Travel and Leisure names Palawan, Boracay as 2017's best islands

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) — The Philippines once again proved it's home to some of the best destinations in the world as two of its islands bagged top spots in an international travel website's list of world's best islands.

Palawan ranked number one on Travel + Leisure's "The World's Top 10 Islands" list in 2017 for the second year in a row. Boracay, was number three on the list, it added, down a notch from number two in 2016.

Palawan was rated a 93.15 out of 100 while Boracay scored 89.67, the article on travelandleisure.com said.

The ranking was based on readers' ratings based on the islands' activities and sights, natural attractions, beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value.

"With its verdant mountains, a five-mile-long underground river, limestone caves, and spectacular scuba diving, its appeal is as clear as its turquoise waters," Travel + Leisure said in the article on its website.

The site was also full of praise for the Philippines, which one reader called "The single most beautiful place on earth."

"There's nothing quite like immersing yourself in the natural wonders of this Philippine archipelago, which many of our readers described as 'rustic,' 'romantic,' 'affordable,' and 'relaxing,'" it said.

Palawan, which is composed of a main island along with 1,780 other islands surrounding it, emerged on top of the best islands' list for the first time in 2013.

It is home to some of the Philippines' most famous tourist destinations, including the Puerto Princesa Underground River, and the El Nido and Coron beaches. 

Boracay is famous for its powder-white beaches and vibrant nightlife.

In a separate travel guide written on TravelandLeisure.com, it refers to the seven-kilometer long island saying "It's not heaven, but it's pretty close."

Other world-famous destinations on the list:

2. Hilton Head, South Carolina, U.S.

4. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

5. Santorini, Greece

6  Maui, Hawaii

7. Kauai, Hawaii

8. Ischia, Italy

9. Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

10. Bali, Indonesia

In 2016, Cebu ranked sixth place on the list, but failed to make the cut this year.