Philippines outcrop of Palawan named as the most exotic on Earth (Photos)


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An island that boasts crystal clear waters, incredible beaches and one of the newest natural wonders of the world has been named the best in the world by readers of a leading travel magazine.

The idyllic island of Palawan in the Philippines claimed top spot based on over 76,000 votes in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2014.

And it’s largely thanks to its latest claim to fame: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has been named one of the world’s best natural wonders.

Stunning: Palawan Island in the Philippines has been named the top island in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.


Tourists can reach Palawan by plane or ferry with flights from Manila lasting just 75 minutes

Rugged beauty: Palawan is a popular base for island-hopping tourists

Palawan edged some of the most popular destinations in the world to claim top spot on the list of the world's 30 best islands

At nearly five miles in length, Puerto Princesa is the longest underground river in Asia and the second longest in the world

Breath-taking: Tourists walk on a beach as a rainbow forms in the background

Undersea adventures: Palawan is home to some of the best locations for snorkelling and diving

Best in the world: The idyllic island of Palawan claimed top spot based on over 76,000 votes

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has been named one of the world’s best natural wonders

Stunning: Palawan Island in the Philippines has been named the top island in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

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