Palawan, Philippines is declared as the best island in the world. Garnering 76,000 votes in Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards, Palawan bagged the top spot after going head to head with world-famous vacation destinations such Santorini, Hawaii, the Great Barrier Reef, Maldives, Bali, Bermuda, Bora Bora, and French Polynesia. The Philippines earned additional bragging rights from Boracay’s pearly white sand and captivating beaches—ranking 12th on the list.

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Conde Nast magazine attributes Palawan’s exquisite beauty to its natural subterranean attraction, the Puerto Princess Underground River. Also known as the Puerto Princess Subterranean River National Park, the underground river was also named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, January of 2012. The river, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, runs for about 5 miles and is the longest of its kind in Asia. In 2010, a group of professional explorers discovered a that it has an upper chamber. Meaning to say, there are also underground fountains inside the cave. It is also home to enthralling rock formations and boasts of elaborate stalactite and stalagmite growth.

Life thriving in this national park is so diverse there is a complex ecosystem existing inside it. Approximately 67% of Palawan’s species of birds were noted to be found inside the cave. Long-tailed macaques are also recorded to inhabit the area. Species of pigs, bearcats, and badgers can also be seen within the perimeter.

Aside from Conde Nast, Palawan was also recognized as one of the best islands in the world by National Geographic Traveler.

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