Palawan is 2019's 2nd-best island in the world

MANILA, Philippines – Palawan is the second-best island in the world, according to Travel+Leisure's "The World's Best Awards 2019." The list, based on the travel website's reader's picks, considers "activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value."

The "perennially popular" Palawan was second only to Sri Lanka. One reader, said Travel+Leisure, noted that Palawan was the "single most beautiful place I have ever seen." Palawan also made it to the 2018 list

Several Philippine beaches also made it to the travel site's annual list of best islands in Asia. "Longtime favorites" Cebu (at number 7), Palawan (at number 2), and Boracay (at number 9) were on the list because of "top-notch reef and wreck diving, white-sand beaches, hiking trails with waterfalls, and welcoming locals."

The site also noted key beach resorts in Boracay and Palawan, including Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa and El Nido's 4 eco-friendly, waterfront Palawan properties.

The 3 islands, of course, are anything but new to the list – and it shouldn't be a surprise, especially for Filipinos who are all-too-familiar with the beauty local beaches have to offer. 

Do you agree with Travel+Leisure's ranking? Are these other Philippine islands that should have made the list? – Rappler.com

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