A Bit of Good News for 2021: Boracay and Palawan Among 25 Best Island Beaches in the World

Doing the local travel industry proud.
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After starting the new year with almost as many controversies in as many days, we’ve finally got some good news to share: Boracay and Palawan are once again hailed as top-tier destination spots after Conde Nast ranked the two beaches as among the top 25 best island beaches in the world.

White Beach in Boracay bagged second place on the elite list, just after Gouverneur in St. Barts, which topped this year’s rankings. Described as “a screensaver brought to life” by Conde Nast, Boracay beat the likes of Seychelles, Maldives, and more.

Meanwhile, El Nido in Palawan landed in ninth place, ranking higher than beaches in Hawaii, Thailand, and more. “The water is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison,” wrote Conde Nast.

The travel publication released the list after its 33rd Readers’ Choice Awards survey, which saw thousands cast their ballots to vote on the best and most beautiful locations on the planet. Clearly, Philippine beaches made the cut.

“We would like to thank the travelers who voted for our destinations. We draw inspiration from this warm reception and solid vote of confidence from our satisfied patrons. As our destinations gradually reopen with health and safety measures in place, we will continue our conservation and protection efforts of these areas,” remarked Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

Just a few months ago, Palawan and Boracay were recognized among the “50 most beautiful places in the world” by travel site Big 7 Travel. They’ve also bagged a number of recognitions from various other organizations and outlets, boosting the Philippines’ travel image in hopes of attracting more tourists as the local travel industry continues to struggle due to the pandemic.


If you’re planning to travel in 2021, during or after quarantine, remember that the best beaches in the world are right here in the Philippines.

Boracay and El Nido are currently open to domestic tourists coming from GCQ and MGCQ areas. For a full guide on travel at this time, visit philippines.travel/safetrip.

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