By Marjaleen Ramos
Known for its white-sand beaches and pristine waters, Boracay was recognized as the Best Island in Asia by Condé Nast Traveler in its 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.
“This itty-bitty island (just under four square miles) in the Western Philippines is as close to a tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and made-for-Instagram sunsets. Fold in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region,” Condé Nast Traveler said of Boracay.
The Island of Boracay was shut down to tourists for six months in 2018 for rehabilitation.
Two other Philippine islands were also included in the top five — Cebu and Visayas Islands placed second, and Palawan came in fourth.
“Located in the center of the Philippines, Cebu draws nearly 2 million travellers annually for its pristine beaches and diving off the island’s northern coast,” Condé Nast Traveler said of Cebu and Visayas Islands.
Palawan, meanwhile, was described as a “home to the otherworldly Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site worth the trip alone.”
Completing the list were Penang in Malaysia, in third place; and Bali in Indonesia, in fifth place.
In its 32nd edition, Condé Nast Traveler said a record-breaking 600,000 registered voters participated in the annual survey.