Boracay, El Nido among world’s best island beaches

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    El Nido, Palawan. (https://www.instagram.com/tourism_phl/)

    Condé Nast describes Boracay as a “screensaver brought to life, with dazzling white sand, so-clear-you-can-see-your-toes water, and a lush jungle backdrop” while El Nido’s water “is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison.”

    White Beach, Boracay and El Nido, Palawan placed 2nd and 9th, respectively, in Condé Nast’s Traveler’s 25 Best Island Beaches in the World: 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards list.

    Condé Nast Traveler is published by Condé Nast, a global media company that produces some of the world’s leading print, digital, video and social brands.

    Headquartered in New York and London, Condé Nast operates in 32 markets including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Latin America, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the US., with additional license partners throughout the world.

    The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrated the announcement, stressing that the inclusion of these two destination gems in the publication’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards “is sheer recognition of their unparalleled beauty and uniquely diverse resources.”

    Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, DOT Secretary, said they will continue with their conservation and protection efforts of the said destinations.

    White Beach, Boracay. (Reuters Photo)

    “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,” Puyat said.

    Conde Nast’s Caitlin Morton has only good descriptions for the 2 destinations.

    “Boracay is a screensaver brought to life, with dazzling white sand, so-clear-you-can-see-your-toes water, and a lush jungle backdrop, available to anyone willing to make the journey. The island used to fly under the radar with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world—but the secret’s out. Now the three-mile White Beach, with its grottos and beachside dining (and nightlife), is its busiest swath of sand,” Morton said.

    On El Nido, Morton said, “Shockingly, Palawan remains steadily under the radar, even though it continues to rank highly in our Readers’ Choice Awards. El Nido alone is home to around 50 white sand beaches—it’s impossible to choose just one—all of which are set around dramatic limestone formations and have the finest and whitest sand you’ll ever see. The water is so blindingly blue it makes the Caribbean Sea look murky in comparison. And the sunsets? Well, they’ll ruin you for life. Consider yourself warned.”

    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 www.philippines.travel/safetrip or download the Travel Philippines app at app.philippines.travel

    As a means to make domestic travel more affordable, the DOT, through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), 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 (UP-PGH) and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), brings down the test cost to P900 and P750, respectively.

    To apply, visit https://www.tpb.gov.ph/rtpcrphtravel/