Palawan and Boracay remain among world’s paradise gardens

Tourism, Travel

Big Seven Travel, a global travel authority, has named  Palawan and Boracay anew among its “50 most beautiful places in the world.” Palawan, with its “immaculate string of islands,” was installed in eighth place.

“Palawan is a fantastic triple threat of diverse wildlife, pristine landscapes, and subterranean marvels. Because of its stretch across the Sulu and South China seas, it boasts of a huge variety of nature from steep limestone cliffs to jawdropping coves and unbelievable beaches,” Big Seven Travel said.

Boracay, for its part, known for its four-kilometer white sand beach, ranked 18th. According to Big Seven Travel, the resort island is one of the world’s top destinations for rest and recreation.

“Tranquil beaches, casual nightlife, and lush tropical scenery make it easy to see why. The peaceful island also boasts of a unique food scene and has managed to maintain its unique Aklanon culture,” it said.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat welcomed the new and citations, which she said “brings immense pride not only to the government but to the entire country as well.”

El Nido, Palawan is a picturesque destination known for its hidden islands, limestone caves, and crystal clear lagoons. This beach town is set to expand its travel bubble to more local tourists starting Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy of DOT Philippines)

“This recognition comes at an auspicious time, just as our efforts to reopen tourism in Boracay and Palawan to a greater number of tourists have come to fruition,” she said in a statement.

Puyat added the DOT “is optimistic the inclusion in this prestigious list will inspire more people to regain the confidence to travel, helping the Philippines’ tourism industry to recover after this challenging period,” referring the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

She also assured the DOT remains committed to restarting tourism especially in its premiere destinations with health and safety protocols in place to ensure the safety and well-being of tourists.

Boracay opened its doors to domestic tourists last October 1. Palawan, on the other hand, is currently assessing its El Nido-Manila travel bubble launched in July and expanded last Friday.

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