When you think of the world’s best island, you think of pristine waters, beaches with sand as fine as powder and breathtaking views. It is an island that provides a calming shelter from the everyday grind and at the same time allows you to enjoy thrilling adventures in unfamiliar terrain.
The world’s best island this year is not Galapagos, Ecuador, or Santorini, Greece, or Bali, Indonesia. You don’t even have to go outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility to get to the island that bested all three of those destinations for the second year in a row.
Thanks to readers of Travel+Leisure magazine, Palawan retained it crown as the world’s best island, while Boracay took third place.
Palawan is the site for many activities from eating, to climbing, and snorkeling! Here are eight of the best things you should do at the world’s best island.
1. Watch dolphins at Puerto Princesa
2. Feast on fresh seafood (and other exotic delicacies)
Seafood is always fresh in Palawan. Grilled fish, steamed crabs, and sea urchins are your best choices. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, head to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center to try their canteen’s crocodile tapa and crocodile sisig. You can also try the local tamilok (a woodworm found in rotting mangrove trees) in vinegar, onions and chilis.
3. Go island hopping at Honda Bay
For less than P2000, you can find yourself enjoying Honda Bay’s many virgin islands like Starfish Island, Cowrie Island, Pandan Island, Luli Island and Snake Island, where you can wade in clear, calm waters or snorkel to see live corals and anemones. Maybe you would be even able to find Nemo!
4. Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is not a sight to miss. A 45-minute canoe tour of one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature will let you see the first 1.5 kilometers of the cave where you would be able to spot many endemic species.
5. Hike at Ugong Rock
The usual stop after the underground river is Ugong Rock, which is home to fun outdoor activities like trekking, spelunking and ziplining. All of which would only cost you P450.
6. Watch fireflies at Iwahig River
You would not believe your eyes if you saw the many fireflies that reside in Iwahig River. A 30 to 45-minute boat ride as the night falls on the river will get you a close look at the twinkling fireflies.
7. Take a trip to El Nido Marine Reserve
Just over 200 kilometers of Puerto Princesa is the El Nido Marine Reserve, which is the largest wildlife preservation area in the Philippines. The marine reserve boasts of stunning bays, limestone cliffs, a rainforest, mangroves, white sand beaches and coral reefs. Hawksbill turtles and sea cows, or dugong, are also frequently seen here.
8. Dive at the Tubbataha Reef
The Tubbataha Reef is the home of a diverse marine life, no wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get in touch with dive operators permitted by the Tubbataha Management Office to book a plunge with the sea creatures in the Philippines’ first national marine park.
You will definitely enjoy these activities in Palawan, and you will enjoy it even more if you are travelling worry free! Fortune General offers travel insurance that is guaranteed to keep your mind free from anxieties and focused on basking in the fortunes of Palawan.