Readers of travel site Condé Nast Traveller voted Palawan in the Philippines the best island in the world, in their 2014 Travel Awards.
Palawan is the largest island in the Philippines and is home to endangered animals like the Calamian deer, the Sunda tree squirrel and the Philippine crocodile.
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Some of the more popular tourist sites on the island include the Tubbataha Reef, the Secret Lagoon Beach and The Coral Garden where you can go diving, take guided tours and see rare and beautiful sea creatures up close.
One of the 7,107 islands in the Philippines, Palawan is home to one of the new seven natural wonders of the world: The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
As the longest underground river, you can take guided boat tours through a five-mile subterranean cave system where you’ll be able to marvel in all the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another popular tourist attraction is the Barracuda Lake, one of the two lakes in the Coron Island open to the public. The salt water lake is known for its unique thermoclines with layers of cold, warm and hot water. The distinct change in temperature can be experienced as you go diving in the lake.
Here are some of the other Travel Award winners:
Top Hotels and Resorts in the World:
- Londolozi, Sabi Sands, South Africa
- Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
- The Mulia, Bali, Indonesia
Top Cities in the World:
- Florence, Italy
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Budapest, Hungary
Top Destination Spa Resorts in the World:
- Aro Ha, New Zealand
- Cal-A-Vie, California
- Mii Amo, Arizona
For a full list of all travel award winners, visit the Condé Nast website.