawi in Malaysia and Bali in Indonesia.