Every year, the people at Travel + Leisure conduct a survey to find out what the best island in the world is. While this title can change hands from year to year, more often than not the selection is known before the survey even goes out… It’s Palawan!
Part of the Philippines, Palawan is the closest most people will ever get to experiencing paradise on Earth. From the soft sands and warm surf to the sweeping jungles of the interior, there’s nothing about this small island that isn’t breathtaking.
Below, you can check out 10 pictures of Palawan, and we think you’ll see why people believe this small island is the best in the world!
1. El Nido Beach
There are beautiful beaches wherever you go on this island, but the most picturesque (and best known) is El Nido.
2. Plenty of Water
The island is known for its waterways which pass between sweeping cliffs covered in jungle plants.
3. Dive Right In
Many of these waterways present a perfect opportunity for throwing on your snorkel and checking out what’s going on beneath the waves.
4. The Locals
Along those waterways, you’ll also find fishing villages, many of which dot the coastline of Palawan.
5. Twin Lagoon
Here you can see another popular spot on the island. This is twin lagoon, where you can catch a boat and enjoy the clear blue waters.
6. Exploring Everywhere
This photograph perfectly encapsulates why so many love to go scuba diving and snorkeling off the coast of Palawan.
7. Resort Living
If you’re staying on the island, you’ll have a number of resort options. Some of them can even hook you up with a beachside lunch or dinner!
8. The Interior
Aside from the coast and waters, there’s plenty more to see on the island. Here’s a look at Mountain Creek.
9. Taking it All In
This picture gives you a wonderful sense of the island’s unique topography, something that contributes to its immense popularity.
10. Where to Stay
There are plenty of good options for places to stay on the island, but we recommend Luxury Coron Palawan Resort.