CN Traveler Magazine named Palawan in the Philippines as the world’s top island. About an hour’s flight from Manila, Palawan’s virtue lies in the fact that it remains largely uncolonised by international hotel chains and developments — and consequently heaving throngs of fellow tourists.
Along with its lagoons, beaches, and dramatic limestone cliffs, one of its most astounding natural features can also be found in the capital city of Puerto Princesa, an 8-kilometre subterranean river that snakes through an underground cave system.
Dominating the list of top islands in the world is Hawaii, which landed three spots in the top 10 ranking for Maui, Kauai and Big Island. Interestingly, the second highest-ranked island doesn’t hail from French Polynesia or the Caribbean, but South Carolina.