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Palawan has been declared again as this year’s “Top Island in the World” by the renowned leisure magazine Travel + Leisure.

The magazine released on July 8 its 2020 list of Top 25 Islands in the World, with Palawan reclaiming the top spot for the 4th time. Palawan had been ranked 1st by T+L in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

The list was voted upon by readers of Travel + Leisure all over the world. The list includes other famous islands such as the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Crete in Greece, and Bora-bora in French Polynesia.

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Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat commended the announcement in a press release dated July 9 on the DOT’s official Facebook page.

“Palawan reclaimed its rightful place in the World’s Best Awards. The citation as the ‘Best Island in the World’ is all the more important because this is voted upon by the readers of the prominent Travel + Leisure magazine,” Puyat was quoted to have said.

Puyat recently visited Palawan recently to discuss the re-opening of the local tourism industry in selected areas in northern Palawan.

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Writer Sarah Clemence likened Palawan to an arm extending the Philippines to Borneo, with “mountains rising directly from the ocean palm-edged beaches.” She also described the beauty of local dive sites, mentioned the Puerto Princesa Underground River, and commended the natural beauty of Palawan’s rainforests.

“It’s dramatic at sea level, with mountains rising directly from the ocean palm-edged beaches. Though it’s difficult to reach from many parts of the world, once travelers get there, they can dive in World War 2 wrecks, explore old-growth rain forests, and paddle one of the world’s longest subterranean rivers at Puerto Princesa,” she wrote.