Three of the country’s most popular tourist destinations – Siargao, Palawan, and Boracay – are among the Top Islands of 2021, according to Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards list.
Among the 85 islands chosen, three Philippine beaches made it to the travel website’s list, with Surigao Del Norte’s teardrop-shaped surfing paradise of Siargao topping the Asia category with a rating of 97.77. Siargao is followed by Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands (97.67) and Palawan (97.54) in third place.
Following Palawan are Indonesia’s Bali (94.37), Sri Lanka (94.32), Malaysia’s Langkawi (93.96), Thailand’s Koh Samui (93.33), and Boracay (93.26) at the eighth spot (93.26). Thailand’s Phuket Beach came in last.
The list also includes islands in the United States, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, the Atlantic, Europe, and Central, South, and North America.
Europe’s top island is Hvar, Croatia (96.56), the Caribbean’s is St. Barts (94.29), the South Pacific’s is Bora Bora (93.85), South America’s is Islas Secas, Panama (95.22), and the US’ is Hilton Head Island (94.26).
Africa’s Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique was rated the highest (98.20) among the 85, followed by Cape Breton in Canada (97.97), Siargao, Raja Ampat Islands, and then Palawan.
Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by the results of a travel survey answered by over 20,000 readers around the world. According to the website, this year, the list “reflects the places that travelers yearned for the most and the ways in which the tourism industry has slowly begun to reopen.”
Siargao is no stranger to international accolades – the small island was named one of the best holiday destinations of 2020 by Conde Nast Traveler and recognized as the “Best Island in Asia” in October 2018. The surf spot was also among Time magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” for 2021.
In early 2021, the travel magazine announced that Boracay’s White Beach and El Nido, Palawan made it to the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards list of 25 Best Island Beaches in the World. The local islands placed second and ninth, respectively. – Steph Arnaldo/Rappler.com
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