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Looking To Vacation On The Best Island In The World: Top 30 Top Islands List 2014?

Palawan Island Philippines

If you’re planning a family vacation on the world’s best island? Then look no further!   The idyllic island of Palawan in the Philippines has been named the best in the world by readers of a leading travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler in Readers’ Choice Awards for 2014.

Kiawah Island, South Carolina, came in 2nd, followed by the islands of Maui and Kauai in Hawaii. Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique rounded out the top five. The magazine surveyed 76,659 respondents.

6th through 10th were Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands in Australia, Santorini and Cyclades in Greece, St. John in the US Virgin Islands, Kangaroo Island in Australia, and Big Island in Hawaii.

US travel magazine noted one of Palawan’s most popular tourist destinations, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Sabang: “Palawan’s natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system. Guided boat tours take visitors down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction.”

Palawan gained international fame when its Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, was recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2012.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the subterranean river a World Heritage Site in 1999.


Aquidneck Island (Newport), Rhode Island

30. Aquidneck Island (Newport), Rhode Island
Readers’ Rating: 81.011
Country: United States of America

29. Vancouver Island, Canada
Readers’ Rating: 81.122
Country: Canada

28. Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Readers’ Rating: 81.285
Country: United States of America

27. Hilton Head, South Carolina
Readers’ Rating: 81.333
Country: United States of America

26. Anna Maria Island, Florida
Readers’ Rating: 81.373
Country: United States of America

25. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Readers’ Rating: 81.432
Country: France

24. British Virgin Islands
Readers’ Rating: 81.494
Country: United Kingdom

23. Frisian Islands, Germany
Readers’ Rating: 81.868
Country: Germany

22. Prince Edward Island, Canada
Readers’ Rating: 82.006
Country: Canada

21. Skiathos & Sporades, Greece
Readers’ Rating: 82.056
Country: Greece

Öland island in Sweden

20. Öland, Sweden
Readers’ Rating: 82.143
Country: Sweden

19. Maldives
Readers’ Rating: 82.319
Country: Maldives

18. Moorea, French Polynesia
Readers’ Rating: 82.417
Country: France

17. Bali, Indonesia
Readers’ Rating: 82.423
Country: Indonesia

16. Oahu, Hawaii
Readers’ Rating: 82.457
Country: United States of America

15. Sea Island, Georgia
Readers’ Rating: 82.514
Country: United States of America

14. Bermuda
Readers’ Rating: 82.519
Country: United Kingdom

13. Menorca, Spain
Readers’ Rating: 82.643
Country: Spain

12. Boracay, Philippines
Readers’ Rating: 82.683
Country: Philippines

11. Tasmania, Australia
Readers’ Rating: 82.691
Country: Australia

The Big Island of Hawaii

10. Big Island, Hawaii
Readers’ Rating: 82.761
Country: United States of America

9. Kangaroo Island, Australia
Readers’ Rating: 82.803
Country: Australia

8. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Readers’ Rating: 83.359
Country: United States of America

7. Santorini & Cyclades, Greece
Readers’ Rating: 84.080
Country: Greece

6. Great Barrier Reef & Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Readers’ Rating: 84.467
Country: Australia

5. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Readers’ Rating: 85.119
Country: Mozambique

4. Kauai, Hawaii
Readers’ Rating: 85.269
Country: United States of America

3. Maui, Hawaii
Readers’ Rating: 86.471
Country: United States of America

2. Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Readers’ Rating: 86.574
Country: United States of America

Palawan Island Philippines

1. Palawan, Philippines
Readers’ Rating: 88.750
Country: Philippines


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