The CNN Travel has named Palawan as one of the 10 world’s most beautiful islands, the Department of Tourism (DoT) said yesterday.
Joining Palawan in the CNN list are: Milos, Greece; Bartolomé, Ecuador; Fregate, Seychelles; St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles; Jura, Scotland; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Senja Island, Norway; Mo’orea , French Polynesia; and Kaua’i, United States.
“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.
Described by CNN as “a gorgeous haven of pale sand and clear water”, Palawan hosts a multitude of tourist attractions in Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron and the emerging San Vicente, an identified tourism enterprise zone.
CNN’s Jen Rose Smith noted that Palawan’s “most remarkable hiding place might be in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where an underground river slips through a maze of limestone caverns.”
Puyat applauded the local government’s efforts of promoting sustainable tourism and practicing the carrying capacity of the country’s longest subterranean river even before it was a norm.
CNN Travel also recommended tourists to “ride a tidal river deep into a limestone cave system, then bask away the afternoon on a postcard-ready beach” at the UNESCO protected biosphere reserve.
Palawan is no stranger to foreign recognition with its latest headline as the 2nd of the World’s Best Islands by Travel+Leisure.