On October 22, 2014, the breathtaking Palawan was named the best island in the world, and bagged the Condé Nast Traveler´s Reader´s Choice Award for 2014.
Palawan Island has crystal clear waters and fine white sand, iridescent coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving, hidden caves and lagoons, and wonderful karst limestones. It has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park. In 2012, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park made the list of New Seven Wonders of Nature.
The following photos are from my files.
I am including Coron Island because of Gunter’s Cave, Barracuda Lake and the view Kayangan Lake provides its visitors.
Travelling within the mainland can be time-consuming as the Puerto Princesa Underground River and El Nido are five hours away from each other, but the aching muscles and numb behind are worth the trip. Coron is an entirely different matter because it requires a 7-hour boat ride from El Nido. I did my trips in different occasions to enjoy the islands to the hilt and not be dog-tired towards the end of my travel.
The people of Palawan are warm and helpful. The entire area is pristine, with the locals telling the visitors to pick up after themselves. Seafood is fresh and delicious, and cashew is not that expensive in Coron.
For more information about Palawan being the best island in the world, please visit: http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-10-10/palawan-why-you-should-visit-this-natural-wonder-in-the-philippines