Sunset over Bacuit Bay in El Nido, which has been included in CNN Travel's "25 of the Most Beautiful Places Around the World" in celebration of the Earth Day. (Photo by CARFormoso)

El Nido in northern Palawan is the only place in the Philippines that was included by CNN Travel on its list of “25 of the Most Beautiful Places Around the World” in celebration of the Earth Day this year.

CNN Travel, which gives “travel tips and inspiration with insider guides, fascinating stories, video experiences, and stunning photos” to holidaymakers and tourists around the world, posted its complete list on April 22, 2019.

El Nido was included after CNN Travel “rounded up the best of the best” from the “lush African forests to vast Latin American deserts, watery Balkan paradises to ancient Middle Eastern cities.”


Tourists snorkel on the clear waters of El Nido. (Photo by CARFormoso)

The municipality was picked as an “ideal base for diving adventures, starting with Bacuit Bay on the west “with lagoons and shallow bays playing home to an unbelievable array of marine life.”

“Its beaches aren’t too shabby either: Nacpan Beach is a true slice of paradise; azure waters and pristine white sand satisfy even the most discerning of beach bums, while the peaceful town of Sibaltan in the east offers tropical relaxation in a setting that feels impossible to beat,” it said.