The world's most beautiful island is paradise defined

The World's Most Beautiful Island is Paradise Defined

Home to white sand beaches and dramatic mountains rising out of turquoise waters, Palawan in the Philippines has been named the world's best island for the second time by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine.

However, those readers aren't alone. Publications Conde Nast and National Geographic Traveler have given similar awards to Palawan.

The island's picture-perfect shores have been featured in movies including, "The Bourne Legacy."

Actress Rachel Weisz gushed over the beautiful sights telling the Philippine Inquirer, "It looked like a fantasy place."

Photos of Palawan, the world's most beautiful island:

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Star Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Philippines, Palawan island, Bacuit archipelago at El Nido.
tropical paradise view with boat on blue sea and palms
El Nido (officially the Municipality of El Nido) is a first class municipality and managed resource protected area in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is about 420 kilometers (260 mi) south-west of Manila, and about 238 kilometers (148 mi) north-east of Puerto Princesa, Palawans capital. According to CNNGo, it is the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines for its extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.
Philippines, Palawan, Apulit, cabins on pilings, dusk
Front view of a kayak in a beautiful turquoise lagoon in the Philippines.
A woman pulling up a red kayak onto a white sandy beach in the Philippines.
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The Philippines, Palawan Province, El Nido, morning fishermen.
Philippines, Palawan, El Nido, Matinloc Island, Hidden Lagoon
A group of people on a kayaking expedition in the Philippines.
Woman in bikini doing water hair flip paradise beach in Bacuit Bay, Western Visayas, Palawan, Philippines.
Corong Corong, Bacuit Archipelago, Palawan, Philippines

That's just what's beautiful on the surface.

Palawan is also home to a five-mile long underground river, where travelers often boat through its limestone caverns.

The island also has some of the world's best spots to scuba dive, which is a major tourist attraction.

Palawan first made Travel + Leisure's list in 2013, but it wasn't the only Philippine spot featured. The islands of Boracay and Cebu nabbed the second and sixth spots on the list, respectively.

Others on the list included Ischia, Italy; Waikheke Island, New Zealand; and Santorini, Greece.

Time to book a flight!

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