File photo courtesy of Big 7 Travel

Original hotel, travel, and food content creator for “mobile-first and millennial audience” Big 7 Media has named Palawan as one of its 50 best islands in the world to visit in 2020.

In a post a week ago on its Big 7 Travel website, it ranked Palawan’s El Nido town second as the best island to visit by millennial travelers because of its cluster of 45 islands which is famous for its Secret Lagoon.

“Swim through a hole in the limestone rocks to enter a hidden bay with crystal clear water and soft sands,” Big 7 Media described.

It hailed El Nido for its white sandy beaches and tropical jungle, and stepping on it on foot will truly make young adults agree that it is one of the best islands in the world.

Big 7 Media said the places that made it on their list were from the votes of their readers, aggregated scores from previous media results, and contributions from their editorial team.

Topping the list is Flatey in Iceland because of its “beautifully kept old houses dotted along the island, but just two families stay here throughout the winter”.

“The tranquility at this island is unique – time stands still,” Big 7 Media said.

Last September, the province was included in CNN Travel’s “10 of the World’s Most Beautiful Islands”. CNN travel enthusiast Jen Rose Smith called Palawan “a gorgeous haven of pale sand and clear water.”

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has acknowledged this recognition, calling it a piece of promising tourism news about the Philippines as it will invite more visits from all over the world.

“Our rehabilitation efforts to preserve the beauty of Palawan did not go unnoticed. We are thankful for this CNN citation of our tourist destinations,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

Rawa Island, Malaysia; Azores, Portugal; Koh Tao, Thailand; Capri, Italy; Fraser Island, Australia; Bali, Indonesia; Ibiza, Spain; Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada; Corsica, France; and Santorini, Greece also made the list.

Also on it are Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India; Kauai, Hawaii; Colonsay, Scotland; Aitutaki, The Cook Islands.

Cebu, Philippines also made it in the list at No. 25, followed by Maldives; Curaçao; Rangitoto Island, New Zealand; Sir Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

The rest on the list from top 30 to 50 were as follows:

Gozo, Malta; Pulau Tengah, Malaysia; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada; St. Barts, Caribbean; Mont-Saint-Michel, Francel; Laucala Island, Fiji; La Digue, Seychelles; Jicaro, Nicaragua; Cozumel, Mexico; Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia; Culebra, Puerto Rico; Formentera, Spain; Tobago; Oland, Sweden; St. Lucia, Caribbean; Paros, Greece; Chiloe, Chile; Mallorca, Spain; and Con So’n, Vietnam.

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