By: Manny Diel
The website :cntraveler.com/rca says it all.
“More than 300,000 travellers took part in their 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey -yet another new record. Submitting millions of ratings and over 75,000 comments to help create a list of winning favourites. The breadth of their top rated experiences was impressive, from elegant castles in the Irish countryside to tented safari camps trailing the Great Migration across the Serengeti. They chose tiny private islands in the tropics , small culture cities in Europe , and intimate river cruises. Most notably , they declared a passion for the authentic, the personalized, the unexpected – finding all three in both newcomers and stalwarts around the world. This is outside the US.
According to “ Conde Nast Travel” Readers’ Choice Award 2016, the top 15 islands are:
1. Boracay, Philippines, the most loved-island
2. Palawan, Philippines
3. Mallorca, Spain
4. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
5. Cebu , Philippines
6. Vancouver Island, Canada
7. Turks and Caicos
9. Crete, Greece
10. Bali, Indonesia
11. Mykonos , Greece
12. St Barts
13. Cayman Islands
14. Sardinia , Italy
More information on these islands can be viewed at www.cntraveler.com/rca
The Philippines got three islands in the top fifteen , all Filipinos must be very proud.
More information on these islands can be viewed at : www.cntraveler.com/rca and here are the write ups .
This itty-bitty island ( just under 4 square miles) in theWestern Philippines is as close to a tropical idyll as you’ll findin Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region. The Pro tip: The aptly named “ White Beach “ is Boracay’s maindraw, with powdery white sand and shallow azure water idealfor swimming and snorkelling. Fly from Manila to Caticlan inMalay; from there , pump boats ferry passengers to WhiteBeach.
This small island, one of the Philippines ‘s 7,107- shot to the top of our list again this year with a recent claim to fame. It’s now home to one of the new seven natural wonders of the world , Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. Pro tip: Palawan’s natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, travelling five miles through a subterranean cave system. Guide boat tours take visitors down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction.
Cebu , Philippines
The most densely populated island in the Philippines , Cebu is famous for its beaches on the mainland as well as across many of the surrounding islands . Cebu is more personal , with plenty of up -and-coming restaurants and shopping. Pro tip: To get a true taste of island life, head off the grid on the Camotes Islands , two hours east of Cebu.
These places are just three of the beautiful places , the Philippines can offer . We are all Ambassadors of the Philippines , a great country and with very hospitable people .Let’s all capitalise on these feats and let’s help build more , this multi – million dollar tourism industry and help the Filipino people and the country fulfil its potential. MABUHAY !!!!!