Visiting Palawan, the Philippines: The most beautiful island in the world

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Palawan is the World's Most Underappreciated Island


The Philippines's Palawan Island was voted the no. 1 island in the world by Condé Nast Traveler readers—and with pictures like these, you can easily see why.

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Visiting Palawan, the Philippines: The most beautiful island in the world
"It’s no wonder Palawan ranked as the most beautiful island in the world this year, as the clear aquamarine water, limestone cliffs, and lagoons of the island province of the Philippines are only the most basic highlights," says contributing editor Cynthia Drescher. "Palawan is home to nature reserves on both land and sea, with dolphins just offshore, marine gardens of giant clam, sea turtles nesting on white sand beaches, 600 species of butterflies, and lush palm forest like a Gilligan’s Island fever dream." 

The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Photo by Lindsay Talbot

Fish swimming at the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Photo by Lindsay Talbot

An ice cream vendor outside the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Photo by Lindsay Talbot

Bananas for sale at the Old Market in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

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A boy near the port of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Photo by Lindsay Talbot

An idyllic sandy sliver of beach on Coron Island, Palawan.

Photo by Lindsay Talbot

Boats dropping off swimmers at the Twin Lagoons, Coron Island.

Photo by Lindsay Talbot

A boko shack in Puerto Princesa.

Photo by Lindsay Talbot

Paraw boats lining the beach in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Photo by Lindsay Talbot

Palawan at sunset...it's enough to take your breath away.
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