It really is more fun in the Philippines.

The crew at Travel + Leisure are rolling out the results of their 2016 survey and revealing the best holiday experiences around the world.

Now they’ve dropped the definitive list of the best islands in the world, and three of the top 10 are in the Philippines.

Top spot went, once again, to Palawan, which first took the crown in 2013. It’s been widely hailed as the most beautiful island in the world, and for good reason.

“Palawan is every beach lover’s dream destination,” said one voter, who called the island a “wonderful and magical place”.

Located about an hour and a half by air from Manila, Palawan is famed for its shipwrecks, reefs, and ethereal mountains that rise straight out of the ocean, and offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities in the world.

Palawan also boasts an eight-kilometre-long underground river marked by limestone caverns, so there’s plenty to explore on the island.


Image: Puerto Princesa subterranean underground river in Palawan. iStock.

Boracay, only a short distance away from Palawan, scored the second spot. Hailed as “a natural treasure” by one voter, Boracay is home to one of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious hotels, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort, which is tucked away in a cove on the island.

It’s not all about luxury, though, as sixth-ranked Cebu — the third Philippine island on the list — was hailed by voters as being “perfect for travelers who don’t want to spend a lot of money on recreational activities”.

“There is never a dull moment in Cebu,” says one voter, who highlights the chance to hike through canyons, swim with whale sharks, and dive from the top of a waterfall as must-do activities on the island.

The world’s best islands, according to Travel + Leisure

  1. Palawan, Philippines
  2. Boracay, Philippines
  3. Ischia, Italy
  4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
  5. Santorini, Greece
  6. Cebu, Philippines
  7. Maui, Hawaii
  8. Hilton Head, South Carolina
  9. Kauai, Hawaii
  10. Bali, Indonesia

Do you agree with the list, or did your favourite island get robbed? Let us know in the comments below!