Boracay and Palawan in Condé Nast’s 25 Best Island Beaches in the World list

CONDE Nast’s Caitlin Morton describes Boracay as a screensaver brought to life with its white sand and clear blue waters. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNSPLASH/RAMON KAGIE

The Department of Tourism (DoT) celebrates anew with the world as White Beach, Boracay and El Nido, Palawan place second and ninth, respectively, in Condé Nast’s Traveler’s 25 Best Island Beaches in the World: 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards list.

The inclusion of these two destination gems in the prestigious travel publication’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, is sheer recognition of their unparalleled beauty and uniquely diverse resources.

“We would like to thank the travelers who voted for our destinations. We draw inspiration from this warm reception and solid vote of confidence from our satisfied patrons. As our destinations gradually reopen with health and safety measures in place, we will continue our conservation and protection efforts of these areas,” remarked Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

El Nido is home to around 50 white sand beaches set around dramatic limestone formations.


Both Boracay and El Nido are open to domestic tourists coming from GCQ and MGCQ areas with health and safety protocols, which you can find at or download the Travel Philippines app at

To make domestic travel more affordable, the DoT, through the Tourism Promotions Board, encourages domestic tourists to avail of the 50 percent subsidized RT-PCR tests. The program, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines — Philippines General Hospital and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, brings down the test cost to P900 and P750, respectively. To apply, visit

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