CEBU ranked fifth in the list of the world’s best islands, according to the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards of the international magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
Boracay Island took the first spot after it bumped Palawan Island to the second rank of the world’s 20 best islands.
Conde Nast described Cebu “not as wild as Phuket in Thailand,” but “is more personal, with plenty of up-and-coming restaurants and shopping.”
The international traveller’s magazine said Cebu “is famous for its beaches on the mainland as well as across many of the surrounding islands.”
Last year, Cebu ranked 19th in the list, Boracay at 15th, and Palawan as first.
The international magazine described Boracay “as close to a tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets.”
It attributed the White Beach “with powdery white sand and shallow azure water ideal for swimming and snorkeling” as Boracay’s main draw to attract tourists, making it as one of the country’s top tourist destinations.
It described Palawan island as the “home to one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.” (VLA/Sunnex/PNA)